It's Called a Formula
You might even be right.
I hear this term used constantly by home-crafters and DIY enthusiasts (which is understandable) but also occasionally from colleagues (which confuses me a bit).
Every time someone uses the word 'recipe' when they are talking about a formula, it tugs on a cringe-muscle.
Just a little teensy bit.
The ProcessWhen a person sits down to figure out how to combine ingredients in such a manner as to create a skincare, haircare or other personal care product, the process is described as formulating.
The formulating process results in a formula.
Formulating is precision process. Everything – even single drops of essential oil – is calculated in percentages and measured by weight – and sometimes the percentages have several numbers after the decimal point.
The correct term is formula, not recipe.
I mean, we aren't making cookies here. A pinch of this and a dash of that might be okay with grandma's favorite strawberry-glazed somethings, but this kind of measuring just doesn't cut it with a skincare product.
Because skincare products are made by following a formula, not a recipe.
End of semantic lecture.
And thank you for not calling me nit-picky – even if you think I am.