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Plastic Bottles Used for Cosmetic Packaging


Apart from the glass bottles, plastic bottles are most used for cosmetic packaging. Now speaking about plastic, we all know that there are a lot of categories of plastics. Which type is suitable for making bottles for cosmetic packaging? We may discuss based on different types of plastic raw materials and their characteristics which suitable for different usage.

In cosmetic packaging industry, there are packaging for mainly make up cosmetic products, skin care products and personal care products. We are a company which focuses on skin care products packaging, so we will only talk about plastic bottles for skin care products. As there are really too many types of products and it’s hard to sort out in one single article.

For skin care packaging products, most of the manufacturers make not more than 3 types of plastic products and some manufacturers only focus on one type of plastic product like PETG and acrylics due to different process required for each plastic material. Among all the plastics, PE, PET and PP are the most common materials.

PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) is a strong, lightweight plastic resin that has a high clarity level. It is comparatively flexible and eligible for recycling. PET bottles are good for food packaging and cosmetic packaging for lotion, cream etc. because it has very good barrier properties against alcohol, moisture, oil and essential oils etc.

PE includes HDPE& LDPE. HDPE is the most widely used plastic resin for manufacturing plastic bottles. It is more rigid and strong with a natural ivory color and it’s compatible with a lot of cosmetic products includes acids and caustic.

PP (Polypropylene) is widely used for making jars and closures, because it’s barrier to moisture and a lot of chemicals, and it could hold up under the temperature up to 220 °F (104 °C). However, it is fragile in lower temperatures.

These plastic materials are the most common ones and there is PETG (polyethylene terephthalate glycol) that is considered as more eco-friendly plastic material, PETG bottles also look crystal clear and have the feeling of glass.

Customers may determine to use the types of plastic materials depending on their product usage and expected price. For more information or samples of plastic bottles, please feel free to contact our sales executive.

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