I'm Susan M Parker
Researcher, writer and teacher, my life is steeped in the lipid oils, carrier oils, plant butters. Since 2014 I have been teaching and sharing my work with students from around the world. So whether you like making your own simple combinations at home, or you are creating your own skincare line, I can help you really understand how to get the most out of these oils and butters.
We have literally hundreds of oils available to us today, and they are all different. But, with the fatty acid profile of an oil in hand, you can easily and quickly determine things like shelf life, heat sensitivity, texture, skincare benefit and so much more.
How I got Here (the short version)
In 2014, I published my first book Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health & Beauty. For over two decades I had a natural handmade skincare business. And I mean, it was all handmade. I made soap in big vats in the garage, whipped up skin creams in my lab and generally got obsessed with learning, researching and creating high quality natural skincare products.
I trained as an herbalist and incorporated my knowledge of herbs and other botanicals for skincare into my line. I loved all the raw materials, the hydrosols and essential oils, all the different colors and varieties of clay, the fragrant natural waxes and the beautiful natural compounds like silk powder, apricot meal and rice powder. But what I loved most of all was the oils and butters.
When I got started in my business, finding reliable information on oils was challenging. And so I started researching, experimenting and learning. And in 2014, I compiled all my notes, ideas and resources and convinced a skeptical publisher to publish my book. Power of the Seed has since gone into its second printing and has become the leading resource on carrier oils to so many people all over the world.
My daughter and business partner Olivia, has been part of this from the beginning. It was with her encouragement that I wrote and released my first course Lipids Decoded in 2016. Olivia worked in the online world for 15 years before we started working together to create this space for learning about the lipid oils and saturated plant butters. She mostly works behind the scenes planning courses and events, arranging interviews and organizing the day to day operations of the business so that I can focus on teaching. You’ll hear from Olivia with updates on courses, events and new opportunities.