Cosmetic Formulation Software for Mac? - Cosmetic Science Talk

Cosmetic Formulation Software for Mac?


I saw Perry's list of software but was wondering if anyone was using something else?  I am looking for something that works with Mac and is affordable.

It would also be great if the software has a database of formulas that I can modify. 



  • I am interested in this too :)
  • Stephanie, as the first post remains unanswered, I think you are on to a loser with this request.
  • So John what did you end up using?
  • Stephanie, I started in this business more than fifty years ago - a time long before the general availability of the computer. In fact the computers that were available were about the size of a house and did little more that what can be done these days on the most basic pocket calculator.

    I have never relied on a computer for my work. Yes, a computer is very useful, especially the Internet, but I have to say that I still depend on my brain and experience to maintain my knowledge.

    A computer does not and cannot innovate. All it can do is churn out already known information relatively easily. It can manipulate the information but that is all.

    I take pity on a lot of people in current work environments who rely totally on what a computer can or will tell them. Their brains must pretty much stagnate with having so little to do and this is often reflected in the mediocre results that are pushed forward. Remember that ALL information obtainable from a computer has been loaded up, in the first instance, by a human.

    It is up to another human to be able to interpret information to a creative end whether that information is via a computer, printed words, hearsay or memory.
    The direct answer to your question:
    So John what did you end up using?

    My brain. With a little outside assistance from a variety of sources.

  • @Stephaniebonbon - I use Excel spreadsheets which work on both Mac and PC

  • We still use Excel for all our formulation work - why mess with something that's been working for years? I've recently switched to Google Sheets for my personal work, and that is virtually indistinguishable from Excel, at least for what I need.

    What features are you looking for in formulation software that wouldn't be available from Excel or Google Sheets?
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • I actually took Perrys spreadsheet and made it amazing! I added macros for printing on page... an index - formulas to auto change from mass to % , and ingredient list in a dropdown form and the works. I went deep with it, have loved making it over the last 24 hours .. yep pretty proud. :) Thanks Perry for the base
  • @Stephaniebonbon - Great!  Perhaps you could share your improvements with the group.

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