Analytical services for the cosmetics industry


Your needs: to evaluate the quality of your cosmetic products in the context of a new product launch or a change in regulations

The cosmetics industry is often associated with high expectations in terms of efficiency, stability and safety for a finished product. As major players in the production of cosmetic products, as subcontractors or as producers of raw materials, you regularly need to adapt your production processes to follow the changes in regulations.

Analyses can be necessary to verify the conformity of a cosmetic product or to identify the cause of a product failure.

To overcome these challenges, you are looking to cooperate with a reliable and independent analytical laboratory offering high added technical value. 


Our solution: to develop your analytical techniques, to analyze the chemical composition of cosmetic products or to characterize failures using the relevant techniques

The FILAB laboratory, made up of experts in cosmetic analysis and defect characterization, can offer its analytical services throughout the designing and production processes all the way to the process of putting the product on the market (makeup, crème, perfume…).

FILAB is ISO 17025 accredited by COFRAC for the analysis of heavy metals in cosmetic products

Relying on experience and our cutting-edge analytical fleet, the FILAB laboratory has a wide range of tools specific to the cosmetics industry which allow us to provide the following services:


  • Analysis of undesirable substances found on raw materials or finished products: heavy metals, residual solvents, phthalates, bisphenol A…
  • Determination of active ingredients: organic and mineral solar filters, vitamins
  • Determination of preservatives (phenoxyethanol, parabens, chlorphenesin using HPLC-UV, HPLC-MSMS and GC-MS
  • Packaging analysis: polymers, composite materials, glass
  • Siloxane (D4/D5) analysis
  • Thermal analyses
  • Powder analyses: PSD, specific surface area measurements, morphology, crystallinity…
  • Metallurgic analyses
  • REACH analyses
  • Analytical validation following ISO 12787
  • Determination of UV filters   



  • Non-conformity expertise: particulates, deposits, unknown spikes, material degradations…
  • Deformulation services
  • Optimization of your production procedures
  • Compatibility analysis (container/contents interactions, extractables and leachables)
  • Failure analysis: fractography, particulate contamination, adhesive problems, corrosion, metallographic examination, weld analysis…
  • Laboratory audit and analytical training



  • Creation, validation and transfer of analytical procedures
  • Research into substitutions for substances
  • Literature reviews
  • Developing analysis kits



  • Organic analyses : GCMS, Py-GCMS, LC-MSMS, GPC, NMR, FTIR
  • Mineral analyses : ICP, XRD, IC
  • Thermal analyses : ATG, DSG
  • Metallurgical analyses : ICP, SEM-FEG EDX, SEO
  • Powder analysis : XRD, SEM-FEG EDX, BET
  • Surface analysis : SEM-FEG EDX, PES, ToF-SIMS


The positive aspects of FILAB

A highly qualified team

Reactiveness and quick processing time for requests

COFRAC ISO 17025 accredited laboratory

Complete analytical fleet spread over 2100m²

Tailored support for customers



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