Cosmetic & Personal Care Product Testing

BSLI performs moisturization testing regularly, this is due to Bozeman Montana's dry continental climate. Bozeman has relatively low humidity and dew point making this area perfect for moisturization studies year round. BioScience Labs routinely conducts studies employing the following techniques:

  • Leg Controlled Application Technique (LCAT)
  • Forearm Controlled Application Technique (FCAT)
  • Facial Applications
  • Hand Applications

Below is Bozeman's average baseline bioinstrumentation readings for moisturization: 

Study #/Months
Demographics
Test Area/Restrictions
Corneometer
Skicon
TEWL

Study #1 Jan/Feb    

27 Subjects; Mixed

FCAT; 5 Day Restriction

30.90

185.60

7.85

Study #2 Sept/Oct.     

25 Subjects; Mixed

FCAT; 7 Day Restriction

21.82

163.10

12.11

Study #3 Jan/Feb

22 Subjects; Female

FCAT & Face; 5 Day Restriction

Face: 33
Arm: 30.5

Face: 304.50
Arm: 220.40

Face: 11.69
Arm: 7.77

Study #4 July/Oct.

12 Subjects; Female

Hands; 7 Day Restriction

13.14

147.42

9.65

Study #5 Oct-Dec.

32 Subjects; Female

LCAT; 3 Day Restriction

26.44

70.19

9.90

Study #6 Dec.

30 Subjects; Female

LCAT; 7 Day Restriction

21.78

110.0

N/A

Study #7 Nov.

12 Subjects; Mixed

FCAT; 7 Day Restriction

27.70

199.30

6.69

Study #8 March-May            

51 Subjects; Mixed

FCAT; 5 Day Restriction

28.21

224.07

8.68


BSLI can also help generate data to support product claims for in-home use over time. Consumer preference claims can be designed to support product development (fragrance, feel, ease of use, etc.) or they can be designed to compare the product to another product or a placebo control. We can help you determine the best design to generate robust data, whatever your testing goals may be. Below is a sample testing outline:

  • 50 Subject Panel
  • Up to 15 Questions
  • Basic descriptive statistics
  • Demographic information provided
  • 2 lab visits (one to receive product, one to return it)

Instrumentation Capabilities 

 

  • Corneometer: measures moisturization of the stratum corneum layer of the skin using capacitance.
    • Moisturizing/Hydration
    • LCAT/FCAT
  • Skicon: measures the moisturization content of the stratum corneum level of the skin using high frequency conductance.
    • Moisturizing/Hydration
  • Tewameter: measures the tewl (trans-epidermal water loss) rate of the skin.  The higher the rate, the more damaged the skin.
    • Barrier Properties
    • Exfoliating
  • Visia cr: it measures spots, wrinkles, and uv damage. (This is a whole face visia)
    • Anti-Dark spots
    • Anti-Wrinkle
    • Complextion homogeneity
  • Chroma meter: measures color on three scales: black white, red green, and blue yellow.
    • Complexion homogeneity
    • Redness
  • Mexameter: measures redness of the skin.
    • Epidermal melanin
    • Redness
    • Self-Tanning
  • Skin ph meter: measures skin ph.
  • Sebumeter: measures sebum amounts of the skin or hair.  
    • Anti-Sebum effect