Title:
Device for storing a fluid or gel-like product, in particular a cosmetic product
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A device for storing a fluid or gel-like cosmetic product, comprising a storage compartment for the product and an elongated mixing device which is freely movable in the storage compartment.



Inventors:
Biegel, Friedrich (Nuremberg, DE)
Farnbacher, Sabine (Nuremberg, DE)
Pruetting, Jurgen (Igensdorf, DE)
Schiller, Dieter (Rosstal, DE)
Application Number:
12/256515
Publication Date:
04/30/2009
Filing Date:
10/23/2008
Assignee:
SCHWAN-STABILO COSMETICS GMBH & CO. KG (Heroldsberg, DE)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A46B11/00
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Primary Examiner:
CHIANG, JENNIFER C
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BACHMAN & LAPOINTE, P.C. (NEW HAVEN, CT, US)
Claims:
1. 1-18. (canceled)

19. A device for storing a fluid or gel-like cosmetic product, comprising a storage compartment for the product and an elongated mixing device which is freely movable in the storage compartment.

20. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device has a longitudinal dimension (L) and a transverse dimension (Q), wherein QL is at least 1.3:1.

21. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device has a longitudinal dimension (L) and a transverse dimension (Q), wherein QL is at least 2:1.

22. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device has a longitudinal dimension (L) and a transverse dimension (Q), wherein QL is at least 3:1.

23. A device as set forth in claim 19 or 20 wherein the storage compartment has a bottom having an extent (B) wherein the extent (B) of the bottom surface is less than the longitudinal dimension (L) of the mixing device.

24. A device as set forth in claim 19 or 20 wherein the storage compartment has a bottom with a concave inside surface.

25. A device as set forth in claim 19 or 20 wherein the storage compartment has a bottom in the form of a separate component.

26. A device as set forth in claim 20 further including an applicator device which in a rest position projects into the storage means, wherein in the rest position a spacing (C) of the applicator device from a bottom the storage compartment is less than the length (L) of the mixing device.

27. A device as set forth in claim 20 further including an applicator device which in a rest position projects into the storage compartment, wherein in the rest position a spacing (A) of the applicator device from a wall of the storage compartment is greater than the maximum transverse dimension (Q) of the mixing device.

28. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device in cross-section is one of round, ellipsoidal, polygonal, hexagonal, rectangular, square, triangular, oval, parallelepipedic, and polygonal column.

29. A device as set forth in claim 28 wherein the mixing device in cross-section is one of cylindrical, conical, frustoconical, pyramidal, and frustopyramidal.

30. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device has at least one axial and/or radial opening.

31. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device has at least one end face which is convex, cupola-shaped, chamfered or pointed.

32. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device is of a one-part configuration.

33. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device is of a multi-part configuration.

34. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device has a density which is greater than 2 kg/dm3.

35. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device has a center of gravity which is disposed eccentrically with respect to its longitudinal dimension (L).

36. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein a part of the mixing device which comes into contact with the product does not chemically react with or dissolve in the product.

37. A device as set forth in claim 19 wherein the mixing device comprises one of metal, mercury, plastic material, inorganic material, stone, ceramic, and weighted plastic material.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

The invention concerns a device for storing a fluid or gel-like product, in particular a cosmetic product, comprising a storage means for the product and a mixing device which is freely movable in the storage means.

Devices of the above-indicated kind are known. These involve for example what are referred to as DIP systems in which the product is removed from the storage means by means of an applicator device.

As numerous relevant products have a tendency to separate out into the individual constituents of their mixture, the arrangement has the above-mentioned mixing device. Usually this involves a ball. When the device is shaken the ball moves through the product stored in the storage means, whereby a homogenising effect is produced.

Conventional storage devices have to be shaken for a comparatively long time until satisfactory homogenisation of the product occurs.

The object of the invention is to develop the device of the kind set forth in the opening part of this specification in such a way that the shaking time required for satisfactory homogenisation of the product is reduced.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

According to the invention the specified object is attained in that the mixing device is elongate. In other words, there is provided a mixing device, the longitudinal dimensions of which are greater than the transverse dimensions thereof.

Preferably the quotient of the longitudinal dimension to the maximum transverse dimension is at least 1.3:1, further preferably 2:1 and still further preferably 3:1.

In that respect the invention is based on the surprisingly simple realisation that the use of a body which is not of a spherically symmetrical configuration as the mixing device leads to a better result upon shaking. In particular the required shaking time is shortened, with a given desired degree of homogenisation. Conversely, a given shaking time with an elongate mixing device leads to better homogenisation than with a ball.

Preferably in accordance with the invention the storage means has a bottom, wherein the greatest extent of the bottom surface is less than the length of the mixing device. That prevents the mixing device resting on the bottom when the overall storage device is placed on the bottom. That simplifies initially shaking the mixing device out of a possible bottom deposit of the stored product because the mixing device does not dip so deeply into the bottom deposit of product.

Alternatively or additionally thereto it can be provided that the storage means has a bottom with a concave inside surface. That design configuration also serves to prevent the mixing device from resting on the bottom, which would make it more difficult to shake it out of a possible bottom deposit.

Preferably according to the invention the storage means has a bottom in the form of a separate component. That has advantages in manufacture, for example when mixing devices are used, whose greatest (transverse) extent is greater than the internal width of the opening of the storage means.

In accordance with a particularly preferred configuration of the invention there is provided an applicator device which in its rest position projects into the storage means, wherein in the rest position the spacing of the applicator device from a bottom of the storage means is less than the length of the mixing device. That prevents the mixing device from striking against the applicator device in the shaking movement, from the side of the bottom, which, particularly when a pointed applicator device is used, could lead to the tip of the applicator device being adversely affected or even destroyed.

In a further preferred feature there is provided an applicator device which in its rest position projects into the storage means, wherein in the rest position the spacing of the applicator device from a wall of the storage means is greater than the maximum transverse dimension of the mixing device. That prevents the mixing device from becoming jammed between the applicator device on the one hand and the wall of the storage means on the other hand.

In accordance with the invention the mixing device can be of any desired configuration. Preferably it is round, ellipsoidal or polygonal, in particular hexagonal, rectangular, square or triangular in cross-section, or it is in the shape of an oval, parallelepipedic or polygonal column.

In a further preferred feature the mixing device is cylindrical, conical or frustoconical or pyramidal or frustopyramidal.

In a further preferred feature according to the invention the mixing device can have at least one axial and/or radial opening. Such openings promote swirling movement and turbulence in the product upon being shaken and thus homogenisation thereof.

In accordance with a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention it is provided that at least one end face of the mixing device is convex. That prevents it from being ‘sucked fast’ for example to the bottom of the storage means. The term convex is used in this connection to denote not just a cupola shape. Rather, the end portion in question can also be chamfered or pointed.

In accordance with the invention the mixing device can be of a one-part or multi-part configuration.

So that it does not float on the product, it is further preferred in accordance with the invention if the density of the mixing device is greater than that of the product, in particular being greater than 2 kg/dm3. A density which is different from that of the product is also required for producing a relative mixing movement by shaking.

In accordance with a particularly preferred embodiment of the invention the center of gravity of the mixing device is disposed eccentrically with respect to its longitudinal extent. That feature contributes to preventing the mixing device resting horizontally on the bottom. Rather it behaves like a ‘stand-up doll’ insofar as it assumes a position in which the (eccentric) center of gravity is in particular near the bottom.

Preferably in accordance with the invention it is provided that that part of the mixing device, that comes into contact with the product, that is to say in particular the outer skin, does not chemically react with or dissolve in the product.

Preferably the mixing device comprises metal, in particular mercury, plastic material, glass, inorganic material, in particular stone and/or ceramic, and/or weighted plastic material.

Besides the device described in detail hereinbefore for the storage of a fluid or gel-like product the invention also provides a mixing device for such a storage device.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The invention is described in greater detail hereinafter by means of preferred embodiments by way of example with reference to the accompanying drawing in which:

FIG. 1 shows a diagrammatic view in longitudinal section of an embodiment of the device according to the invention,

FIG. 2 shows the same view as FIG. 1 but of a second embodiment, and

FIG. 3 shows the same view as FIG. 1 but of still a further embodiment.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The device shown in FIG. 1 includes a storage means 10 delimited by a wall 12 and a bottom 14. It has a screwthread 16 on to which a grip portion 18 can be screwed. When the grip portion 18 is screwed on to the screwthread 16 as shown in FIG. 1, an applicator device 20 is in the rest position. In that rest position it can be loaded with a cosmetic product in the storage means 10. The applicator device 20 is removed from the storage means 10 for applying the cosmetic product.

A mixing device 20 shown in FIG. 1 is in the form of a roller. Its end faces of which one is identified by way of example by reference 23 are cupola-shaped. The ratio of its longitudinal dimension L to its transverse dimension Q is about 4.5:1. Its longitudinal dimension L is also greater than the extent B of the bottom 14. On the other hand, its transverse dimension Q is less than the spacing A of the applicator device 20 in the rest position from the wall 12 of the storage means 10.

In the illustrated embodiment the roller 22 is made of glass. Its density is greater than that of the cosmetic product to be stored in the storage means 10.

The embodiment of FIG. 2 differs from that of FIG. 1 only in the configuration of the bottom 14. More specifically the bottom 14 in FIG. 2 is on the one hand not in one piece with the wall 12 of the storage means 10. Rather it represents a separate component which is fitted to the wall 12 of the storage means 10 by welding, adhesive or the like.

On the other hand the bottom 14 in FIG. 2 differs from that shown in FIG. 1 by a concave recess 24, by virtue of which the dimension of the bottom surface in question, which dimension is operative for receiving the roller 22, is less than that shown in FIG. 2.

In the embodiment of FIG. 3 the bottom 14 is also in the form of a separate component but is glued or welded in place or the like.

In addition it has an annular cavity 26 whereby the effective extent B of the bottom surface is once again reduced.

In the rest position of the applicator device 20 its spacing C from the bottom 14 is less than the length L of the mixing device.

The features of the invention disclosed in the foregoing description, in the claims and in the drawing can be essential both individually and also in any combinations for implementing the invention in its various embodiments.