Cosmetology | E-Learning University of Athens


Methods to Manufacture Cosmetics from Natural Raw Materials and Medicinal Plants

Nowadays we have become increasingly sceptical towards the cosmetic products we use and the chemicals we expose ourselves to. Since Greece ranks first among European Union countries in flora biodiversity, a great number of these endemic aromatic and medicinal plants can be used for cosmetic purposes.


Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Higher education and pros with relevant interests and work experience. It should be noted that the program requires basic chemistry knowledge.

Due to the limited number of places, the following criteria for selecting candidates will be strictly respected.

Selection Criteria:

  • Average grade of Degree, Diploma or High School Diploma
  • Additional knowledge and skills (Computer skills, participation in seminars, work experience)

The acceptance or rejection of the application is communicated to the prospective student individually by email.

The purpose of the programme is to inform the participant about the aromatic and medicinal plants and how these can be used for the manufacture of cosmetic products. The participant comes into contact with the wonderful world of cosmetology. Cosmetology is the science dealing with cosmetic products, cosmetic research and their applications. Some of the questions tackled here: what is a cosmetic product, what are the conditions of such formulation, how is it different from a medicine.

 In the context of this program participants learn that ever since ancient times, humans could easily and economically manufacture natural cosmetics for the wellness and the grooming of the face and the body, using mainly natural raw materials.

Throughout the modules of the program participants learn about the materials and equipment for a successful and safe manufacture of cosmetics.

Participants become acquainted with the endemic aromatic and medicinal plants of Greece as well as with some widely used plants and essential oils. In-depth analysis of the world of aromatherapy and the use of essential oils is also available.

Through the modules of the program the student learns how to obtain essential oils, the main Aromatic Herbs, their beneficial properties as well as how to cultivate herbs.

An extensive reference is made to the way in which we can extract all the beneficial ingredients from aromatic and medicinal plants and how we can incorporate these ingredients in cosmetic products.

Thus, the educational material provided, apart from the theoretical knowledge and definitions, also includes tested recipes and step-by-step instructions on how to prepare cosmetics using these natural ingredients (soaps, face and body creams, shampoos and shower gels, special oils etc).

Finally, in order for a company to maintain its competitive edge, the creation of a business plan, the identification of its form and structure, and the definition of business objectives are essential. Hence, the method a company can overcome business difficulties and achieve successful entrepreneurship characterized by viability is presented. For this purpose human resources management and marketing are key.

The program is aimed at higher education graduates, such as Biologists, Agronomists, Doctors, Pharmacists, Physicists, Chemists, Aestheticians, Physiotherapists, Dieticians-Nutritionists, and other professionals from related disciplines with professional experience.

Module 1 Introduction to Cosmetology

Lesson 1: Definition of cosmetics, conditions, properties

As part of this first Lesson, the student will learn what a cosmetic product is and what conditions must a product meet in order to be marketed as such.

Lesson 2: Cosmetic categories
In this Lesson, the participant becomes familiar with the categories in which cosmetic products are divided, based on criteria and alternative classifications of cosmetic products according to the European Directive and the National Organization for Medicines.

Lesson 3: Cosmetic properties
In this Lesson the participant learns the properties a specific cosmetic product must have in order to successfully fulfil its role.

Lesson 4: Cosmetic testing
In this Lesson reference is made to the methods of cosmetic testing such as organoleptic, physicochemical, microbial tests, quality tests and controls for unwanted ingredients and side effects.

Module 2 Cosmetic Raw Materials

Lesson 1: Cosmetic composition - an overview
Through this Lesson the participant will learn the specific components of various cosmetic products and how they can be used and incorporated in cosmetic formulations.

Lesson 2: Main cosmetic ingredients
In this Lesson we learn what the main ingredients that make up a cosmetic product are, how we can obtain these components, what alternatives there are and by what criteria we choose a particular ingredient over another.

Lesson 3: Surfactants and emulsifiers
In this Lesson we will learn what a surfactant is, what an emulsifier is, how they work, how they are incorporated in a cosmetic product and what natural ingredients can be used with these properties.

Lesson 4: Special ingredients
In this Lesson the participant learns about other ingredients contained in a cosmetic product, such as the sunscreen filters contained in a sunscreen product.

Module 3 Medicinal Plants and Essential Oils

Lesson 1: Aromatherapy
In this Lesson the participant learns what aromatherapy is and how to use essential oils for wellness purposes as well as for the healing of the soul and the body.

Lesson 2: Extraction of essential oils
Reference is made to the main methods of extracting essential oils with examples and laboratory tips.

Lesson 3: Medicinal plants
This Lesson covers the main medicinal plants that are endemic in Greece.

Lesson 4: The main essential oils and their properties
This section analyzes the properties and uses of key essential oils extracted from medicinal plants.

Lesson 5: Cultivation of aromatic plants
Basic knowledge of cultivating methods for aromatic plants and of the cultivation requirements of the major pharmaceutical aromatic medicinal plants.

Module 4 Natural Cosmetics Manufacturing Methods

Lesson 1: Essential equipment
Reference is made to the appliances, instruments and general equipment necessary for the operation of a laboratory for the manufacture of cosmetics.

Lesson 2: Health and safety rules
This Lesson refers to the safe use of instruments and chemical reagents used in the manufacture of cosmetic products. Mode of use, storage methods and advice for the avoidance of accidents.

Lesson 3: Preservation of cosmetics
In this Lesson we learn how we can preserve the properties of cosmetic products, with the use of preservatives, and in what quantity. What are the best preservatives for each product. Definition of minimum shelf life and expiration date.

Lesson 4: Manufacturing methods for cosmetic products by category
Recipes tested step-by-step for the manufacture of certain cosmetic products such as soaps, day and night creams, body creams, body oils and other.

Lesson 5: Special methods
This Lesson refers to formulations of more specialized cosmetics such as makeup sunscreens.

 Module 5 Occupational prospects with natural cosmetics

Lesson 1: Required actions for the establishment of a company
In this Lesson we learn what the necessary steps are in order to start a company.

Lesson 2: Ingredients and raw materials. Suppliers. Packaging materials
In this Lesson we learn how to choose raw materials, how to choose suppliers, how to do budget the manufacture of cosmetic products and where we can find the appropriate packaging.

Lesson 3: Central cosmetic product notification portal for cosmetic products distributed in the EU market
In this Lesson extensive reference is made to the obligations a cosmetic manufacturer in Greece has towards the European Cosmetic Product Notification Portal (CPNP), and how to submit a registration dossier for a new cosmetic product. 

Lesson 4: Electronic commerce and exports
This Lesson makes a brief reference to the advantages and disadvantages of e-commerce, the risks and potential benefits of such a venture and how we can export our cosmetics.

Module 6 The Successful Entrepreneurship

Lesson 1: Business Sustainability
In this Lesson we will analyze the business plan and its components. We will examine the company's objectives and their portrayal in the business plan. We will present the forms and structures of a business plan and analyze the individual parts. Finally, the connection between business sustainability and business plan will be displayed.

Lesson 2: Business Problems and Business Failure
In this Lesson we will initially focus on the bibliography references relevant to the distinction of forms of business failure, and the explanation of the concept of bankruptcy of a company. Moreover, we will analyze the management of failed business activities in an economic downturn. We will present examples and case studies of companies that went bankrupt and failed to return, but also companies that managed to rebound and return to the path of business success. Finally, we will analyze the reasons both in cases of failure and reintegration in the business world.

Lesson 3: Successful Entrepreneurship
In this Lesson we will develop the concept, importance and role of successful entrepreneurship in the context of a competitive business operation. We will present the key characteristics of successful entrepreneurship and analyze the role of leadership. The concepts of competitive position and competitive advantage of a company will be analyzed. Very important in the analysis is the long-term development strategy of a business that follows, while the chapter ends with the presentation of companies from the Greek and international business environment that have managed to succeed in their field of activity.

Lesson 4: Human Resource Management
In this Lesson, we will analyze the concept of human resources management, its importance for the operation of the company as well as its application for the benefit of society. The concepts of lifelong learning and on-the-job training are a particular section of this chapter, while comparative data concerning the Greek and international reality are presented. Particular reference is made to the effective communication within companies and organizations, but also on the ways leading companies capitalize on their human resources. Finally, companies that have received awards for corporate social responsibility, as well as their working environment are presented.

Lesson 5: Sales Promotion and Pricing
The purpose of this Lesson is to present some basic aspects of marketing science (MKG). For this reason, we initially analyze the concept of the marketing plan and we then present in detail the concept of marketing mix. Finally, we analyze the importance of drafting a marketing plan, its content and the way to set up a marketing plan.

In each module the participant will have to take and submit electronically the corresponding tests, according to the timetable given by the instructor. The grades of previous modules are communicated to the student before the closing date of the next module’s test. The grading scale ranges from 0% to 100%. Overall, the grade of each module is calculated as follows: the assessment exercises make up 60% of the grade and the remaining 40% results from the final assignment, which is composed at the end of the course, if required.

The Training Certificate is awarded when the learner receives in all courses a grade higher than 50%. If the total score of one or more of the courses does not exceed 50%, the learner has the opportunity to retake these courses after completion of the educational process of the program. The grade earned in the review procedure is final for these courses, provided that it exceeds the one earned in the normal course of the educational process. In the opposite case, the original grade is maintained.

Online and distance learning at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens offers a new way of combining innovative learning and teaching techniques with interaction with your tutor and fellow students from around the world.

The e-learning programme is implemented via a user-friendly educational platform adjusted to the Distance Learning Principles. Programmes are structured as weekly online meetings; interaction with the programme tutor and other students takes place in a virtual learning environment. The programmes are designed to fit around your schedule; you access the programme whenever it is convenient for you.

The whole world becomes your classroom as e-learning can be done on laptops, tablets and phones – it is a very mobile method. 

The educational platform is a portal that offers access to electronic classrooms based on modern distance learning technologies. The computer based nature of training means new technology is being introduced all the time to help students engage and learn in a tailored way that will meet their needs. Each e-classroom is similar to a traditional teaching classroom. Students have access to e-classrooms with their personal code number in order to browse  the teaching material, to being informed about the latest news/updates and interact with their instructors. Moreover, through own personal e-mail account through which they can contact directly their mentors or the administration office of the programme and share any concerns or anxieties related to the programme and make the most form their experience.

In each programme, learners submit the corresponding tests, within the deadline given by their instructors. Final mark fluctuates from 0 to 100%. The overall grade in each programme is calculated based on the student's marks on assessment exercises that follow each unit  while their instructor might also assign them with a final assessment at the end of the programme. Finally, if the total score on one or more lessons of the programme does not exceed 50%, students can ask for reassessment.

During the programme students will be attending lectures and group seminars presented by academics and speakers from the National University of Athens as well as from other Universities, Research Institutes and Cultural organizations around Greece. In addition, when you study with us, you have online access to first-class resources relevant to your programme – plus you can browse material in other subject areas.

Every week e-learners are provided with the relevant material , either  video-lectures or  typed notes and relevant resources or a combination of both.

Interactivity, lower costs and our long experience guarantees that studying with us will offer a successful and rewarding experience. Finally, the access to a large variety of material and online resources available in each unit aims to excite your curiosity and guide you in studying further on your favourite topic will the online material which can be downloaded will give you the opportunity to quickly refresh your memory after the completion of the programme.

When will I receive the Certificate?

The Certificate will be sent to you electronically 30 working days upon completion, if you have no remaining academic or financial obligations. The Certificate will be also sent to you through traditional post services. Upon request the Certificate can be sent with the use of courier services. In this case, the relative cost should be covered by your side.