Why Can’t All Product Bottles Dispense From the Bottom?

November 19, 2021

It seems to be Friday again (already), which means I’ll spend tomorrow morning doing what a lot of us do – tidying up the house. Part of my tidying process involves restocking: bringing pantry items from basement storage into the pantry-less kitchen, checking the levels of the personal care products in the bathroom… and transferring the last inch of liquid products from the bottle they came in into a bottle I can actually get them out of.

The amount of time I spend with two bottles and a funnel is, quite frankly, absurd. But you know what else is absurd? Wasting all that product. There was a full month’s supply of Vaseline Intensive Care body lotion that the hand pump couldn’t reach. And because I have both a sense of frugality and a sense of responsibility to the environment, I was not about to recycle that bottle without recovering it.

I mean, it’s not like we don’t know how to make bottles and squeezey tubes that dispense from the bottom – my facial cleanser comes in one. My hair conditioner does not, so instead of letting gravity do the work, I have to give it a firm shake (a dangerous proposition while half asleep in the shower) before dispensing… or figure out how to prop it up on its tiny tiny top, using a dam of other product bottles to keep it from tumbling over in the middle of the night and waking me from a sound* sleep.

bath and body works collection

So many bottles that don’t dispense from the bottom! Photo is from 2013, by the way. I’ve been working through the stash for a very long time…

Raise your hand if this bugs you, too.

On the upside, I have FINALLY made it down to the very, very last bottle in my Bath and Body Works collection: Twisted Peppermint body wash, which it is almost time to deploy for the holidays. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to store the excess in the aforementioned basement until next year, or simply smell like a candy cane until spring.** 

One thing’s for sure – I will NOT be recycling that tippy, slippy, top-dispensing bottle until it’s actually empty.




*hahahaha – like I get those!

**either way, I won’t be buying more. My desire to switch to unscented body products has long been at war with my desire not to waste stuff… which is why it’s taking so long.

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