Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating What’s your preference for materials database, ulprospector? etc

  • Akaya

    August 16, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    I normally use UL as a starting point and reach out to supplier for specific ingredients.

    and https://cosmetics.specialchem.com/ in addition to UL and knowde.

  • Zoya

    August 16, 2023 at 1:58 pm


    At specialchem I find some info ‘faster’ than at Prospector (ie. percentage of active - I don’t have to download a PDF)- but Prospector may have more info about the raw material. I use both of them, depends on the circumstances.

  • VinTec

    August 16, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    I really like Prospector. There I can always find technical information, INCI as well as starting formulas, so it always come in handy when I’m developing new formulas.

    SpecialChem is nice too, but is more simple information (INCI, general ingredient description, concentration of actives, solubility).

  • chemicalmatt

    August 16, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    I have up UL Prospector and covalo during my day, sometimes x-referencing at SpecialChem4Cosmetics. I must say Knowde was not impressive at first but they have improved the site recently plus I can easily access HI&I and CASE chemicals there when I need them since I delve into those formulation applications often.

  • Perry44

    August 17, 2023 at 7:22 am

    ULProspector is my default choice but I use knowde and specialchem

    • KimberlyLars

      August 17, 2023 at 10:25 am

      Thank you Perry, I appreciate your input.

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