Recent Advances in Sample Preparation for Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Analysis

Molecules. 2021 Aug 13;26(16):4900. doi: 10.3390/molecules26164900.


The use of cosmetics and personal care products is increasing worldwide. Their high matrix complexity, together with the wide range of products currently marketed under different forms imply a challenge for their analysis, most of them requiring a sample pre-treatment step before analysis. Classical sample preparation methodologies involve large amounts of organic solvents as well as multiple steps resulting in large time consumption. Therefore, in recent years, the trends have been moved towards the development of simple, sustainable, and environmentally friendly methodologies in two ways: (i) the miniaturization of conventional procedures allowing a reduction in the consumption of solvents and reagents; and (ii) the development and application of sorbent- and liquid-based microextraction technologies to obtain a high analyte enrichment, avoiding or significantly reducing the use of organic solvents. This review provides an overview of analytical methodology during the last ten years, placing special emphasis on sample preparation to analyse cosmetics and personal care products. The use of liquid-liquid and solid-liquid extraction (LLE, SLE), ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE), solid-phase extraction (SPE), pressurized liquid extraction (PLE), matrix solid-phase extraction (MSPD), and liquid- and sorbent-based microextraction techniques will be reviewed. The most recent advances and future trends including the development of new materials and green solvents will be also addressed.

Keywords: cosmetics; microextraction techniques; miniaturization; personal care products; sample preparation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adsorption
  • Analytic Sample Preparation Methods*
  • Cosmetics / analysis*
  • Liquid Phase Microextraction
  • Solid Phase Extraction
  • Ultrasonics


  • Cosmetics