Our bottles don’t waste lotion

Regular pump bottles don’t cut it

Empty BottleWe have all been here, the bottles pump won’t pump any more lotion out and there is a bunch sticking to the wall teasing us and taunting us to try to get that last bit out by any means possible.

When we started making lotions we tried a few different bottles, including the evil device pictured here, and initially we were happy with a simple squeeze bottle with a flip top cap.  We figured that we were simply doomed to have that bit of lotion that we’ll never get out of the bottle and we would have to deal with it.

Being a very frugal, some would say cheap, person I was not okay with throwing in the towel and simply accepting this ugly and wasteful fate.  We continued to look at different delivery vessels and stumbled upon the most magnificent thing we had ever seen.

Airless pump bottles to the rescue

Our search for the perfect bottle ended when we found airless pump bottles.  The design is very simple and uses a diaphragm that is pulled up from the bottom and pushes all of the lotion out of the bottle.

This bottle ensures that you will get every last bit of lotion out of the bottle.  To the right is my personal bottle of lotion after it stopped dispensing for me.  As you can see there is just a tad bit of lotion left over and getting it out is as simple as popping the top off and extracting it with your finger.

Another benefit to these bottles is that the diaphragm can be pushed back down to the bottom and the bottle refilled.  The bottle should be thoroughly cleaned before putting anything else in it and we are working on this process to help reduce waste and cost so you can continue to enjoy your favorite NPUW lotion.

Alcohol in skin care products

What is with all of the alcohol in skin care products?

Alcohol in our lotions?We found ourselves asking this question quite often when we began our journey into creating natural personal care products.  After pouring over a lot of technical information on what alcohols are and their differences we were surprised to find out that not all alcohols are equal.
Just because it has the word alcohol in it doesn’t mean it is bad for you, and the right alcohols, known as fatty alcohols 1, are very good for you and are essential for making that smooth lotion we all love so much.

The Good Alcohols

Though not a complete list you will usually see Stearyl, Cetyl and Cetearyl Alcohol2 in your products.
These alcohols are typically derived from plant matter such as coconut oil and are what allow the oils and waters to emulsify into a smooth lotion.  The right fatty alcohols will also add to the benefits of the lotion by adding penetration so the other nutrients can get below the skin where they are most beneficial.
If you dig deeper you will also find that Cetearyl alcohol is a mixture of Stearyl and Cetyl alcohols and you will probably ask why are both needed?  This is where a lot of the chemistry of a lotion is done and just Cetearyl alcohol is not always enough to join the oil and water together.  Adding the individual Stearyl and Cetyl alcohols allows the lotion maker to fine tune the lotion to get the desired smoothness and complete emulsification.

Alcohols to avoid

Now that we know what is good for us, let’s talk about some of the alcohols that you want to avoid.  Alcohol, ethanol, ethyl alcohol, Isopropanol, isopropyl alcohol, IPA are just a few that we have found, there are many others and we encourage you to google ingredients before buying a product.
The most common one you will find is Isopropyl alcohol also known as rubbing alcohol 3.  This alcohol should not be used for anything other than thinning shellac but it is commonly used to thin out a lotion and provide a drying effect when using oils that don’t readily absorb into the skin.