Oils Only: Recipes & Methods

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 bees and 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. 

Turn your favorite ingredients into custom recipes and skincare formulas

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 booklets. Plus take advantage of 4 weeks of email support with Susan as you work on formulating projects. 

8 Core Modules On Making & Formulating

Get access to 8 core modules on techniques and methods for making salves and balms, body oil, whipped butters and more. 

4 Bonus Recipe Booklets

Included in the course is four booklets with recipes and templates to get you started. Includes a bonus on melt points for butters and waxes.  

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 Booklet: Salves & Balms 

Included when you enroll: Salves & Balms Recipe Booklet

  • Basic salve recipe template (ready for adapating)
  • 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

Bonus Booklet: Melt Points & Reference Charts

Included when you enroll: Melt points and charts download 

  • 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
  • List of pseudo waxes melt points and use 
  • Equivalency and measurements reference guide
  • Essential oil dilution chart

Bonus Booklet: Whipped Body Butters

Included when you enroll: Whipped & Soft Body Oils

  • Recipe templates for whipped body butters  
  • Soft body butters recipe templates 
  • Printable guide to techniques for successful whipped butters
  • Adding color and scent to your recipes 
  • Equipment guide

Bonus Booklet: Body & Massage Oils

Included when you enroll: Body & Massage oils bonus booklet

  • Body oil base recipe   
  • Recipe: body oil for inflammation 
  • List of high omega 7 oils for body oils
  • List of oils for minimizing pain and discomfort
  • 3 Massage oil recipe combinations

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!

Oils Only: Recipes & Methods

One payment of



  • 8 core modules on methods and techniques 
  • Salves & balms recipe booklet 
  • Melt points and charts reference guide
  • Body and massage oils booklet
  • Whipped and soft body butters booklet
  • Permanent access to the course
  • 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. 

If you're new here...

We are Susan & Olivia, mother daughter team working together to share the the many wonderful properties of carrier oils, lipid oils and plant butters.

Susan M Parker, author of Power of the Seed is your teacher and guide in your work with the oils.

And Olivia keeps things going behind the scenes to make your education journey seamless and rewarding.

And the oils are here for you too! 

We 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. 

Susan & Olivia 

The Lipid Oils Academy

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