Microchimica Acta

, Volume 126, Issue 1–2, pp 153–157 | Cite as

Simultaneous determination of tartrazine and sunset yellow in cosmetic products by first-derivative spectrophotometry

  • Luis Fermín Capitán-Vallvey
  • Natalia Navas Iglesias
  • Ignacio de Orbe Payá
  • Ramiro Avidad Castaneda
Original Papers


A spectrophotometric method for the simultaneous determination of Tartrazine (TT) and Sunset Yellow (SY) in cosmetic products has been developed. An extraction process was carried out using methylene chloride and the colouring matters were measured in the aqueous phase formed, the other components of the sample remaining in the organic phase. The applicable concentration ranges were 0.5–10 ug/ml TT and 0.5–12 μg/ml SY. The detection limits were 26 and 11 ng/ml and the relative standard deviations were 1.0 and 0.9% for TT and SY, respectively. The method was applied to the determination of both compounds in cosmetics.

Key words

first-derivative Spectrophotometry cosmetics Tartrazine-Sunset Yellow mixture determination 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis Fermín Capitán-Vallvey
    • 1
  • Natalia Navas Iglesias
    • 1
  • Ignacio de Orbe Payá
    • 1
  • Ramiro Avidad Castaneda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Analytical ChemistryUniversity of GranadaGranadaSpain

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