My name is Oy éta Catherine Kokoroko. I am a skincare formulator, founder of Okoko Cosm étiques and a Formula Botanica graduate. Okoko Cosmétiques is a small luxury niche brand that creates clean beauty solutions that boost radiance. I create, develop and handcraft our products and someday I hope to open an Okoko Apothecary Boutique and Spa. In this post, I decided to share my experience studying with Formula Botanica and how it helped me launch a successful beauty brand with a lot of great feedback…all in less than a year. Creating beauty products that truly work is my passion. Formula Botanica provided me with the solid training needed to create gorgeous skincare products that people love.
I started a few years ago as a DIY’er/home formulator. I eventually upgraded from self-taught skincare formulator to professional skincare formulator by intensive study with Formula Botanica. My initial goal was to create formulas that work, that I could sell and that were safe for my customers. Initially I fell in love with their free tutorials (which I found quickly became addictive), and before you know it, I was enrolled in their complete International Organic Skincare Entrepreneur Program where I enjoyed fun and challenging courses and gained priceless knowledge about the industry.
The Formula Botanica program helped me immensely, giving me the confidence to:
The course is very well structured, relevant to the whole industry and developed to a standard that I haven’t found anywhere else.
Since graduating, the products I have formulated have been really well received. Check out what happened in our first year and what people are saying about Okoko here.
The highlights of my experience with Formula Botanica include:
The quality of training
Courses are well-structured ranging from a base course (for those who have no background in skincare formulation, I recommend you enroll in the Diploma course first) to advanced formulation courses that allow you to create hot skincare that stands out. This course was well worth it, and all of the hours and effort you put in will pay off. At the end f the training you will have:
Great support by the staff and students to elevate your formulations
The course is extremely well-organized and help is always available from experienced industry professionals such as Dr. Elham Eghbali (cosmetic chemist), Teresa Foo (Tutor + Founder of Balm Kitchen), Gemma Dickenson ( School Business Manager) if needed. Not only do they have great tutors, but you get free tutorials and lessons before enrolling which are easily accessed (and as I noted above, highly addictive! Consider yourself warned lol!). And a ton of resources are available such as suppliers information, research information and more to make your job easier. I have always appreciated the amazing feedback, formulation challenges and assignments given to the students on a regular basis.
Continuing education and post-graduate support
Formula Botanica provides amazing support for graduates! Lorraine, the program Director, and Formula Botanica are truly committed to helping their graduates share their creations with the world. Check out a few blog posts they have written about my fellow graduates that create fantastic cosmetics, including: Lil Fox, Masla Skincare, R Devine Skincare and most recently Nesara by the lovely Nicky Lamba.
In November 2016, I had the huge pleasure of attending Formula Botanica’s annual conference in London. It was amazing to meet my fellow passionate formulators and entrepreneurs in person. And I was incredibly excited to receive my apron (so Beautiful!)
Thank you so much for your commitment and professionalism Formula Botanica! You gave me the tools to build my brand.