Our New Skin Care Packaging

Tres Spa Organic Silky Skin Dusting Powder

“Papa's got a brand new bag!”

We are thrilled to announce our latest innovative change in our skin care packaging, The Rice Paper bag. We fell in love with these chic little gems and after some design experimentation it did not take long for us to discover the profound impact they could have for a minimalist approach to packaging and lowering the overall carbon footprint. .Another benefit is that I can now offer some products in a bulk bag that I could not do before. Passing a huge savings to you.

Change requires adjustments

We do admit, it is an adjustment but we think the planet is worth it for us to adjust our ways of interacting with our skin care packaging. So does the Très Spa tribe that have begun to transition with us. You can still use a jar or a dish of your choice, simply scoop out the product and put it in whatever container works best for you personally. We have tested the bag in the shower and find it stands up just fine. The label may wash away a bit so there is that. We tested pouring and scooping and digging in with our hands. *All of them work but the favorite one for me is to get my hands in it. 

Sometimes you have to weigh the compromise

The bag we now use to package our skin care is a combination of rice paper and a poly sleeve. Plastic in any form is not a perfect solution from an eco-biodegradable position, but it is one that provides a safe clean protection for Très Spa to be able to deliver high quality natural skin care to you. Since it is not susceptible to biological degradation, the product inside can remain safe from micro organisms that would otherwise attack it.

Of course, in a picturesque world you would swing by my place peddling your bicycle and toting your mason jar to fill up from my stainless steel pot. Lovely to think about but not very realistic in a scalable way at the moment. *Yes I have done this very thing as a special request for very select customers. 

Package Face Off

Here is a 10 point side by side comparison of the new bag verses the old jar for skin care packaging. It's some of the things we consider before making a change. While it's not the bicycle and the mason jar, it is a big step forward. Feel free to comment below to let us know what you think.Did we miss any important points? Which do you think is better?

Rice Bag vs. Plastic Jar

Tres Spa Organic Face Cleanser Coal and Kelp

  1. It is gusseted so it stands up like a jar would.
  2. It seals water tight to protect the product and the zipper allows for resealing once opened.
  3. Bags can be heat sealed after filling so they are more resistant to tampering.
  4. The bags are FDA approved food grade
  5. The bags are fairly transparent allowing you to see the product and how much is left so you can re-order in time
  6. The bags make it very easy to mix the product up just by giving it a little squeeze. *n fact, this is very relaxing and therapeutic. Like one of those Worry stones and stress balls, Try it and you will see what I mean.
  7. The bags do not block UV rays so the shelf life may be shortened if the package is exposed to sun light on a regular basis. Since our products are created in small batches and we practice JIT manufacturing, shelf life has never been an issue. We don't make things to sit in a warehouse on a shelf for years or to sit in a window display..
  8. The bags require less space and are collapsable as the product is used up.
  9. Only two materials used, Rice Paper and a Poly (PET LLDPE) sleeve barrier.
  10. The bag is a single use item and not really recommended for reuse. I suppose you could if you really wanted to but who would do that?
  11. Both are classed as recyclable and the downcycled material can be used for a variety of items from lower grade materials (food grade plastics post recycle could be used for cosmetic packaging, house cleaner bottles, or even poly fill for winter jackets for example). You can learn more about PET HERE

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  1. The jar holds its form and never changes.
  2. The jars seal as well and as long as you had the cap it is very easy to reseal after opening.
  3. Jars can be sealed but the liner does not always work. You can use a heat shrink plastic band to protect from tampering, but then that is more plastic required.
  4. The jars are only cosmetic grade but the plastic is used in food grade packaging as well.
  5. The jars block your view so you have to either open the jar or make a guess as to how much product you have left.
  6. The jars still need to be mixed, but you have to dig in to get to the bottom.
  7. The jars do block some UV rays so the shelf life is extended. Since our products are created in small batches and we practice JIT manufacturing, shelf life has never been an issue. We don't make things to sit in a warehouse on a shelf for years.
  8. The jars never change shape.
  9. The jars are made of thick walled PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), polypropylene lids with liners which are three-ply and have low-density foam cores between two solid layers of low-density polyethylene,
  10. The Jar can be cleaned out and reused at the consumer end. But how many people do that? For health and safety, I cannot take them back.
  11. Both are classed as recyclable and the downcycled material can be used for a variety of items from lower grade materials (food grade plastics post recycle could be used for cosmetic packaging, house cleaner bottles, or even poly fill for winter jackets for example). You can learn more about PET HERE

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