When it comes to storing your concoctions, there are three big options for containers:
Here’s a quick overview of their strengths and weaknesses, and why you might choose one over the other.
Non-porous, does not corrode, available in lots of different shapes & sizes, pretty, looks pretty classy.
Quite breakable, and the broken pieces can easily puncture skin; light permeable; heavy.
Most concoctions, but especially concoctions with high concentrations of essential oils (5%+) or extreme pH’s.
Anything that will be used in the bath or shower due to shattering + bare feet risk.
Strong, looks great, tins can dent rather than break, opaque
Some metals can leech into concoctions, especially ones with high concentrations of essential oils (5%+) or extreme pH’s; denting can be unattractive; metal can rust.
Great for oil-based concoctions.
Not recommended for lotions as the water can trigger rust.
Hard to break; inexpensive; available in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, colours, opacities; lightweight.
Plastic can can corrode and leech into concoctions, especially ones with high concentrations of essential oils or extreme pH’s.
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.
Anything with high concentrations of essential oils (5%+) or extreme pH’s.
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