How to measure well-being provided by foods and cosmetics?

September 25, 2017

L. Dreyfuss, L. Legoux, K. Guillamet, BIOFORTIS, France.



One of the key challenges is to define well-being since it seems highly correlated with notions of wellness, quality of life, life satisfaction, happiness and general satisfaction (Miller & Foster, 2010). Well-being is a complex concept based on several dimensions such as physical, psychological/emotional, social, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, environmental but also economic, cultural, climate as well as governance and social justice dimensions (Miller & Foster, 2006).

It is thus very complex to define a unique way of measuring well-being especially in the context of food consumption or non food products usage like cosmetics.


The present study aims at demonstrating the sensitivity of some existing scales for measuring well-being provided by specific food like fruits but also provided by moisturizing creams applied on body at home. Through several tests conducted in France on different sample sizes and in different conditions (sensory lab and home-use tests), we highlight the relative efficacy of tools like the Positive and Negative Affect Scales (Watson, Clark, & Tellegen, 1988) and WellSense profileTM (King et al., 2015). This presentation will also provide a discussion about usage of some biological parameters to be measured to complete the evaluation of well-being and of the real efficacy of tested products to provide wellness in a significant way. We hope to stimulate discussion concerning the following questions: can well-being be measured thanks to declarative questionnaires? Are existing tools relevant for measuring well-being associated with food and cosmetics? How complementary are questionnaires and clinical biological methods to evaluate efficacy of products in providing well-being?


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