The Lab at Formula Botanica
An exclusive members-only community for monthly VIP training in organic formulation, botanical ingredients research and indie beauty entrepreneurship.

The Lab at Formula Botanica

Suitable for: Beginners

What is it? Our Membership Site

Pre-Requisites: None

Time: 2 hours per month

Content: Monthly Mini Labs + Lab Libraries

Next induction week: To be confirmed

Monthly Membership: £49/month (British Pounds)

Annual Membership £490/year (British Pounds) Includes 2 months free

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Registration opens in:

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  • By joining the Lab you will get access to:
  • Instant access to all past Mini Labs
  • Monthly Lab Lectures & Lessons
  • Live monthly Q&A Masterclass
  • Private community of formulators + entrepreneurs
  • Membership price: £49/month (British Pounds)
  • You can cancel at any time
  • No refunds
Benefits of Membership

20+ Mini Labs

Become a Beauty Trend Expert

Each month we create a mini course called a Mini Lab, which focuses on either a formulation, ingredients or business topic. Within each Mini Lab, you receive a Lab Lecture, several Lab Lessons, a Lab Mission workbook and a Lab Masterclass, to help you master that month’s topic.

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The Centella Mini Lab

Learn about Centella Asiatica , an ingredient that is having its moment in the beauty industry spotlight, thanks to its soothing and calming properties.

Included with your Lab membership

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The Sensitive Skin Mini Lab

Learn about the theory behind why people can experience sensitive skin and how you can adapt your formulations for the growing consumer group who identify their skin to be sensitive.

Included with your Lab membership


The Oleogel Mini Lab

Learn to make one of the most fun formulations of the moment! Oleogels are taking the beauty world by storm and once you start making these versatile formulas you won’t want to stop.

Included with your Lab membership

Mini Lab - Bakuchiol

The Bakuchiol Mini Lab

Study bakuchiol , the exciting botanical ingredient that has the industry buzzing. Learn its mechanisms on the skin, why it’s called the natural alternative to retinol and find out how to formulate with this on-trend ingredient.

Included with your Lab membership

Mini Lab - Microbiome

The Microbiome Mini Lab

Learn about the fascinating world of the skin’s microbiome , a vast array of microorganisms that are found on and in our bodies. Discover how  the skin microbiome relates to cosmetics and how to formulate products that are microbiome-friendly.

Included with your Lab membership


The Essential Oils Mini Lab

Learn about the aroma-chemistry of essential oils, study extraction methods and research 10 on-trend essential oils you should be working with right now. Use our latest research to harness essential oils’ potential for your formulations.

Included with your Lab membership


The CBD & Hemp Mini Lab

CBD is one of the hottest trends in beauty right now and the market is predicted to bring in £731 million in sales by 2024. Study cannabidiols and research the complexities of formulating with CBD and cannabis plant materials.

Included with your Lab membership

Packaging Innovation

The Packaging Innovation Mini Lab

With over 120 billion units of packaging produced by the beauty industry each year, everyone is talking about the zero waste movement and how to innovate in packaging. Study bioplastics and how to conduct a packaging life cycle analysis.

Included with your Lab membership


The Weights and Measures Mini Lab

Weighing and measuring are both key skills for any organic formulator, that is why we take a deep dive into the hows and whys of weighing ingredients and calculating formulas in this Mini Lab. Study packaging and weight legalities.

Included with your Lab membership

Mini Lab - Pinterest

The Pinterest Mini Lab

There are over 400 million Pinterest users worldwide and the platform is very popular for indie beauty. Learn from the social media expertise of the Formula Botanica team with expert guest input to provide you with a best practice guide to making the most of Pinterest.

Included with your Lab membership


The Content Creation Mini Lab

Content increases visibility, establishes authority and helps build trust with your customers. But so many indie brand owners do not utilise this powerful tool. Learn how to create a content strategy that works. Study what types of content you should create.

Included with your Lab membership


The Lamellar Emulsions Mini Lab

Lamellar emulsions have some key unique differences compared to other emulsions and are great for sensitive skin because they mimic the skin’s natural structure. Study the beneficial properties of lamellar emulsions and explore some of the available emulsifiers on the market.

Included with your Lab membership


The pH Mini Lab

Every formulator needs to understand how to work with and understand the topic of pH. In this Mini Lab, we go deeper into this complex topic and ensure you are up to speed with the latest techniques in testing and modifying the pH of your formulations.

Included with your Lab membership

The Branding your Beauty Business Mini Lab

The Branding your Beauty Business Mini Lab

In this Mini Lab, we encourage you to think about beauty branding differently. Branding goes beyond your logo, your font and your brand colours. We’ll teach you how to find and work with a designer to create your on-trend indie beauty brand.

Included with your Lab membership


Skincare Entrepreneur Mindset Mini Lab

We will help you reflect on some key points within your mindset that may be holding you back from achieving your goals. Learn how to take action, as well as to acknowledge and work on any stumbling blocks in your mindset.

Included with your Lab membership


The Natural Ingredients Mini Lab

Do you struggle with researching botanical ingredients? Do you know where to find accurate and relevant information when studying your botanicals? This Mini Lab will help you sort fact from fiction when it comes to the latest natural ingredients research.

Included with your Lab membership


The Botanical Oils Mini Lab

Botanical oils are one of the key foundation ingredients for any organic cosmetic formulator. With hundreds of carrier oils available to choose from, this Mini Lab looks at the latest information on comedogenicity as well as how to source sustainable botanical oils.

Included with your Lab membership

More mini labs

+ New Mini Labs Every Month

Formula Botanica releases a new Mini Lab every month, tackling a trending topic in formulation, botanical ingredients research or indie beauty entrepreneurship.

Included with your Lab membership

Benefits of Membership

With Our Lab Masterclasses

You get the inside knowledge from handpicked industry experts

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Included with your Lab membership

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Included with your Lab membership

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The Lab Libraries

Refer to our info-packed lab libraries to research ingredients, read equipment reviews and follow our expert formulations.


Our ingredients library is the ultimate resource for the organic formulator. Access our ingredients library to view our in-depth natural ingredient profiles.


Grab a formulation notebook and try some of the fantastic beginner, intermediate and expert organic formulations created by our Formula Botanica tutors in the formulation library.


Read our equipment guides, reviews and expert insights to help you find the right equipment for your formulating journey in our equipment library.

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Benefits of Membership

A Community That Answers

All of your Beauty Trend Questions

(even if it’s the middle of the night)

Our members-only Facebook group is made up of 1,000+ skilled and generous formulators and indie beauty entrepreneurs who are ready to answer ALL your indie beauty trend questions at any time, day or night.

The Lab at Formula Botanica

What is the Lab at Formula Botanica?

Formula Botanica has created an exclusive members-only community for its prospective, current and past students to receive VIP monthly training in organic formulation, botanical ingredients research and beauty entrepreneurship.

The Lab at Formula Botanica welcomes all formulators, researchers and entrepreneurs, of any ability, who all want to change their life through green beauty.

The Lab is an online members’ hub, where you’ll connect with the best in the industry. Learn from the Formula Botanica team, as well as our regular special guest speakers. Once you become a lab member, our monthly mini courses help you embrace your passion for formulation, plants and indie beauty business.

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What Happens When You Join Us

At The Formula Botanica Lab Bench?


Our monthly mini courses, or mini labs, will offer you the perfect platform for getting started as an organic formulator and beauty entrepreneur. You’ll receive monthly online lectures, lessons, workbooks and live Q&As with experts in formulation, ingredients research and business skills. Think of our mini labs as bite-sized monthly training courses to support you on your journey as a formulator and entrepreneur.


Improve your formulation skills, ingredients research and business plans. We add new pre-recorded and live lab lectures and lessons monthly and include contributions from our own expert team at Formula Botanica, as well as experts all throughout the industry, to inform and inspire. Our lab lectures and lessons will help you on your formulation and beauty business journey.


Use our lab libraries to gain access to the information you need in order to design your natural formulations and research your favourite green beauty ingredients. Our team of technical advisers at Formula Botanica has spent years researching these ingredients and tools for you, so you don’t have to.


We’re proud of our amazing community – and we want to invite you to be part of it! Once you become a member at the lab at Formula Botanica, we’ll welcome you into our private networking group on Facebook, where you’ll be able to be part of a community of formulators and beauty entrepreneurs around the world.

Is the Lab at Formula Botanica

Right for You?

New to Formula Botanica?

Anyone is welcome in The Lab. If you’re new to formulation and not quite ready to enrol for an award-winning Formula Botanica course, the lab is a great place to start on your formulation journey before enrolling.


If you’re an existing Formula Botanica student, you’ll know that our courses have everything you need to achieve your formulation goals but when you add the lab, we’ll keep you to up to date with your skills.


If you’re a Formula Botanica graduate, The Lab offers you Continuing Professional Development opportunities and new ideas for your formulations or business so you can stay up to date with the indie beauty industry.



Gain access to bite-sized monthly lessons on formulation, ingredient and business topics.


Use our detailed botanical ingredient profiles, equipment guides and sample formulations.


Learn new skills from experts in the Formula Botanica Team, as well as our VIP guest lab lecturers.


Watch our interviews, formulation videos or detailed lectures on topics that inspire and motivate.


Download your monthly workbook or take part in a quiz to test your knowledge.


Network with the fantastic people who make up the global Formula Botanica community.

Put on your lab coat and grab your green formulation gloves as you join us at the Formula Botanica lab bench

Join The Lab


None. Suitable for anyone: prospective students, students or graduates.

Start Date

When we open membership for The Lab – stay tuned for the next announcement!


New content uploaded in the membership site monthly.


Network with other members of The Lab at Formula Botanica in our private Facebook group.


Formula Botanica is accredited by the Open & Distance Learning Quality Council.

Expert Support

Join our live monthly masterclasses to speak to the Formula Botanica team or our guest expert.

Join The Lab

Become a member of The Lab and receive VIP monthly training in organic formulation, botanical ingredients research and beauty entrepreneurship.

The Lab at Formula Botanica welcomes all formulators, researchers and entrepreneurs, of any ability, who all want to change their life through green beauty.

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