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Title:
REFILLABLE COMPOSITION CONTAINER
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2021/076948
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
Refillable cosmetic containers having a tubular member, a removable cartridge assembly including a cup with a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of the cup, wherein the cup is configured to hold a cosmetic. The refillable cosmetic container further includes a rotatable sleeve arranged to enclose the tubular member and to slide with respect to the tubular member along an axis concentric to the tubular member. A collar member may be coupled to the rotatable sleeve. The refillable cosmetic container may further include a locking member arranged within the collar member and above the rotatable sleeve, wherein the locking member has a pair of openings configured to receive the pair of fasteners.

Inventors:
CRESINA JEFFREY (US)
MYER GARY (US)
Application Number:
PCT/US2020/056060
Publication Date:
April 22, 2021
Filing Date:
October 16, 2020
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WORLD WIDE PACKAGING INC (US)
International Classes:
A45D40/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
NICHOLES, Mary, K. et al. (US)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

I/We claim:

1. A refillable container, comprising: a tubular member; a removable cartridge assembly comprising a cup comprising a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of the cup, wherein the cup is configured to hold a topical composition; a rotatable sleeve arranged to enclose the tubular member and to slide with respect to the tubular member along an axis concentric to the tubular member; a collar arranged to enclose the rotatable sleeve; a locking member arranged within the collar member and above the rotatable sleeve, wherein the locking member comprises a pair of openings configured to receive the pair of fasteners.

2. The refillable container of claim 1, further comprising a weight arranged at the bottom of the tubular member.

3. The refillable container of claim 1, further comprising a cartridge cover attachable to the cup.

4. The refillable container of claim 3, wherein the cartridge cover comprises a pair of linking members adapted to be received by a pair of apertures in the cup.

5. The refillable container of claim 4, wherein the cartridge cover is arranged to rotate the cup in a first direction to lock the cup with the locking member and to rotate in a second direction to unlock the cup from the locking member.

6. The refillable container of claim 5, wherein the cartridge cover is arranged to be removable when the cup is locked with the locking member.

7. The refillable container of claim 3, wherein the cartridge cover comprises a handle on a top surface thereof.

8. The refillable container of claim 1, wherein the rotatable sleeve comprises a slot to swivel concentrically about the tubular member, wherein the slot engages with a pin on the locking member for extending and retracting the cartridge assembly.

9. The refillable container of claim 1, wherein the removable cartridge assembly further comprises a topical composition received in the cup.

10. The refillable container of claim 9, wherein the topical composition is selected from a group consisting of a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow, a deodorant and an antiperspirant.

11. The refillable container of claim 1, wherein the tubular member, the cup, the pair of fasteners, the rotatable sleeve and the collar each independently comprise at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled resin.

12. A refillable cosmetic container, comprising: a threaded mechanism comprising a platform member attached to a threaded base, wherein the platform member comprises a pair of openings; a removable cartridge assembly comprising a cup comprising a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of the cup, the pair of fasteners configured to interlock with the pair of openings, wherein the cup is configured to hold a topical composition; a collar arranged to enclose the platform member; and a base concentrically surrounding the threaded mechanism, wherein the threaded based of the threaded mechanism is configured to engage with the base, and wherein the platform member is configured to rotate from a first retracted position to a second extended position.

13. The refillable container of claim 12, further comprising a cartridge cover attachable to the cup.

14. The refillable container of claim 13, wherein the cartridge cover comprises a pair of linking members adapted to be received by a pair of apertures in the cup.

15. The refillable container of claim 14, wherein the cartridge cover is arranged to rotate the cup in a first direction to lock the cup with the platform member and to rotate in a second direction to unlock the cup from the platform member.

16. The refillable container of claim 13, wherein the cartridge cover comprises a handle on a top surface thereof.

17. The refillable container of claim 12, wherein the removable cartridge assembly further comprises a topical composition received in the cup.

18. The refillable container of claim 19, wherein the topical composition is selected from a group consisting of a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow and a deodorant.

19. The refillable container of claim 12, wherein the platform member, the cup, the pair of fasteners, the collar and the base each independently comprise at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled resin.

20. A method, comprising: interlocking a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of a cartridge cover with a first pair of openings in a first cup of a first cartridge assembly; rotating the cartridge cover in a first direction from a first position to a second position to unlock the first cartridge assembly from a refillable cosmetic container; and positioning a second cartridge assembly in the refillable cosmetic container and interlocking a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of a second cup with a plurality of apertures of the refillable cosmetic container.

Description:
REFILLABLE COMPOSITION CONTAINER

FIELD

[0001] The present disclosure relates generally to a refillable composition container. The refillable composition container may contain a topical composition, for example, a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow, a deodorant or an antiperspirant.

BACKGROUND

[0002] Plastic waste has become a significant waste problem accounting for up to fourteen percent (14%) of a landfill. This large volume of plastic waste in landfills has a very slow degradation rate, which creates various environmental problems for the landfill. Despite numerous methods to recycle plastic waste, plastic waste pollution continues to grow and contaminate the earth.

[0003] Many topical composition products are stored and distributed in single use plastic containers. As a result of structural preferences, chemical compatibility and cost, such single use plastic containers are formed of traditional plastic materials. Designed and sold as single use containers, once all of the topical composition is used, the entire container is thrown away and is slow to degrade. Therefore, single use topical composition containers contribute to the plastic waste problem.

[0004] There remains a need to develop reusable and biodegradable topical composition containers to help reduce the production and consumption of plastic materials. BRIEF SUMMARY

[0005] According to various embodiments, described herein is a refillable container, comprising a tubular member; a removable cartridge assembly comprising a cup comprising a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of the cup, wherein the cup is configured to hold a topical composition; a rotatable sleeve arranged to enclose the tubular member and to slide with respect to the tubular member along an axis concentric to the tubular member; a collar arranged to enclose the rotatable sleeve; a locking member arranged within the collar member and above the rotatable sleeve, wherein the locking member comprises a pair of openings configured to receive the pair of fasteners. The refillable container may further include a weight arranged at the bottom of the tubular member.

[0006] In embodiments, the refillable container can include a cartridge cover attachable to the cup. The cartridge cover can include at least one linking member, for example, a pair of linking members adapted to be received by at least one aperture, for example, a pair of apertures in the cup. The cartridge cover may be arranged to rotate the cup in a first direction to lock the cup with the locking member and to rotate in a second direction to unlock the cup from the locking member. The cartridge cover further can be arranged to be removable when the cup is locked with the locking member. According to embodiments, the cartridge cover can include a handle on a top surface thereof.

[0007] In certain embodiments, the rotatable sleeve of the refillable container can include a slot to swivel concentrically about the tubular member, wherein the slot engages with a pin on the locking member for extending and retracting the cartridge assembly. In embodiments, the removable cartridge assembly further can include a topical composition received in the cup, wherein the topical composition is selected from a group consisting of a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow, a deodorant and an antiperspirant. [0008] According to various embodiments, the refillable container can be constructed of environmentally friendly materials. For example, the tubular member, the cup, the pair of fasteners, the rotatable sleeve and the collar each can independently comprise at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled resin.

[0009] According to various embodiments, disclose herein is a refillable cosmetic container, comprising: a threaded mechanism comprising a platform member attached to a threaded base, wherein the platform member comprises a pair of openings; a removable cartridge assembly comprising a cup comprising a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of the cup, the pair of fasteners configured to interlock with the pair of openings, wherein the cup is configured to hold a topical composition; a collar arranged to enclose the platform member; and a base concentrically surrounding the threaded mechanism, wherein the threaded based of the threaded mechanism is configured to engage with the base, and wherein the platform member is configured to rotate from a first retracted position to a second extended position. [0010] In embodiments, the refillable container may further include a cartridge cover attachable to the cup. The cartridge cover can include at least one linking member, for example, a pair of linking members adapted to be received by at least one aperture, for example, a pair of apertures in the cup. The cartridge cover can be arranged to rotate the cup in a first direction to lock the cup with the platform member and to rotate in a second direction to unlock the cup from the platform member. In embodiments, the cartridge cover further can include a handle on a top surface thereof.

[0011] According to various embodiments, the removable cartridge assembly can include a topical composition received in the cup, wherein the topical composition is selected from a group consisting of a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow and a deodorant. [0012] According to various embodiments, the refillable container can be constructed of environmentally friendly materials. For example, the tubular member, the cup, the pair of fasteners, the rotatable sleeve and the collar each can independently comprise at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled resin.

[0013] Further disclosed herein are embodiments of a method, comprising: interlocking a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of a cartridge cover with a first pair of openings in a first cup of a first cartridge assembly; rotating the cartridge cover in a first direction from a first position to a second position to unlock the first cartridge assembly from a refillable cosmetic container; and positioning a second cartridge assembly in the refillable cosmetic container and interlocking a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of a second cup with a plurality of apertures of the refillable cosmetic container.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0014] The present disclosure will be more readily understood from the detailed description of examples presented below considered in conjunction with the attached drawings, of which: [0015] FIG. 1 A is an exploded view of an embodiment of a refillable composition container system according to the disclosure.

[0016] FIG. IB is a side view showing an embodiment of a refillable composition container system according to the disclosure.

[0017] FIG. 1C is a side view showing an embodiment of a cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0018] FIG. ID is a side view showing an embodiment of a cartridge cover for the cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0019] FIG. IE is a side view showing an embodiment of a cup of a cartridge assembly according to the disclosure. [0020] FIG. 2A is an exploded view of an embodiment of a fluid applicator system according to the disclosure.

[0021] FIG. 2B is a side view showing an embodiment of a fluid applicator system according to the disclosure.

[0022] FIG. 2C is a side view showing an embodiment of a cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0023] FIG. 2D is a side view showing an embodiment of a cartridge cover for the cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0024] FIG. 2E is a side view showing an embodiment of a cup of a cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0025] FIG. 2F is a side view showing an embodiment of a threaded mechanism according to the disclosure.

[0026] FIG. 3 A is an exploded view of an embodiment of a fluid applicator system according to the disclosure.

[0027] FIG. 3B is a side view showing an embodiment of a cartridge cover for the cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0028] FIG. 3C is a side view showing an embodiment of a cup of a cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0029] FIG. 4A illustrates an embodiment of a fluid applicator system according to the disclosure.

[0030] FIG. 4B shows a side and top view of an embodiment of a cup of a base and cup of a fluid applicator system according to the disclosure.

[0031] FIG. 4C is a side and top view of an embodiment of a threaded mechanism according to the disclosure. [0032] FIG. 4D is a side and top view of an embodiment of a cup of a cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0033] FIG. 4E is a side view showing an embodiment of a cartridge cover for the cartridge assembly according to the disclosure.

[0034] FIG. 4F shows s perspective and side view of an embodiment of a cartridge assembly according to the disclosure

DETAILED DESCRIPTION Definitions

[0035] Reference throughout this specification to, for example, “one embodiment,” “certain embodiments,” “one or more embodiments” or “an embodiment” means that a particular feature, structure, material, or characteristic described in connection with the embodiment is included in at least one embodiment of the invention. Thus, the appearances of the phrases such as “in one or more embodiments,” “in certain embodiments,” “in one embodiment” or “in an embodiment” in various places throughout this specification are not necessarily referring to the same embodiment of the invention. Furthermore, the particular features, structures, materials, or characteristics may be combined in any suitable manner in one or more embodiments.

[0036] As used herein, the singular forms “a,” “an,” and “the” include plural references unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. Thus, for example, reference to “a lift pin” includes a single lift pin as well as more than one lift pin.

[0037] As used herein, the term “about” in connection with a measured quantity, refers to the normal variations in that measured quantity as expected by one of ordinary skill in the art in making the measurement and exercising a level of care commensurate with the objective of measurement and the precision of the measuring equipment. In certain embodiments, the term “about” includes the recited number ±10%, such that “about 10” would include from 9 to 11.

[0038] The term “at least about” in connection with a measured quantity refers to the normal variations in the measured quantity, as expected by one of ordinary skill in the art in making the measurement and exercising a level of care commensurate with the objective of measurement and precisions of the measuring equipment and any quantities higher than that. In certain embodiments, the term “at least about” includes the recited number minus 10% and any quantity that is higher such that “at least about 10” would include 9 and anything greater than 9. This term can also be expressed as “about 10 or more.” Similarly, the term “less than about” typically includes the recited number plus 10% and any quantity that is lower such that “less than about 10” would include 11 and anything less than 11. This term can also be expressed as “about 10 or less.”

[0039] Unless otherwise indicated, all parts and percentages are by weight. Weight percent (wt. %), if not otherwise indicated, is based on an entire composition free of any volatiles, that is, based on dry solids content.

[0040] For the purposes of this disclosure, a charge, portion, segment, or stick of a topical composition (e.g., a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow, a deodorant, an antiperspirant or other topical composition) constituting a refill will be referred to herein simply as a “topical composition.”

Refillable Composition Containers

[0041] Embodiments of refillable composition containers as described herein can reduce the amount of plastic that ends-up in landfills by enabling consumers to refill topical compositions with cartridge refills rather than throwing away the entire container. By disposing of only the cartridge refill, the consumer disposes a much smaller amount of plastic. Embodiments of refillable composition containers as described herein also allow for interchangeability and interconnectivity of different topical compositions for a single container. For example, consumers can swap different lipsticks, having different shades or different types of balms (e.g., for moisture and or healing) as well as different fragrances of deodorant and/or antiperspirant.

[0042] Refillable composition containers according to embodiments herein can help reduce the amount of plastic that ends-up in landfills. For example, a refillable lipstick container as described herein can reduce the amount of disposed plastic from about 11.5 grams to 0.60 grams (e.g., by as much as about 87%). A refillable blush or foundation stick container according to embodiments herein can reduce the amount of plastic from about 21 grams to about 0.85 grams (e.g., by as much as about 88%) The interchangeability/interconnectivity of the refillable composition containers can reduce the amount of plastic required to supply consumers with different types of compositions and/or, for example, different lipstick and make-up shades or balms (e.g., for moisture and or healing) as well as different fragrances of deodorant and or antiperspirant.

[0043] Embodiments of the refillable composition containers as described herein reduce the cost of buying topical compositions over time, and enable a manufacturer to offer a wider selection of colors, textures, and types of topical compositions. If a given topical composition is depleted or damaged, the container does not have to be discarded or purchased. This saves resources and the environment, and can be economical for consumers, while potentially providing a high-quality refillable composition container that can be customized and ornamented and/or otherwise personalized.

[0044] According to various embodiments, disclosed herein is a refillable composition container and associated cartridges. According to embodiments, the refillable composition container is a refillable topical composition container adapted to receive one or more cartridge assemblies. In further embodiments, the refillable composition container is a refillable lipstick container, a refillable chap stick container, a refillable lip gloss container, a refillable blush stick, a refillable foundation stick container, a refillable eyeliner container, a refillable eye shadow container, a refillable deodorant container or a refillable antiperspirant container adapted to receive one or more topical composition cartridges. The refill cartridge assembly may contain the same composition as the cartridge assembly to be refilled, or the refill cartridge assembly may contain a different composition, color, texture, gloss, flavor, and so forth, than the cartridge being replaced or refilled.

[0045] The refillable composition container can incorporate a mechanism for holding and releasing a given cartridge. In an embodiment, the holding mechanism is a pair of fasteners engaged with a pair of openings that secure and enable replacement of a cartridge assembly (containing a topical composition) within the container.

[0046] In an embodiment, a collar member surrounds the topical composition within the container, which may be retracted within the container by a user, for example, to uncover a portion of the topical composition and/or the cartridge assembly. This exposes the topical composition for access and removal by a cartridge cover, which also functions as a key and handle to remove the cartridge assembly. Otherwise, when not in an extended position, the sleeve surrounds the topical composition, giving protection to the topical composition. When stored within the container or extended for use, the topical composition is held firmly within a cup of the cartridge assembly for extension, retraction, and application by the user.

[0047] Cartridge assemblies may be installed and removed from the container with the cartridge cover, for example, by rotating the cartridge cover. Functionally, in one embodiment, the cartridge cover makes and/or breaks an attachment between fasteners on a bottom side of the cup and openings in a locking member or a base member inside the container. The cartridge cover is arranged to grip the cup, positioning it for installation or storing it for later use. Further, by using the cartridge cover, a user can avoid contacting the topical composition and potentially damaging or contaminating it through handling.

[0048] In an embodiment, a swivel-up version of the container extends and retracts the topical composition. The refillable composition container may be provided in a kit or system that contains any combination of a refillable composition container, custom decorative outer shells, trim for the container, one or more alternate topical compositions in one or more alternate cartridge assemblies and one or more cartridge cover. In alternate embodiments, an example kit may include fewer, additional, or alternative components.

[0049] An example embodiment of a refillable composition container 100 is shown in FIGs.

1 A, IB and 1C. According to various embodiments, the refillable composition container 100 has a swivel-up mechanism for extending (e.g., raising) and retracting (e.g., lowering) the cartridge assembly 11 (collectively 7, 8, 9). The refillable composition container 100 can include a tubular member 3, which is fixed in place and includes a slot 18 that enables linear motion as will be described in more detail below. In an embodiment, the swivel-up mechanism can further include a rotatable sleeve 4 and a collar member 5 positioned around the tubular member 3. The rotatable sleeve 4 and collar member 5 are pressed together to form a rotatable assembly that is adapted to rotate about the tubular member 3 within the refillable composition container 100. The rotatable assembly (4, 5) is arranged to enclose the tubular member 3 and to slide with respect to the tubular member 3, which changes the rotation into a linear motion because cup 7 is limited in direction within the slot 18 of tubular member 3, as will be described in more detail below, and the helical spline of rotatable assembly (4, 5). As shown in FIGs. 1 A and IB, the collar member 5 is arranged to enclose and/or surround the rotatable sleeve 4.

[0050] As shown in FIGs. 1 A-1C, the refillable composition container 100 may include a removable cartridge assembly 11 (when installed). As more particularly shown in FIG. 1C, the cartridge assembly 11 contains a cup 7, a cartridge cover 8 and a topical composition 9.

In an embodiment, each topical composition 9 is inserted and affixed to a corresponding cup 7, which may have teeth, serrations, or other means for grasping the base of the topical composition 9. The topical composition 9 can be selected from a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow or a deodorant. According to certain embodiments, the topical composition 9 is a lipstick or a chap stick.

[0051] With reference to FIGs. 1C and IE, the cup 7 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of fasteners 12. According to embodiments, the at least one fastener 12 extends from a bottom surface of the cup 7, like protrusions or feet. The at least one fastener 12 may extend perpendicularly out from the bottom surface of the cup 7 and may include a 90 degree bend. According to embodiments, a pair of fasteners 12 may be positioned on opposite sides of the bottom surface of the cup 7 as shown in FIGs. 1C and IE. As will be described in more detail below, the at least one fastener 12 is configured to engage in at least one corresponding opening of a locking member 6. According to embodiments, the cup 7 further includes at least one, for example, a pair, of apertures 13 on a sidewall thereof. In certain embodiments, a pair of apertures 13 may be positioned on opposite sides of the cup 7 walls as shown in FIGs. 1C and IE.

[0052] With reference to FIGs. 1C and ID, the cartridge cover 8 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of linking members 14. The at least one linking member 14 may be positioned on and protrude from a bottom of the cartridge cover 8. The at least one linking member 14 may include a 90 degree bend as shown in FIGs. 1C and ID. In an embodiment, a pair of linking members 14 are configured to engage with a pair of apertures 13 in the cup 7 The cartridge cover 8 may further include a handle 15 such that a user can grip the handle to rotate the cartridge cover 8 and/or to lift and/or lower the cartridge cover 8 from and/or onto the cup 7. [0053] Referring again to FIG. 1 A, the refillable composition container 100 may further include a locking member 6 arranged within the collar member 5 and above the rotatable sleeve 4. The locking member 6 can include at least one opening 16, for example, a pair of openings 16, configured to receive the at least one fastener 12. The locking member 6 can further include at least one pin 17 that rides in a rail or slot 18 in the tubular member 3. For example, as a user twists an outer base 1 (or otherwise actuates the container 100), the locking member 6 is propelled upwards or downwards within the tubular member 3, via the rotatable sleeve 4 and the rail or slot 18. For example, in an embodiment, the locking member 6 has pins 17 that engage corresponding slots 18, rails, or key ways in the tubular member 3, shown as an inner guide sleeve. The rotatable sleeve 4 has a second corkscrewed spiral slot, rail, or key way on its inner surface 19 that also engages the pins 17 of the locking member 6. Thus, when the rotatable sleeve 4 is rotated around the tubular member 3 (by twisting the outer base 1, for example), the locking member 6 is raised or lowered by screw motion depending on the direction of rotation of the rotatable sleeve 4. However, the locking member 6 only moves straight up and down because of the straight slots 18 of the tubular member 3.

[0054] According to embodiments, the cartridge cover 8 is arranged to rotate the cup 7 in a first direction to lock the cup 7 with the locking member 6 and to rotate the cup 7 in a second direction to unlock the cup 7 from the locking member 6. The cartridge cover 8 can be arranged to be removable when the cup 7 is locked with the locking member 6.

[0055] According to embodiments, the cup 7 can include one or more alternate features to facilitate in turning the cup 7. For example, apertures 13 may be one or more of ridges, patterns, notches, tabs, grooves, etc. that can engage with corresponding linking members 14 of the cartridge cover 8. In one example, the ridges (or other features) may be engaged by the cartridge cover 8, an extractor (not shown), or like component, to turn the cup 7 with respect to the locking member 6, for coupling or decoupling the cup 7 to the locking member 6. [0056] In another embodiment, the cartridge assembly 11 of container 100 can include a magnet or magnetized component. In an embodiment, the cup 7 may be coupled to the locking member 6 via a magnetic connection between the magnet and the cup 7, which is fabricated from a magnetically attractive material (e.g., steel or iron alloy, etc.). In such an embodiment, the cup 7 and the locking member 6 may be coupled or decoupled by a user, for example, to install or remove a cartridge assembly 11, by making or breaking the magnetic connection between the cup 7 and the locking member 6/magnet. In one embodiment, the locking member 6 may also be fabricated from a magnetically attractive material to enhance the magnetic coupling of the cup 7 and the locking member 6.

[0057] In an alternate embodiment, the cup 7 and the locking member 6 may be coupled and decoupled via a combination of features. For example, a magnetic catch may be combined with a screw-type connection, or the like. Further, one or more other types of catches, latches, or coupling mechanisms (e.g., snap fitting, arrowhead fitting, press fitting, etc.) may be used in various embodiments, either in combination with those described herein, or in other combinations.

[0058] According to various embodiments, refillable composition container 100 can further comprising a weight 2 arranged at the bottom of the tubular member 3 in the outer base 1.

The weight 2 provides sturdiness and bulk to the refillable composition container 100. Users often prefer the feel of a weighted container over a container that is too light.

[0059] The refillable composition container can further include an outer base 1 that fits over the bottom of the tubular member 3 and can provide a customizable decorative shell for the lower part of the refillable composition container 100. In various embodiments, the outer base 1 is twisted or rotated with respect to the tubular member 3 by a user to move the topical composition 9 in the cartridge assembly 11 out of the container 100 for use, or into the container 100 for storage.

[0060] As shown in FIGs. 1 A and IB, refillable composition container 100 may also include an outer cap 10 arranged to protect the topical composition 9 during handling, transport, etc. In an embodiment, the outer cap 10 attaches to the refillable composition container 100 when the topical composition 9 is fully retracted into the tubular member 3. The outer cap 10 may be decorative to match the design of the outer base 1, for instance, and may be functionally rigid to provide protection to the topical composition 9 against potentially damaging contact with items in a pocket or purse, etc.

[0061] According to embodiments, one or more components of the refillable composition container is formed of a biodegradable polymer, a recycled composition or a combination thereof. For example, the tubular member 3, the cup 7, the at least one fastener 12, the rotatable sleeve 4, the collar member 5, the outer base 1 and the outer cap 10 is each independently constructed of at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled composition such as a recycled resin. For example, biodegradable plastics could be used, i.e., plastics meeting ASTM D6400-04 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics. Desirably, a biodegradable plastic is fully biodegradable, and is not merely fragmented into very small particles upon biodegradation. An example of such fully biodegradable plastic can be polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) materials.

[0062] According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly can be packaged and sold separately from the refillable composition container, with associated packaging. For example, the cartridge assembly 11 may be acquired by a user in order to replace a topical composition 9 in container 100. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 11 may include a cartridge cover 8 and protective packaging (not shown), as well as a topical composition 9 and a replacement cup 7. In one embodiment, the cartridge cover 8 interlocks with the cup 7 to hold the topical composition 9 prior to installation of the topical composition 9 into container 100. According to embodiments, the at least one linking member 14 of the cartridge cover 8 is receivable by the at least one aperture 13 in cup 7. A user can grip the cartridge cover 8 at handle 15 to rotate the cartridge assembly 11 during installation and removal as will be described in more detail below.

[0063] In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 11 is attachable to the refillable composition container 100, such as to the locking member 17, or to other parts of the mechanism. For example, in various embodiments, the at least one fastener 12 may be inserted into the at least one opening 16 in the locking member 17 during installation of the cartridge assembly 11. After insertion of the at least one fastener 12 into the at least one opening 16, the cartridge assembly 11 can be rotated, for example, by grasping the handle 15 of the cartridge cover 8 and rotating the cartridge assembly 11 to lock the at least one fastener 17 in the at least one opening 16. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 11 can be attached to the locking member 17 by grasping and rotating the cup 7. In embodiments, the cartridge cover 8 may be placed on, screwed on, or otherwise coupled to the cup 7, for example, via the at least one aperture 13 during cartridge assembly installation. In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 11 and/or the packaging (not shown) may be retained for storage of the cartridge assembly 11, while other topical compositions 9 are used with the container 100. According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly 11 can be removed by rotating the cartridge assembly 11 in the opposite direction.

[0064] Another example embodiment of a refillable composition container 200 is shown in FIGs. 2A, 2B and 2C. According to various embodiments, the refillable composition container 200 has a threaded mechanism 203 for extending (e.g., raising) and retracting (e.g., lowering) the cartridge assembly 211 (collectively 207, 208, 209), for example, the threaded mechanism 203 raises and lowers the cartridge assembly 211 between two positions. The threaded mechanism 203 can include a platform member 217 for supporting a cup 207 and a threaded base 206 adapted to rotate and spiral within the refillable composition container 200 from a first position to a second position. According to embodiments, the platform member 217 can include at least one opening 216, for example, a pair of openings 216. As shown in FIGs. 2A and 2B, a collar member 205 is arranged to enclose the threaded mechanism 203 and to slide with respect to the mechanism 203 along an axis concentric to the mechanism 203.

[0065] As shown in FIGs. 2A-2C, the refillable composition container 200 may include a removable cartridge assembly 211 (when installed). As more particularly shown in FIG. 2C, the cartridge assembly 211 contains a cup 207, a cartridge cover 208 and a topical composition 209. In an embodiment, each topical composition 209 is inserted and affixed to a corresponding cup 207, which may have teeth, serrations, or other means for grasping the base of the topical composition 209. The topical composition 209 can be selected from a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow or a deodorant. According to certain embodiments, the topical composition 209 is a blush stick or foundation stick.

[0066] With reference to FIGs. 2C and 2E, the cup 207 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of fasteners 212. According to embodiments, the at least one fastener 212 extends from a bottom surface of the cup 207, like protrusions or feet. The at least one fastener 212 may extend perpendicularly out from the bottom surface of the cup 207 and may include a 90 degree bend. According to embodiments, a pair of fasteners 212 may be positioned on opposite sides of the bottom surface of the cup 207 as shown in FIGs. 2C and 2E. As will be described in more detail below, the at least one fastener 212 is configured to engage in at least one corresponding opening 216 of a platform member 217. According to embodiments, the cup 207 further includes at least one, for example, a pair, of apertures 213 on a sidewall thereof. In certain embodiments, a pair of apertures 213 may be positioned on opposite sides of the cup 207 walls as shown in FIGs. 2C and 2E.

[0067] With reference to FIGs. 2C and 2D, the cartridge cover 208 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of linking members 214. The at least one linking member 214 may be positioned on and protrude from a bottom of the cartridge cover 208. The at least one linking member 214 may include a 90 degree bend as shown in FIGs. 2C and 2D. In an embodiment, a pair of linking members 214 are configured to engage with a pair of apertures 213 in the cup 207. The cartridge cover 208 may further include a handle 215 such that a user can grip the handle to rotate the cartridge cover 208 and/or to lift and/or lower the cartridge cover 208 from and/or onto the cup 207.

[0068] Referring again to FIG. 2A, the refillable composition container 200 may further include a platform member 217 arranged within upper collar 204 and collar member 205 and beneath cup 207. The platform member 217 can include at least one opening 216, for example, a pair of openings 216, configured to receive the at least one fastener 212.

[0069] According to embodiments, the cartridge cover 208 is arranged to rotate the cup 207 in a first direction to lock the cup 207 with the at least one opening 216 of platform member 217 and to rotate the cup 207 in a second direction to unlock the cup 207 from the platform member 217. The cartridge cover 208 can be arranged to be removable when the cup 207 is locked with the platform member 217.

[0070] According to embodiments, the cup 207 can include one or more alternate features to facilitate in turning the cup 207. For example, apertures 213 may be one or more of ridges, patterns, notches, tabs, grooves, etc. that can engage with corresponding linking members 214 of the cartridge cover 208. In one example, the ridges (or other features) may be engaged by the cartridge cover 208, an extractor (not shown), or like component, to turn the cup 207 with respect to the platform member 217, for coupling or decoupling the cup 207 to the platform member 217.

[0071] In another embodiment, the cartridge assembly 211 of container 200 can include a magnet or magnetized component. In an embodiment, the cup 207 may be coupled to the platform member 217 via a magnetic connection between the magnet and the cup 207, which is fabricated from a magnetically attractive material (e.g., steel or iron alloy, etc.). In such an embodiment, the cup 207 and the platform member 217 may be coupled or decoupled by a user, for example, to install or remove a cartridge assembly 211, by making or breaking the magnetic connection between the cup 207 and the platform member 217/magnet. In one embodiment, the platform member 217 may also be fabricated from a magnetically attractive material to enhance the magnetic coupling of the cup 207 and the platform member 217. [0072] In an alternate embodiment, the cup 207 and the platform member 217 may be coupled and decoupled via a combination of features. For example, a magnetic catch may be combined with a screw-type connection, or the like. Further, one or more other types of catches, latches, or coupling mechanisms (e.g., snap fitting, arrowhead fitting, press fitting, etc.) may be used in various embodiments, either in combination with those described herein, or in other combinations.

[0073] The refillable composition container can further include an outer base 201 that fits over the bottom of the collar 205 and threaded mechanism 203 and can provide a customizable decorative shell for the lower part of the refillable composition container 200. In various embodiments, the outer base 201 is twisted or rotated with respect to the threaded mechanism 203 by a user to move the topical composition 209 in the cartridge assembly 211 out of the container 200 for use, or into the container 200 for storage.

[0074] As shown in FIGs. 2A and 2B, refillable composition container 200 may also include an outer cap 210 arranged to protect the topical composition 209 during handling, transport, etc. In an embodiment, the outer cap 210 attaches to the refillable composition container 200 when the topical composition 209 is fully retracted into the threaded mechanism 203. The outer cap 210 may be decorative to match the design of the outer base 201, for instance, and may be functionally rigid to provide protection to the topical composition 209 against potentially damaging contact with items in a pocket or purse, etc. According to embodiments, refillable composition container 200 may further include an inner cap 220 to protect the topical composition 209.

[0075] According to embodiments, one or more components of the refillable composition container is formed of a biodegradable polymer, a recycled composition or a combination thereof. For example, the threaded mechanism 203, the cup 207, the at least one fastener 212, the upper collar 204, the collar member 205, the outer base 201 and the outer cap 210 is each independently constructed of at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled composition such as a recycled resin. For example, biodegradable plastics could be used, i.e., plastics meeting ASTM D6400-04 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics.

Desirably, a biodegradable plastic is fully biodegradable, and is not merely fragmented into very small particles upon biodegradation. An example of such fully biodegradable plastic can be polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) materials.

[0076] According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly can be packaged and sold separately from the refillable composition container, with associated packaging. For example, the cartridge assembly 211 may be acquired by a user in order to replace a topical composition 209 in container 200. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 211 may include a cartridge cover 208 and protective packaging (not shown), as well as a topical composition 209 and a replacement cup 207. In one embodiment, the cartridge cover 208 interlocks with the cup 207 to hold the topical composition 209 prior to installation of the topical composition 209 into container 200. According to embodiments, the at least one linking member 214 of the cartridge cover 208 is receivable by the at least one aperture 213 in cup 207. A user can grip the cartridge cover 208 at handle 215 to rotate the cartridge assembly 211 during installation and removal as will be described in more detail below.

[0077] In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 211 is attachable to the refillable composition container 200, such as to the locking member 217, or to other parts of the mechanism. For example, in various embodiments, the at least one fastener 212 may be inserted into the at least one opening 216 in the locking member 217 during installation of the cartridge assembly 211. After insertion of the at least one fastener 212 into the at least one opening 216, the cartridge assembly 211 can be rotated, for example, by grasping the handle 215 of the cartridge cover 208 and rotating the cartridge assembly 211 to lock the at least one fastener 217 in the at least one opening 216. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 211 can be attached to the locking member 217 by grasping and rotating the cup 207. In embodiments, the cartridge cover 208 may be placed on, screwed on, or otherwise coupled to the cup 207, for example, via the at least one aperture 213 during cartridge assembly installation. In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 211 and/or the packaging (not shown) may be retained for storage of the cartridge assembly 211, while other topical compositions 209 are used with the container 200. According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly 211 can be removed by rotating the cartridge assembly 211 in the opposite direction.

[0078] Another example embodiment of a refillable composition container 300 is shown in FIG. 3A. According to various embodiments, the refillable composition container 300 has a threaded mechanism 303 for extending (e.g., raising) and retracting (e.g., lowering) the cartridge assembly 311 (collectively 307, 308, 309), for example, the threaded mechanism 303 raises and lowers the cartridge assembly 311 between two positions. The threaded mechanism 303 can include a platform member 317 for supporting a cup 307 and a threaded base 306 adapted to rotate and spiral within the refillable composition container 300 from a first position to a second position. According to embodiments, the platform member 317 can include at least one opening 316, for example, a pair of openings 316. As shown in FIG. 3 A, a collar member 305 is arranged to enclose the threaded mechanism 303 and to slide with respect to the mechanism 303 along an axis concentric to the mechanism 303.

[0079] As in the embodiment shown in FIGs. 2A-2F, the refillable composition container 300 may include a removable cartridge assembly 311 (when installed). The removable cartridge assembly 311 can contain the cup 307, a cartridge cover 308 and a topical composition 309.

In an embodiment, each topical composition 309 is inserted and affixed to a corresponding cup 307, which may have teeth, serrations, or other means for grasping the base of the topical composition 309. The topical composition 309 can be selected from a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow or a deodorant. According to certain embodiments, the topical composition 309 is a blush stick or foundation stick.

[0080] With reference to FIG. 3C, the cup 307 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of fasteners 312. According to embodiments, the at least one fastener 312 extends from a bottom surface of the cup 307, like protrusions or feet. The at least one fastener 312 may extend perpendicularly out from the bottom surface of the cup 307 and may include a 90 degree bend. According to embodiments, a pair of fasteners 312 may be positioned on opposite sides of the bottom surface of the cup 307 as shown in FIG. 3C. As will be described in more detail below, the at least one fastener 312 is configured to engage in at least one corresponding opening 316 of a platform member 317. According to embodiments, the cup 307 further includes at least one, for example, a pair, of apertures 313 on a sidewall thereof. In certain embodiments, a pair of apertures 313 may be positioned on opposite sides of the cup 307 walls as shown in FIG. 2C. [0081] With reference to FIG. 3B, the cartridge cover 308 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of linking members 314. The at least one linking member 314 may be positioned on and protrude from a bottom of the cartridge cover 308. In this embodiment, the at least one linking member 314 may have tapered shape with a notch 321. The at least one aperture 313 has a similar geometry to receive the at least one linking member 314 such that the notch snaps into the at least one aperture 313 to seal the cartridge cover 308 to the cup 307. In an embodiment, a pair of linking members 314 are configured to engage with a pair of apertures 313 in the cup 307. The cartridge cover 308 may further include a handle 315 such that a user can grip the handle to rotate the cartridge cover 308 and/or to lift and/or lower the cartridge cover 308 from and/or onto the cup 307.

[0082] Referring again to FIG. 3 A, the refillable composition container 300 may further include a platform member 317 arranged within upper collar 304 and collar member 305 and beneath cup 307. The platform member 317 can include at least one opening 316, for example, a pair of openings 316, configured to receive the at least one fastener 312.

[0083] According to embodiments, the cartridge cover 308 is arranged to rotate the cup 307 in a first direction to lock the cup 307 with the at least one opening 316 of platform member 317 and to rotate the cup 307 in a second direction to unlock the cup 307 from the platform member 317. The cartridge cover 308 can be arranged to be removable when the cup 307 is locked with the platform member 317.

[0084] The refillable composition container can further include an outer base 301 that fits over the bottom of the collar 305 and threaded mechanism 303 and can provide a customizable decorative shell for the lower part of the refillable composition container 300.

In various embodiments, the outer base 301 is twisted or rotated with respect to the threaded mechanism 303 by a user to move the topical composition 309 in the cartridge assembly 311 out of the container 300 for use, or into the container 300 for storage. [0085] As shown in FIG. 2A, refillable composition container 300 may also include an outer cap 310 arranged to protect the topical composition 309 during handling, transport, etc. In an embodiment, the outer cap 310 attaches to the refillable composition container 300 when the topical composition 309 is fully retracted into the threaded mechanism 303. The outer cap 310 may be decorative to match the design of the outer base 301, for instance, and may be functionally rigid to provide protection to the topical composition 309 against potentially damaging contact with items in a pocket or purse, etc. According to embodiments, refillable composition container 300 may further include an inner cap 320 to protect the topical composition 309.

[0086] According to embodiments, one or more components of the refillable composition container is formed of a biodegradable polymer, a recycled composition or a combination thereof. For example, the threaded mechanism 303, the cup 307, the at least one fastener 312, the upper collar 304, the collar member 305, the outer base 301 and the outer cap 310 is each independently constructed of at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled composition such as a recycled resin. For example, biodegradable plastics could be used, i.e., plastics meeting ASTM D6400-04 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics.

Desirably, a biodegradable plastic is fully biodegradable, and is not merely fragmented into very small particles upon biodegradation. An example of such fully biodegradable plastic can be polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) materials.

[0087] According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly can be packaged and sold separately from the refillable composition container, with associated packaging. For example, the cartridge assembly 311 may be acquired by a user in order to replace a topical composition 309 in container 300. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 311 may include a cartridge cover 308 and protective packaging (not shown), as well as a topical composition 309 and a replacement cup 307. In one embodiment, the cartridge cover 308 interlocks with the cup 307 to hold the topical composition 309 prior to installation of the topical composition 309 into container 300. According to embodiments, the at least one linking member 314 of the cartridge cover 308 is receivable by the at least one aperture 313 in cup 307. A user can grip the cartridge cover 308 at handle 315 to rotate the cartridge assembly 311 during installation and removal as will be described in more detail below.

[0088] In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 311 is attachable to the refillable composition container 300, such as to the locking member 317, or to other parts of the mechanism. For example, in various embodiments, the at least one fastener 312 may be inserted into the at least one opening 316 in the locking member 317 during installation of the cartridge assembly 311. After insertion of the at least one fastener 312 into the at least one opening 316, the cartridge assembly 311 can be rotated, for example, by grasping the handle 315 of the cartridge cover 308 and rotating the cartridge assembly 311 to lock the at least one fastener 317 in the at least one opening 316. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 311 can be attached to the locking member 317 by grasping and rotating the cup 307. In embodiments, the cartridge cover 308 may be placed on, screwed on, or otherwise coupled to the cup 307, for example, via the at least one aperture 313 during cartridge assembly installation. In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 311 and/or the packaging (not shown) may be retained for storage of the cartridge assembly 311, while other topical compositions 309 are used with the container 300. According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly 311 can be removed by rotating the cartridge assembly 311 in the opposite direction.

[0089] Another example embodiment of a refillable composition container 400 is shown in FIGs. 4A - 4F. According to various embodiments, the refillable composition container 400 has a threaded mechanism 403 for extending (e.g., raising) and retracting (e.g., lowering) the cartridge assembly 411 (collectively 407 and 408), for example, the threaded mechanism 403 raises and lowers the cartridge assembly 411 between a starting position and an ending position. The threaded mechanism 403 can include a platform member 417 for supporting a cup 407 and a threaded base 406 adapted to rotate and spiral within the refillable composition container 400 from a first position to a second position. According to embodiments, the platform member 417 can include at least one opening 416. As shown in FIGs. 4A and 4B, a collar member 405 is arranged to enclose the threaded mechanism 403 and to slide with respect to the mechanism 403 along an axis concentric to the mechanism 403.

[0090] As shown in FIGs. 4A-4C, the refillable composition container 400 may include a removable cartridge assembly 411 (when installed). As more particularly shown in FIG. 4C, the cartridge assembly 411 contains a cup 407, a cartridge cover 408 and a topical composition (not shown). In an embodiment, each topical composition is inserted and affixed to a corresponding cup 407, which may have teeth 418, serrations, or other means for grasping the base of the topical composition. The topical composition can include, but is not limited to, a lipstick, a chap stick, a lip gloss, a blush stick, a foundation stick, an eyeliner, an eye shadow or a deodorant. According to certain embodiments, the topical composition is a lipstick, chap stick, blush stick or foundation stick.

[0091] With reference to FIGs. 4D and 4F, the cup 407 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of fasteners 412. According to embodiments, the at least one fastener 412 extends radially outward from a bottom surface of the cup 407, like protrusions. According to embodiments, a pair of fasteners 412 may be positioned on opposite sides of the bottom surface of the cup 407 as shown in 4IGs. 4D and 4F. As will be described in more detail below, the at least one fastener 412 is configured to engage in at least one corresponding opening 416 of a platform member 417. According to embodiments, the cup 407 further includes at least one, for example, a pair, of apertures 413 on a sidewall thereof. In certain embodiments, a pair of apertures 413 may be positioned on opposite sides of the walls of cup

407 as shown in FIGs. 4D and 4F. [0092] With reference to FIGs. 4E and 4F, the cartridge cover 408 may include at least one, for example, a pair, of linking members 414. The at least one linking member 414 may be positioned on and protrude from a bottom of the cartridge cover 408. The at least one linking member 414 may include a 90 degree bend as shown in FIGs. 4E and 4F. In an embodiment, a pair of linking members 414 are configured to engage with a pair of apertures 413 in the cup 407. According to certain embodiments, the cartridge cover 408 does not include a separate handle for twisting and detaching the cartridge cover 408 from the cup 407.

[0093] Referring again to FIGs 4A and 4C, the refillable composition container 400 may include a platform member 417 arranged within upper collar 404 and collar member 405 and beneath cup 407. The platform member 417 can include at least one opening 416, 420 configured to receive the at least one fastener 412.

[0094] According to embodiments, cartridge cover 408 is arranged to rotate the cup 407 in a first direction to lock the cup 407 with the at least one opening 416 of platform member 417 and to rotate the cup 407 in a second direction to unlock the cup 407 from platform member 417. The cartridge cover 408 can be arranged to be removable when cup 407 is locked with platform member 417.

[0095] According to embodiments, the cup 407 can include one or more features to facilitate turning the cup 407. For example, apertures 413 may be one or more of ridges, patterns, notches, tabs, grooves, etc. that can engage with corresponding linking members 414 of cartridge cover 408. In one example, the ridges (or other features) may be engaged by the cartridge cover 408, an extractor (not shown), or like component, to turn the cup 407 with respect to the platform member 417, for coupling or decoupling the cup 407 to the platform member 417.

[0096] The refillable composition container 400 can further include an outer base 401 that fits over the bottom of collar 405 and threaded mechanism 403 and can provide a customizable decorative shell for the lower part of the refillable composition container 400.

In various embodiments, the outer base 401 is twisted or rotated with respect to the threaded mechanism 403 by a user to move the topical composition in the cartridge assembly 411 out of the container 400 for use, or into the container 400 for storage.

[0097] As shown in FIGs. 4A and 4B, refillable composition container 400 may also include an outer cap 410 arranged to protect the topical composition during handling, transport, etc.

In an embodiment, outer cap 410 attaches to the refillable composition container 400 when the topical composition is fully retracted into the threaded mechanism 403. The outer cap 410 may be decorative to match the design of the outer base 401, for instance, and may be functionally rigid to provide protection to the topical composition against potentially damaging contact with items in a pocket or purse, etc.

[0098] According to embodiments, one or more components of the refillable composition container is formed of a biodegradable polymer, a recycled composition or a combination thereof. For example, the threaded mechanism 403, the cup 407, the at least one fastener 412, the upper collar 404, the collar member 405, the outer base 401 and the outer cap 410 is each independently constructed of at least one of a biodegradable polymer or a recycled composition such as a recycled resin. For example, biodegradable plastics could be used, i.e., plastics meeting ASTM D6400-04 Standard Specification for Compostable Plastics.

Desirably, a biodegradable plastic is fully biodegradable, and is not merely fragmented into very small particles upon biodegradation. An example of such fully biodegradable plastic can be polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) materials.

[0099] According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly can be packaged and sold separately from the refillable composition container, with associated packaging. For example, the cartridge assembly 411 may be acquired by a user in order to replace a topical composition in container 400. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 411 may include a cartridge cover 408 and protective packaging (not shown), as well as a topical composition and a replacement cup 407. In one embodiment, the cartridge cover 408 interlocks with the cup 407 to hold the topical composition prior to installation of the topical composition into container 400. According to embodiments, the at least one linking member 414 of the cartridge cover 408 is receivable by the at least one aperture 413 in cup 407. A user can grip the cartridge cover 408 at handle 415 to rotate the cartridge assembly 411 during installation and removal as will be described in more detail below.

[00100] In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 411 is attachable to the refillable composition container 400, such as to the locking member 417, or to other parts of the mechanism. For example, in various embodiments, the at least one fastener 412 may be inserted into the at least one opening 416 in the locking member 417 during installation of the cartridge assembly 411. After insertion of the at least one fastener 412 into the at least one opening 416, the cartridge assembly 411 can be rotated, for example, by grasping cartridge cover 408 and rotating the cartridge assembly 411 to lock the at least one fastener 417 in the at least one opening 416. In embodiments, the cartridge assembly 411 can be attached to the locking member 417 by grasping and rotating the cup 407. In embodiments, the cartridge cover 408 may be placed on, screwed on, or otherwise coupled to the cup 407, for example, via the at least one aperture 413 during cartridge assembly installation. In an embodiment, the cartridge assembly 411 and/or the packaging (not shown) may be retained for storage of the cartridge assembly 411, while other topical compositions are used with the container 400. According to embodiments, the cartridge assembly 411 can be removed by rotating the cartridge assembly 411 in the opposite direction. Methods of Preparation

[00101] According to various embodiments, the refillable composition container 100, 200, 300, 400 according to embodiments herein, can be manufactured using any suitable methods known to those of ordinary skill in the art. In embodiments, components of the refillable composition containers 100, 200, 300, 400 can be manufactured using three- dimensional printing, injection-molding, extrusion and combinations thereof. Manufacturing techniques such as assembly line construction can be used to assemble the components of the cosmetic dispensers.

[00102] In some embodiments, the components of the refillable composition containers 100, 200, 300, 400 as described herein may be injection molded. Injection molding includes molding a molten plastic composition, under pressure, into an intended shape. The resulting injection molded pieces may be configured to, for example, snap together without the use of any additional mechanical component such as a mechanical fastener or adhesive. For example, with reference to FIGs 1 A, 2A, 3A and 4A the individual components may be assembled as shown.

Methods of Use

[00103] The refillable composition container of the present disclosure provides consumers with interchangeability and interconnectivity of cartridge assemblies. The consumer has the ability to change the topical composition to meet his/her needs. A different cartridge assembly can be purchased and utilized.

[00104] Once the consumer uses all of the topical composition, a re-fill cartridge assembly can be purchased. The consumer would then remove the original cartridge assembly that holds the used product with the cartridge cover. The cartridge cover is engaged with the cup of the used cartridge assembly and with a twisting motion removes the cartridge assembly and its used contents. The consumer then inserts the re-fill cartridge with a twisting motion in the opposite direction using the cartridge cover. Once the re-fill cartridge assembly is engaged with the openings in the refillable composition container, the cartridge cover can be removed and the topical composition is ready for use.

[00105] According to embodiments herein, disclosed is a method for replacing a cartridge assembly in a refillable composition container as described herein. The method can include interlocking a pair of fasteners on a bottom surface of a cartridge cover with a first pair of openings in a first cup of a first cartridge assembly. The first cartridge assembly may be identical to a second refill cartridge assembly to be installed. Each assembly may be as described herein with respect to elements 11, 211, 311.

[00106] The method can further include rotating the cartridge cover in a first direction from a first position to a second position to unlock the first cartridge assembly from a refillable cosmetic container. As the cartridge cover is rotated, the interlock between the linking members and the cup causes the cup to rotate as well. When the cup rotates, the fasteners also rotate within the openings, causing the fasteners to align with the openings to be removed. Once the fasteners are aligned with the openings, the entire cartridge assembly can be lifted out of the refillable composition container.

[00107] The method can further include positioning a second cartridge assembly in the refillable cosmetic container, for example, with the cartridge cover engaged, inserting a second pair of fasteners through corresponding openings in the refillable composition containing. The second pair of fasteners are then interlocked the bottom surface of the second cup of the second cartridge assembly.

[00108] Although exemplary systems have been described in language specific to structural features and/or methodological acts, it is to be understood that the subject matter defined in the appended claims is not necessarily limited to the specific features or acts described. Rather, the specific features and acts are disclosed as exemplary forms of implementing the claimed systems, methods, and structures.

[00109] One having ordinary skill in the art will appreciate that the size, shape and placement of such structures can be varied depending on the particular application. Apart from the functional aspects the structures provide, they also provide a novel decorative element. One having ordinary skill in the art will appreciate the decorative possibilities such shapes present.

[00110] The foregoing description, for purposes of explanation, has been described with reference to specific examples. However, the illustrative discussions above are not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the disclosure to the precise forms disclosed. Many modifications and variations are possible in view of the above teachings. The examples were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the disclosure and its practical applications, to thereby enable others skilled in the art to best utilize the disclosure and various examples with various modifications as may be suited to the particular use contemplated.