When it comes to cosmetic and beauty packaging, there are plenty of options to choose from. Depending on whether you’re using the packaging for storing a solid cream or a liquid lotion, you will be looking at a cosmetic jar or cosmetic bottle. Both packaging options come in a range of different options. Throughout this article, we will have a look at the three most popular cosmetic bottles and what benefits and disadvantages these bring along. While doing so, we have chosen to focus on three types of bottles that are not only popular, but also sustainable. This because we believe that, when it comes to packaging materials, sustainability is playing an ever increasing role.
Airless Cosmetic Bottles
The first type of cosmetic bottle that we’re going to have a look at is the airless bottle. Although still relatively unknown, the popularity of airless bottles has risen enormously throughout the past couple of years. Airless bottles are available with a spray or pump lid and differentiate themselves from other bottles in numerous ways.
Airless bottles are special as, unlike traditional lotion bottles that feature a dip tube dispensing mechanism, they have a non-pressurized vacuum dispensing system. With traditional lotion pumps, every time you press the pump a bit of air is inserted into the bottle. This air will then press down the lotion, causing it to enter the dip tube and move upwards to dispense through the pump. Although this system works perfectly well from a technical perspective, it does bring along some disadvantages in terms of usability, product preservation, and sustainability. Airless bottles, on the other hand, feature a non-pressurized vacuum dispensing system that comes with a tight-fit disc at the bottom. Every time you press the pump, this disc moves up slightly. By doing so, the disc pushes up the product inside, causing it to dispense through the pump. Because the disc moves upwards by external air pressure, the product stored inside of the bottle does not come in contact with external air at any time.
Airless bottles bring along a number of benefits over traditional lotion pump. The main benefit is, as described above, that the bottle features an airless design. Thanks to the fact that the product inside does not come in contact with external air, the shelf-life is increased significantly. Generally speaking, products stored inside airless bottles stay fresh for up to 15% longer compared to the same product stored inside a regular lotion pump. Airless bottles furthermore create less product waste as their vacuum dispensing system makes sure that every last bit of product gets dispensed without leaving behind any unused lotion inside of the bottle. On top of that, airless bottles are furthermore also more sustainable compared to standard pump bottles as they require less material to be produced and they feature a recyclable and reusable design. With their sleek, elegant, and minimalistic appearance, airless bottles certainly add a touch of elegance to any product line!
Aluminum Cosmetic Bottles
When it comes to standard cosmetic bottles, aluminum bottles are becoming increasingly popular. Aluminum bottles are available in a large range of different volumes. They can furthermore be equipped with a number of different dispensing mechanism including regular screw tops, euro-droppers, mist sprayers, and lotion pumps. Aluminum bottles bring along a number of benefits when it comes to cosmetic packaging.
By far the main benefit of aluminum packaging is its sustainability. Aluminum is a 100% natural material that is fully recyclable. In fact, aluminum packaging is considered to be one of the only packaging materials that can be fully recycled without affecting the environment. Because aluminum can be recycled without losing any of its original benefits, the quality of recycled and new aluminum remains nearly the same. Thanks to this, aluminum has an extremely long lifespan. Aluminum is furthermore extremely light in weight. Not only does this offer a convenient user experience, but it also makes aluminum bottles cheaper and cleaner to transport in bulk. No matter how you want to look at it, aluminum packaging is the optimal option for companies that aim to go green.
Besides its sustainability, aluminum brings along a number of other benefits. Aluminum is a material that, on its own, is 100% corrosion resistant and food-safe. As such, it does not require any chemical coatings to preserve its quality. Aluminum packaging never corrodes and can be safely used for storing cosmetics, food products, and even medicine without having to worry about the packaging affecting the quality of your goods. Aluminum packaging is considered to be among the safest options available today when it comes to food and cosmetic storage.
Finally, aluminum is furthermore a material that can be customized in a easy and affordable way. This offers companies both small and large to add a personal touch to their cosmetic packaging. Because aluminum packaging is affordable on its own and also cheap to ship, it offers a great packaging solution for environmentally friendly companies of any size.
Glass Cosmetic Bottles
Glass bottles have been around for centuries and are, still today, popular in many industries. This is, of course, no wonder when you have a look at the benefits that glass packaging brings along.
Just like aluminum, glass is a 100% natural material that can be fully recycled. Because glass is a natural and fully recyclable material, it is considered, still today, as one of the most environmentally friendly packaging options available. The downside about glass is, however, that it’s very heavy and fragile. Due to this, it’s more expensive and less environmentally friendly to ship compared to aluminum.
Glass is, just like aluminum, a material that hardly corrodes. On top of that, glass brings along the added benefit of being transparent but UV-resistant. This makes glass bottles perfect for storing light-sensitive liquids and oils. Because glass hardly corrodes and because it is food-safe, glass bottles are suitable for storing any type of cosmetics, beauty products, as well as foods and medicine. Glass is considered to be an extremely safe packaging option, which explains its popularity among many industries.
Glass packagings furthermore bring along the added benefit of being pleasing to the eye. For centuries, glass has been used as a premium packaging material for, for instance, perfumes and body lotions. Still today, glass packaging is considered to be high-end as it gives an elegant and high-end touch to your cosmetic goods. Unfortunately, this extra touch of elegance can be felt back in your wallet as glass packaging is often more expensive to produce and pricier to ship compared to its plastic or aluminum alternatives.