The oxidation stability is an important factor for the quality of cosmetics. It also provides information about the long-term and storage stability of the product. Most cosmetic formulations cannot be measured directly with the Rancimat as no evaluable induction time is obtained. There are many reasons for this, for example a high water content, a too low fat content or various matrix effects. However, using polyethylene glycol (PEG) as carrier material, many of these samples can be directly and reproducibly measured without sample preparation. This is due to the antioxidants that are naturally present in the sample matrix, and which stabilize the induction time of the PEG. The induction time can therefore be directly related to the oxidation stability of the sample.
In addition, this method eliminates a costly sample preparation. A reproducible and accurate determination of the oxidation stability using the 892 Professional Rancimat can be realized. In this Application Notes the oxidation stability of body care cream, moisturizer, body milk, body lotion, and toothpaste is determined in this way. More information on the Rancimat method can be found on the Metrohm website.