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Formaldehyde Analysis for Cosmetics

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Why Is Formaldehyde Testing in Cosmetics Important?

Formaldehyde Analysis for Cosmetics

Formaldehyde is a chemical compound that is widely used in industries such as textile, furniture, and, more importantly, cosmetics. It is commonly added to cosmetics as a preservative, but it can be harmful to human health, causing skin irritation, respiratory problems, and even cancer. Therefore, it is essential to test formaldehyde levels in cosmetics to ensure that they are safe for human use.

As a leading provider of cosmetic testing services, Alfa Chemistry offer services for testing formaldehyde levels in cosmetics. Alfa Chemistry uses advanced technologies and equipment to perform instrumental analysis and provide accurate results.

Our Formaldehyde Testing Services

To ensure the safety of cosmetics and personal care products, formaldehyde testing is conducted by manufacturers. We have the ability to analyze and detect formaldehyde in cosmetics from qualitative to quantitative analysis, and can provide accurate and reliable test reports.

  • Cosmetic Formaldehyde Detection Range

Formaldehyde is considered a proven carcinogen and a very strong allergen, so it is subject to many restrictions and bans in cosmetics. When the formaldehyde content in cosmetics exceeds 500 ppm (0.05%), the presence of formaldehyde must be mentioned. Therefore, the free formaldehyde content test is one of the important contents of formaldehyde detection in cosmetics.

In addition, in addition to free formaldehyde, the content of other formaldehyde-releasing components is also an important test parameter. Common formaldehyde-releasing ingredients include [1]:

  • Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol)
  • 5-bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane
  • Diazolidinyl urea
  • DMDM hydantoin (1,3-dimethylol-5,5-dimethylhydantoin)
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  • Quaternium-15 (Dowicil 200; N-(3-chloroallyl) hexaminium chloride)

Formaldehyde Analysis for Cosmetics

  • Our Formaldehyde Testing Methods

Chromatographic Methods: These methods use gas or liquid chromatography techniques to detect and quantify formaldehyde in a product. For example, the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) is a sensitive and reliable assay for the determination of formaldehyde in samples. This method is applicable to a variety of samples including creams, lotions and raw materials.

Spectrophotometric Methods: These methods use infrared spectroscopy or ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy to detect and quantify formaldehyde in a product.

Colorimetric Methods: These methods use reagents or indicators that react with formaldehyde to produce a color change that can be measured and used to determine the amount of formaldehyde in a product.

Test Standards for Testing Formaldehyde in Cosmetics

Alfa Chemistry follows all relevant test standards for testing formaldehyde in cosmetics to ensure that our testing methods are accurate, reliable, and consistent.

  • ASTM D5197-19: This standard specifies the test method for determining formaldehyde concentrations in aqueous solutions and matrices using a chromotropic acid spectrophotometric method.
  • USP<2232>: It is used for the testing of residual formaldehyde in sterilized drugs, biologicals, and cosmetics.

Why Choose Alfa Chemistry?

Alfa Chemistry offers comprehensive analysis of formaldehyde for the cosmetic industry, using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and equipment. Our team of experienced and knowledgeable professionals is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable results, ensuring that our clients produce safe and high-quality cosmetic products.


  1. Malinauskiene L, et al. Open Medicine, 2015, 10(1).
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