The motivation behind developing a skin care brand came directly from a need to offer something special and unique to our guests at the Bed & Breakfast. We asked ourselves; “How could we differentiate our skin care line from every other brand out there?” The answer is that we base the natural ingredients in our formulations on the magical botanical abundance of our own gardens and in the cornucopia of nature’s gifts found all over the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. The hurdle was learning how to formulate a natural green beauty skin care line, safely, correctly and with a unique twist. My formulation journey began with the international online learning platform called Formula Botanica.
Formula Botanica is the leading online teaching institution for organic formulation and indie beauty entrepreneurship. They are on a mission to teach the world to formulate organic cosmetics with plants, flowers and herbs. Formula Botanica empowers their students with the skills to change their lives through organic skincare.
I embarked on this journey in 2016 by tackling a rigorous curriculum that was made up of eight comprehensive courses in organic skincare formulation. They included Diploma in Organic Skincare Formulation, Advanced Diploma in Skincare Science, Certificate in Organic Anti-Aging Skincare, Certificate in Natural Cosmetic Preservation, Certificate in Facial Masque Therapy, Certificate in Chocolate Spa Products, Certificate in Cosmetic Stability Testing and Natural Cosmetics Tutor Training.
It took me about two years to complete all eight courses and then another two years to create the products and the brand. And what a journey it has been! The philosophy behind formulating natural skincare is a lot like our philosophy about cooking and baking here at the B&B. Start with the freshest and most natural ingredients and you will produce fabulous products, ones that we are proud to share. Besides the products, the next step was to create the branding and packaging. Our jars and bottles are made of recyclable glass and the logo design influenced from our gardens.
I hope you enjoy the products as much as I enjoyed creating them!
Formulating natural skin care products truly is an empowering skill, which you can learn as well. Thousands of Formula Botanica graduates lead the global green beauty movement. Their customers love their beautiful botanical serums, balms, toners, cleansers and lotions. You too can create an indie beauty business that impacts on the world around you, creates a life you love and teaches people about the benefits of natural ingredients. Go to Formulabotanica.com for more information!