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Any of the texture analyser range can be used for the product tests listed below.

A selection of special attachments and typical measurements are also shown which are commonly used in this application area. However, this does not show the complete range of attachments available for the testing of personal care products. Test procedures include: compression, puncture/penetration, tension, fracture/bending, extrusion, cutting/shearing.

Typical measurements include:

  • Consistency: toothpaste, cream

  • Adhesive Strength: medical bandages, sanitary towels, nappies (See also ADHESIVES)
  • Hardness: soap, wax, deodorant, contact lenses
  • Foam Stability: shaving foams
  • Friction: shaving foams
  • Actuation Force: soap/cream dispensers, aerosols
  • Sachet/Tube: Content removal force

Toothpaste Extrusion Rig

Adhesive Bandage Peel Strength

Conical/Cylinder probes

Toothpaste Extrusion Rig
This imitative test indicates the
ease of extrusion of toothpaste
as a result of e.g. the product
formulation or the extrusion

Adhesive Bandage 
Peel Strength
This test is very important for the
determination of the comparative
peeling or stripping characteristics
of adhesive bonds which are
essential for the application of
adhesive bandages of varying

Conical/Cylinder probes
Can be used to assess hardness
of e.g. soap, deodorant.

Back/Forward Extrusion Cells

Sachet Tube Extrusion Rig

Contact Lense Compression

Back/Forward Extrusion Cells
Can be used to assess consistency/
extrudability of e.g. cream, pastes.


Tube/Sachet Extrusion Rig
Allows manufacturers to measure
the ease of removal and application 
of products such as sauces, pastes, 
creams and gels.

Compression Probes
Allow the hardness assessment
of e.g. contact lenses.

Film Support Rig

Hemispherical Probe Lip Balm

Soap Dispenser Actuation

Film Support Rig
This rig allows testing of thin, film-
like products to measure the burst 
strength, resilience and relaxation 

Penetration Tests
Hemispherical probes imitate
a finger.

Actuation Force Testing
allows measurement of the force
required to release hair fixatives 
from aerosols, soap/cream from 

Hair Combing Rig

Hair Combing Rig
(Registered Design)
Enables the comb to be
disengaged at the end of each 
combing stroke for realistic 
assessment of hair combability.


Application Studies are available for the testing of PERSONAL CARE products using the TA.XT2i, TA.XTplus, TA.XTExpress  or TA.HDplus texture analysers.

In addition, scientific papers have been published which reference the use of the TA.XT2i/TA.XTplus/TA.HDplus in the testing of PERSONAL CARE products.
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