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  • #23111
    Penny
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    Good morning, I’ve been meaning to post this for a while but just really haven’t had the time to do much extra fun stuff online. Marie is an absolute unique one being able to do all the blog/website stuff and still have time to do the picture parts AND a full time job. Wowzers.

    Ok. I am looking into dropping massive amounts of money to do some online classes to give my little start up business more of a leg up in the crazy land of handmade skincare. I’m thinking of Formula Botanica‘s program. But they talk lots about “natural” this and that, natural preservatives and stuff of the like.

    I have tried to talk to a few of their students on Facebook, and they all say lovely things, my favourite comment students make, is they make you do a lot of work/research which I am for. But no one really gives me the information I really want to know.

    One of the biggest reasons I hang out on Marie’s blog is Marie is awesome. Ok, second reason I hang out on Marie’s blog, is I really like her recipes and her desire to play with new stuff. I love my ceytl alcohol and will never give that stuff up. I really like my titanium dioxide. I adore my BTMS-50. And my nianimacidimide- yup. Still cannot spell it. Vitamin b3. And my SCI and stuff like this. I also like my liquid germal plus. And these are things that are not… considered natural by most people (neither is my coffee so have no idea anymore).

    Does anyone know anyone who has taken some of these online courses? Have you taken any of these online courses? Help a lady out!

    I will be taking some of Plush Folly’s classes soon, but looking for more intense programs as well.

    #23144
    Marie
    Keymaster

    Oooh, I’m really interested in this as well! I would bet that taking their classes would only ever be a good thing, it’s just a matter of the cost, and whether or not you would want to take additional courses to get to where you want to be.

    I attended a free webinar with Formulate Natural Cosmetics last weekend. It might be worth giving them a “like” and checking them out, too. She definitely wasn’t using all crunchy ingredients (stuff like modified cationic guar gum), but was still calling everything “natural”.

    #23147
    Penny
    Participant

    I am all for dropping the money. I have it there in the bank wanting to spend it on a few different classes. But I just don’t want it to be like my college and university experience were the classes were a waste of time, pointless and well, didn’t give me what they promised.

    It still drives me bananas what people consider natural.

    And for the modified cationic guar gum? That’s the other problem if the ingredients are too whacky- how the heck can I get them?

    And another problem, will the instructors grade me lower if I choose to use my chemical preservative? I have problems.

    #23152
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    The Chemist’s Corner and Making Skincare are doing some joint venture thingie (yup, technical term). I forget what it was exactly but I got an email on it, but have deleted it because I was not anywhere near what they were looking for. You might want to check that out. I think I’ve seen it as a banner on CC website.

    I know Chemist’s Corner runs regular online webinars where you can learn cosmetic chemistry stuff. I don’t know if it is an accredited course or not though. You do have to pay for them and they do appear to be more advanced than the freebie webinars they hold periodically. They do look extremely interesting but I don’t have the time as this point in my life to take them. But y’all sound like you’d be interested, especially if you got some kind of credit or certification for it. It’s worth checking into, anyway.

    #23153
    Penny
    Participant

    At this time, I can only look at classes/courses that will provide me with something swanky pretty that I can put up on a wall to say hey! Look at me! I am bright and shiny!

    I do want to take part in the Chemists Corner at some point, but they don’t provide that bling I need.

    I’m liking what I’ve seen about the Formula Botanic. I’m kind of thinking of just taking one of their cheaper programs and just giving that a go before trying something as pricy as the diploma programs.

    Thoughts?

    #23165
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    Ummmm, you may have to suck it up and go back to school?? I don’t know exactly because I really haven’t seen a lot on this. Maybe a good person to ask would be Susan. She has such a broad network in this industry, she may know of something. Or could point you in the right direction.

    Maybe you can create your own “diploma” with a graphic art-type program?!?! Just make it look all official, buy some gold seal stickers, and BAM! Diploma and/or certification! Hahaha

    Seriously, who’s going to know?!?!

    #23309
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    This is offered by Chemist Corner. The book is $29.99 and you can work through it at your own pace. I don’t know if you get a certificate though….

    On Chemist Corner

    #23484
    Cynnara
    Participant

    This is interesting and I’m a student at ❤️. I’d love to try a few to see what I like before plunking down money. Lol

    #23490
    Penny
    Participant

    Once the dust settles, I’ll be taking one of the courses offered by Plush Folly in the UK. I’m so excited! I just hope the VPN continues to work!

    #23506
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    That looks awesome AND you get certificates! Win, win!!

    #23829
    Penny
    Participant

    Well, I’ve been speaking to Lorraine from Formula Botanica, and she has agreed to let me have a late start as I’ll be in Europe and money transfers there have to be cheaper than they are from here to there. So, I’ll be taking the Advanced Diploma Program that they offer. It also means I have to learn all those proper names for stuff and not just refer to them as that white powder that goes fizz.

    Crap.

    But exciting at the same time!!!

    #23849
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    That’s so exciting Barb! I can’t wait to see what you will learn!! When do you start?

    #24768
    Penny
    Participant

    Quick update:

    I still firmly stand behind what I wrote on my blog regarding Formula Botanica. However; I did leave a heck of a fair bit out.

    For those that don’t know, I am taking both the Diploma program and the Advanced Diploma Program. I have taken a quick peek at the Advanced program but I have forbidden myself from looking at it until I am done the Diploma program.

    If you have any sort of formulating skills and feel comfortable creating your own products, I’d strongly advise giving the Diploma program a pass. You’ll be bouncing your head off the wall. If you are just starting out and getting your toes wet, I say take it it would help you out.

    But be warned, you will be throwing your computer at the wall when you take some of those end of module tests. They drive me bonkers!

    I’m currently on the section about branding (Module 7, Branding+Marketing+Labelling Claims+ Organic Cert). I am looking forward to the Global Regulations, but I have a sneaky suspicion I am going to be disappointed by it.

    If you have any questions about these programs, you can get in touch with me by email or here!

    #24862
    BelindaSK
    Participant

    Thankss for the update on this online course, Barb! Have fun taking those tests! Please be kind to your computer! Haha!

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