Botanical Balms and Salves

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Take your infused oils to the next level by hardening them with beeswax. In this course you will discover how to incorporate wax into your oils at various ratios to harden your oils to various degrees. Popsugar states that for 2020, “If you buy one product…make it an all-purpose beauty balm” as they multifunction as makeup remover, face and body moisturizer, foot massager, lip protector/moisturizer, and cuticle hydrator. But why buy a balm loaded with synthetic ingredients when then best balms are always homemade in small batches!?

Learning Outcomes

  • Supplies you’ll need for a successful batch
  • Understand the difference between a balm and a salve
  • Ratio based formulating concepts
  • Best herbs for first aid and beauty salves & balms
  • Follow-along videos


Course Features

  • Lectures 8
  • Quizzes 0
  • Skill level All levels
  • Language English
  • Students 107
  • Certificate No
  • Assessments Yes

Colleen Bingham Solis, a California native, began developing her first products as a young child, mixing and combining the soaps and perfumes she found in cupboards.

Always a nature enthusiast, Colleen spent most of her childhood playing in the waves at the breach or on adventures with her family touring the country's state parks in their camper.

Then, in 2010, Colleen began studying Herbalism, and instantly plugged in to a community and consciousness that reflected her love of nature and wellness. She signed up for her first herbal studies class, made her first batch of skin care products, and began her journey as a product formulator and herbalist. Colleen's knowledge of holistic health and wellness fused with her topical formulations resulting in the development of Poppy Botanicals.

Colleen is now a Certified Herbalist, instructor at The California School of Herbal Studies, contributing writer at the Herbal Academy, and herbal product developer and consultant for cosmetic companies nationwide. Herb Nerd is a culmination of her passion for her craft and her love of teaching.

Herb Nerd upholds her vision to provide a fun, interactive, and informative learning space in the fields of Herbalism and Natural Cosmetic Formulation. Our goal is to make this information accessible to every type of learner, while providing our students with the mathematic and scientific tools to convert this information into innate knowledge to last a lifetime.


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