In the previous guest episode, Formula Botanica CEO and podcast host Lorraine Dallmeier spoke to one of our most inspirational indie beauty brand founders, school graduate Stella Nisreen Kanaan of Naughty Alchemist. Stella spoke of how her lifelong, inherent love of botanicals ignited her passion to study with Formula Botanica. Through her studies she learned how to infuse precious botanicals into her product line and into her salon practice business too.
In this short Green Beauty Opinion as follow up to her interview with Stella, Lorraine celebrates the bounty of botanicals, but urges us to think about how to conserve the very plants that provide us with endless inspiration and incredible ingredients.
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There wouldn’t be a single natural formulator in our School community who wouldn’t agree with us that plants are changing the beauty industry for the good and must be cherished. The groundswell of natural formulators and indie beauty founders is unstoppable.
Lorraine points out that while Formula Botanica has enrolled some 15,000 students worldwide, you might not know that our community comprises some 300,000 people who have taken our free courses as well. Our Free Organic Skincare Entrepreneur Masterclass is open for enrolment now as we air this episode.
Botanical bounty for formulators comes from leaves, roots, seeds, bark, flowers, stems, twigs, marine plants and more. Different parts of the same plant provide us with incredible phytoactive extracts to let our creativity as formulators run wild. There are limitless ways we have as natural formulators to connect with our own local botanicals too. Lorraine’s personal favourite herbs that can be found growing wild in the UK are borage, chamomile, rosehip and calendula, but you will have those you love locally and which have framed your cultural references and been part of your community’s local knowledge for centuries.
Botanical formulation has the power to ground us in our busy, stressful lives. The term earthing refers to our ability to connect deeply with nature around us. Lorraine quotes a 2016 report which spoke of improved mental health and overall wellness in female participants of a survey into the effect of living in or near green spaces. Plants have made a presence throughout mankind’s history, sharing in rites and rituals, and providing us with the stillness we crave. Little wonder then that we love them as natural formulators.
Lorraine challenges us as natural formulators, indie beauty brands and beauty consumers to make sure our use of precious botanicals does not deplete nor harm them. We must exploit plant power sustainably ensuring the bounty of botanicals thrives not just survives for future generations. This responsibility faces both the natural and mainstream beauty industry.
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Lorraine Dallmeier is a Biologist, Chartered Environmentalist and the CEO of Formula Botanica, the award-winning online organic cosmetic science school. Read more about Lorraine and the Formula Botanica Team.
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