Botanical skincare

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Over two relaxing days, Sami Blackford, founder of Freyaluna, will guide you through the processes of formulating your own natural skincare products; from foraging for plants, choosing your ingredients, the alchemy of distillation and making products for specific skin types and concerns.


The course will start with a foraging walk around the woodland, followed by a distillation demonstration using a traditional copper still to make a skin toner. We will explore how to create botanical oils and how, with the addition of just one ingredient, those oils can then become nutritious skin balms. We will end the course by tying together all that you’ve learned and make a skin cream.


You will learn about various plants, many of which may grow in your garden already and how they benefit our skin and health. You will leave with at least four skincare products tailored for your specific skin needs, plus the knowledge and confidence to continue explorations at home. Additional materials will be available to purchase at the end of the course for this purpose

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2-3 July 2022

Skincare products




20% discount (£192)

or 25% if you come with a friend (£180)


Tuition fees & all course materials


Tea, coffee and simple lunch included in your course price 

We also offer accommodation & evening meals

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This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs + and is suitable for beginners to those with experience

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Sami Blackford is the founder of award-winning botanical skincare company, Freyaluna. An alchemist, apothecary, writer, and mentor, Sami created Freyaluna in 2013 and handcrafts her pioneering range of natural skincare from a studio nestled in the North Wales countryside.


After battling with acne for many years and unsuccessfully trying every product on the market, Sami made the decision to start researching skincare in her mid 20s. Immersing herself in the world of natural and holistic skincare and wellness, she used her knowledge to begin creating skincare products that would actually care for her skin.


Freyaluna skincare products aren't grown in a lab, they're grown in the meadows, hedgerows, and woodlands of rural North Wales. Growing up in this landscape taught Sami the value and magic properties of plants, nature, and living a gentle life in tune with the seasons of the year and the seasons of life

Stories from our students

​​This is the first time we have run this course so we hope you will create your own stories