Our Lab, our expertise…
The company facilities are composed of R&D, Quality Control and formulation laboratories. The Innovation Company® controls all raw materials as well as all final products independently with the only exception of microbiological analyses, which are subcontracted.
The laboratories are equipped of In Vitro, In Vivo and Ex Vivo techniques such as chromatography, spectroscopy, microscopy, rheology and some specific analyses like surface charge, specific surface area or SPF in vitro measurements.
All of these devices are used to develop the best innovative raw materials, concepts and show unique illustrative formulas to our customers.
We welcome our customers to work together in our laboratories in Dreux (28 – France) to discover our products and develop new products with the highest performance.
|Zetasizer Nano Z |
The Zetasizer Nano ZS is the perfect system for measuring zeta potential, electrophoretic mobility and granulometry of colloids and nanoparticles. With zeta potential measurements, it is possible to predict the stability of emulsions, as well as the aggregation or flocculation of particles, notably physical UV-filters. It is also one way to shorten the stability tests of emulsions.
|Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC 3) |
The DSC 3 is the perfect instrument for thermal analysis. It ensures a follow-up of product behaviour depending on temperature and highlights physicochemical properties such as melting point, recristallisation point, oxydation induction time, glass transition or degradation. It also gives information about the impact of storage conditions on products.
|MCR 302 Rheometer |
The MCR 302 rheometer is based on both rotational and oscillatory modes. This system characterises the rheological behaviour of chemical components submitted to a strain or stress. Depending on the product type, the rheometer describes viscoelastic properties, gel strength, stability, thixotropy. With the integrated Peltier system, it is possible to perform measurements on a wide range of temperatures. Moreover, the unique powder cell gives specific information about friction and cohesion forces of powders, helping to develop new powder substitutes in addition to their skin feel.
|BET - Gemini VII |
The BET is used to determine the specific surface area and porosity of powders. It allows to follow and enhance the manufacturing process repeatability and reproducibility. It is also essential to adjust the amount of dispersant to use for new formulations.
|High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) |
Chromatography is a technique to separate mixtures of substances on the basis of their molecular structure and molecular composition. HPLC required a solid stationary phase and a liquid mobile phase.
|High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) |
This chromatographic technique uses an immobilized silica on glass plates as a stationary phase and a liquid mobile phase. Components are separated, identified and quantified according to their migration height, spot intensity and standard samples.
|Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) |
GC-MS is a third chromatographic mode, which separates each component of mixtures by means of a volatile gas as mobile phase and a solid stationary phase. After migrating, components form peaks with typical retention time and intensity. Linked to mass spectrometer, each peak is decomposed in mass spectra typical of one substance and identifiable thanks to an available library.
|Density Meter and Refractometer |
Connected in series, these instruments offer a fast measurement of density and refractive index of liquid or fluid compositions at a specific temperature. Using a low amount of product, both values are determined at the same time. Moreover, refractive index value can reach 1.25, offering the possibility to measure our Fiflow® products and to check their purity contrary to the handheld refractometer (not less than 1.33).
|PMA 5 Flash Point |
PMA 5 determines flash points of compositions using the Pensky-Martens closed cup. This flammability tester covers a wide range of temperatures (-30°C to 400°C) and tests according to standardized methods for the cosmetic industry (e.g. ISO 2719 A and B). All types of materials can be analyzed, allowing to be compliant with transport regulation by giving information related to section 14 of product safety data sheets.
Because oxidation stability is an important quality criterion, RapidOxy® measures the Oxidation Induction Time of products depending on temperature and pressure. Screening of antioxidants, optimisation of mixtures, shelf-life determination and products valorization are performed with this rancimeter, whose results are complementary to photostability studies.