50 ml Clear Foamer Bottle with White Pump
This small foamer bottle is perfect for traveling or for sample sizes. It produces a moussed finished product, great for hand soap, facial cleansers, and body wash.
Special Foaming Pump mousses the product as it is dispensed, using less product per wash.
Made of Clear HDPE Plastic
White Plastic Pump
Clear Plastic Cap
Choosing Your Liquid Soap:
- Foamer bottles are designed to work with a thin
substance of water-like consistency. It must have sufficient surfactants (soap
or detergents) to create the foam. The liquid should be water-based, and be
able to foam using only normal air (no gasses / other propellants)
- Many commercial liquid soaps will work in the
foam pump bottles if sufficiently diluted. However, often commercial liquid
soaps, especially "gel" soaps, contain thickeners. Soaps with
thickeners may require so much water to dilute them to "water-thin"
that the effectiveness and foamability of the soap is compromised.
- Handmade liquid soaps usually work extremely
well in the foam pump bottles as they are generally thin to start with and
normally do not contain added fillers and thickeners.
- Do not use "melted down" bar soap in
place of actual liquid soap because bar soaps tend to gel or clump, clogging
the mechanisms inside the foam pump.
- You want to dilute the soap as much as you can,
while still keeping the desired feel and consistency in the foam. As a general
guideline, you should be able to dilute your normal liquid soap by 3 - 6 times.
So, begin with 1 part soap and 3 parts water and see how it feels. Add additional
water until the foam just barely starts to thin out. Slightly LESS than that
amount of water is the right amount to use with that particular type of soap.
- While it might be tempting to keep the liquid
soap thick and reduce the dilution rate, doing so is likely to cause the pump
to begin to stick over time.
- Remember, that these pumps are made for liquids
with the Consistency of Water. The thicker the liquid, the more likely it
is you will have trouble with it in the future.
- Inside the foam pump is a little mesh screen
that mixes the soap with air to produce the foam. The holes are microscopic (79
microns), and can easily get clogged. The manufacturer does not recommend the
addition of any solid particle, even under 79 microns, as solid particles tend
to clump together, making them too big to pass through the mesh. Micas,
pigments and any type of glitter are too big to work in the foam pump bottles.
- If you want to color your liquid soap, use dye
approved for cosmetic use. These work similarly to food coloring and do not
contain any solid particles big enough to clog the mesh inside the pump. Some
essential oils, fragrance oils and other additives such as commercial
thickeners can gum up the mechanism and cause it not to work. Especially
if you are using an oil based essential or fragrance oil, it is important to
mix it first with a product like Polysorbate 20 Liquid Emulsifier at a ratio of
2 parts Polysorbate 20 to 1 part Fragrance/Essential oil. Blend this
mixture together separately, and then add it into the water thin liquid soap so
that it disperses throughout the product and does not float up to the top of
the product and gum up the mechanisms.
Usage and Care:
- Bottles can be refilled and used again and
again. The manufacturer has tested the bottle/pump design and found it
mechanically works for up to 12,000 pumps per unit. In practical application it
may be considerably less, depending on the soap used and the care and
environment of the pump.
- The pumps are not designed to be used under
running water. Use in the shower is not recommended and the bottles should not
be placed or washed under running water. Doing so may allow water to seep down
the neck and get into the air chamber located beneath the pump
- Do not overfill the bottles. If you measure out
the right amount of liquid for the bottle size, you'll see that it doesn't actually
fill to the very top of the bottle. This is to prevent liquid from getting into
the air chamber. As the pump is used, there is residual liquid on the screen.
If the pump is not used frequently, that soap liquid can dry, creating a film
on the screen which can ultimately clog the screen making the pump hard to use.
The pump mechanism has a small amount of lubricant in order to keep the pump
moving smoothly. It seems that some surfactant based soaps can eat away at the
lubricant, reducing its effectiveness over time.
If you have trouble with the pump, particularly
with the pump "sticking" and not popping back up, check the following
- Is the soap too thick?
is the most common problem with the pumps. To work in the foam pump bottles, the
liquid should be water-thin. If it is too thick, the pump won't work properly
and/or can be permanently damaged. To resolve, increase the dilution rate or use
a different soap.
- Is there liquid in the air chamber?
should see it inside the chamber below the pump. If so, turn it upside down and
pump a few times which should get the water out of the air chamber. If that
doesn't work (and if you are brave) take the pump apart, clean it completely,
dry thoroughly and reassemble.
- Has there liquid in the air chamber for a while?
so, clean as above. However, if the soap has had time to degrade the silicone
in the pump, it may not regain the original amount of "spring" back
- Is the screen clogged?
the container, and flush with warm water (it won't foam). If the pump is
clogged with dried soap, then use the pump more frequently, keeping the screen
cleaned. If the screen is clogged because of particulates in the soap, use a
different liquid soap without particles in it that can clog the screen.