Thursday, 11/5/15, with Alice
9:00 am – 9:15 am: Orientation & Introductions
9:15 am – 1 pm: Botanical Extracts: Infusions, Tinctures & Glycerites
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.
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).
1 pm – 2 pm: Break for Lunch
2 pm – 5:30 pm: Using Bee Products in Your Formulations
This unique seminar will delve into the wonderful world of BEE PRODUCTS: Beeswax, Honey, Pollen, Propolis & Royal Jelly – a natural health & beauty cabinet! They are ingredients of choice for cosmetic formulators because they act as a real food for the skin. Bee products are packed with mineral substances, vitamins, amino acids, and are extremely nourishing and soothing. Used in the right way, the bees’ bounty can enhance your body & facial products like no other natural ingredients can.
BEESWAX is the ultimate skin protectant, creating a long-lasting protective barrier while still allowing the skin to breathe. It helps retain moisture, keeping skin supple, and is excellent when used in combination with other bee products for wound healing.
HONEY, a wonderful ally for the skin, has been used since the beginning of time for scarring, wounds and infections. It’s antibacterial, softens the skin, and contains antioxidants that help maintain elasticity and youth.
POLLEN is truly a “super food” and a powerful skin nutrient with emollient, anti-acne, regenerating and antioxidant effects. It’s very nourishing to the epidermis and hair, giving it strength and beauty.
PROPOLIS, a key anti-aging ingredient, is used to help alleviate many skin conditions (it was used in balms for the gods & goddesses of Egypt). Bees use propolis to protect the hive from parasites and viruses as it holds powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties.
ROYAL JELLY was a key cosmetic for the Egyptians. They used it to help their skin stay hydrated and protected in a very harsh and dry environment. Today Royal jelly is used in natural skincare products for its rejuvenating and toning properties. It’s also recognized in the medical realm to be effective against bacterial skin infections, dermatitis and eczema.
Using bee products will enhance your cosmetic formulations (lotions, creams, serums, cleansers, toners & more) and open you to a wide range of therapeutic effects. These include, but are not limited to, anti-aging, preservation, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, regenerative, balancing & re-mineralizing.
Bees are necessary to the well-being of our ecosystem and many species are threatened by pollution. Using bee products helps support and maintain the art of bee keeping, a tradition older that the middle age. Using an in-depth seminar format, Alice brings back this ancient knowledge of the virtues of bee hives.
In the last half-hour of this seminar, students will create a 4-oz. herbal honey extract as Alice brings to light the different therapeutic uses of honey in your diet and how it can help reinforce your immune system, reduce allergies and soothe cough and bronchial infections. In addition to the honey infusion (which can be used either internally or externally), students will take home helpful handouts that include information on how to use bee products in various skin care formulations and applications.