Cosmetic formulation is very much an exact science as it relies on chemistry. This is why professionals use dedicated software to help them formulate cosmetics in accordance with the various restrictions and guidelines they must observe. Depending on the type of product they are looking to create and on the desired texture, effect, scent, etc., cosmetic formulation programs allow them to determine what the most appropriate ingredients are and in which proportions to include them. Based on these indications, they can try out different combinations until they find the perfect formula.
Cosmetic Formulation for Hair and Skin Care
Hair and skin care often needs to address specific conditions and each product therefore requires a suitable formula. In other cases, labs want to focus on all natural – or at least mostly natural – ingredients and offer small batch products. This is especially important to family-run businesses and to those brands that favour an authentic approach and like to cultivate a certain closeness with their consumers. What makes cosmetic formulation software such a powerful ally is its database of high-end active ingredients. Whether they are looking to create a cream, a lotion, a gel, a cleanser, a shampoo, a conditioner, a body butter, a balm, a serum, or any other type of cosmetic formulation, they can rest assured the results will be consistent and compliant.
For those wishing to formulate cosmetics at home, there also exist dedicated programs that can help them get the products they want without compromising their own safety.
In addition to being innocuous and convenient to use, make-up is intended to remain on the skin for long periods of time. This means it needs to be safe for prolonged contact, but also that the cosmetic formulation should be adapted to make sure the product can withstand this type of application. Foundation, concealer, highlighter, mascara, eye liner, lipstick, eye shadow, lip gloss and more need to be both convenient to use and to provide peace of mind to the wearer. No one wants their make-up to fail them after only a couple of hours and the product should not create a rash for the stake of it lasting longer either.
This is where cosmetic formulation software comes in. Professionals can rely on its extensive database of ingredients and formulas to find just the right basic combination to work from. This allows them to ensure their final product will be effective, pleasant, and safe to use all while being able to put their own twist on a tried and true recipe. As for amateur chemists, they will learn a great deal from the suggestions the software will make and see how to formulate cosmetics that fit highly specific needs.
Hygiene Product Formulation
The world of cosmetic formulation also includes soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and more. These products may sound basic, yet the rules their formulation obeys are just as strict as those applied to perfumes, make-up, or beauty products. Depending on the desired effect, very specific ingredients come into play to ensure the end product meets all its requirements. For instance, a bubble bath needs to contain very effective foaming agents, whereas a make-up removing lotion should be able to dissolve waterproof mascara without being harmful to the eyes.