TRI Princeton

Supports the US, and the wider global cosmetics industry, by providing rapid and reliable product performance and claims testing services

The cosmetics, fragrances, and personal care products market in the US is the largest in the world and is currently estimated to bring in revenues of around $90 billion each year. New Jersey is a major national focal point for the US cosmetics and personal care industry and houses many of the leading chemical raw material suppliers and finished product manufacturers.

TRI Princeton supports the US, and the wider global cosmetics industry, by providing rapid and reliable product performance and claims testing services. We also help take the field forward with groundbreaking and industry-led research in skin and hair science. TRI Princeton is a not-for-profit research institute with education as a key part of our mission. In addition to our testing services and research, we organize a number of training courses, lectures, and symposia each year. If you work in cosmetics and personal care, and you don’t already work with TRI Princeton, please call us to see what we can offer your business.

“Measurements are the key to understanding” is a well-known quote from the famous 19th century scientist, Lord Kelvin. Put more simply, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t do anything about it!” Core to TRI Princeton’s DNA is our longstanding competence in Measurement Science. Our scientists are experts at creating new ways of measuring things on skin and hair.

For example, using highly advanced spectroscopy techniques to look at the penetration of actives through the skin, or the changes in skin barrier after exposure to sunshine or pollution. Or, using the latest mechanical testing techniques to investigate the effects of chemical treatments on the internal structures in the hair fiber. Over the years, many of the techniques commonly used in the industry for testing cosmetic products were first created in TRI Princeton; fatigue testing of hair fibers and torsional testing of hair fibers, to name but a few.

The advantage of this advanced measurement science capability is that TRI Princeton now has a very wide range of techniques set up that it offers to clients for contract testing. Indeed, performance and claims testing has been a very important source of funding for our basic research and educational programs. TRI Princeton currently performs hundreds of skin and hair tests each year for companies all around the world, many of whom are household names. A TRI report is widely recognized across the industry, and by advertising regulators around the world, as being a reliable and independent assessment of product performance. TRI has a hallmark for supplying quality data for clients to make their claims of product performance.

TRI Princeton is a very precious and unique organization that has been going for now 90 years, and its history is closely related to the history of New Jersey. Going right back to the start, the US Institute of Textile Research Inc. was set up in New York by an act of Congress (published Jun 11, 1930, as Act #329 of 71st Congress) as a not-for-profit organization to support the large US cotton and wool industries. In 1944 the institute set up the laboratory site in Princeton, New Jersey, now occupied by the modern TRI Princeton. The familiar brand name, Textile Research Institute (TRI), was first used around then. The institute built strong links with Princeton University and funded PhD and post-doc students to come and work in the laboratories. TRI Princeton continued as a leading textiles research laboratory until the late 1990s, when the US textiles industry dramatically contracted, and textiles production moved overseas. At this point the board decided to use the expertise in measurement science and fiber science, to focus more on hair fibers, and so TRI Princeton transformed into a cosmetics research laboratory.

So, this legacy explains the funny name. It also explains why TRI Princeton is, to this day, a notfor-profit organization, overseen by a voluntary board of trustees from industry, just as it was in the early days. This is now quite unusual in a world of privately owned testing companies and startups. It also means  that, uniquely, our motivation is not profit but to serve the industry in the best way we can. TRI is engaged in International Conferences of hair science along with education on skin and hair, in pioneering research of  both skin and hair, and in understanding and helping clients establish the efficacy of their product, readying them for launch to the huge cosmetics industry.

Our legacy also explains why we have a large number of member companies that pay an annual affiliation fee to support us. This is exactly how things worked at the beginning, only now TRI is supported by 21 leading cosmetics companies,  including Procter & Gamble, BASF, L’Oréal, Johnson &  Johnson, etc. This shows, we believe, how highly companies value having a high quality and truly independent research institute to support what they are trying to achieve.

Our legacy also explains why we have a large number of member companies that pay an annual affiliation fee to support us. This is exactly how things worked at the beginning, only now TRI is supported by 21 leading cosmetics companies, including Procter & Gamble, BASF, L’Oréal, Johnson &  Johnson, etc. This shows, we believe, how highly companies value having a high quality and truly independent research institute to support what they are trying to achieve.

If you come to talk to us, we will always start by working with you to really understand your needs.  This is something that is quite unique to TRI. Clients always get our specialist and independent advice on what might be the right measurements to make. We don’t work from rigid menus of tests.

Not being driven just by profit, we will give you the best advice we can.

So, if you work in cosmetics and personal care, and you don’t already work with TRI Princeton, please  call us to see what we can offer your business.

TRI Princeton

www.triprinceton.org
(609) 430 4820
601 Prospect Avenue Princeton
NJ 08540

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