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choosing the right materials

One of the most important steps in product development is choosing the right materials for your formulation. Our material guide featured below explains common uses for a variety of plastics, as well as temperature tolerance, level of flexibility and other factors to consider when choosing cosmetic packaging.

Don’t forget to request samples and test your product prior to making a large purchase to ensure proper compatibility.

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PET:
polyethylene terephthalate
HDPE:
high density polyethylene
PVC:
polyvinyl chloride
LDPE:
low density polyethylene
PP:
polypropylene
PS:
polystyrene
Other:
all other plastics (ABS, AS)
Common Uses:
shampoos, soaps, alcohol
Common Uses:
lotions, shampoos
Common Uses:
oils, cleaning chemicals
Common Uses:
cold liquids
Common Uses:
closures, hot fill foods
Common Uses:
cosmetic jars, jewel cases
Common Uses:
catch all category
Temp. Tolerance:
250°C
Temp. Tolerance:
120°C
Temp. Tolerance:
160°C
Temp. Tolerance:
105°C
Temp. Tolerance:
130°C
Temp. Tolerance:
240°C
Temp. Tolerance:
Misc.
Flexibility:
Good
Flexibility:
Moderate
Flexibility:
High
Flexibility:
Low
Flexibility:
Moderate
Flexibility:
High
Flexibility:
Misc.
Moisture Barrier:
Good
Moisture Barrier:
High
Moisture Barrier:
Fair
Moisture Barrier:
Good
Moisture Barrier:
Good
Moisture Barrier:
Poor
Moisture Barrier:
Misc.
Impact Resistance:
High
Impact Resistance:
High
Impact Resistance:
Good
Impact Resistance:
High
Impact Resistance:
Good
Impact Resistance:
Low
Impact Resistance:
Misc.
Oxygen Barrier:
Good
Oxygen Barrier:
Poor
Oxygen Barrier:
Good
Oxygen Barrier:
Poor
Oxygen Barrier:
Poor
Oxygen Barrier:
Fair
Oxygen Barrier:
Misc.
Cold Resistance:
Good
Cold Resistance:
Excellent
Cold Resistance:
Fair
Cold Resistance:
Excellent
Cold Resistance:
Poor/Fair
Cold Resistance:
Poor
Cold Resistance:
Misc.
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