Personal Care and Cosmetics Products Actives Analysis

Control of cosmetics and personal care product active ingredients such as preservatives, vitamins and sunscreens are detailed in the regulations and guidelines of the EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009.

Manufacturers, distributors and importers of personal care products must ensure that they satisfy these guidelines. Intertek testing services provide support and technical expertise, helping clients ensure their products meet quality standards and comply with the EU Cosmetics Regulation (EC) 1223/2009. Typical active ingredients in personal care and cosmetic products include Preservatives, Vitamins and Sunscreens.

Preservative Analysis: 

Preservatives prevent product contamination from micro-organisms during storage and continued use. Strict rules govern the inclusion of preservatives in Europe. Examples of the preservatives routinely tested:

  •  Free Formaldehyde
  •  Parabens (methyl,ethyl, propyl, butyl)
  •  Phenoxy-Ethanol
  •  Triclosan
  •  Kathon CG (MIT/CIT)
  •  Proxel (BIT)
  •  Benzyl Alcohol
  •  Chlorhexidine
  •  Benzoic Acid
  •  Imidazolidinyl Urea (Germall 115)
  •  DMDM Hydantoin


Vitamins Quantification:

An increasing number of antioxidants, vitamins and bio-active ingredients are used in personal care products to help repair skin and hair damage. Examples of the vitamins and bio-active ingredients routinely tested include : Vitamin A Retinol, Vitamin pro A Carotene, Vitamin B1 Thiamine, Vitamin B2 Riboflavin, Vitamin B3 Nicotinic Acid, Vitamin  B3 Nicotinamide, Vitamin B5 Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin pro B5 Panthenol and more. Please download the full list for further information.


Sun Screens (and UV Filters):

Both chemical and physical sunscreens are used in cosmetic products to protect the skin from exposure to harmful UV rays. Chemical filters are powerful absorbers of both UVA and UVB rays. Physical sun screens reflect and scatter UV light. Examples of the sunscreens routinely tested:


  • Benzophenone Phenylbenzylimidazole sulphonic acid
  • Octocrylene Ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate
  • Ethylhexyl triazone 4-methylbenzyllidene camphor
  • Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane Diethylamino-hydroxybenzoyl-hexylbenzoate


  • Titanium Dioxide
  • Zinc Oxide 
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