Our cosmetic dipslides test for total count bacteria and yeasts and moulds. They have Tryptone Soya agar (TSA) on one side and Rose Bengal on the other. These slides are our most popular for testing makeup, lotions etc.
The Tryptone Soya side includes TTC which means that colonies appear as red dots making them easier to count. The Rose Bengal side has colonies that often appear as pink dots making these easy to count also (mould growth may show as fluffy / powdery colonies).
The GNAT MX2 incubator can incubate up to 2 dipslides at a time. It has a pre-set temperature of 30 degrees Celsius and after a short time of stabilisation (15-20 minutes), can be used straightaway.
This kit is at a special price that offers the buyer a significant saving over buying the items separately. This kit is convenient and is suitable for those that want to try the slides without buying a large volume.
Comparison / analysis charts are included.
All items can be purchased separately below. More information on each product can be found by clicking on the below images.
Reading the results / Guidelines
|TSA Side||TSA Side||TSA Side||TSA Side||TSA Side||TSA Side|
|Level of infection in liquids/Creams|
|Approx colonies per agar||2||12||60||200||500||600+|
|The SCCP's notes of guidance for the testing of cosmetic ingredients and their safety evaluation (8th Revision adapted 11 December 2012 https://ec.europa.eu/health/scientific_committees/consumer_safety/docs/sccs_s_006.pdf)|
|Category 1: Products specifically intended for children under 3 years, to be used in the eye area and on mucous membranes.||The total viable count for aerobic mesophyllic microorganisms should not exceed 102|| || || || || |
|Category 2: Other products.||For cosmetics classified in Category 2, the total viable count for aerobic mesophyllic microorganisms should not exceed 103|| || || || |
|Level of infection on surfaces|
|Rose Bengal Side||Rose Bengal Side||Rose Bengal Side||Rose Bengal Side||Rose Bengal Side||Rose Bengal Side|
|Level of yeasts in liquids|
|Approx yeasts colonies per agar||2||12||60||200||500||600+|
|Level of yeasts on surfaces|
|Level of moulds||Light||Medium||Heavy|
Hello, I purchase a kit from [external company name removed] & I am having trouble reading the results. I am looking for dip slides for cosmetics mostly herbal creams & lotions plus room sprays/body sprays.
Also I need to able to understand what I am looking as I am finding it hard to understand how to count colonies etc.
Many thanks for your enquiry. I'm afraid we are unable to comment on how to read the results of other dipslide brands as they may use a different agar/neutralisers etc.
Our supplied dipslide comparison chart shows the different levels of colony counts (https://dip-slides.com/Dipslide-comparison-chart.pdf) for our dipslides/agars.
Here is a link to our Cosmetic dipslides, which are supplied in packs of 10 (https://dip-slides.com/cosmetic/35-cosmetic-dipslides-box-of-10.html).
|Q||Hi, I live in New Zealand if I purchase your Cosmetics Bacteria & Yeasts / Moulds Test Kit will it be able to work here in NZ if I buy an adapter? Also Do you have them in stock ready to ship or what is the approximate time it takes to ship out?|
|A||Hello, This kit comes with snap-on plug adapters and will work in NZ without any additional purchases. We have these in stock and can ship next working day (average delivery time is 5-7 working days).|
Hi, Do you have to use these swabs on a sample for them to work, e.g. dip into a solution/cream, or could you swab them on a contaminated surface and still incubate the bacteria? Hoping to test the surfaces of devices for bacteria.
|A||Hello, If you are testing a surface you can either swab the surface (then streak the sample over the agar) or you can gently press the dipslide directly onto the surface.|