Botanical Skin Care

Botanical Body Care Products

Become a Botanical Body Care Formulator
Online course

Interested in creating your own botanical body care products? Have you wanted to learn how to create a sustainable botanical body care business?

Our innovative one-of-a-kind certification program brings together all the elements of how to thrive with botanical body care along with the tools you need to create and market beautiful botanical body care products.

Designed by Jade Shutes in 2008, this course is for anyone serious about bringing the connection between beauty and wellness to life through their own artisan, plant-based skin care business. This robust 150-hour program is designed to cultivate your natural product formulation expertise and to expand your knowledge of a range of botanical ingredients.

The course covers not only a wide range of botanical ingredients but also unique approaches to the formulation of a range of body care products, from cleansers and toners to creams and exfoliants. And perhaps most importantly, the course is woven around the use of good manufacturing practices, supporting the success and longevity of your venture into botanical product manufacturing. Each module has been meticulously crafted to deepen your knowledge, strengthen your skills, and expand your formulation process with a range of botanical ingredient palettes.

The Botanical Body Care Products Online Certification Program is a comprehensive program for those seeking to formulate their own botanical body care product line or learn more about the craft of botanical beauty. No previous Aromatherapy training is required!

This online course is self-paced. Begin as soon as you sign up!

Watch the videos and read the lessons on any device at your own pace and convenience.

Online Botanical Body Care Products

Course Outline

Module 1


Lesson 1: Getting Started with Botanical Body Care Products Course
Sprout: Welcome Video Series          
Lesson 2: Supplies and Supplier Resources   
Lesson 2b: European and Canadian Suppliers           
Lesson 3: Tools of the Trade  
Labeling Resources + Video   
INCI Names    
In The Studio: Practicum and Worksheets

Module 2

Our Skin

Lesson 1: Understanding the Skin      
Lesson 2: Formulating Based on Skin Types  
Lesson 3: Formulating Seasonal Care Products

Module 3

Botanical Ingredient Palettes

Lesson 1: Your Ingredient Palettes    
Lesson 2: The Essential Oil Palette    
Sprout: Aromatics and the Skin         
Lesson 2b: Essential Oil Safety           
Lesson 2c: Fragrance Allergens – What you need to know    
Lesson 2d: Calculating Allergen Percentage         
Lesson 3: The Carrier Oil Palette
Sprout: Vegetable and Herbal Oils 
Lesson 3b: Carrier Oils Chart
Lesson 4: The Herbal Oil Palette     
Lesson 4b: Notes on Manufacturing Herbal Oils       
Lesson 4c: Manufacturing Herbal Oils         
Lesson 5: The Hydrosol Palette          
Distilling Your Own Hydrosols
Sprout: What are Botanical Extracts?
Lesson 6a: About Glycerites
Lesson 6b: The Basics of Making Glycerites    
Lesson 7: The Butter Palette.           
Lesson 7b: The Wax Palette            
Lesson 8: The Gum and Thickener Palette  
Lesson 8b: Working with Gums  
Lesson 9: The Surfactant Palette       
Lesson 10: Miscellaneous Ingredient Palette

Module 4

Formulation Foundations

Lesson 1: Foundations of Formulating   
Lesson 2: Sanitation Practices        
Lesson 3: Understanding Measurements and Dilutions       
Lesson 4: Ensuring your weight and measurements 

The Palette Charts

Module 5

Oil-based Formulations

Throughout this module, you will learn how to formulate Oil-based products including:

Body Oils, Sample Body Oil Formulations, Facial Elixirs/Serums, Sample Facial Oil Formulations, Body Butters, Sample Body Butter Formulations, Body and Lip Balms, Sample Balm Formulations, Salves, Sample Salve Formulations, Practical exercises throughout module.

Module 6

Water-based Formulations

Throughout this module, you will learn how to formulate Water-based products including:

Formulating Water-Based Products, Preservatives for Products Containing Water, Body and Facial Cleansers, Sample Cleanser Formulations, Toners, Sample Toner Formulations, Creams and Lotions, Sample Lotion Formulations, Sample Cream Formulations, Gels, Sample Gel Formulations, Practical exercises throughout module.

Module 7

Exfoliants, Clays and Powders

Formulation Introduction, The Exfoliant Palette, The Clay Palette, The Powder Palette, Manufacturing Your Own Powders (Think Local Fruits and Vegetables!), Body Scrubs, Sample Body Scrub Formulations, Facial Exfoliants, Sample Facial Exfoliant Formulations, Clay masks, Sample Clay Formulations, Practical exercises throughout module.

Module 8

Resources for the Botanical Body Care Formulator

In this module, you will find a list of suppliers for a variety of raw material and equipment.

Module 9

Good Manufacturing Practices

Good Manufacturing Practices & Labeling Requirements, GMP Readings, Discussion GMP’s

What you will learn


How to create unique botanical skin and bodycare products through the lens of an aromatherapist.


Over 24+ monographs on essential oils including palettes based upon therapeutic effects and aroma.


The Carrier Oil Palette: 30+ unique carrier oil monographs.


Palettes for herbal oils, gums, herbal extracts, preservatives, and surfactants.


The value of good manufacturing practices and how to implement them into a sustainable business.


How to keep good records: from receiving inventory to creating product.


How to formulate oil-based and water-based products utilizing diverse botanical palettes.


How to formulate water based products utilizing diverse botanical palettes.


How to formulate with clay.

How to formulate a variety of aromatic and herbal products.

How to formulate facial and body exfoliants.


The value of preservatives and a range of preservatives to consider.


When to use a preservative and when to use an antioxidant.


And much more!

Our Online Botanical Body Care Program comes with:

aromatherapy certificate course inclusions

8 Modules devoted to Botanical Body Care Formulation

The Aromatic Studies Signature Blending Method

Exclusive Instructional Videos

Downloadable and Printable PDF lessons
Lifetime Access to Course Material and Video Content
Jade’s Favorite Suppliers and Resources

In Course Student forum

This online course is self-paced. Begin as soon as you sign up!

Watch the videos and read the lessons on any device, at your own pace and convenience.

Who is this course for?

Everyone interested in deepening their botanical body care formulation skills! This course is your doorway into the world of botanical body care products. Whether you are adding to your aromatherapy body care product line, just beginning or are interested in learning how to make products for yourself, your family, and friends.


  • The Aromatherapy Entrepreneur who would like to develop or expand their existing business.
  • Aromatherapy Practitioners seeking to expand their offerings to their clients and community.
  • Massage Therapists and Estheticians who would like to add aromatherapy into their practice.
  • Herbalists interested in integrating a wide range of body care products into their herbal practice and product offerings.
  • Parents who would like to be empowered to care for themselves, their family and friends with natural plant-based body care products.
  • Individuals interested in teaching others how to make their own botanical skincare products.
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What our Students Say

Jade enriched my knowledge both in aromatherapy and product formulating

I am grateful for the knowledge which I gathered over the years which prepared me for product creation. I have met many wonderful teachers who generously shared their invaluable knowledge with me. Our beautiful Jade here at Aromatic Studies is one of those teachers. She enriched my knowledge both in aromatherapy and product formulating. Her product formulating course is wonderful, perfectly structured and beyond generous with information. It helps not only with learning how to formulate but also covers the technical and legal aspects of running small production. This part is not so much fun to learn for many of us but is absolutely essential to run successfully and efficiently.

Magdalena Tomczak (woman divine)

Love this program!

This whole course is REALLY AMAZING!!! Wish there was something like this out 5 years ago when I started out making botanical body care products!!!! It is laying many of my fears to bed!

Sharon Ogg

I have learned step by step how to make natural and organic skincare products

I have learned step by step how to make natural and organic skincare products and started using a lot of new and amazing ingredients. I have deepened my knowledge about essential oils, vegetable oils, herbal oils and how to use it to support and enhance the skin health. All this knowledge has been extremely valuable to my life, family and my business.

Cintia Wess

Payment Details

One Payment


Two Payments


Three Payments


*Supplies not included, for a complete listing of materials covered in this course, click here: Botanical Bodycare SUPPLY LIST

Meet Your Instructor

Meet Jade:

Jade Shutes is an aromatherapist, herbalist, author, researcher, gardener, and aromatic distiller.

She holds a Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy, Holistic Massage, Anatomy and Physiology, and Reflexology from the Raworth College of Natural Medicine in Dorking, UK, and a Diploma in Aromatherapy from the International Therapist Examining board (ITEC). She also holds a certificate in herbal medicine.

An aromatherapy practitioner, researcher, and educator for over three decades, Jade is passionate about aromatics and believes the sense of smell is one of the most powerful senses for healing the mind/body/psyche in this era of upheaval and change. She is considered to be a thought leader in the aromatherapy community and is highly respected for her balanced, progressive and inspiring education.

Jade is the founder and visionary of the School for Aromatic Studies. She is the past president for the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (2000-2003 and 2013-2015), author of “Aromatherapy for Bodyworkers”, co-author of “The Carrier Oil Palette”, and the main author of the “Ultimate Guide to Aromatherapy”.


Are there prerequisites?

This course is open to everyone with an interest in deepening their knowledge of botanical ingredients and strengthening their formulation skills.

Is this course all online?

Yes. The Botanical Body Care Products certification program is an online course designed as a self-paced course of study. You can complete the course on your own time and based upon your own schedule and goals.

Online learning is makes learning easy and accessible. With online education you can take your course with you on any device you choose. Download pdf files to read later, watch video content, or view course content on your device.


How long do I have to complete the program?

As long as you need! The average time to complete is: 2-4 months.

Does this course offer CE hours for Aromatherapist?

Yes. This course offers CE hours for aromatherapist. CE hours are accepted by NAHA and other aromatherapy organizations.

Does this course offer CE hours for Aromatherapist?

Yes. This course offers CE hours for aromatherapist. CE hours are accepted by NAHA and other aromatherapy organizations.

How do I complete my certification?

To receive your certification for Botanical Body CAre, you will need to complete each lesson, module quizzes, a final paper on three formulations you made during the course. You will learn more details on how to do this inside the course!

What supplies are required?

The Botanical Body Care Products Certification Course covers a range of plant-based ingredients. You can purchase supplies as needed or desired from your favorite suppliers or use the supplier’s list within the course. Here is the complete list of all ingredients covered throughout the program. Botanical Body Care Products Supplies List. (Please note: You do not have to have all supplies at the start of the course; focus on the type of product you want to create.)

Are you an approved school by a professional aromatherapy organization?

Yes, we are an approved school through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. We are also approved for massage CE hours through the NCBTMB.

Did you say I have access to the course for Life?

Yes, once you register for an online course, it is yours for life of the program!

Can I sign up if I don’t live in the United States?

Yes! We have students from all over the world taking courses with us. The presentation is in English.

Will I be able to connect with other students?

Yes, the course comes with a private student forum where you can communicate with other students in the program. The student forum offers you the opportunity to share your experiences or product formulation, knowledge, questions, and inspiration!

(Please note that we can’t answer questions related to personal health due to legal and time constraints.)

What makes your program different from all the others?

The School for Aromatic Studies is one of the leading schools in North America. We are often asked, What makes our school unique? I believe one of the most unique features is our balanced, progressive & inspiring education that leads to the cultivation of a new generation of aromatherapists to emerge and succeed!

Payment Details

One Payment


Two Payments


Three Payments


*Supplies not included, for a complete listing of materials covered in this course, click here: Botanical Bodycare SUPPLY LIST