How to choose a safe container for your DIY cosmetics

DIY cosmetic recipes are becoming more and more popular among young and old women alike. Making your cosmetics is fun, cheap, and relatively easy. But what is the best thing about these homemade cosmetics is the fact that you can be certain what ingredients are used to make them. In other words, you won’t have to worry about any chemical content. But have you ever thought about how the packaging you choose for your homemade cosmetics may affect its quality?

The fact is that many of the most popular packaging materials used today contain a wide range of toxic and chemical materials. Therefore, you must choose the right container that won’t contaminate your non-toxic recipe. This can, however, be a little bit tricky if you don’t know what you have to look for. To help you out, we have listed down the three most common types of cosmetic packaging below and mention which ones are safe and which ones are better to stay away from.

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1. Glass containers

When talking about cosmetic packaging, glass certainly is one of the most popular materials used. The main reason why glass containers are so popular is the fact that glass is non-porous and 100% toxic-free. As such, it is perfect to store products such as cosmetics or foods. Glass is the only packaging material that is considered to be 100% safe by the FDA. If you choose glass, you are certain to be safe when it comes to your health.

That being said, glass packaging does bring along some downsides. Although glass bottles and jars do add a premium touch to your product, it has to be stated that this comes at a price. Glass packaging usually is more expensive compared to other packaging materials as it is costlier and more complicated to make. Added to that, glass also is heavier which makes it more expensive to transport. In terms of durability, glass is relatively strong, however, it still is easier to break compared to other materials such as tin or plastic.

Nevertheless, we can’t deny that glass packaging adds an extra touch to your homemade cosmetics which, in our opinion, isworth the slightly higher price. If you’re looking for a 100% safe and good looking wrapping, glass certainly is the way to go. An added benefit of glass packaging is the fact that it is fully recyclable which makes it an environmentally-friendly choice. Glass containers and bottles come in all sizes. This makes them perfect for storing all sorts of homemade makeup goods including lip balm, skin creme, essential oils, and more.

2. Metal containers

The material most commonly used to produce metal containers today is aluminum. Although alternatives are available made from tin and stainless steel, aluminum tins are by far the most popular. Aluminum bottles and tins easy and cheap to produce. Added to that, these metal containers are 100% food safe and toxic-free. As such, metal tins made of aluminum are popular in many industries including the one for cosmetics.

Metal tins are easy to come by in any general store. They are affordable, light in weight, and durable. For cosmetics, it is advised to use a metal container that comes with a screw-top lid. These lids can be easily opened and closed as much as you want, making them great for re-usage. Metal containers may not be transparent like glass packaging, however, there are models available that come with a transparent window cap. The smaller sizes of these so-called window tins are great for storing colorful cosmetics such as lip balm or eye powder.

Just like glass, metal packaging is toxic-free and fully recyclable. As such, they are an environmentally friendly choice and they are completely safe to be used for your home-made cosmetics. In the professional cosmetic industry, metal tins are also commonly used. Here you can find them holding skin cremes, hair wax, lip balm, and more. Metal tins are especially popular among companies as they are easy and cheap to customize. These colorful custom tins offer a great way for companies to differentiate themselves from the competition.

3. Plastic containers

If you are looking for a durable and affordable container for your homemade cosmetics, you may tend to be drawn to plastic. Nowadays, plastics are everywhere. Ranging from packaging materials to toys and household appliances; it looks like we simply can’t live without plastic. The question is, however, is plastic a good choice of packaging for your DIY cosmetics?

Unlike glass and metal, plastic is not a natural product. Plastic is a highly chemical man-made material. As such, it does bring along some risks of usage. Certain types of plastics are known to contain harmful chemicals such as BPA. When leaked into the content, this chemical may affect the content of the container. Because cosmetics are applied straight onto your skin and used around sensitive areas, you might want to ask yourself whether you want to take the risk of your DIY cosmetics being contaminated with a chemical like BPA. When consumed, BPA is believed to cause health-related issues ranging from diabetes to cancer. The true effects of BPA on your health are still a subject of ongoing debate but when it’s about health, it is better to be safe than sorry. Despite the potential contamination risk, plastic containers are still very commonly used for cosmetics. If you are not convinced by the potential harms that BPA may bring along, plastic containers are a perfect choice. They barely break, are light in weight, and are very cheap. You can use plastic jars and bottles for virtually any type of homemade cosmetics including lotions, cremes, and sprays. Just be careful with essential oils as they may affect the quality of your plastic and may cause chemicals to leak out. For essential oils, it is always advised to use glass instead.

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