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Lotions & Creams


Taught by Alice Duvernell

In this class you’ll learn how to make (from scratch!) wonderful lotions & creams for the body.

We’ll discuss all necessary ingredients like emulsifiers, humectants, emollients, as well as the inexpensive equipment and supplies needed to get started. You’ll learn about the properties and shelf-life of vegetable/nut carrier oils and butters (like shea butter and mango butter), and how and when to use antioxidants and preservatives; a necessary part of making lotions and creams as they always contain water-based ingredients. NOTE: Since there are no proven truly “all-natural” preservatives on the market, we do use a synthetic preservative (but it is paraben-free).

Please Note: A materials fee of $15 in cash is due
and will be collected on the day of the class.

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We’ll demonstrate two fantastic recipes, a nice light body lotion and a wonderful shea butter hand/foot cream. The batches we make in class will be unscented and uncolored and you’ll get to add your choice of essential oils, and color (optional). Popular scent combinations include lavender & mint, lemon & rosemary, and geranium, ylang ylang & sweet orange. Once finished scenting and coloring, you will package and label your custom product.

You will leave with a 3 oz. bottle of body lotion, a 2 oz. jar of shea hand & foot cream, and handouts complete with both of these tested recipes, detailed instructions, information on each of the ingredients, and a list of our recommended suppliers. Due to the necessity of making emulsion products in batches, this class is primarily demonstration / lecture style, with hands-on elements.

Once you take this class, you will never buy commercial lotions or creams again!

Already know how to make Lotions & Creams? Check out Alice’s next-level class: Nourishing Face Creams 201.


Alice headshotAlice Duvernell is an artist & gilder who moved to the Bay Area after living in the south of France for 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 homemade techniques for making hydrosols & other cosmetics, using only native plants. Learn from Alice at the Studio.

If you are coming from out of town, contact us before making any non-refundable travel arrangements so we can verify the class has met the minimum and is definitely a go.

All payments are non-refundable, but we do offer partial class credit depending on how much advance notice you give us. If you cannot attend a class, you can always send someone in your place. Alternatively, you can receive partial credit as described below. Note: We do not offer refunds, only future class credits.

At Least 7 Days’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us at 510-234-5700 with 7 or more days’ notice, you will be able to transfer your class fee, minus a $15 change fee, to any future class.

At Least 48 Hours’ Notice: If you cannot attend (for any reason) and you call us with at least 48 hours’ notice (but less than 7 days before the class) you will be able to transfer 50% of your class fee to any future class.

Less than 48 Hours’ Notice: If you give us less than 48 hours’ 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.

If We Have to Cancel: In the rare case where enrollment is below the studio minimum of 5 students, the teacher has the right to cancel no later than the Monday prior to the class. If a class is cancelled, you will be contacted using the phone number and/or e-mail address that you gave when signing up. You will have a choice of a full refund or a credit for any future class.


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