At Wares we have a huge selection of amber jars and bottles available for a wide range of uses. Purchasing amber bottles wholesale can be an extremely cost-effective option if you require a large number of containers.
Why use amber glass bottles?
Amber glass has a number of benefits that make it a great choice for all your bottling needs. Many food and cosmetic products can be affected not only by exposure to air, but also to sunlight. UV rays from the sun are not just potentially harmful to skin but can also alter the chemical composition of a variety of products. This can affect taste and appearance, even if the items are kept away from direct sunlight. Ambient and fluorescent light can also lead to photo-oxidation or light damage. Amber glass filters out the UV rays, protecting your food and cosmetics from exposure and extending the shelf-life of these products. Many medicines are stored in amber glass bottles for this reason. Amber or brown glass is also traditionally used in when bottling beer. Using stoppered swing top bottles or those sealed with metal crown lids will not only give your homebrew a charming old-fashioned look but will also protect it from possible alterations to the flavour due to photochemistry.
Amber glass bottles for cosmetics
One of the most common uses for amber glass is in the packaging of cosmetics and aromatherapy products. Many of these use essential oils which are profoundly affected by exposure to sunlight and can easily lose efficacy. In addition, using glass minimises the risk of potentially harmful chemicals from plastic containers seeping into the products. Small 20ml amber glass bottles are perfect for storing precious essential oils. Those incorporating a dropper with a glass pipette and rubber are ideal for accurate measuring of the oils for aromatherapy treatments. Larger lotion or medicine bottles are a fantastic option for the safe storage of oils such as sweet almond, used as a carrier oil for a variety of skin treatments. Large 500ml screw top cosmetic jars are useful for face creams or body moisturisers whilst miniature 30ml amber jars are perfect for lip balms.
In addition to being tough and reusable, amber glass is perfect for protecting consumables and cosmetic products that might otherwise be damaged or impaired by exposure to excessive sunlight. Purchase amber bottles wholesale for a great value solution to your glass container requirements.
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Our amber coloured bottles may be prized as decorative, but actually that amber colour has a practical purpose. A number of medicinal or kitchen ingredients have a tendency to degrade upon exposure to light, so the dark colour of amber glass bottles screens out harmful UV rays to offer a protective, preservative effect. Amber is more effective than green or blue glass in its protective effect.
How amber glass bottles are made
While early glass makers were obliged to find techniques for filtering out impurities in the raw material to create clear glass, coloured glass later became prized for its decorative properties. There are various methods used to colour glass, usually involving chemical additives, but an amber effect is generally created by adding ions during the manufacturing process. Sulphur, carbon and iron salts result in iron polysulfides that impart an amber tint to the glass. This can range from a warm yellow to very dark brown, almost black. Occasionally silver has been used to obtain the same effect and cadmium was once used for a similar yellowish tint, however its toxic properties saw it fall out of favour. Similarly, manganese compounds produce a beautiful and highly prized amethyst tinted glass, iron or chromium make green glass, copper produces vibrant turquoise glass and cobalt results in the very popular blue glass.
Amber glass bottles in history
Amber coloured bottles were in wide use during the 19th and 20th centuries. Early beer bottles were commonly amber in colour to preserve beer from light degradation. Early glass making techniques involved mixing compounds manually, resulting in wide shade variations. As glass production graduated to automated techniques, the colour range became more uniform. These days amber is used particularly to preserve medicinal liquids from light. Aromatherapy oils and cosmetic lotions are often best stored in amber glass bottles and jars, while modern beer is still best when protected from excess light.
The Wares of Knutsford range includes amber jars for cosmetic creams and lotions, along with medicine bottles and dropper bottles, plus amber glass beer bottles for home brewers. Sizes range from 5ml to one litre, with a choice of caps. Remember there’s a fixed delivery charge no matter how large your order, so benefit from economies of scale and order in bulk and don’t forget to sterilise your bottles and jars before you fill them. Take care to label the contents carefully for safety and convenience.
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