This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to select and blend aromatic plant oils for use in face and body treatments to meet specific client needs.  It requires the ability to establish priorities with the client, synthesise knowledge of aromatic plant oil chemistry and the therapeutic profiles of aromatic oils, and to select and blend aromatic plant oils.

The unit applies to beauty and spa therapists who work in beauty salons, massage clinics and spas. In this environment they work as part of a team but make independent treatment decisions.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - communicate, follow and adjust four treatment plans to provide safe, appropriate and personalised treatments to different clients using aromatic plant oil blends; - design a second treatment aromatic oil blend for three of these clients to address ongoing client needs; - design, record and update treatment plans and records; - explain the effects and benefits of aromatic plant oils; - prepare profiles and plant information for selected aromatic plant oils; - prepare and apply two aromatic plant oil preparations chosen for two treatments; - comply with health and hygiene regulations and requirements, and; - clean, prepare and maintain treatment area according to organisational policy.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - state or territory and local health and hygiene regulations and requirements relevant to preparing personalised aromatic plant oil blends for beauty treatments; - federal regulations of cosmetics and preparations; - organisational policies and procedures; - legal and insurance liabilities and responsibilities regarding aromatic oils and preparation of blends; - scope of practice; - factors likely to affect suitability of treatments for client needs; - effects and benefits of aromatic plant oil application methods; - properties, profiles, plant family, botanical and common names, effects and benefits, toxic effects and contraindications of aromatic plant oils; - anatomy and physiology of skin and skin structures; - olfactory sense in regard to aromatic plant oils; - organic chemistry of aromatic plant oils; - organic chemistry of carrier oils and additives and interactions with aromatic plant oil chemistry; - contraindications that prevent treatment or require clearance from a medical professional to proceed; - contraindications that restrict treatment and appropriate modifications to treatment and choice of oils; - adverse and beneficial interactions of aromatic plant oils when blended; - client reactions to application of blended aromatic plant oils and required remedial action; - olfactory sense in regard to aromatic plant oil; - care, handling and storage of blended aromatic plant oils; - sustainable operating procedures for the conservation of product, water and power, and; - aftercare advice, products and future treatments to maintain client treatment objectives.

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