Having already expressed my own thoughts on Formula Botanica (here and here), I wanted to get some additional perspectives on the training, as well as how others have experienced the community. I invited the school’s Director, Lorraine Dallmeier, as well as a handful of Formula Botanica students and graduates to share their views on their experiences with the school and its global community. I appreciate each of their contributions to this article and encourage you to discover the exciting work each is doing.
Formula Botanica’s Director: Fostering Community
Director Lorraine Dallmeier, recognized HuffPost Organic Beauty contributor, and consistent award-winner of Top 25 Who’s Who in Natural Beauty
We love our community dearly and have met so many talented, inspirational, passionate and fascinating people all over the world. Our community is what sets Formula Botanica apart from all other online courses. Students come to us for our award-winning courses and end up staying for the community. We have invested years of time and effort in growing our community from scratch to a global platform for formulators in green, clean and organic skincare/haircare. Once a year we then host a live conference where we can meet our community members face to face and I have to tell you, this is the absolute highlight of the year for us.
At the start of our 2017 conference in London (which was held 10 days ago), I opened the conference by saying that our community is an enormous source of inspiration, strength, and support and that students should never view each other as competitors but instead as collaborators, friends and even potential new business partners.
We’ve seen students form firm friendships across the world through Formula Botanica. We’ve seen students fly to each other all around the world to meet and study together, thanks to Formula Botanica. We’ve seen countless students share valuable information, inspire each other and lift each other up. We’ve seen countless students share successes and celebrate together. We’ve even seen students partner together in business after meeting through our community: OK Homelab is a great example where two Formula Botanica students met in Russia and decided they were stronger together so they went into business together! You can read their story here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BRkJo5NgEve and https://www.instagram.com/p/BP8BmlsAhEg (You’ll need Google Translate.) 🙂
We have built our community through many, many hours of engagement while encouraging students to share their stories, share their successes and use our community to help support them when they need it. Our overriding objective is to provide a safe, friendly space where we can educate, innovate and formulate.
Formula Botanica Students and Graduates Review the School
Rachel Devine, founder of R Devine Organic Skin Care, winner of 18 Hamilton Reader’s Choice Awards, 3 National Awards, a 2016 Forty Under Forty Award, as well as Alumni of Distinction Award from Mohawk College in the Entrepreneur Category
I had been playing around with some formulations on my own before taking this course, but I wasn’t confident in them. I had done a lot of research, and my formulations were fairly good. However, once I took the course, my formulations went from being ok to professional quality. I learned so much more about specific ingredients, mixing products together, as well as laboratory set up and preservation that I had no learned on my own through research. My skincare line wouldn’t be what it is today without this course!
I also really enjoyed the online structure. I am located in Canada, owned an aesthetics business at the time that I took my course, and also have two young children. Attending a school would not have been an easy option for me. Taking the course online made taking this course possible. The information in the course was really easy to follow, and the school’s customer service was amazing whenever I needed support.
I also really loved connecting with other skin care formulators, networking with them, and all learning from each other’s experiences and experiments. I still remain in contact with a few of them today, as well all grow our lines parallel to one another.
Discover R Devine Organic Skin Care here.
Ashleigh Tatum, founder of Laurence Vale Organics, an Australian line of highly-effective handmade natural skincare
I instantly found Formula Botanica to be a very encouraging and supportive environment. I absolutely love reading through all the posts in the online forum [the Facebook group exclusively for Formula Botanica students, graduates, and staff]; it’s encouraging to see other people that have similar struggles to myself succeed and overcome the issues they were facing. I’m a member of a few other online groups, and in other groups, there is always the occasional nasty comment or people don’t want to share too much, as it seems they don’t want people to succeed and outdo them. This is not an issue in our [the Formula Botanica] community; everyone is helpful, supportive, honest, and encouraging.
I also find it very comforting seeing Lorraine and all the other staff comment so frequently on posts; it makes me feel like they really do care about their students and their success. I founded my business Laurence Vale Organics on a simple mantra learned through Formula Botanica: ‘keep it simple.’ I make a small range of skincare that truly focuses on helping treat common skin concerns like dehydration, excess oil, pigmentation, flakiness, chronic dryness, and sensitivity. Through studying with Formula Botanica, I’ve been able to learn that for a product to be beneficial, it doesn’t necessarily have to be jam-packed with ingredients. I use a wide range of natural ingredients, but I only put in what needs to be there. Although I’m due to launch in November, I’ve already had a huge response from my local community, and it’s all been positive. I owe it all to Formula Botanica.
Discover Laurence Vale Organics here.
Sara Runser, founder and formulator of Lily De Mai, an exquisite line of high-performance skincare–designed specifically for sensitive skin–that harnesses the purity of nature and the power of science
My favorite thing about Formula Botanica is Lorraine Dallmeier and Dr. Elham Eghbali’s commitment to science and evidence-based formulating. There is so much misinformation in the beauty industry, particularly the green beauty community. I’m so grateful as a skincare entrepreneur that they have educated so many makers, consumers and industry people about the chemistry and science behind green skincare.
In terms of how Formula Botanica has elevated my business, I took an Ideal Customer Master Class with Lorraine and Elena Herdieckeroff. It was the most valuable marketing class I’ve ever taken. It helped me envision and speak to my ideal customer from every angle. Knowing who my ideal customer is and how to talk to her has been invaluable.
Discover Lily De Mai here.
Jale Demirichi Cinisli founder of Jalue, an international skincare brand based in Turkey that blends ice and the finest herbs–for innovative cryotherapy—and Ms. Demirchi Cinisli was also recognized by Natural Beauty News Who’s Who Top 25 Personalities of 2017
I have an educational background in Management and Marketing – and apart from having a huge interest in skincare, I didn’t really have what it takes to make a skincare brand. Blogs and books will only take you to a certain point. I discovered Formula Botanica and decided that it would be an unmissable opportunity to build my knowledge. What was great with Formula Botanica is that it was never boring. There weren’t pages of theory to learn and memorize. It was practical, you learned stuff, you created stuff and then you got tested on your knowledge! Before Formula Botanica I used to make a lot of creams on my own – and it was so difficult. For example, every time I used Coconut Oil or Shea Butter as my main ingredients the consistency of the cream was really hard and it used to freeze – and I had no idea why. My Formula Botanica degree taught me the reasons why, and the solutions to the most common problems like those.
Formula Botanica supports its students and graduates – it is more than just an education platform. I suppose it is more like a community. There are hundreds of people like you-you learn from one another, and you encourage one another. Lorraine herself was very supportive – she helped promote Jalue and did an excellent job with it. It is of course always great when you get an email from management team telling you how much they love your products and brand. 🙂 Encouragement is one of the most important things for any startup, and Lorraine and her team have done an excellent job with it!
Discover the unique and innovative offering of Jalue here.
Chaya Caroline Guitton, current Formula Botanica student and author of the enlightening blog Dandelions & Daisies
What’s so great about the Formula Botanica online school is that you are never alone in your journey! Besides the high quality of the course information and its structure, it is more than your average online course. The director of the school and the wonderful staff and tutors are always there for you to answer any technical questions and to offer support and encouragement. The online classroom Facebook group offers a goldmine of information and emotional support as well when we have our doubts or when we simply want to share our accomplishments. The webinars they offer and the scientific research library available to students are priceless. It is a fantastic, caring community where we all connect, as we have pretty much the same ethics and dreams of learning to make natural skincare and eventually sharing this knowledge with the world after months of hard work. I am hoping to start my own line of botanical skincare here in Bordeaux, and to give some workshops and personal guidance to creates specific formulas for individuals with particular skincare needs. Formula Botanica is there to promote you if you would like, with all their many contacts and heavy use of social media they are more than happy to show their followers the progress and success of their students, like proud parents! It is so cool to know that even when you are finished with the course, they will still be right behind you. My new blog, which I never would have had the idea of starting if it wasn’t for the business and marketing advice also included in the course, is a perfect example of how the school is there to show you the way, not only in formulating, but in how to market yourself as well.
CJ Fisher, Formula Botanica student and noted Beauty Blogger
Every time I look at the Formula Botanica Facebook group, I always see a plethora of questions. The thing that sets this community part happens in the comments. It’s so nice to scroll through the comments to see so many people eagerly adding useful bits of information or providing an alternative perspective. From what I’ve noticed, almost every question that is asked or every problem that arises is quickly solved with the help of many rather than a single individual!
Additional Formula Botanica Reviews
If you have read until the end and still want to know more, several Formula Botanica graduates have written about their experiences with the school on the blogs of their respective businesses. Here is a handful of them.
- Formula Botanica Review by Liz Ayling of Alchemy du Corps
- Formula Botanica Review by Heather Urquhart of Huna Apothecary
- Formula Botanica Review by Timi Racz of Natural Skincare Workshops
- Formula Botanica Review by Rumbi Serima-Fowler of Mimi’s Organics
- Formula Botanica Review By Teresa Foo of Balm Kitchen
You can also read over 260 verified reviews of Formula Botanica on Trust Pilot, where it’s worth noting that 94% are 5-star reviews, and 4-star reviews account for the remaining 6%. Finally, you can also read in-depth interviews with many Formula Botanica graduates from all over the world by visiting the school’s blog here.
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