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3-Day Herbal Facial
Product Making Boot Camp

~with Alice Duvernell~

“I really like Alice's knowledge on the topic of creams, facial serums, and skin conditions. I loved how Alice was flexible and because we were a small group allowed us to work together & make the products ourselves. I loved how she answered all our questions. Alice's knowledge about the subject of creams, lotions & skin conditions is awesome. Alice is great at meeting students' needs & creativity. Thank you so much, Alice!” – Joanna (click here to see more comments on Alice's classes)

Facial MasksFacial CreamsAloeFacial Serums

Upcoming Dates
Registration Options

Friday, Saturday & Sunday
August 16, 17, & 18

Class Fee: $475 (plus $150 mat. fee)
9am - 5pm each day (21 hrs)

before signing up, please read the 4-day workshop CANCELLATION POLICY at the bottom of this page

We are thrilled to offer this RARE boot camp, focusing on herbal facial care products, taught by Alice Duvernell. Alice has been teaching at The Nova Studio since 2007 and has developed quite a following with her wonderful herb-based classes. We are thrilled to put them all together into a consecutive three day herbal product making extravaganza! Details of what will be covered and pictures for each class can be found directly below (scroll all the way down). Here is a breakdown of the schedule:

Day 1: Friday
9:00 am - 9:30 am: Orientation & Introductions
9:30 am - 1:00 pm: Handmade Hydrosols (Distillate Waters)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch Break (on your own)
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Botanical Extracts: 3 Types (Infusions, Tinctures, & Glycerites)

Day 2: Saturday
9:00 am - 12:30 pm: Nourishing Face Creams
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Formulating for Skin Conditions

Day 3: Sunday
9:00 am - 12:30 pm: Cleansers, Toners & Facial Oils
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Lunch Break (on your own)
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm: Luxury Facial Serums
4:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Boot Camp Wrap Up (Certificates, Feedback Forms, Goodbyes)

Other than the $150 materials fee which is to be paid with cash or check on the first day of class, you don't need to bring anything with you - we supply everything you need! You will go home with handouts for each class, recipes, directions and a bunch of finished products (for details on exactly what, see below). Boot camp students will also receive special extras including a 3-ring class binder and a personalized (frame worth) certificate of completion for the series.

This intensive is ideal for out-of-town students or those who live near by who would rather take as many classes as they can in a short period of time. This workshop is limited to 15 students. Our boot camps usually fill up well in advance - so sign-up today!

Here are more details about which classes &
products are covered in this unique 3-day boot camp:

Handmade Hydrosols (Distillate Waters)
Friday, 9am-1pm

making your own hydrosols  hydrosols class  finished hydrosols

The word hydrosol comes from the Latin root “hydro” and “sol” which means “water solution.”  When a plant is distilled to obtain an essential oil, many chemical compounds of the plant first build up in the water. A hydrosol is the distillate water that remains under the thin layer of essential oil after the steaming process. Hydrosols contain many of the same beneficial components of essential oils, but in a much more subtle, gentle way.

On their own, hydrosols make wonderful, all-natural facial toners & soothing skin spritzers, but they can be used in a number of other cosmetic formulations such as lotions, creams, soaps, facial masks, scrubs, etc. They are suitable for a wide range of skin types, particularly sensitive skin. For this reason, they are safe for use in baby and pet products (even okay to use on cats, which normally cannot metabolize any essential oils at all).

In this class, you will learn how you can make your very own hydrosol at home (without special distillation equipment) from scratch using readily available cooking tools. You will experience the marvelous aromas, as well as the soothing, moisturizing and cooling effects of hydrosols. The class will focus on 6 very beneficial hydrosols (Chamomile, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary, Geranium & Rose), their properties, and their many uses in skin care. All of the plants used in the class are available locally, and you will develop an awareness of what can be easily grown in your own garden or purchased at convenient neighborhood resources.

Alice will cover the following, as she demonstrates how to make a 20 oz. batch of hydrosol using her unique method:

  • Brief history and basic knowledge of hydrosols
  • Necessary materials, supplies and equipment to make your own from scratch at home
  • Six very beneficial hydrosols and their many uses in skin care
  • Recipes for facial toners, aromatherapy mists, masks, creams, baby care & more
  • In class creation (hands-on) of clay facial masks using hydrosols
  • Bottling freshly made hydrosols: hygienic awareness, giving products a longer shelf life

You will go home with handouts and the knowledge of how to make great hydrosols and hydrosol-based cosmetics from scratch as well as a 4-oz. spritzer bottle of freshly made hydrosol and a delightful clay mask (something hands-on for you to experience how hydrosols can be easily incorporated into your skin care routine). Due to the nature of making hydrosols from scratch (in batches), this class is mainly demonstration style with some hands-on elements. NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CLASS ON HOW TO MAKE ESSENTIAL OILS.

Botanical Extracts: Infusions, Tinctures & Glycerites
Friday, 2-5pm

  extracts  herbs for class  tincture bottles

In this demo & hands-on class you will be learning the fundamentals of herbal extractions in oil, alcohol & glycerin. These processes are very accessible and will give you the knowledge to work from scratch with the plants to a finished product. Extracts are sold everywhere and are often highly priced: green tea extract (anti-oxidant, used in anti-wrinkle creams), calendula infused oil (soothing in massage bars or baby products), comfrey or lavender tinctures (excellent for problematic skin types). We will discuss a range of cosmetic herbs and uses and how these basic products will enhance your beauty lines and insure quality to your customers. Come and enjoy the wonders of plant crafting with Alice Duvernell at The Nova Studio!

Students will take home helpful handouts, an 8 ounce oil extraction, an 8 ounce glycerin extraction and a 1 ounce herbal tincture. Students who make other bath & body products will be able to take their extracts home for use in their formulations. All products made in this class are 100% NATURAL (they are free from synthetic ingredients and preservatives).

Nourishing Face Creams
Saturday, 9am-12:30pm

Face Cream  face creams

(Suggested Prerequisite: Our Lotions & Creams 101 Class or Lori's eClass Handouts)

In this mostly demo-style class, you will learn Alice's method for creating high-quality facial creams. You will be introduced to amazing rejuvenating and healing carrier oils from all over the world, and also hydrosols (distillate waters from plants), essential oils, and different types of herbal extracts.

Learn which types of waxes and emulsifiers can be used in cosmetic crafting, rules of hygiene, preserving agents and how to make your creams unique to the market. Alice Duvernell, cosmetic designer and teacher will share with you the great pleasures and challenges of creating superior facial products that you and your customers will never forget.

Students will take home helpful handouts and two amazing freshly-made facial creams (made in class), one in a 1-oz. airless pump bottle & one in a 1-oz. jar.

Formulating for Skin Conditions
Saturday, 1:30-5pm

calendula lavender

During this investigative demo and hands-on class, you will be introduced to the top “Botanical Foods” used in cosmetic formulations targeting particular skin conditions. As we know, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis are highly related to the dysfunction of internal organs, stress or inappropriate food habits. Nevertheless, properly made skincare products can help relieve and soothe these uncomfortable and often unsightly skin problems.

In this new and unique class, Alice will introduce you to a wide range of traditional and unusual botanical extracts, essential oils, and other natural ingredients that have the ability to make our skin feel and look better. Some of the conditions we will study include Acne & Blemishes, Eczema, Chronic Dryness and Flakiness, Psoriasis, Scaring and Rosacea.

Please note that these problematic conditions are not always curable from the outside, but most people can alleviate the bothersome symptoms by using certain beneficial ingredients. This class will also cover which products and ingredients to AVOID, which in some cases can even cure the problem altogether.

You will leave this class with informative handouts, a (custom) 1/3-oz. roll-on Blemish Buster, a (custom) 2-oz Recovery Gel & a 1-oz Dry Skin Stick.

Exfoliating Cleansers, Toners & Facial Oils
Sunday, 9am-12:30pm

Toner Serums

We will create a soap-free cleanser using all-natural ingredients. You will be introduced to the use of excellent quality cleansing and softening clays, botanicals, natural grains & powdered milks (optional). The finished product will be dry (so we can keep it synthetic preservative-free) and you also learn all about different "wetting agents" that can be added for additional benefit to the skin.

Once your skin is cleansed, a toner is used to balance, hydrate, soothe and restore elasticity to your skin. In some cases, a toner will also act as an astringent, tightening the pores. Many store-bought toners contain synthetic preservative, but Alice will show you how to make a natural facial toner, using a variety of herbally-infused ingredients such as decoctions and tinctures as well as skin-friendly ingredients like aloe vera & honey (optional, can eliminate if you are vegan).

The final step in the process is applying some sort of moisturizer or facial oil to nouish your now beautiful, clean & glowing skin! You'll make your very own custmozed aromatherapy face oil (also known as a "facial elixir") to soften your skin and continue to feed it with speciality carrier oils & essential oils, carefully chosen specifically for your skin type.

You will take home helpful handouts, a 4-oz. jar of exfoliating facial cleanser, a 4-oz. bottle of facial toner, and a 1-oz. facial elixir/oil in a glass dropper.

Luxury Facial Serums
Saturday, 1:30-5pm


In this unique hands-on and demo class, learn how to create your own luxury facial serums. Serums are a very popular product in the cosmetic industry today. They are used most commonly at night, and their purpose is to nourish the skin deeply with precious ingredients.

What is also amazing in making facial serums is that the process does not require any warm phases (like lotions & creams); it is a no-heat process that enables all of the properties of heat sensitive botanicals and carrier oils to stay intact.

In this section of the bootcamp, you will learn how to make gel-based facial serums to help regenerate and heal the skin. Alice will present different gel forms and discuss how to use natural gums as jellifying agents. She will demo how to make the serum and then invite you to custmoize it with high quality essential oils that youc an choose, based on your skin type.

Throughout the class, you will be introduced to the techniques on how to incorporate precious hydrosols (distillate waters from plants), essential oils, infused herbs and different types of herbal extracts. You will learn properties of the different carrier oils (like which are anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, nourishing, etc.) and find out how to properly preserve your serums.

Students will take home helpful handouts, and a 1 oz. gel-based rejuvenating & replenishing serum in an airless pump bottle.

If you're flying in, you'll have two main airports to choose from. Oakland International (23 miles away) & San Francisco International (30 miles away). Click HERE for more information, including accommodations & restaurants.

Click HERE for our directions page, which contains driving directions and public transportation instructions, as well as additional information.

At Least 60 Days' Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us with at least 60 days' notice, you will be able to transfer 75% of your class fee to any future class.

At Least 30 Days' Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us with at least 30 days' notice (but less than 60 days before the class) you will be able to transfer 50% of your class fee to any future class.

At Least 7 Days' Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us with at least 7 days' notice (but less than 30 days before the class) you will be able to transfer 25% of your class fee to any future class.

Less than 7 Days' Notice: If you give us less than 7 days' notice that you cannot attend a class, you forfeit your class fee. We are happy to send the class handouts to you. Simply email us a request.

Alice Duvernell is an artist & gilder who recently moved to the Bay Area after living in the south of France for the past 8 years. There she started researching problematic & sensitive skin types & developed an interest in the amazing virtues of essential oils & hydrosols. Her interest in culture & her studies in anthropology led her to travel in South America where she expanded her passion & awareness in native medicinal plants. During her last journey to Brazil, she set up a laboratory where she shared with the locals her techniques for making hydrosols & other cosmetics, using native plants. See our teacher page to view Alice's current classes.


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