Why Do Companies Still Use Jars?

Why Do Companies Still Use Jars at the risk of your health?

Once a jar is opened, the product is vulnerable to a slew of environmental contaminants from the air, light and from your finger tips. So why are companies still using jars when the negative affects of using this type of packaging is common knowledge in the skin-care industry. In March 2004 it was clearly presented in the Guidelines on Stability of Cosmetic Products by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association (CTFA), United States and also by Cosmetics Europe the Personal Care Association (COLIPA) , that Jar packaging does not meet the required standards to protect the finished skincare product.

Both associations stated that “Packaging can directly affect finished product stability because of interactions which can occur between the product, the package, and the external environment. Such interactions may include … barrier properties of the container [and] its effectiveness in protecting the contents from the adverse effects of atmospheric oxygen.…”

You cannot ignore the facts that jar packaging allows for light, oxygen and your fingers (cross contamination) into the product so why would skincare companies keep selling products in jars. Despite the all the research and the facts, the only reason we can see why cosmetics companies continue to use jar packaging is cost and profits to the detriment of your skin.

Some of the excuses why companies justify the use of jars are

  1. Women love jar packaging, and the company want to please their customers. It may be a smart marketing thing for them to do—it just doesn’t make for smart skin care.
  2. They use a patented form of ingredients/preservatives to prevent degradation when exposed to air and stabilizes the product. Patents are not scientific documents proving anything; they merely mean that you have the right to use it.
  3. They use preservatives to protect their products. No mater how much preservatives is used they they cannot prevent the negative effects of light and air on those beneficial ingredients in the product. Plus too much preservatives can lead to skin irritations.

The excuses used by cosmetics companies can never justify their use of jars, as the ingredients in lotions, creams, gels, and serums will start breaking down once you open the jar and reduce the effectiveness and safety of the product. Zen de Jour always uses pumps or airless packaging to ensure that we deliver 100% safe and effective product to you.

Read: Zen Dejour Packaging

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Debra Spence is a Qualified Medical Aesthetician, Cosmetic Scientist, Lecture and Author. Owned of an Australian National Award Winning Medi Spa. Now is concerntrating on Education of Skin and Skincare plus provideing advance treatments to her private patients. Plus developing Zen Dejour a Result Based Cosmeceutical Skincare Range and Dermal Solution Private Lable Professional Skincare.

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