11:11 Angel Organic’s packaging journey

amber jarWhen I first started making skincare products at home for my family, I reached straight for the most environmentally friendly jars and bottles I could find. They called themselves UV glass jars and claimed to protect the product from harmful UV rays - this sounded good to me at the time. They were amber in colour and many claimed they were the best jars to package essential oils so as to keep them fresh. Suppliers claimed that out of the three colours of glass: amber, blue and green the amber was the best one to protect the cosmetic product within.

You’ll find lots of claims out there about the value of amber glass jars in keeping food and cosmetic products fresh. I found this one on a site just now:

“Amber glass blocks 99% of UV rays, allowing your preserves to be shelf stable for up to 18 months.”

I used the amber glass jars for a while and found them okay but not very pleasing to the eye. When it came to the point that I wanted to start selling my products to other people, I wondered how I could make the jars look prettier.

I started sending my creams and balms to countries abroad for friends and my business partners to try and we immediately realised that the amber glass jars were not air tight and did not travel well in aeroplanes. The cream that we wanted to launch first was arriving compressed and reduced in quantity - this was a huge issue.

One of my business partners came across the most beautiful UV white glass jars and bottles in Japan and we both thought:

“this is it!”

white jarsThese jars looked the part for a luxury skincare line and were excellent quality. The serum pumps were oh so smooth and sophisticated. I just thought, we have to have these jars. They came from a company called Daisho, in Japan, who are the only company in the world who produce this beautiful UV white glass. They are sophisticated but they come at a premium, then there are the shipping costs to the UK and storing it and their minimum quantities of 3,000 per jar type. Still, we were determined to make this work and ordered some samples of the jars to see if our cream would travel well in it. The results were good and it seemed we were getting closer to launching this super formula of ours.

Whilst all of these samples were zooming back and forth across oceans I was focussing all of my mind on ways to keep our precious, chemical free cream fresher for longer. Then it came to me, it was so obvious, I would make the cream thinner and package it in a pump bottle so that less microbes would enter and it wouldn’t be oxidising every time it’s user lifted the lid to apply some and of course they wouldn’t be putting their fingers in it! This seems like an obvious option, but how many face creams out there are packaged in bottles, especially the rich ones for dry skin and night use..?

So, I changed the formula. I even changed the natural preservative to another that was extremely effective, yet still plant based and chemical free, and as an added bonus it made the formula thinner. So, I had my ideal formula and it loved the Daisho pump bottles.

Still, I continued reading, researching, wondering if there could be something better... Then, I came across Biophotonic glass bottles, also known as violet glass, although they are almost black in colour. I quickly realised these were the only option for a natural skincare product free of chemical preservatives.

biophotonicThese Biophotonic bottles actually helped to preserve the product within them by blocking out the visible light spectrums and allowing the violet spectrums to pass through (UVA and UVB). These violet spectrums actually kill bacteria so preventing the growth of microbes on the product within. Obviously, you still need a fully effective preservative system for the cream but this is a pretty wonderful insurance system and is a great way of further extending the shelf life of a natural product that doesn’t use harmful chemicals.

I found this information about Biophotonic glass particularly interesting as it actually does pretty much the opposite to amber glass and UV glass. Amber and UV glass block out UVB and UVA light (amber also allowing a considerable amount of visible light to pass through). The UVB and UVA light that amber glass blocks out is what makes Biophotonic glass so special as these light spectrums that Biophotonic glass allows to pass through actually kill bacteria so preventing microbial growth on the products within and functioning as a form of preservative.

biophotonic v clear glass studyThere was an interesting experiment conducted by a glass manufacturer which very clearly demonstrates the power of the Biophotonic glass bottles in terms of preserving the contents within.

A cherry tomato was placed in each of two different glass jars: one biophotonic, and one clear glass jar. The tomatoes were left in the jars for 7 months and the results were astounding: whilst the tomatoes in the clear jar had shriveled and gone mouldy, the tomato within the biophotonic glass had not changed in appearance, it was still red and fresh looking.

Biophotonic glass, also known as violet glass, uses electromagnetic technology to preserve organic matter. It is the most natural way to preserve cosmetics and certain foods and medicinal substances.

It works by allowing the beneficial (UVA, violet and IR frequencies) types of light and spectral ranges to pass through that naturally preserve the product whilst blocking out the visible light spectrum that causes decomposition.

Dr. Hugo Niggli’s research on violet light a few years ago also proved that violet light frequency activates and energises molecular structure and healing energies of organic matter held within dark violet glass jars, permanently!

Other glass such as green, blue and amber, traditionally used for cosmetics, offers little to no protection from the decomposition caused by light.

You don’t see Biophotonic glass bottles in high street shops because it is far cheaper to use harmful chemical preservatives to prevent microbial growth on cosmetic products and plastic jars and bottles to store them in. There are now an array of natural preservatives on the market that combined with the added protection of Biophotonic glass can make harmful chemical preservatives completely unnecessary but still their use goes on and what is worse is that the public are paying large amounts of money for these products containing harmful chemicals.

Our packaging choice for our skincare products has always been to choose glass instead of plastic so as to reduce our impact on the environment. There is an emerging movement to reduce plastic waste but the majority of companies are getting round this by using recyclable plastic or going a step further and using bottles made of up to 30% less plastic by incorporating corn starch into the plastic bottles. This is still plastic.

If you see skincare products packaged in Biophotonic glass then you can be pretty sure that they are made by people who are conscious of your health and of that of the environment.


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