Deformation of cosmetic products in the laboratory

What is deformation?

First of all, it is necessary to understand what is called deformulation before applying it to the cosmetic sector.

Deformulation or otherwise known as “reverse engineering”, consists in determining the nature and quantities of materials present in a formulation or in your cosmetic product. In short, it is a matter of analyzing and fragmenting its chemical composition.

In a second step, it is necessary to understand your context and the goal to use the deformulation of cosmetic products. 

In what context do you need to deform a cosmetic product?

Are you currently developing a new product or are you about to launch your cosmetic product on the market and would like to control its quality? The FILAB laboratory is able to offer its services to meet your objectives. Indeed, the deformation of cosmetic products allows to : 

Your objectives

  • Compare your cosmetic product to the competition

  • Analyze and determine the composition of an unknown mixture

  • Analyze and identify a pollution or an impurity

  • Analysis of heavy metals in cosmetics according to ISO/TR 17276:2014 by ICP

The success of a deformulation of a cosmetic product lies in a good knowledge of the targeted application and the implementation of rigorous analytical methods. Thus, it allows to characterize the chemical composition of organic and mineral fractions.

This approach involves a set of diversified and sometimes very advanced techniques such as:


  • Gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GCMS)

  • The DSC

  • Liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (LCMS)

  • ICP-MS

  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR analysis)

  • The DRX

  • Infrared microscopy (IRTF)

  • Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

The positive aspects of FILAB

  • A highly qualified team

  • Responsiveness in responding to and processing requests

  • A complete analytical park of 2100m²

  • Tailor-made support

Caroline KURZAWA
Caroline KURZAWA R&D Project Engineer
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