I am a natural cosmetic formulator and instructor, certified aromatherapist and herbalist. I teach courses on making natural body, hair, and skin care products for holistic beauty. Through my herbal and aromatherapy studies, and enormous amounts of research, I started making my own natural products. I have always stepped out of the box, faced many challenges and moved forward on trust, depending on myself and the help of others, including cosmetic chemists.
My mission in life is to learn every day, treat myself and others with love and respect, and do what I love. I believe in possibility and prosperity for all. My motto is “Be It.” First, change your mind for the better and your life will naturally change for the better. It is being the change you want to see.
My passion is sharing my love of nature, animals, my joys, and to teach others how to make creative, holistic, and fantastic natural products, and create a successful product making business.
I am the author of many “How To” natural product making manuals and A Time to Celebrate: A Celebration of a Girl’s First Menstrual Period.
I was born on the Hawaiian Island of Kauai; lived on Kamakani, one of the last sugar plantations, then in Kalaheo, near Mt. Waialeale (the wettest spot on earth). I have resided most of my life in California. As a child I was deeply connected to nature. I sat under the trees, gazed at flowers and counted the petals. For hours, I would watch the bees visiting the flowers and connected with nature. I felt well outside in nature. As an adult, I reconnected to nature, realizing the direct connection of my well-being to the beauty of nature, the food I ate and thoughts in my head. I have always had an innate sense of wisdom about using natural products on my skin and in my home and to eat foods that have been grown in a loving way. I have three adult daughters. My husband and I live in California.
Mahalo for all of your support over the years! I wish you much joy, love, prosperity, health and laughter.
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Joan Morais is a natural cosmetic formulator and instructor. She teaches courses on making natural and organic products for body, hair, and skin, and conducts online study classes. Joan teaches and consults on lotion making, soap making, body butters, hair care products, natural perfume, aromatherapy, candle making, bath products and more. Joan assists people from all over the world to learn the art and science of making natural products and has taught at top spas and companies. She is a certified aromatherapist and herbalist. Joan started her own publishing company in 2003 and is the author of many “how to” books on natural product making including How to Make Professional Natural Lotions and Creams.
Joan’s passion is to teach others holistic beauty through making creative and professional products, and create a successful product making business. To learn more about Joan Morais, visit her website at www.JoanMorais.com
How I define “NATURAL”
Natural products are made with natural ingredients. Natural ingredients are raw materials sourced from nature (plants, minerals, bee products; beeswax, honey, propolis) and from a renewable natural source. The raw materials go through very little processing, contain no contaminants, safe for humans and animals, and are biodegradable with little harm to the earth. No animal testing. No petroleum ingredients.
I have completed these courses on my continual path on learning about herbs, aromatherapy and natural, holistic body care:
- The Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy Certificate Program with Valerie Cooksley, RN
- Ayurvedic Clinical Aromatherapy
- Cultivating the Herbal Medicine Woman Within: an in-depth certificate course exploring herbology with Kami McBride
- Making Natural Perfumes with Mandy Aftel
- Master Gardener Program
- Women’s Herbs
- Flower Essences
- A Day of Lavender
- Introduction to Ayurveda for the Westerner
- Cooking with Chinese Herbs
- Mushrooms as Medicine
- Cooking for Winter Health
- Seaweed as Food and Medicine
- The Billings Ovulation Method
- Women’s Wisdom: Health & Well-Being for Menstruation, Fertility and Menopause
- Your Path to Healthy Breasts
- Reiki I
- Introduction to Massage
I have taught classes at:
- UC Davis
- Napa Valley College
- St. Helena Upper Valley College
- Solano Community College
- method pop-up store in Chicago
- La Costa Resort and Spa
- Learning Exchange
- City of Fairfield
- The Nova Studio
- 36 Oaks
- California Institute of Massage and Spa Services
- Annual Soap Makers Getaway
- Pace Solano
- San Francisco New College
- Blue Moon Holistic Living Farm