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The World's Leading Online Organic Cosmetic Science School | Accredited Online Learning to start your Natural Skincare Business
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Everyone who wants to break into the beauty business needs to be on Instagram - it's one of the hottest social platforms for indie brands right now. We're there too and we post up frequent formulation tips and inspiration for you. Make sure you follow us @FormulaBotanica.

We don't just post up photos though, we also regularly share Instagram Stories! Our Community Manager Kelly often asks our students and graduates to share their best photos with us and then we run a daily show & tell to our followers.

If you haven't used them before, Instagram Stories are so much fun. You can showcase photos, videos and even livestreams and then jazz them up with text, colours, drawings and most importantly, GIFs (our favourites!).

But the one thing we found that was missing, was decent GIFs for the green beauty community. There were just no GIFs out there for organic skincare entrepreneurs. Until... we decided to make some!

We've just unveiled our 16 green & indie beauty GIF stickers (which have already had over 3 million views) and we're loving them for our Instagram Stories. We hope you love them too. Click on the link to learn how to use them.
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Biobased packaging is here to stay. We recently interviewed Caroli Buitenhuis, an expert in packaging and circular concept development, to learn more about biobased packaging and to find out how we can sustainable package our organic skincare and haircare as artisan brands.

Caroli is not only an expert in biobased packaging, but is also the initiator of the Bioplastics Hub, a Dutch consultancy hub that advises brands who want to make the transition from fossil-based to bio-based packaging options.

Sitting at a table in Caroli’s Bioplastics Hub in Amsterdam, we are surrounded by plastic containers; containers for food, household products and cosmetics.

Read our interview with Caroli to find out when you should (and also when you shouldn't!) consider biobased packaging for your beauty brand.
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All around the world, haircare herbs are added to formulations in order to bring plant-powered properties to our shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments. When Mintel did a review of the top treatment claims made in the global haircare industry a while ago, it was no surprise to any of us at Formula Botanica that the winner was ‘botanical / herbal’.

A wide range of active principles of various plants including vitamins, hormones, phyto-hormones, bioflavanoids, enzymes, tannic acid, fruit acids, amino acids, sugars, glycosides and essential oils can potentially be useful in organic haircare formulations. There are large numbers of plants which are reported to have beneficial effects on hair and are commonly used in haircare products.

In this blog post, we look at 10 of the best haircare herbs to use in our formulations. Which is your favourite?
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Meet Khulan Davaadorj, Founder of Lhamour Skincare in Mongolia and Formula Botanica graduate. Khulan is an inspiration to all skincare entrepreneurs around the world, as she has created a global recognised brand differentiator that makes Mongolia proud.

We’ve been following Khulan’s story since she first enrolled with us back in 2014. Khulan initially started out Lhamour Skincare herself, against everyone’s advice. She went through a rollercoaster start-up phase and has since emerged as a very successful entrepreneur, with over 35 staff and exporting her formulations to 5 countries.

Click on the link to watch our video interview with Khulan.
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The tradition of creating homemade skincare has long been part of many cultures around the world, with recipes often handed down the generations.

In recent years, homemade skincare has had a revival in line with the growth of the green beauty movement. It is now a booming trend and you’ll find homemade skincare DIY-ers keenly sharing their recipes and results on social media.

If you enjoy making homemade cosmetics, this post is of particular relevance as we outline the most important steps and things to consider when making your own cosmetics at home.

We want you to get the best out of your natural cosmetic ingredients, to avoid not only wasting them but also, importantly, to ensure you are creating safe cosmetics.

Click to read the 8 points you MUST know before making homemade skincare.
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What are the top 10 trends in the mainstream beauty industry for 2018?

Lorraine & Gemma attended In-Cosmetics Global 2018 in Amsterdam last week and scoured all of the innovation zones, trend areas and sensory bars to find out what's hot in the industry. They also talked to raw ingredients suppliers and Mintel to find out what's hot.

In the latest episode of Formula Botanica's Green Beauty Conversations podcast, listen to Lorraine and Gemma announce the main trends that they feel the green & indie beauty movement should be tackling in their formulations.
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Formula Botanica's International Organic Skincare Entrepreneur Program is now open for enrolment!

We only open enrolment for our flagship program twice a year for one week - during this time you can enrol for all eight of our skincare courses at 30% discount.

Sign up now while enrolment is still open and change your life through organic skincare.
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Sign up for our free 4-part video training on how to become an organic skincare entrepreneur by clicking on the link below.

In this video series, we explain how to navigate some of the biggest struggles experienced by organic skincare entrepreneurs: formulation design, ingredient choice and natural preservation.

You don't want to miss out on this free series, as it's only available for two short weeks. We hope you enjoy the videos!
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It's a big day for us! Today Formula Botanica goes live with our Green Beauty Conversations podcast, which we've been preparing for many months.

The global green beauty community looks to Formula Botanica for guidance on major events in the industry, such as new ingredient releases, innovative formulation techniques and indie business guidance. We've launched our podcast to cater for this growing need.

The first three episodes are now live and we recommend starting with episode 1 (click on the link below!) in which we explore the 4 shades of natural - what does natural skincare actually mean?

We're also running a competition to give away £2000 worth of courses (WOW!). Learn how to enter the competition at this link: https://formulabotanica.com/green-beauty-conversations-podcast/
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We love botanicals, especially the therapeutic properties within them that can benefit your skin. The super powers in plants come from their active constituents; the chemical compounds that can affect your skin and hair.

But if you want to extract these compounds, you need to learn to work with the right herbal solvent.

There are many different herbal solvents you can use to extract the active compounds from herbs and plants. Not every herbal solvent is suitable for every compound or for every use though. Click to read our guidelines for choosing the best herbal solvent.
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