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  • Sensory Panel Training/ Cosmetic Sensory Evaluation

    Posted by evchem2 on February 7, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Are there any good standards/resources to look to when trying to gain understanding in evaluating cosmetic products (primarily skincare, but if you know any for haircare I’d be interested as well). Are there third party companies you recommend that offer training in this field? I know sensory science is its own field of research but looking for ideas of what already exists in this space that is specific to personal care

    chemicalmatt replied 1 year, 4 months ago 2 Members · 3 Replies
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  • chemicalmatt

    February 8, 2023 at 8:47 am

    @evchem2 here is a starter doc I use as a good reference. Mark Chandler’s ACT Solutions Corp is one of the stellar sensory evaluation labs in the USA, if that is where you hang your fedora, and they have reasonable costs too. http://www.actsolutionscorplab.com

    • evchem2

      February 9, 2023 at 11:26 am

      @chemicalmatt - much appreciated! That document seems like a nice overview, I guess to be more specific what I’m really looking for is if there is any agreed upon terminology for certain characteristics (ex when we want to say something is greasy vs tacky vs lubricious)? Does every sensory evaluation panel decide on these definitions internally?

      From the food side of sensory testing I’ve seen things like “Using industry-wide–accepted universal scales, a peeled orange has an orange flavor of about 6 or 7, whereas an undiluted orange drink has a much stronger orange flavor, earning a higher intensity score than the peeled orange”

  • chemicalmatt

    February 13, 2023 at 10:40 am

    The descriptors are defined by the testing agency, there is no definitive standard lexicon as far as I know. I found it best to keep the language as simple as possible so as to keep test subject clarity in mind.

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