Formulated Products

A formulated product is composed of at least two ingredients which are selected, processed and combined in a specific way to obtain well-defined target properties.

Formulated Products

A formulated product is composed of at least two ingredients which are selected, processed and combined in a specific way to obtain well-defined target properties, functionality and performance. It can exist in liquid, semisolid or powder form. A formulated product has a commercial value and is either meant for direct consumer use or for downstream use in industrial applications.

The word “formulation” can be used to refer to different things:

1) Formulation = Recipe A list of ingredients and detailed processing steps used for the development of a blend displaying well-defined target properties, functionality and performance.

2) Formulation= The act of formulating something The combination of processes used for mixing and conditioning of ingredients (actives, protective agents and stabilising agents) as well the know-how and technologies that enable selection of ingredients and mixing processes for the production of a blend with specific target properties, performance and functionality.

3) Formulation= The actual blend of ingredients

Examples of Formulated Products

Home, Industrial & Personal CarePharma & Health CareAgro Technologies & Plant ProtectionCoatings, inks, lubricants, adhesives & chemical industriesFood & FeedAdvanced materials
Laundry detergentsSelf-emulsifiable soft gel-capsulesEmulsifiable concentrates (EC)Wall paintReady-made sauces, dressings and spreadsDrilling oils
Fabric SoftenersParenteral nutrition emulsionsSuspension concentrates (Sc)Inks (inkjet, screen, flexography)Ice-creamFormulations for enhanced oil recovery (chemical injection)
Hard Surface cleaners (window, tiles, bathroom, kitchen)In-situ gelling topical formulationsSuspoemulsionsPaper coatings (barrier)Soft-drinksOil spill remediation
I&I Hard Surface cleaners (hospitals, production plants/equipment)Tablets and water dispersable powdersSeed treatmentsLatex-based binder systemsDairy productsPrecursors for chromatography beads
Skin lotionsInjectable formulationsGranulated fertilisersRolling oil emulsionsChocolates Precursors for cellulose microspheres
Face cleansersVaccine AdjuvantsPipe-charge emulsions (explosives)SupplementsFormulations for additive manufacturing
Sun screen lotionsPulp (cellulose-fibre) dispersions used in paper making
Make up (e.g. lipstick, foundations)

Mayonnaise: An easy-to-relate-to example from the food sector The schematic below describes the three critical aspects involved in the preparation of a formulated product in the context of mayonnaise: a well-known formulated product.

Ingredients Processing Final Product
Formulated products Formulated products Formulated products
Concerns/Considerations Concerns/Considerations Concerns/Considerations
  • What type of oil?
  • Vinegar, lemon or both?
  • Mustard or no mustard?
  • Eggs, ok if cold?
  • Other spices?
  • How much of each of these ingredients?
  • How will the choice of ingredients and the relative amount of these affect important physical properties of the sensory properties (taste, smell, consistency?)
  • Manual whisking, blender or food processor?
  • Adding oil to all other ingredients or the opposite? Does it matter?
  • Rapid addition vs. slow addition of the ingredients?
  • Whisking/mixing while adding all ingredients? Is this important?
  • How will all the above affect important physical properties of the sensory properties (taste, smell, consistency?)
  • Right consistency?
  • Right taste, smell and feel?
  • Storage in the fridge, room temperature or freezer?
  • Storage in plastic vs. plastic jars?
  • Transparent jars ok?
  • Right consistency, taste, smell and feel after 1, 2 or 3 weeks?
  • How much of it is healthy for me to consume?

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