Formula Botanica, the award-winning, online organic cosmetic formulation school, celebrated reaching the milestone of enrolling its 10,000th student when it opened its courses for summer term enrolment in early July.

This latest intake saw a surge in numbers with over 1,000 new students signing up for studies across the school’s now 10-strong course curriculum.

Formula Botanica welcomed a student from the USA as its 10,000th enrolment, while also extending its reach to a further two countries; the Caribbean states of Grenada and Dominica. The school now teaches in some 164 countries with a student cohort truly spanning the globe.

The school, which has seen an annual average rise in new students of just under 50% for the past three years, is predicting even faster growth in the near future as awareness of the benefits and business opportunities offered by natural cosmetics heightens.  The global natural cosmetics market is predicted to grow at an annual rate of 5.01% to 2025 with the boom driven by shifting consumer perceptions around natural ingredients in cosmetics.*

Formula Botanica CEO Lorraine Dallmeier (pictured) said that the school’s growth was not only a result of predicting and fulfilling demand for quality-assured, certified training in organic cosmetic formulation, but also due to its increasing role as a thought leader and trusted voice on natural cosmetics within the industry as a whole. “When I took over the fledgling school in 2014, it had around 300 students.  At that point, we were all pioneers in natural and organic formulation and somewhat fringe to the mainstream cosmetics’ industry. Now, as we celebrate enrolling our 10,000th student, Formula Botanica has not only grown its own community of impassioned, natural cosmetic formulators, but gained also a crucial role as a valued partner engaged in fruitful, mutual debate with other sectors of the cosmetics’ industry.”

To celebrate its 10k student mark, Formula Botanica is running a competition starting on 27 July on social media designed to encourage prospective students as well as reward current students.  The winner will receive a free course of their choice.  “Our students have always been our greatest advocates and we wanted to find a way to share our achievement with them. By offering a free course enrolment to the winner, we are giving both new and current students a chance to gain something of real value to them whether they are starting out in natural formulation or looking to further their studies”, said Lorraine Dallmeier.

To find out more about the competition and how to enter, follow @Formulabotanica on InstagramFacebookand Twitter. The competition launches on Formula Botanica’s social media on 27 July with stages released over several days.