Training + Classes for the Modern Formulator

The Formulators LAB is an online platform offering continual support and training in cosmetic formulation. 

founded by Joan Morais

Creator & CEO of The Formulators LAB & Joan Morais Cosmetics School

The Formulators Lab.

Produce safe, stable, and sustainable cosmetics

Grow your business and stay on top of your game in the industry.

straight to market formulations

Using sustainable, vegan, renewable, biodegradable and fair trade ingredients.

Build your Product Line immediately

Immediate Access to 10 Product Formulation Classes. Straight to Market Formulations.

knowledge from industry Experts 

Learn from experts on a variety of topics and improve your formulating skills. Valuable shared resources.

The Modern For′mu·la′tor n.

A cosmetic formulator can follow, build and create a recipe or formula.

Natural Hair Care Formulations

Natural Skin Care Formulations

Improve your Formulating Skills

Learn Formulating Techniques

Seek Training.

Seek Support.

Ask questions and get answers. Questions always come up during formulating and making formulations. We are here for you to help you get your questions answered during the Live calls.


Here's what's included in your exclusive membership.

Training

Formulation Classes and Live Formulating Lessons plus Q+A

Access to all product formulation classes plus new classes launching every other month. You will quickly learn new successful formulations and procedures. Live Formulating Training Lessons plus Q+A with Joan to answer formulating questions.

Knowledge

Gain Knowledge from Expert Guest Lessons

We host experts in the cosmetic industry sharing knowledge in their field to help you expand your skills as a formulator as well as provide valuable resources. Check out the archive of Experts to gain key skills and knowledge.

Resource Library

The Formulators Glossary

Ingredients are categorized and identified by approving private standards, bio based and biodegradable. Ingredients in the glossary are cruelty-free (not tested on animals) and vegan (contains no animal ingredients).

Worksheets

Materials

Here you’ll find downloads to save and print to help you with your cosmetic formulating including Cosmetic Formula Worksheets and Product Development Worksheets.

Connection

Community Forum

The Private Community is a place to connect and communicate with like-minded, supportive cosmetic formulators and makers. Here you can ask your questions and share with other members.

Save Money

Member Perks

Special offers and supplier discounts.

Our Focus in the LAB: Sustainable Beauty

Sustainability is a core value of The Formulators LAB, it guides the choices we make as a company. Sustainability meets the needs of the present without a destructive impact to people, animals and the planet. In return, it promotes the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

Vegan and cruelty free - The Formulators LAB

Vegan & Cruelty Free

Vegan products contain no animal products, by-products or derivatives. Cruelty free products and ingredients do not test on animals.

Green Ingredients - The Formulators LAB

Green Ingredients

Raw materials are processed using the guidelines of the 12 principles of cosmetic chemistry. Sustainable, renewable, biodegradable and fair trade ingredients.

Sustainable packaging

Packaging is important for a sustainable product. Sustainable packaging is reduced, recyclable, compostable or refillable packaging.

Every month you can expect new happenings in The Formulators LAB.

Members get full-access to 

New & Innovative Formulation Classes

Straight to Market Formulations

shampoo bar class

Shampoo Bar Formulation Class

facial cleansing pods class

FACIAL CLEANSING PODS FORMULATION CLASS

CBD beauty balm

CBD BEAUTY BALM FORMULATION CLASS

Plus, don't miss

Expert Guest Lessons

Stream videos anytime, at your own pace

COMING UP: Live Q&A with

Miriam VaReLdzis

November 30, 2021 @ 10AM - 11AM PST

  • Founder of Palette Naturals
  • Natural Perfumery
Gay Timmons

Oh Oh Organic

Clean Beauty

  • Get Clarity on ingredients for your skin and hair care line
  • Learn about claims, being trusted, accountable and credible
  • Get tools and learn about private certifications and government standards
Damien Perriman

Genomatica

Green Chemistry

  • Learn about sustainable and renewable biotechnology and bio based ingredients for Personal Care 
  • Formulation differences between naturally sourced glycols
  • Green Chemistry 
Aminah Lawson

Crie Naturals

Natural Textured Hair

  • Transitioning to Natural Hair
  • Learn about claims, being trusted, accountable and credible
  • Key Products and Ingredients for Natural Textured Hair
Dennis Abbeduto

Colonial Chemical, Inc

Waterless & Low-Water Formulations

  • Waterless trends
  • Waterless formulations
  • Low-water formulations
Cassandra Celestin

Thee Beauty Chemist

Hair Chemistry & Formulating Hair Care Products

  • Cosmetic Chemist, Trichologist & Cosmetologist
  • Hair biology, physiology, chemistry
  • Formulating hair care products
Megan Rutland

Microchem Laboratory

Microbiological Testing for Cosmetics

  • Team Lead for Cosmetic & Challenge Testing at Microchem Laboratory
  • Laboratory testing procedures such as aerobic plate count, preservative challenge and physical stability testing
Joan Morais

Member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists

Hi, I'm Joan Morais!

Founder of Joan Morais Cosmetics School (formerly Joan Morais Naturals), the first online formulation school in the industry in 2003.

For years, I’ve wanted to create a platform for formulators and makers, whom I call the modern formulator. To provide a place for advancement after taking my formulation courses or other courses. To share technical information bridging the science and art of cosmetic formulation. To be a reliable and trustworthy source in the cosmetic industry.

Meet The Formulators LAB.

Invest in you & your business

Join The Formulators LAB Today!

And join this exclusive private community. Connect and communicate with like-minded, supportive cosmetic formulators and makers. Here you can ask your questions and share with other members.

This is for:

  • The beginner formulator
  • The intermediate formulator
  • The advanced formulator
  • Anyone passionate about formulating and making natural hair and skin care products
Individual class

Purchase the class you want to focus on and complete within 12-weeks.

$

125

 /class

  • 12-week access to complete your class
  • Online training videos with class handout download
  • Includes formula and procedure
  • Does not include membership support

$549.99 / year

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Formulators LAB?

The Formulators LAB is an online training platform membership, a member community forum and formulation classes. You have unlimited access to lessons with cosmetic industry experts, the resource library, forum and member perks. It’s a place of support for you. It’s the next step after taking formulation classes or if you’ve been making cosmetics, to advance your cosmetic formulator skills. The Formulators LAB is here to help you make stable, safe and effective cosmetics. To empower you and provide you with a database of sustainable plant-based, cruelty-free ingredients. We’re here to save you time and money by supplying you with resources. Our goal is to empower you to become the best cosmetic formulator.

Who is the modern formulator?

The modern formulator is passionate about formulating and making natural hair and skin care products. She wants to make stable, safe, effective and sustainable formulations. The modern formulator transforms nourishing ingredients into products that are an elixir for radiant skin and hair.

What are the monthly topics in The Formulators LAB?

The topics include improving formulations and formulating with surfactants, preservatives and emulsifiers. Formulating with actives and botanicals. Stability and microbial testing. Green chemistry, bio-based ingredients, sustainable ingredients and conscious beauty. Topics on the microbiome of the skin, textured hair, developing formulations and more.

Is The Formulators LAB right for me?

Our members include hair stylists, estheticians, salon owners, those with a hair or skin care business or looking to start one. Anyone passionate about formulating and making natural hair and skin care products and want to advance to the next level. 

The Formulators LAB is a community of modern formulators; cosmetic formulators passionate about making natural, nourishing, green beauty products. If you want a place of support, access to information on sustainable ingredients with expert guests, worksheets designed for you to formulate and make nourishing body, hair and skin without complex systems and tons of ingredients. The Formulators LAB is right for you.

Do you provide consulting or formulating services, school or supplies?

We do not provide consulting or custom formulating. We are not a cosmetic formulation school or a supplier. If you are interested in a school go to Joan Morais Cosmetics School. We are here to offer you classes, support and training to advance your cosmetic formulating skills.

How do you define sustainability?

Sustainability is a core value of The Formulators LAB, it guides the choices we make as a company. Raw materials are processed using the guidelines of the 12 principles of cosmetic chemistry. Sustainability meets the needs of the present without a destructive impact to people, animals and the planet. In return, it promotes the ability of future generations to meet their needs. You can find sustainable, renewable, biodegradable and fair trade ingredients in The Formulators Glossary.

Join us and get all the updates on what's happening inside the LAB.

New classes, Q&A's and guest experts every month. Join the newsletter and stay up-to-date!

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