SO... YOU’RE INTEREST IN MAKING YOUR OWN SKIN CARE, COSMETIC, OR OTC PRODUCT. YOU HAVE SOME IDEA OF WHAT IT MAY LOOK LIKE, BUT HAVE YOU CONSIDERED ALL OF YOUR PACKAGING OPTIONS?
If your product does not end up with the proper container, the ingredients could leak through the package, discolor while sitting in storage, or even become unstable and ruin your entire inventory!
Be smart by having an upfront discussion with your contract manufacturer about which packaging options best suit your product. For example, if you’re making a pain cream or other type of cream or lotion that will be applied by hand, think “open head” jar. This larger jar opening will allow someone to get their fingers into the jar for easier application. If it’s a thin, watery product, you might want to consider using a pump, sprayer or dropper.
Avoiding glass with certain products, like sunscreens and shampoos is wise because although the package might look nice, slippery hands and bare feet could cause a big disaster. These items are much safer in a plastic containers or tubes.
Some items may need a CRC (child resistant cap), such as products containing high iron content, or some OTC items. Some require multilayered tubes so that ingredients within the product don’t react with or leak through the container.
Plastic containers might appear solid but can actually have microscopic holes in which trace amounts of chemicals can penetrate. Some formulas can leak through containers and smell... like menthol for example. Even if your item is not an OTC drug, the smell alone might seep through. One solution might be to use a foil-liner or multi-layered tube to stop an ingredient from leaking through.
Light can also affect certain products and require packaging that blocks out certain rays. As an example, vitamin C can be affected by light. Not using the right container could diminish the shelf life of your product altogether.
Choosing the right container for your product is a vital part of the success of your product or brand name.