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Title:
COMBINATION DISPENSER AND APPLICATOR
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2016/007869
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A device for dispensing and applying a cosmetic product includes a bottle, a cosmetic dispensing member, and a cosmetic applicator. The bottle contains a volume of cosmetic product and comprises a closed end and an open end. The cosmetic dispensing member is coupled to the open end of the bottle. The cosmetic dispensing member includes an outlet and an actuating element configured to be actuated to enable delivery of a portion of the volume of cosmetic product through the outlet. The cosmetic applicator is coupled to the closed end of the bottle by one or more collar members.

Inventors:
VILLARREAL, Armando (2486 S. Centinela Avenue, Apt. 201Los Angeles, California, 90064, US)
WASHINGTON, Kamaal (3762 Sutro Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90018, US)
BURDITT, Stephen (731 North Dillion, Los Angeles, California, 90026, US)
Application Number:
US2015/039966
Publication Date:
January 14, 2016
Filing Date:
July 10, 2015
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HCT GROUP HOLDINGS LIMITED (11 Duddell Street, Dina House Unit 202 2nd Floor, Hong Kong, Kong, CN)
VILLARREAL, Armando (2486 S. Centinela Avenue, Apt. 201Los Angeles, California, 90064, US)
WASHINGTON, Kamaal (3762 Sutro Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90018, US)
BURDITT, Stephen (731 North Dillion, Los Angeles, California, 90026, US)
International Classes:
A45D34/04; A45D40/26; A45D40/28
Foreign References:
US20060026783A12006-02-09
US6010264A2000-01-04
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MCGRATH, Michael J. (100 South 5th Street, Suite 600Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55402, US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A device for dispensing and applying a cosmetic product, the device comprising:

a bottle configured to hold a volume of cosmetic product, the bottle comprising a closed end and an open end;

a cosmetic dispensing member coupled to the open end of the bottle and comprising:

an outlet;

an actuating element configured to be actuated to enable delivery of a a portion of the volume of cosmetic product through the outlet; and a cosmetic applicator coupled to the closed end of the bottle by one or more collar members.

2. The device of claim 1, wherein the one or more collar members comprise:

a bottle collar member connected to the closed end of the bottle; and

a sponge collar member connected to the bottle collar member and the cosmetic applicator.

3. The device of claim 2, further comprising:

a cap member fit removably over the cosmetic applicator while the device is in a closed configuration.

4. The device of any one of claims 1-3, wherein the cosmetic dispensing member is an airless pump.

5. The device of any one of claims 1 -4, wherein the cosmetic applicator is a blending sponge.

6. The device of any one of claims 1-4, wherein the cosmetic applicator is a brush.

7. The device of claim 6, wherein the brush is coupled to a brush holder.

8. The device of claim 7, further comprising a sleeve slidably coupled to the brush holder.

9. The device of claim 8, wherein the sleeve is designed to shift between a first position where the sleeve covers the brush and a second position where the brush is exposed.

10. The device of any one of claims 8-9, wherein the sleeve includes a flange that is designed to engage a bump formed along the brush holder.

11. A combination dispenser and applicator, comprising:

a bottle designed to hold a cosmetic product, the bottle comprising a first end and second end;

a cosmetic dispensing member coupled to the first end of the bottle, the cosmetic dispensing member comprising an outlet and an actuating element configured to be actuated for delivery of a portion of the cosmetic product through the outlet; and

a cosmetic applicator coupled to the second end of the bottle.

12. The combination dispenser and applicator of claim 11 , further comprising a bottle collar member connected to the second end of the bottle and a sponge collar member connected to the bottle collar member and the cosmetic applicator.

13. The combination dispenser and applicator of claim 12, further comprising:

a cap member fit removably over the cosmetic applicator while the combination dispenser and applicator is in a closed configuration.

14. The combination dispenser and applicator of any one of claims 11-13, wherein the cosmetic applicator is a blending sponge.

15. The combination dispenser and applicator of any one of claims 11-13, wherein the cosmetic applicator is a brush.

Description:
COMBINATION DISPENSER AND APPLICATOR

RELATED APPLICATION

This application claims priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 62/023,331, filed July 11 , 2014, the entire disclosure of which is herein incorporated by reference. TECHNICAL FIELD

The present disclosure relates generally to a cosmetic applicator which combines a pump for dispensing cosmetic product and a blending sponge in a single unit.

SUMMARY

According to some embodiments of the present disclosure, a device for dispensing and applying a cosmetic product includes a bottle, a cosmetic dispensing member (e.g., airless pump), and a cosmetic applicator (e.g., blending sponge). The bottle contains a volume of cosmetic product and comprises a closed end and an open end. The cosmetic dispensing member is coupled to the open end of the bottle. The cosmetic dispensing member includes an outlet and an actuating element configured to be actuated to enable delivery of a portion of the volume of cosmetic product through the outlet. The cosmetic applicator is coupled to the closed end of the bottle by one or more collar members. In one embodiment, these one or more collar members include a bottle collar member connected to the closed end of the bottle and a sponge collar member connected to the bottle collar member and the cosmetic applicator. In some

embodiments, the device further comprises a cap member fit removably over the cosmetic applicator while the device is in a closed configuration.

An example device for dispensing and applying a cosmetic product is disclosed. The device comprises:

a bottle configured to hold a volume of cosmetic product, the bottle comprising a closed end and an open end;

a cosmetic dispensing member coupled to the open end of the bottle and comprising:

an outlet;

an actuating element configured to be actuated to enable delivery of a a portion of the volume of cosmetic product through the outlet; and a cosmetic applicator coupled to the closed end of the bottle by one or more collar members.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the one or more collar members comprise:

a bottle collar member connected to the closed end of the bottle; and

a sponge collar member connected to the bottle collar member and the cosmetic applicator.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, further comprising: a cap member fit removably over the cosmetic applicator while the device is in a closed configuration.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the cosmetic dispensing member is an airless pump.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the cosmetic applicator is a blending sponge.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the cosmetic applicator is a brush.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the brush is coupled to a brush holder.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, further comprising a sleeve slidably coupled to the brush holder.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the sleeve is designed to shift between a first position where the sleeve covers the brush and a second position where the brush is exposed.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the sleeve includes a flange that is designed to engage a bump formed along the brush holder.

An example combination dispenser and applicator is disclosed. The combination dispenser and applicator comprises:

a bottle designed to hold a cosmetic product, the bottle comprising a first end and second end; a cosmetic dispensing member coupled to the first end of the bottle, the cosmetic dispensing member comprising an outlet and an actuating element configured to be actuated for delivery of a portion of the cosmetic product through the outlet; and

a cosmetic applicator coupled to the second end of the bottle.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, further comprising a bottle collar member connected to the second end of the bottle and a sponge collar member connected to the bottle collar member and the cosmetic applicator.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, further comprising: a cap member fit removably over the cosmetic applicator while the combination dispenser and applicator is in a closed configuration.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the cosmetic dispensing member is an airless pump.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the cosmetic applicator is a blending sponge.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the cosmetic applicator is a brush.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the brush is coupled to a brush holder, and further comprising a sleeve slidably coupled to the brush holder.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the sleeve is designed to shift between a first position where the sleeve covers the brush and a second position where the brush is exposed.

Alternatively or additionally to any of the embodiments above, the sleeve includes a flange that is designed to engage a bump formed along the brush holder.

Another example combination dispenser and applicator is disclosed. The combination dispenser and applicator comprises:

a bottle designed to hold a cosmetic product, the bottle comprising a first end and second end;

a cosmetic dispensing member coupled to the first end of the bottle, the cosmetic dispensing member comprising an outlet and an actuating element configured to be actuated for delivery of a portion of the cosmetic product through the outlet;

a collar coupled to the second end of the bottle; and a cosmetic applicator coupled to the collar.

Additional features and advantages of the disclosure will be made apparent from the following detailed description of illustrative embodiments that proceeds with reference to the accompanying drawings. BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The foregoing and other aspects of the present disclosure are best understood from the following detailed description when read in connection with the accompanying drawings. For the purpose of illustrating examples of the disclosure, there are shown in the drawings embodiments, it being understood, however, that the disclosure is not limited to the specific instrumentalities disclosed. Included in the drawings are the following Figures:

FIGS. 1 and 2 provide an open view and a closed view, respectively, of a combination dispenser and applicator, along with a view of a Blending Sponge used therein, according to some embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIG. 3 provides an exploded view of a Combination Dispenser and Applicator in a cylindrical configuration, according to some embodiments of the present disclosure;

FIG. 4 provides a side view of an example Combination Dispenser and Applicator in an open configuration;

FIG. 5 provides a side view of an example Combination Dispenser and Applicator in a closed configuration; and FIG. 6 provides an exploded view of an example Combination Dispenser and Applicator.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The present disclosure relates generally to a device which combines cosmetic product dispensing and application components in a single unit. This technology is particularly well- suited for, but by no means limited to, cosmetic products such as liquid concealer or foundation. FIG. 1 provides an open view 110 and FIG. 2 provides a closed view 105 of a

Combination Dispenser and Applicator, along with a view of a Blending Sponge 125 used therein, according to some embodiments of the present disclosure. As shown in the closed view 105 and the open view 110, the Combination Dispenser and Applicator includes a Pump 115 for dispensing cosmetic product from a Bottle 120. The open view 110 shows a Blending Sponge 125 located on the end of the Combination Dispenser and Applicator opposite to the Pump 115. In the closed position 105, the Combination Dispenser and Applicator includes a Sponge Cap 130 removably fit over the Blending Sponge 125. In the example of FIGS. 1-2, the Combination Dispenser and Applicator is shown in an elongated cylindrical configuration. However, it should be understood that embodiments of the disclosure described herein may be applied to various other configurations in other embodiments. For example, the Combination Dispenser and Applicator may alternatively be embodied in an elongated cubical configuration where the components of the device are all cubical in shape.

Activation of the Pump 115 removes a portion of the cosmetic product from the Bottle 120 via a vacuum effect and dispenses that portion through an outlet 135 in the Pump 115. The technique used for activating Pump 115 may vary according to different embodiments of the present disclosure. In the example of FIG. 1, the Pump 115 is activated by depressing an actuating element on an inner region (not shown in FIGS. 1-2) of the Pump 115 in a direction towards the Bottle 120. This causes the inner region of the Pump 115 to be lowered, with the outlet 135 on the Bottle 120 moving down along a groove 140 on the face of the Bottle 120. As the Pump 115 is lowered a vacuum effect is created and makeup is dispensed through the outlet

135.

In some embodiments, the Pump 115 is part of an airless pump system. For example, in on embodiment where an airless pump is used, a small piston (not shown in FIGS. 1-2) sits on the bottom of the cosmetic product inside the Bottle 120. When the Pump 115 is activated, the piston pushes the material to the top of the bottle as the vacuum effect pulls the piston upwards. A small hole (not shown in FIGS. 1-2) may be provided in the bottom of the Bottle 120 to allow for air to fill the space beneath the piston as cosmetic product is removed. In other embodiments where an airless pump is used, the Bottle 120 includes an elastically deformable diagram which acts to push material out of the Bottle 120 and through the Pump 115. Various types of materials may be used for constructing the Bottle 210 including, for example, plastic-based materials and glass. The Blending Sponge 125 is made of a material suitable for controlled application and blending of the cosmetic product material stored in Bottle 120 on the user's skin. In some embodiments, such as that illustrated in FIGS. 1-2, the Blending Sponge 125 includes a pointed end that may be used, for example, to apply cosmetic product to smaller areas, such as around the user's eyes or nose. In other embodiments, the pointed end may be omitted and the Blending Sponge 125 may be an alternate shape. These alternate shapes may include, without limitation, round, square, rectangular, teardrop, or wedge-shaped sponges. The Blending Sponge 125 may be made of various materials including, without limitation, foam, latex, rubbers, and/or natural sponge materials. The Blending Sponge 125 can be removed from the Combination Dispenser and Applicator in some embodiments, thereby allowing a user to clean the Blending Sponge 125 or replace it with an alternative sponge (not shown in FIGS. 1-2).

FIG. 3 provides an exploded view 200 of a Combination Dispenser and Applicator in a cylindrical configuration, according to some embodiments of the present disclosure.

Conceptually, in this example, the Combination Dispenser and Applicator may be viewed as including two ends, referred to herein as the pump end and the blending end. On the pump end, Pump 205 is attached to a top portion 210A of the Bottle 210 storing the cosmetic product. When the pump is activated (e.g., by depressing an actuating element on top portion of the pump), a vacuum effect is created which draws the cosmetic product up through an opening in the top portion 210A of the Bottle 210 for dispensing through an outlet 205A in the Pump 205. The top portion 210A of Bottle 210 may include various features which allow it to be affixed with the Pump 205. In some embodiments, these features are designed to allow the Pump 205 to be removed by an end user, allowing the Bottle 210 to be refilled with additional cosmetic product. For example, a screw- type mechanism may be used, with the top portion 210A including threads on its exterior portion designed to be received by threads on the interior of the Pump 205.

Continuing with reference to FIG. 3, the blending end of the Combination Dispenser and Applicator includes a Blending Sponge 225 affixed to a lower portion 215B of the Bottle Collar 215 by Sponge Collar 220. The Bottle Collar 215 may be affixed to a bottom portion 210B of the Bottle 210 using similar features as those discussed above with reference to the affixing of the top portion 210A with the Pump 205. Alternatively, different affixing features may be used for each respective portion 210A, 210B. For example, the top portion 210A may include a screw-type feature to allow for removal by the user, while the bottom portion 210B may be affixed to the Bottle Collar 215 by glue to discourage removal.

In some embodiments, the Blending Sponge 225 may be removed by the user (e.g., via a twisting and/or pulling motion). Thus, the Blending Sponge 225 may be replaced if it becomes worn or the user desires a different type of blending sponge. The Blending Sponge 225 may be covered by Sponge Cap 230 when the Combination Dispenser and Applicator is not in use. The Sponge Cap 230 is removably affixed by joining it with an upper portion 215A of the Bottle Collar 215. The exterior dimensions of the Sponge Cap 230 are roughly approximate to that of the Pump 205, while the interior of the Sponge Cap 230 includes a hallow region sized to receive the Blending Sponge 225.

The size of the bottle may vary according to the overall size of the Combination

Dispenser and Applicator. For example, in one embodiment, the Bottle 210 is a 0.5 ounce bottle with dimensions on either end selected to allow for connection to the Pump 205 and a Bottle Collar 215, respectively, to the Bottle 210. However, in other embodiments, longer bottles or different shape bottles may be used (e.g., cubical).

FIG. 4 provides an a side view of an example Combination Dispenser and Applicator 300 that may be similar in form and function other Combination Dispenser and Applicators disclosed herein. The Combination Dispenser and Applicator 300 may include a bottle 310. Bottle 310 may resemble the bottle 210 shown in FIG. 3 and may be connected to a pump (not shown; may be similar to pump 205 as shown in FIG. 3). A bottle collar 315 may be coupled to the bottle 310. A brush holder 332 may be coupled to the bottle collar 315. The brush holder 332 may include a brush 336. The brush 336 may be made of a material suitable for controlled application and blending of a cosmetic product material (e.g., a cosmetic product material that may be dispensed from the bottle 310 via a pump).

The Combination Dispenser and Applicator 300 may include a sleeve 334 that is designed to move relative to the brush holder 332. For example, the sleeve 334 may slide along the brush holder 332 to either cover the brush 336 (e.g., as shown in FIG. 4) or expose the brush 336 (e.g., as shown in FIG. 5). In other words, the sleeve 334 is designed to shift between a first position where the brush 336 is covered and a second position where the brush 336 is exposed. In at least some instances, the sleeve 334 may include one or more tabs or projections 338 that are designed to seat within one or more grooves 340 formed along the brush holder 332.

FIG. 6 provides an exploded view of the Combination Dispenser and Applicator 300. Here it can be seen that the sleeve 334 may include a flange 342 that projects from an outer surface of the sleeve 334. The flange 342 is designed to slide along the interior of the brush holder 332. In some instances, the brush holder 332 may include one or more bumps or projections 344a/344b. The bumps 344a/344b may be utilized to help hold or otherwise secure the sleeve 334 in either the covered or exposed configuration. For example, flange 342 may slide along the brush holder 332 and then "snap" into engagement with bump 344a in order to hold the sleeve 334 in the covered configuration. Similarly, flange 342 may slide along the brush holder 332 and then snap into engagement with bump 344b in order to hold the sleeve 334 in the exposed configuration. In some instances, additional flanges and/or bumps may be utilized. Various decorative finishes may be applied on the Combination Dispenser and

Applicator. For example, in some embodiments, a high gloss finish is placed on the exterior surface of the various components of the Combination Dispenser and Applicator. In other embodiments, other types of finishes (e.g., a matte finish) may be used.

The systems illustrated in the figures are not exclusive. Other systems may be derived in accordance with the principles of the disclosure to accomplish the same objectives. Although this disclosure has been described with reference to particular embodiments, it is to be understood that the embodiments and variations shown and described herein are for illustration purposes only. Modifications to the current design may be implemented by those skilled in the art, without departing from the scope of the disclosure. No claim element herein is to be construed under the provisions of 35 U.S.C. 112, sixth paragraph, unless the element is expressly recited using the phrase "means for."