Though its materials may develop and change, the classic jar form remains an industry leader for beauty packaging. Quadpack's variations show the convenience and practicality of this container type, and how its customisable nature enables uniqueness and personalisation.
For as long as people have cared for their skin, the jar has been the go-to container for beauty products. They are one of the oldest packaging types in history, yet they remain as popular today as ever. Practical, convenient and straightforward to produce, it is easy to see why they have remained prevalent across the world.
Today's jars, however, have evolved. The majority of those used for beauty products are made of plastic. Glass and metal are also options, while the cap can be made of a host of materials. Plastic is not just plastic, however. This material is incredibly versatile, coming in numerous types, each with its own varying properties. Quadpack's injection-moulding facility, Quadpack Plastics, uses PP, PET, HDPE, SMMA, Surlyn, PMMA, SAN and PCTG, for example. In beauty packaging, their properties need to be considered in relation to the aesthetics, compatibility with the formula, price, sustainability and capacity for decoration.
So, what is a jar exactly? This pack type is made up of several standard components. The main ones are the base that holds the product, seal and cap. The base can be made of two parts: the outer and inner base. The cap can also have a liner inside. When using non-plastic materials that have no functionality, such as wood or metal, a plastic liner allows it to close onto the base with a screw-neck or snap-on closure.
Decoration options are many and varied. In the case of acrylic jars, these typically include hot stamping, silk screening, pad printing, spray coating and metallising, while glass jars can be frosted and engraved.
It is an exciting time for jars in beauty packaging, with many developments in production techniques and market trends. What's certain is that they are here to stay. They may be simple, but they are the most practical, satisfying and classic packaging solution available.