When you’re just getting started with making your own products, it’s a fun and exciting time.
You’re discovering lots of amazing natural and organic ingredients: Argan oil, coconut oil, shea butter, kiwi seed oil, kukui nut oil, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, and essential oils like lavender, frankincense, ylang ylang, bergamot, just to name a few.
You’re also starting to discover that there are tons of amazing products you can make, too.
Things like massage and body oils, face oils and serums, bath bombs and fizzes, lip balms, foot balms, chest and temple balms, body butters, spritzers, toners, masks, cleansers, moisturizers, creams, lotions, body milks…
Not to mention things like body washes, soaps, shower gels, bubble bath, shampoos, conditioners, hair treatments and styling products.
There’s just so much to make!
Most people who start making their own natural and organic skincare and beauty products get hooked instantly, because they realize it’s less intimidating, and so much more accessible, to make amazing products with top-quality ingredients that are as good as, if not better than the ones you find in shops!
There is a huge sense of satisfaction when you’re able to make something amazing, at home for yourself, your family and your friends.
When you can produce products that feel good, look good, and smell divine, and most of all, work, you feel empowered and excited to make more!
And even when things don’t go as planned, once you’re hooked, the thought of making products and refining your skills makes you daydream of what you can make next, what you can improve, or what ingredients you want to try to use next.
You want to find other people who are on the same journey as you are, search for resources online or in books, swap and share ideas.
What Our Students Tell Us
Throughout the years we’ve been offering our courses on natural skincare formulation, we’ve been so proud to connect with our students, and listen to their experiences.
Our students tell us that they love playing around with ingredients, exploring different blends, trying to make different products…and of course, using them once they are ready.
It is a fun and creative exercise.
What students of our courses also tell us is how they love the handmade, handcrafted, artisanal nature of it all. It is real, tangible, meaningful and personal, and gives them the feeling of: “I did that!! In my kitchen!”
It feels personal, and meaningful.
But, when we mention the idea of doing it like a professional, some people are put off because they want to keep that creative spark, that ‘handmade in my kitchen’ essence.
We get that.
There is something special about making products by hand; it’s an expression of who we are, and the fact that we are making things because we love it, and find meaning in it, even self-expression.
Our students want to keep that feeling. And we do too!
But we believe that DIY spirit can be built upon to create something truly special.
Professional Is Not Impersonal
The truth of it is, sometimes DIY methods can be limiting.
The trial-and-error method can leave newcomers with blind spots they may not even know they have. There’s a lot of good information out there, but there’s also a lot of misinformation—or even outright gaps.
In our courses, we teach people the right way to make their handmade natural skincare products. We teach people how to create professional-quality products, from scratch, with the very best ingredients and techniques to ensure safety and efficacy.
But that doesn’t mean it has to be a dry, boring, and impersonal process—not at all!
It’s about giving yourself the tools and knowledge to make the things you dream become a reality, without compromising safety or values, or that wonderful, personal touch.
And learning how to do things “like a professional” doesn’t remove any of the spark of excitement, zone of genius, or the creative, fun, energizing element with DIY creation.
Because of this, DIY Done Professionally is kind of our unofficial motto.
You get all of the benefits of DIY, without the errors that some DIYers are making
—and trust us, so much of the DIY content out there is incorrect, and maybe even dangerous.
After all, what’s the point in making your own natural skincare products if you’re making something that won’t work, isn’t safe, and isn’t stable?
What’s the point in copying mistakes made by well meaning but unqualified people?
What is the point in following bad advice or incorrect information?
When DIY Falls Short
There’s nothing wrong about doing things yourself, but good intentions can take you only so far. You also need good information.
One of the challenges in life is that you don’t know what you don’t know.
You may not be able to see where the blind spots are, or identify the gaps in knowledge. And that’s okay! It only means that there’s an opportunity to learn, and to grow, and to add to your skills.
And when you finally do know, you’ll look back and say, “If only I knew then what I know now… I’d do things differently.”
We hear this from our students sometimes, too.
When you’re starting with recipes crafted by well-meaning but unqualified people, you’ll be copying their mistakes without even knowing it. Try as you might to follow them, your products won’t be safe for use, their effectiveness will be limited and the products won’t be stable.
Plus, usually there is no support available when things go wrong—which they will.
Even with the very best of intentions, people following these kinds of recipes often find their balms go hard, butters go grainy, their creams separate, and their products don’t turn out the same each time they make it. They also experience poor results with products that aren’t suitable for their skin.
We see DIY cream and lotion recipes out there without a preservative. We get that people want preservative-free products, but this can lead to serious safety concerns with mold, yeast, and bacterial growth—things that can cause way more harm than any preservative will! (Plus, there are natural preservatives out there!)
Also, lots of recipes we find online say a drop of this, a teaspoon of that, a tablespoon of this, an ounce of that and a cup of this. Using these inconsistent measurements makes them hard to follow and scale.
There are stacks of problems!
And there’s a much better way to go about it.
Make Your Products, Your Way
There are so many great reasons to get started making your own natural and organic beauty products. You might want to:
- Make a custom product that addresses a stubborn skincare challenge
- Express your values about green, sustainable, fair-trade, or cruelty-free beauty
- Create lush and lovely, deeply pampering gifts for your loved ones
- Have the satisfaction of expressing your creative spark
- Embrace nature and everything that the world of natural beauty has to offer
- Play with new scents and capture the benefits of essential oils
- Start a brand and sell your products one day, sharing your joy with others
But no matter your reasons, you want your products to smell and look and feel and work as good as they possibly can, right?
You want your handmade products to be safe and stable, and to share them with total confidence.
This is where DIY Done Professionally becomes so important.
Keep that handcrafted spirit, and learn how to follow correct information, best practices, and industry guidelines so you know that love and that effort won’t be wasted.
(And if you want to take it to the next level and sell your products one day, you’ll already be on your way to having a professional framework, a structured design and development process—which puts you ahead of the game!)
Ask our students and they’ll tell you that none of this removes that fun, that handmade feel, that creative, DIY spirit behind your work. You get to keep all of that, and remove the mistakes, the wasted time and effort, the products that don’t work out.
You stop following bad advice and using poor quality recipes. You start to become more knowledgeable about what you are doing and why, you become an informed creative formulator of your own products.
How to Get Started
When you enter the world of DIY Done Professionally, you can stand behind your products, equipped with scientific fact—even if you are not a scientist—ingredient knowledge, and product making skills.
When you have better information, you’ll begin to look at product labels and see behind clever marketing, misleading slogans, and questionable claims.
DIY Done Professionally is about keeping it real, keeping it honest, keeping it personal, maintaining the fun, the creativity, and staying within the energy of doing it for the love of doing it.
And it’s also about doing it right, doing it properly, doing it like a professional, making products that are as good as they can be—all in your own home.
Get started on your product making journey and take advantage of:
- Correct, professional, and scalable recipes
- Accurate and up-to-date information
- Helpful and detailed instructions
- Support from tutors, experts, and peers
DIY Done Professionally keeps the essence of DIY and combines it with a professional approach that results in safe, stable, and effective products.
This is all at the heart of what the School of Natural Skincare does.
Our team of experts consists of cosmetic formulators, cosmetic scientists, regulatory experts, beauty business experts, aromatherapists and more.
We’ve created award-winning and accredited online courses that teach students just like you how to experiment from a position of knowledge and confidence, minimizing the mistakes they make, and learning what to do when problems happen.
Our Certificate in Making Natural Skincare Products online course teaches the practical art of making your own products by following our safe and thoroughly tested recipes (there are over 120 of them!) to start making products today.
And our Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation online course helps teach you how to formulate like a professional, designing your own products from scratch, from the seed of an idea through the design and ingredient selection process, then on to the formulation stages all the way to actually making your physical masterpiece.
Avoid dubious DIY recipes and learn the practical skills and principles to elevate your products rather than copying mistakes; we have a team of professionals to support you and bring their knowledge to your home today!
Check out our Beginners Guide to formulating
The beginner’s guide to formulating natural skincare products (from scratch, like a professional)!
The essential foundation you need to help you start creating your own natural skincare products from scratch rather than simply following recipes!
Download this fabulous guide and you’ll learn:
- What formulating is and why you need to be doing it!
- The difference between following recipes and formulating your own products.
- How to formulate like a pro! Seven top tips for becoming a confident skincare formulator.
- Our step-by-step process to designing products people love.
- Four easy ways to personalize your skincare products.
- Choosing the right carrier oils for your beauty products.
PLUS: TWO FREE WORKSHEETS!
- Our Cheatsheet Download: How professionals design skincare products (taken from our Diploma in Natural Skincare Formulation).
- Our Safe Product Checklist: How to make sure the skincare products you create are safe and stable.
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