Bespoke Projects

The nature of our work has always involved challenging accepted practice and overcoming scientific hurdles as we have pioneered many new test methods eliminating the use of animals and animal components in the process. This expertise, experience and deep understanding of the methods allows us to tailor and adapt these tests meeting your exact requirements.



As a global leader in animal-free testing, XCellR8 has built a strong reputation for our ethical approach combined with scientific excellence. We help the cosmetics industry to satisfy consumer demands for cruelty-free products and ingredients, whilst achieving regulatory compliance. Our consultancy service is designed to give you the support you need to develop and launch new cosmetic products in the UK and Europe.


Over the years, we’ve established an impressive network to complement our own in-house expertise, partnering with some of the world’s leading scientific thinkers to manage workstreams on your behalf. Our carefully curated team of advisors are here to help with safety assessments, cosmetic efficacy claims, regulatory advice, MSDS compilation plus routine testing and auditing.



  • Regulatory advice and safety assessment
  • Designing animal - free testing strategies
  • Sustainability advice
  • Cosmetic chemistry and formulation
  • Training and education programmes
  • Environmental impact assessment







  • Regulatory in vitro testing
  • In silico modelling
  • Physico-chemical testing
  • Ecotoxicology testing
  • Biodegradability testing
  • Human patch testing
  • Microbiology testing (challenge testing, microbial limits, stability)





  • Cosmetic efficacy testing
  • Cruelty-free claims and accreditation schemes
  • Independent assessment of
    scientific data in cosmetic ingredient
    brochures, building critical confidence
    at an early stage of formulation







Animal welfare has gained momentum in the mind of conscious consumers. Recent data shows that around one-fifth of consumers are looking for ‘not tested on animals, cruelty-free, and/or 100% vegan’ when choosing colour cosmetics or skin care products. Our unique commitment to provide ingredient manufacturers and beauty brands with tests that are not only animal-free but also animal- product-free (or vegan), means that we can offer unrivalled support in bringing ethical products to market with scientific credibility.

Where it isn’t (yet) possible to achieve a 100% vegan approach, XCellR8’s 7-point scale for animal-free testing helps you to plan your strategy with unsurpassed transparency. Our consultants also work closely with industry bodies the CTPA and Society of Cosmetic Chemists, we sit on OECD advisory committees, network with animal welfare organisations such as Cruelty Free International and have been asked to give presentations to the European Parliament and the United Nations.


If you’d like to ensure that your product meets the highest ethical standards for the benefit of humans, animals and the planet, we’re here to help you. Call us on +44(0)1925 607 134, email us on or submit your enquiry using the form below.

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