Class Handout: Learn to Make Luxury Facial Serums


by Alice Duvernell

Learn to make luxurious facial serums from the comfort of your own home! Sign-up to receive a 2-part digital download (complete class handouts & a thorough glossary). To access your documents, visit your MY ACCOUNT page.

Serums are a very popular product in the skin-care industry. They are used most commonly at night, and their purpose is to nourish the skin deeply with precious ingredients. In this class handout & glossary, Alice will cover how to make two different types of luxury facial serums to help regenerate and heal the skin: simple yet highly effective oil-based serums, AND more complex gel/water/oil serums.

A Note from Alice: Through these handouts, we’ll be engaging in creating healthy, environmentally friendly and high-quality luxury cosmetics. In our “modern” societies with an increase of material consumerism and high technology, we have mostly lost our relationship to the earth and the already present abundance around us. Mother Nature has always taken care of us and offers us the tools to be happy, healthy and loving to ourselves and others. Making your own cosmetics is a wonderful way to re-connect to our ability to transform and synergize natural elements to create products that are soothing and gentle on the body (and safe for the environment around us). I wish that you find, in making home crafted cosmetics, a way to participate in making a better world.

Summary of what’s in the “Luxury Facial Serums” Digital Class Handout:

  • Page 1: Cover / Title Page
  • Page 2: Note From Alice and Bio
  • Page 3: What is a Serum?
  • Page 4: Natural Gels & Gums (origins, properties & formulas they’re used in)
  • Page 5-6: Glossary of Relevant Natural Gels (ingredients, their common uses & usage ratios)
  • Page 7: Making a Facial Serum (introduction & equipment needed for a gel-based serum)
  • Page 8: Ingredients & Percentages for Gel Serums (with notes on how to customize the recipe for individual needs)
  • Page 9: Alice’s Gel Serum Recipe (itemized out by water phase, gums, oil phase, antioxidants & preservatives, and optional emulsifiers)
  • Page 10: Instructions on Making the Gel Serum
  • Page 11: How to Sterilize Equipment
  • Page 12: Alice’s Oil Serum Recipe (oil amounts, percentage suggestions & recommended antioxidants)
  • Page 13: A Note on Carrier Oils (discussion of normal, medium & high quality oils and use ratios) AND Alice’s Recipes & EO Blends Section
  • Page 14: Continuation of “Alice’s Recipes & EO Blends Section” (8 total additional oil serum recipes are included)
  • Page 15-17: Alice’s Recommended Suppliers List: Herb Suppliers (both online & local to the Bay Area), Cosmetic Ingredients Suppliers, Bottle Suppliers, & 2 Other Interesting Links.

Summary of what’s in the “Facial Serums Ingredient Glossary”:

  • Page 1: Cover / Title Page
  • Page 2-4: Carrier Oils (29)
  • Page 5: Carrier Oils by Skin Type (7 Skin Types)
  • Page 6: Butters (5)
  • Page 7: Hydrosols & Skin Types
  • Page 8-10: Essential Oils (20)
  • Page 11: Essential Oils by Skin Type (7 Skin Types)
  • Page 12-13: Protecting & Preserving Serums

Please read about the teacher & find more details in the “About Class Handouts” tab below before purchasing this handout.

A Class Handout is the digital PDF version of the handout for the in-person classes we taught at The Nova Studio. After ordering this PDF-format digital handout, you will be directed to a page that contains links to your instant downloads. You’ll have easy access to all your active Class Handout links in one easy place from your My Account page (downloads expire after 10 days & 5 downloads – so be sure to save the docs to your computer before then).

They will save you a ton of time & energy by giving you accurate, tested recipes & formulas, clear instructions, recommended sources for where to buy supplies relevant to each topic, and any background and/or supporting information. It’s the next best thing to being in a class!

When you buy the handouts, you also have permission to make the products exactly as is (with or without changing them) and you may market/sell them to your customers using our recipes. The only thing you cannot do is sell, post or distribute the information, directions, or recipes in our handouts since they are protected by copyright laws as part of our exclusive intellectual property.

Purchasing these handouts does not include any additional consulting or email support. If you have questions or need consulting, we offer private lessons & phone consultations. If you teach classes and want help creating your own class handouts, please contact us to set up a private consult and we would be happy to assist you. Purchasing our handouts does not give you permission or license to use them as teaching materials.


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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 how to create herbal & facial products from Alice.


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