Oils Only: Recipes & Methods

Home Study Course

Turn your favorite ingredients into custom recipes and skincare formulas! 

In this hands-on-course you'll focus on: 
  • Developing herbal salve recipes using a range of botanical waxes
  • Making traditional healing salves and balms with natural waxes, oils and infusions
  • Creating whipped body butters and fine tuning the process to create airy, luxurious butters 
  • Combining oils and natural plant exfoliants to make delicate face and body scrubs

  • Putting your herbal and botanical infusions to use in recipes and formulas
  • Using antioxidant rich plant compounds to add pigment and scent naturally to your recipes
  • Developing your own recipes & formulas with hands on lessons, templates, and techniques
  • Make a range or preservative-free naturally shelf stable face and body care using oils, waxes, infusions and plant butters

Oils Only: Recipes & Methods

Oils Only: Recipes & Methods is a self-paced home study course on making and creating using only oils! This is all the lipids, including carrier oils and base oils, seed oils, plant butters, and you will work with waxes, both vegan and beeswax options, botanical pigments and ways to add color and and antioxidants to your recipes at the same time, natural fragrance and more. 

Here’s What You’ll Get When You Sign Up

When you sign up for Oils Only: Recipes & Methods you get access to all eight modules and the downloadable recipe booklet. Plus you can join the Lipid Oil Insiders Facebook group where you can ask questions, tag Susan directly and get suggestions and support. For anyone not on Facebook, we provide email support as well. Once you sign up, you have permanent access to the course and all the modules and materials for ongoing reference and study.

17 Page Recipe Booklet 

Oils Only: Recipes & Methods core modules consist of slide lessons that you can study at your own pace. The course also includes a recipe booklet that has recipes you can use as is or use as a template to create your own! 

Melt Points & Downloadable Charts

Included with the course is a packet that includes charts and tables. Inside you'll find melt points for botanical waxes, the different butters and more! 

Permanent Access to the Course

You get permanent access to the course when you enroll! It is a self-paced course so you can study at your own pace and return to the course materials for reference ongoing. 

Certificate of Completion 

Once you complete the course modules and and turn in a 'final assignment' (its fun I promise!) I'll have your Certificate of Completion ready for you. 

A preview of what's inside:

Working with Beeswax & Botanical Waxes

  • How to use botanical waxes to make vegan balms
  • Making traditional salves with beeswax
  • Making traditional salves with beeswax
  • Recipes & formula templates for salves and balms

Adding Color and Antioxidants

  • Use pigmented CO2 extracts to add color and antioxidants
  • Create color and texture with clays and powdered botanicals
  • Harness the natural color found in the unsaponifiables of oils and butters
  • Develop rich pigment with natural botanical infusions

Working with Plant Butters

  • Using saturated butters for salves, balms & whipped recipes
  • Using 'dry' butters to create dry feeling salves and balms
  • When and how to use butters in place of a wax
  • Creating 'melts' with saturated butters

Tools and Techniques

  • Getting started: what you need
  • When and how to use butters in place of a wax
  • Creating 'melts' with saturated butters
  • Techniques for whipping oils into balms and butters

Making it Pretty: Forms & Molds

  • Making and shaping lotion bars and solid perfumes
  • Pouring off and cooling salves and balms 
  • Working with food grade silicone molds
  • Working with natural color in oils and butters

Successful Whipped Butters Methods & Techniques

  • Whipping methods and techniques 
  • Temperature and how to prepare your base oils   
  • Adding color and scent to whipped body butters 
  • Storage, temperature and melt points

Bonus: 17 Page Booklet 

Included when you enroll: 17 page booklet and study guide including: 

  • Basic salve recipe template (ready for adapating)
  • List of botanical waxes with melt points included  
  • List of 19 butters including melt point and quality notes
  • List of 8 fragrant waxes for adding color and scent
  • Herbal violet salve recipe 
  • A wild weeds salve recipe 
  • Recipe for a simple calendula salve e 
  • Solid perfume recipe 
  • Method for infusing alkanet in oil to create a deep red pigment packed with antioxidants
  • My potent and powerful cayenne balm recipe
  • Solid lotion bars recipe - includes 4 sample templates 
  • Melts recipe - includes two sample recipes

Amy Scott

I really enjoyed studying the Oils Only Recipes & Methods course with Susan. It gathers together all the core information on getting to know the plant characteristics and chemistry of a wide range of oils. It provides helpful tips on how to formulate different oily products.The course has lots of valuable references, descriptions and comparisons. I liked the opportunity to study at my own pace. Some of the exotic oils sound wonderful and I hope to explore all the oils further!

Home Study Course

One Easy Payment Of



  • Access to the Lipid Oil Insiders group 
  • Melt points - Charts & Downloads
  • 17 Page Recipe Booklet! 
  • Permanent access for ongoing study
  • Certificate of completion
  • Recipes and recipe templates

100% Money Back Guarantee for 14-Days

If you get into the course and you find it's just not for you, you can get a full refund within the first 14 days after the course starts. No questions asked. 

Learning online doesn't mean learning alone

Not only will l be here to support you in your educational journey along with your fellow students, the oils are here for you too!

I learn from the oils every day and as you get to know them they become friends. With the oils at your fingertips, your options for creating, crafting and refining everything from luxurious facial oils to infused herbal balms, are limitless. 

I invite you to join me,

Susan M Parker

author of Power of the Seed

PS: Since 2017 I have been partnering with my daughter Olivia to bring these courses, research projects and programs to you and the rest of the lipid world.   

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