My Essential Oil Bottle Prototype
the Nespresso of Essential Oils
I started brainstorming ideas for my infusion bottle concept back in December 2017. I immediately teamed up with Steve Venditti of Datum3D Product Development in Watertown, MA and we drafted up our first prototype, inspired by the vintage design of antique seltzer bottles.
The Paul Sung Bottle
what can we use it for?
The bottle contains two interchangeable cartridges and a manifold system that blends the contents of the cartridges in a single spray or pump action at the nozzle. The nozzle is a traditional atomizer spray like you would find on a cologne or perfume bottle, but it may also be adapted to use a soap pump/treatment applicator.
I initially thought that the bottle would be used to mix custom perfume and cologne blends by separating out the concentrated fragrance notes from the unscented carrier oil. While this might still be a valid use case, I decided to do some research on the growing market for essential oils, a close cousin to traditional perfumes/colognes, but with a much wider array of use cases.
What are Essential Oils (EOs)?
Essentially...distilled oil extracts from plants like peppermint, lavender, frankincense, lemon, and many others. They are naturally derived ingredients used in fragrances, cleaners, and aromatherapy. They can be consumed orally, applied topically, or inhaled through diffusion.
Essential oils offer a wide spectrum of benefits and use cases.
I picked up my doTerra Family Essentials Kit, which comes with ten essential oils to get started. It comes with a handy booklet highlighting the many benefits and applications of each oil in doTerra's collection. Here are a few examples:
- Mix with water to spray on surfaces and hands to use as a surface protectant
- Mix with lemon and fractionated coconut oil for a natural wood preservative and polish
- Add a drop or two with nighttime skin care routine for purifying benefits
- Combine with fractionated coconut oil and apply to body to soothe aching muscles
- Combine with moisturizer to reduce appearance of blemishes and rejuvenate skin
- Combine with shampoo for an added cleansing effect and increased shine
- Mix with water to create a natural cleaner and degreaser
There are many more essential oils, and while I'm not an expert in EOs, I've begun to see how my Sung Bottle prototype could help!
After meeting and speaking with essential oil users, I've gathered feedback on the bottle design and have some tweaks that might make it ideal for use with essential oils. I'm currently in the process of making adjustments and will likely produce another round of prototypes early this year.
The bottle's modular design helps you mix and match two separate ingredients on the fly, and I envision them being sold either empty or pre-filled. The ratios can be set within the tubing, so the right amount of EO will be dispensed. Using two different nozzles, one could create personalized home sprays, body sprays, countertop cleaners, soaps, cosmetics, and lotions all within the same system.
Think of it like the Nespresso for oils (except the cartridges will last for more than one use).
I'd like to partner with EO suppliers so that I can offer a wide spectrum of oils and dilutes to be sold in pre-filled cartridges. The idea works like many existing subscription services: purchase the bottle once and subscribe to get new cartridges on a monthly or quarterly basis. If you're feeling adventurous, purchase the bottle and/or cartridges empty and fill your own!
What do you think so far?
I'm still learning about EOs and their use cases, and I would expect that users would adhere to any guidelines and precautions when handling and mixing their own blends. In addition to EOs, I'm curious about the infusion of other oils, like concentrated perfume oil, beard oils, and CBD oils.
We still have a little ways to go before we start producing and selling the Sung Bottle, but all of the feedback has been very helpful thus far! We look forward to building the perfect product(s) for all of your oil needs.
If you are looking into different brands of essential oils and are interesting in learning about purity tests and ratings, check out this in-depth report by Consumers Advocate on the Best Essential Oils.
The Sung Bottle is a patent pending, cartridge-based infusion bottle for fragrances, oils, and dilutes. It is being developed by Paul Sung Brands of Somerville, MA. Read more about us at paulsungbrands.com and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @paulsungbrands
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