The sum parameters of organic halogens in cosmetics is determined. Here, the samples are extracted by steam distillation or extraction with a solvent to analyse the organic halogen content. The main causes of positive findings in cosmetics are preservatives or fragrances from the class of organic halogens. The sum parameter is precisely characterized by the fact that all substances belonging to the group of organic halogen compounds, and which are soluble in hot water, can be determined. There is no danger that individual substances in the class can be overlooked.
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