We focused on solid cosmetics as a good alternative for packaging savings in the production and distribution process compared to the liquid ones, developing solutions also for single-doses to allow even those who don’t have the budget to buy larger amounts of product to benefit from this system, discouraging the use of sachets for single-doses. Our target are users from developing countries who buy sachet because they cannot afford to buy bigger amount of product: we notice that solid soap is already largely used instead of gel douche but this is not true for shampoos, hair balms, and sunscreens, which are instead very popular in monodosis.
Hair care by women (for example in Africa and India) is culturally very important, as well as the use of sunscreens that is becoming an important health issue. In Western countries there are already examples of solid shampoos, hair balms and sunscreens, but their cost would not be affordable for developing countries and there are no valid market solutions for single-dosis of solid cosmetics, furthermore manage small solid product doses may not be easy and may increase the risk of wasting the product during its use.
Our project makes it possible to sell single-doses of solid soaps, shampoos, hair balms and sunscreens by chopping a large bar in small pieces or flakes. Flakes can be transformed into liquid just adding some water. With this system we reduce packaging in the production and transportation phase as well as in the use phase (sachet or bottle). All the items are designed to ensure a good level of hygiene and to facilitate the sale and use of small doses of solid soap or cosmetics.