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 Care||Pharma & Health Care||Agro Technologies & Plant Protection||Coatings, inks, lubricants, adhesives & chemical industries||Food & Feed||Advanced materials|
|Laundry detergents||Self-emulsifiable soft gel-capsules||Emulsifiable concentrates (EC)||Wall paint||Ready-made sauces, dressings and spreads||Drilling oils|
|Fabric Softeners||Parenteral nutrition emulsions||Suspension concentrates (Sc)||Inks (inkjet, screen, flexography)||Ice-cream||Formulations for enhanced oil recovery (chemical injection)|
|Hard Surface cleaners (window, tiles, bathroom, kitchen)||In-situ gelling topical formulations||Suspoemulsions||Paper coatings (barrier)||Soft-drinks||Oil spill remediation|
|I&I Hard Surface cleaners (hospitals, production plants/equipment)||Tablets and water dispersable powders||Seed treatments||Latex-based binder systems||Dairy products||Precursors for chromatography beads|
|Skin lotions||Injectable formulations||Granulated fertilisers||Rolling oil emulsions||Chocolates||Precursors for cellulose microspheres|
|Face cleansers||Vaccine Adjuvants||Pipe-charge emulsions (explosives)||Supplements||Formulations for additive manufacturing|
|Sun screen lotions||Pulp (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.