Cosmetic Testing

Cosmetic Testing

Cultivator Phyto Lab provides a complete array of cosmetic testing services for beauty & personal care products. These tests are done to check product’s compliance with the regulatory authorities. Furthermore, these tests also validate the product for mass usage and develops a sense of trust with the consumers.

With the increasing competition in the national and international market, companies may use poor-quality compounds or may create an unfeasible cosmetic product. Therefore, an accurate product testing can guide the companies to change the product composition in a way that it befits the compliances and be a feasible product for customers. National and international authorities have imposed certain regulations for quality control in the cosmetics industry.

Cultivator Phyto Lab extends its services not only to cosmetic formulators & manufacturers but also to the end-users who are concerned about the product quality & purity. We provide testing services for R&D, production site, and supply-chain management. The multiple cosmetic products for which testing services are available include all types of cosmetics such as hair care, skincare, face care, serums, lotions, etc.

Under the pursuit of Cosmetic testing, we include the following test:

  1. Heavy Metal Testing: With the use of advanced technology like ICP-MS the level of concentration of heavy metals is identified in cosmetics. The various heavy metals include lead, copper, mercury, etc. We also check the imported cosmetics based on various industry parameters such as
    • products with hexachlorophene, arsenic, or mercury compounds.
    • Specified limits for synthetic colors in cosmetics.
    • Level of Arsenic trioxide.
  2. Label Testing: The various parameters on which the label of a cosmetic product is checked include the following:
    • The net contents mentioned must match with the actual declaration given on the label.
    • The percentage of the ingredients must be true & fair.
    • Warnings are mentioned or not about the hazardous contents of the products.
    • Safety, Precaution, & Storage warnings, etc.
  3. Microbiological Testing: This testing is done to check the level of Harmful micro-organisms present in the cosmetic. We also provide the Preservative Effective Test for checking the level of Fungi, bacteria & yeast.
  4. Stability and Toxicology Testing: The testing of product shelf life is done with help of stability testing whereas the level of harmfulness to the skin is measured with help of toxicology testing.
  5. Extractables and Leachable Testing: This testing is done for the quality of cosmetic products. Under this, the potential contaminants are checked on various parameter tests such as Volatile, polar non-volatile, involatile, etc.
  6. Other Test: It includes testing such as Non-Animal Safety test, Preservative Challenge Testing, Bacterial Aerobic Plate Counts, Fungal Counts etc.

FAQ on Cosmetic Testing

What is the difference between a cosmetic test and a cosmetic trial?

Testing is a single event to evaluate the product result of any parameter; it may be the finished product or unfinished products that already exist on the market. The term “trial” is used only when it follows a series of tests of products before their launch in the market or public domain. After successful trial testing, licenses will be given to bring the product onto the market, and they will be applied to a new product. So, in order to monitor their effectiveness and potential side effects, cosmetic goods are also subjected to rigorous animal testing.

Do herbal cosmetics have any side effects?

No side effects. The natural products do not have side effects on humans, even though they are working appropriately in tune with nature. Since pure herbal ingredients were almost exclusively used a century ago, they are validated as safe and free of side effects when compared to synthetic cosmetics.

What is the limitation of heavy metals in herbal products

The limitation of heavy metals varies with regulatory bodies as well as local governments. The toxic effects of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic make their limitation as per ASU pharmacopeias, i.e., Lead at 10 ppm, Cadmium- 0.3 ppm, Mercury-l ppm, and Arsenic- 3 ppm. While other regulatory bodies, such as the US Pharmacopeia (USP) maximum allowable lead content (4.5 μg/ day). US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) does for chronic (>365 days) oral intake of 21 μg mercuric chloride or arsenic for a 70-kg adult.

What are the company requirements for testing cosmetics?

The labelling of cosmetics and directions of use for consumers must meet the requirement for safety, and therefore manufacturers have ensured the safety of cosmetic products through laboratory testing. The manufacturer is required to provide validated data on cosmetic products’ ingredient composition to comply with the local regulatory bodies as well as share the testing results with the public domain. However, the requirement for testing cosmetic products varies with the type of product, the company’s objective towards quality policy, or regulatory bodies.

How does cosmetic testing work?

There are several aspects to the testing of cosmetic products, such as product labeling, ingredient composition, and adulteration, which are all part of the cosmetic laboratory test. Testing for customer quality and safety while before product launch in the market domain needs clinical testing or clinical trial testing, which need a series of testing of product efficacy and quality or studies of adverse effects of cosmetic products. All these tests need to be done from time to time as per compliances with natural or international regulatory bodies where your product is going to be marketed.

Cosmetic laboratory testing is mainly focused on verifying the quality, claims on labeling, and whether there is any adulteration in the product or not. In this testing category, we are looking for moisture, microbial contamination or heavy metal contamination, and ingredient composition as per given in product labeling or compliance with regulatory bodies.

Clinical testing, or clinical trial testing is based on animal trials, and it is used to validate your product to get a license as well as market it in the public domain. This is mandatory to comply with regulatory bodies. The effects that a cosmetic product might have on its users are being assessed through clinical trials, and such trials are being run on dermatologically tested anti-wrinkles, dark spots, primary Irritation Patch Test (PIPT), hydration, whitening etc. At present, alternatives to animal-tested clinical trials are preferred by modern consumers, and this type of clinical trial is conducted with cell line culture, human tissues, computer simulation or modeling, volunteer studies, or medical breakthroughs using humans.

What is the benefit of herbal cosmetics?

Since herbal products have been used by humans for various purposes throughout history, like culinary activity, beautification, or medication, they are naturally free from side effects, and most herbal cosmetics are derived from this. That is why consumers are not interested in verifying the clinical trials of most herbal cosmetics. Therefore, there are minimum chances of animal protection acts.

How long does it take to see the results of cosmetic testing?

It is difficult to say exactly how long it will take to see the results of your testing. It depends on the product parameter you’re testing and what you’re looking for. You should expect a quicker turn-around time when you are looking for certain ingredient compositions that are not in high demand.



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