What kind of container should I put this in?

When it comes to storing your concoctions, there are three big options for containers:

  1. Glass
  2. Metal
  3. Plastic

Here’s a quick overview of their strengths and weaknesses, and why you might choose one over the other.

Glass

Strengths
Non-porous, does not corrode, available in lots of different shapes & sizes, pretty, looks pretty classy.

Weaknesses
Quite breakable, and the broken pieces can easily puncture skin; light permeable; heavy.

Best For
Most concoctions, but especially concoctions with high concentrations of essential oils or extreme pH’s.

Avoid with
Anything that will be used in the bath or shower due to shattering + bare feet risk.

Metal

Strengths
Strong, looks great, tins can dent rather than break, opaque

Weaknesses
Some metals can leech into concoctions, especially ones with high concentrations of essential oils or extreme pH’s; denting can be unattractive; metal can rust.

Best For
Great for oil based concoctions.

Avoid with
Not recommended for lotions as the water can trigger rust.

Plastic

Strengths
Hard to break; inexpensive; available in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, colours, opacities; lightweight.

Weaknesses
Plastic can can corrode and leech into concoctions, especially ones with high concentrations of essential oils or extreme pH’s.

Best For
Good for anything to be used around the shower, great for lip balm tubes, good for lotions and body butters. Good for most things, really.

Avoid with
Anything with high concentrations of essential oils or extreme pH’s.

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