EP1205400B1 - Container provided with a dip tube and an applicator - Google Patents

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EP1205400B1
EP1205400B1 EP20010402840 EP01402840A EP1205400B1 EP 1205400 B1 EP1205400 B1 EP 1205400B1 EP 20010402840 EP20010402840 EP 20010402840 EP 01402840 A EP01402840 A EP 01402840A EP 1205400 B1 EP1205400 B1 EP 1205400B1
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Jean-Louis Gueret
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    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D47/00Closures with filling and discharging, or with discharging, devices
    • B65D47/42Closures with filling and discharging, or with discharging, devices with pads or like contents-applying means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D34/00Containers or accessories specially adapted for handling liquid toilet or cosmetic substances, e.g. perfumes
    • A45D34/04Appliances specially adapted for applying liquid, e.g. using roller or ball
    • A45D34/042Appliances specially adapted for applying liquid, e.g. using roller or ball using a brush or the like
    • A45D34/045Appliances specially adapted for applying liquid, e.g. using roller or ball using a brush or the like connected to the cap of the container
    • BPERFORMING OPERATIONS; TRANSPORTING
    • B65CONVEYING; PACKING; STORING; HANDLING THIN OR FILAMENTARY MATERIAL
    • B65DCONTAINERS FOR STORAGE OR TRANSPORT OF ARTICLES OR MATERIALS, e.g. BAGS, BARRELS, BOTTLES, BOXES, CANS, CARTONS, CRATES, DRUMS, JARS, TANKS, HOPPERS, FORWARDING CONTAINERS; ACCESSORIES, CLOSURES, OR FITTINGS THEREFOR; PACKAGING ELEMENTS; PACKAGES
    • B65D51/00Closures not otherwise provided for
    • B65D51/24Closures not otherwise provided for combined or co-operating with auxiliary devices for non-closing purposes
    • B65D51/32Closures not otherwise provided for combined or co-operating with auxiliary devices for non-closing purposes with brushes or rods for applying or stirring contents
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D2200/00Details not otherwise provided for in A45D
    • A45D2200/05Details of containers
    • A45D2200/058Means for mixing different substances prior to application
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D2200/00Details not otherwise provided for in A45D
    • A45D2200/10Details of applicators
    • A45D2200/1009Applicators comprising a pad, tissue, sponge, or the like
    • A45D2200/1018Applicators comprising a pad, tissue, sponge, or the like comprising a pad, i.e. a cushion-like mass of soft material, with or without gripping means
    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D40/00Casings or accessories for storing or handling solid or pasty toilet or cosmetic substances, e.g. shaving soap, lipstick, make-up
    • A45D40/24Casings for two or more cosmetics

Description

  • The present invention relates to a device for packaging and applying a product, in particular a cosmetic or care product such as a perfume, comprising a container containing the product, an application element and a housing for receiving this element. 'application.
  • It is known from the patent application European EP-A-0 612 488 a device of this type, in which the application element is charged in product through a capillary orifice provided at the bottom of the chamber receiving the application element. It is difficult with such a device to load the application element with a relatively large amount of product.
  • It is known, moreover, by the patent application European EP-A-0 688 516 an applicator device comprising an applicator element and a piston located between the product and the applicator element. This piston is biased by means of an elastic return means against the applicator element. Such a device is not very well suited to the distribution of a low viscosity product such as a perfume.
  • We still know by the demand WO 99/38561 a device comprising a container having a housing for receiving an applicator element, which is integral with a handle. The housing can be closed, in the absence of application element, by a cover connected by a film hinge to the container. The housing is necessarily open when the application element is present.
  • It is known from the patent application European EP 1 020 135 a packaging and application assembly comprising a pump of the type without air intake.
  • International demand WO 99/38561 describes a device comprising an applicator element that can be secured to a gripping rod or be used with the aid of a gripper.
  • There is a need to have a new packaging and application device, relatively simple structure, to easily load with a relatively large amount of product an application element.
  • There is also a need for a device capable of containing a very low viscosity product such as a perfume, while limiting the risk of leakage in case of accidental spillage.
  • The present invention aims in particular to meet all or part of the aforementioned needs.
  • According to one aspect of the invention, the device can be characterized according to claim 1.
  • The enclosure may take an open configuration to access the application element.
  • The invention can make it possible to load the application element while the enclosure that contains it is closed.
  • As a result, the arrival of product in the enclosure may tend to create a suppression opposing the arrival of product. This can prevent a sudden or excessive arrival of product in the enclosure and end up for example with an application element too heavily impregnated product. This can thus make it easier to control the amount of product taken from the container.
  • According to the invention, the container is adapted, in response to an actuation command, to move from a first configuration in which the container has a first interior volume to a second configuration in which the container has a second lower interior volume. the first, the passage from the first configuration to the second generating an overpressure inside the container, adapted to force the product to be mounted in the chamber via the dip tube.
  • In other words, in the invention, the enclosure is directly supplied with product by the dip tube, without intermediate pump.
  • Thus, in the case where the container has a compressible wall, the compression of the container causes a product rise in the enclosure and the product supply of the applicator element.
  • It is then not necessary to return the container to load the application member with product, and the container can be used upside down when it comes to loading the application member with product.
  • The structure of the device according to the invention is relatively simple, which makes it possible in particular to ensure high reliability of operation while having a relatively low cost.
  • Moreover, the invention makes it possible to limit the risks of product leakage in the event of accidental reversal of the device, the dip tube slowing or even preventing the flow of the product to the outside.
  • Preferably, the level of filling of the product container is chosen so that, before the first use, the end of the dip tube opening into the bottom of the container is above the level of the product when the container is returned.
  • Thus, in case of overturning the container the product does not flow, which limits the risk of leakage
  • In a particular embodiment of the invention, the dip tube opens into the bottom of the chamber receiving the application element.
  • The wall defining the bottom of this chamber may be substantially flat or preferably concave towards the applicator element, which makes it possible to drain any excess product towards the dip tube.
  • In a particular embodiment of the invention, the plunger tube is attached, preferably being attached to a nozzle made in one piece with a bottom wall of the enclosure.
  • Alternatively, the dip tube is made in one piece with the bottom wall of the enclosure.
  • In a particular embodiment of the invention, the applicator element is able to bear against the bottom of the enclosure when the applicator is in place on the container.
  • Alternatively, the applicator element and the bottom of the enclosure may be shaped so as to define between them, when the applicator element is in place on the container, a free space in which can accumulate product.
  • The applicator element can thus have on its surface facing the bottom of the enclosure a hollow in which product can accumulate, at least when the enclosure is supplied with product
  • The bottom wall of the enclosure may also have a recess away from the application element.
  • In another variant, the bottom wall of the enclosure has an annular rib against which the applicator element can come into abutment.
  • The enclosure may include an intermediate wall located between the application element and the product inlet into the enclosure.
  • The enclosure may also comprise a buffer layer made of a porous material such as a foam, disposed at the bottom of the enclosure and on which the application element may rest.
  • The application element can be received in a removable unit that can define said enclosure and adapted to be temporarily fixed on the container to be recharged product.
  • This removable unit can have a small footprint and can easily be carried in a bag during the day.
  • Such a removable unit advantageously comprises a body adapted to cooperate with a gripping member of the applicator for sealingly enclosing the applicator element.
  • The gripping member and the body of the removable unit can cooperate by screwing, at least one of the gripping member and the body of the removable unit preferably having a sealing skirt.
  • The removable unit comprises for example a valve allowing a passage of pressurized product from the container to the inside of the mobile unit.
  • The application member may include a product application surface facing the container when the removable unit is in place thereon. Such an embodiment has for example the advantage that a relatively small amount of product from the container can be sufficient to reload the removable unit, for example because the product from the container can reach the application surface without having to make a long journey or to circulate in contact with a material absorbing the product.
  • The application element may also include a surface for the application of the product, located directly opposite a wall of the removable unit impermeable to the product.
  • Such a device has the advantage that a quantity of product brought to the level of the application surface will remain in contact with the latter or will be reabsorbed by the rechargeable product element.
  • The container may include a housing for receiving the removable unit.
  • The packaging device according to the invention may comprise a closure member for closing the housing of the container in the absence of use.
  • When the housing of the container receives a removable unit as explained above, the closure member may optionally be brought into its closed position after removal of the removable unit.
  • The closure member is constituted for example by an articulated lid.
  • The application element may be compressible or not.
  • The applicator element may comprise a plastic foam such as polyurethane, polyester, polyether, PVC or NBR, this list not being limiting.
  • The applicator element may also include sintered polyethylene, PVC, EVA, polyamide or brass, this list not being limiting.
  • The application element may also include a marker.
  • The container may be of flexible wall.
  • The container may comprise a bellows.
  • In this case, the dip tube can be secured to the portion of the container located above the bellows, to descend with the latter during compression of the bellows and reach the bottom of the container or to get close enough to allow the distribution of products.
  • The product can still be contained in a flexible pouch container, this period being located in an envelope in which a pressure greater than the pressure in the pocket can be generated.
  • As mentioned above, the invention is particularly suitable for the application of a perfume, which can be applied in a precise manner and in a manner generating a great sensation of freshness.
  • The patent further describes a process for the application of a cosmetic or care product, in particular a perfume or a scented cream or a gel, comprising the following steps:
    • reloading a removable unit by taking a dose of product in a variable volume container comprising a dip tube and with which the removable unit is temporarily in fluid communication,
    • separate the removable unit from the container,
    • using a rechargeable item of product contained in the removable unit and having loaded with the above dose of product to apply the product on at least one region of the body or face.
  • The patent further discloses a method for charging a removable unit to a product capable of being temporarily in fluid communication with a variable volume container and having a dip tube, comprising the following steps:
    • select one of several products, the different products being arranged in simultaneously accessible containers,
    • transfer to the removable unit the product taken from the selected container.
  • The removable unit may contain a product-refillable element, such rechargeable element that can for example also be used for applying the product, for example on the skin.
  • The different containers can be joined by any support and / or housed in a housing, for example
  • The patent further describes a method for charging with several products a removable unit capable of being temporarily in fluid communication with a variable volume container and comprising a dip tube, comprising the following step:
    • connecting successively the removable unit to at least two containers containing different products to load the removable unit with these products.
  • The containers in question may for example all be accessible at the moment the removable unit is loaded with one of the products, the user being able to make a selection between several containers depending on the products he wishes to introduce into the removable unit. .
  • The containers may contain, for example, products corresponding to different scents, the user then being able to "manufacture" his custom-made perfume, by loading the removable unit with the selected scents.
  • The containers may, in a variant, contain for example different assets that the user wishes to add to a product intended to be applied to the skin, for example.
  • The invention will be better understood on reading the detailed description which follows, of nonlimiting examples of implementation, and on examining the appended drawing, in which:
    • FIG. 1 is a diagrammatic view, in axial section, of a device according to a first example of implementation of the invention,
    • FIGS. 2 to 6 illustrate variants of the device of FIG. 1,
    • FIG. 8 schematically and partially, in partial section, a device according to a third embodiment of the invention,
    • FIG. 9 represents, in isolation, schematically, in axial section, the removable unit of FIG.
    • FIGS. 10 and 11 are axial sections representing devices according to variant embodiments of the invention,
    • FIG. 12 represents in schematic axial section an alternative embodiment of a removable unit, and
    • Figures 13 and 14 illustrate two sets each having a removable unit and at least two containers.
  • Throughout the description, including in the claims, the phrase "having one" should be understood to mean "having at least one", unless the contrary is specified.
  • FIG. 1 shows a packaging and application device 1 according to the invention, comprising a container 2 having a tubular wall 2a of axis X and a bottom wall 2b.
  • The tubular wall 2a is made of a flexible material so as to be elastically deformable.
  • It is thus possible to reduce the internal volume of the container 2 by compressing the tubular wall 2a, for example between the thumb and the index finger.
  • The container 2 contains a product P, for example a very low viscosity liquid such as a perfume.
  • The container 2 comprises in the upper part a neck 5 defining a housing 7 intended to receive an application element 10. The application element 10 is integral with a gripping member 11, which also constitutes a collar closure cap 5.
  • In the example described, the application element 10 is constituted by a foam.
  • The gripping member 11 comprises a sealing skirt 12, adapted to be sealingly applied to the inner surface of the neck 5, which makes it possible to form with the housing 7 a closed enclosure, in which an overpressure occurs. when the interior volume of the container 2 is decreased.
  • The gripping member 11 also comprises an outer skirt 13 provided with a threading adapted to be screwed onto a complementary threading formed on the outer surface of the neck 5.
  • The neck 5 has a bottom wall 20 provided below with a tip 21 for fixing a dip tube 22.
  • The tip 21 opens into the housing 7 through an orifice 24.
  • The plunger tube 22 extends from the nozzle 21 to the bottom wall 2b of the container 2.
  • In the example of Figure 1, the application member 10 abuts against the bottom wall 20 by substantially its entire lower surface.
  • To use the device 1, the container being head up, the user compresses the tubular wall 2a so as to reduce the internal volume of the container 2, causing a product P arrival in the housing 7 through the plunger tube 22.
  • The product P flowing through the plunger tube 22 comes into contact with the applicator element 10 and the latter is loaded with product P, at least at the orifice 24.
  • Because the enclosure formed by the housing 7 and the gripping member is closed, the risk that the product arrives in excess in the housing 7 is reduced.
  • The user then removes the gripping member 11 and can bring the application member 10 into contact with the regions to be perfumed.
  • In case of accidental overturning of the container 2, the end 23 of the plunger tube 22 emerges above the product P, which can not flow into the housing 7.
  • There is shown in Figure 2 a device which differs from that just described by the shape of the application member 10 '.
  • The latter has on its surface, facing the bottom wall 20, a concave hollow 25 towards the bottom wall 20 and defining therewith a space 26 in which product P can accumulate.
  • The application element 10 'is thus more easily loaded with product
  • In order to improve the distribution of the product on the applicator element, a grid 30 traversed by a plurality of orifices 35 can be arranged in the housing, as shown in FIG.
  • In another variant, illustrated in FIG. 4, the bottom wall 20 has a recess 40 directed downwards and leaving a free space 41 with the application element 10.
  • In yet another variant, the bottom wall 20 has an annular rib 45 surrounding the orifice 24, as can be seen in FIG.
  • The application element 10, resting on this annular rib 45, is spaced from the bottom wall 20 and then provides a free space 46 with the latter
  • In another variant, there is on the bottom wall 20 a layer foam pad 48, in the example described, on which the applicator element 10 can bear, as illustrated in FIG. 6.
  • The buffer layer 48 can serve as a reservoir for the product which makes it possible, in addition to a better distribution of the product on the application element 10, to prevent any significant product leakage when the application element 10 is removed.
  • The application element can be part of a removable unit, capable of being recharged periodically by means of a container comprising a housing and a dip tube, like those previously described.
  • FIGS. 8 and 9 show such a removable unit 85.
  • This is intended to be recharged by means of a container 71 with a compressible wall, comprising a neck 72 in which is fixed an insert 73 defining a housing in which the removable unit 85 is received at the moment when it is to be recharged.
  • The insert 73 is integral with an articulated lid 75 which allows the housing 74 to be closed in the absence of a removable unit 85.
  • The bottom wall 76 of the insert 73 has a tip 77 serving for fixing a dip tube 78.
  • An annular recess 81 is formed in the bottom wall 76.
  • The removable unit 85 has a lower portion 86 and an upper portion 87 assembling by screwing.
  • The removable unit 85 houses an applicator element 106, which is attached to one end of a mounting skirt 105 of the upper part 87.
  • The applicator element 106 and the upper portion 87 constitute an applicator that can be separated from the lower portion 86 at the time of application, the upper portion 87 serving as a gripping member.
  • The upper portion 87 has a sealing skirt 100 adapted to apply sealingly to the lower portion 86 when the removable unit is closed, as shown in Figure 9. The lower 86 and upper 87 and form a speaker closed, in which an overpressure can be generated when the interior volume of the container is decreased.
  • The lower part 86 has a bottom wall 91 traversed at its center by an orifice 89.
  • An annular lip 88 extends downwardly around the orifice 89, so as to be sealingly applied to the inner edge of the annular recess 81 of the bottom wall 76, in order to allow tight communication between the tip 77 and the orifice 89.
  • A valve 90, made of an elastomeric material overmoulded on the bottom wall 91, makes it possible to close the orifice 89 when the removable unit 85 is not being recharged.
  • The valve 90 comprises a central portion forming a shutter connected by bridges of elastically deformable material to a peripheral portion 97 subject to the bottom wall 91.
  • To reload the removable unit 85, it is placed in the insert 73 until the sealing lip 88 bears against the inner edge of the recess 81.
  • Then, the wall of the container 71 is compressed, causing the product to rise through the dip tube 78, the valve 90 can then deviate from its seat under the pressure of the product.
  • Of course, the invention is not limited to the implementation examples which have just been described.
  • In particular, the shape of the container and the application element can be modified.
  • The container may in particular, as illustrated in FIG. 10, comprise a bellows 120 of axis X.
  • When the upper portion 121 of the container is lowered, the interior volume of the container decreases and an overpressure is generated.
  • A dip tube 122 communicates the housing 7 with the interior volume of the container.
  • The lower end 124 of this tube approaches the bottom 125 of the container when the bellows 120 is compressed.
  • At the end of the compression of the bellows, the end 124 touches the bottom 125, or is sufficiently close to it, so that substantially all the product contained in the container can be dispensed.
  • The product can still be contained in a flexible bag 130 placed inside an envelope 131, as illustrated in FIG.
  • The casing 131 is elastically deformable, so as to allow the user to generate an overpressure around the bag 131. This overpressure allows the product to be expelled by a dip tube 132.
  • The casing 131 is provided with a valve 133 formed in case of overpressure inside the casing and able to open in case of depression inside thereof
  • The decrease in the external volume of the bag 130, as the product contained therein is expelled, can thus be compensated for by a return of air following the opening of the valve 133, which is overmolded, in the example described, on the envelope 131.
  • Of course, the invention is not limited to the embodiments which have just been given.
  • In particular, the invention is not limited to the packaging and distribution of a perfume but also applies to other products, in particular cosmetic, dermatological and pharmaceutical, for example for application to hair, skin , the mucous membranes, the integuments.
  • We can still give the removable unit of other forms than those that have been described.
  • FIG. 12 shows an example of a removable unit 230, one particularity of which is to comprise a product-refillable element 231 carried by an element 232 which is connected by a film hinge 233 to a body 234 of the removable unit. This body 234 comprises a cavity 235, for example generally concave, able to accommodate the element 231 when the cover 232 is in place on the body 234 to close the cavity 235. The cover 232 may comprise for example a sealing lip 236 adapted to apply sealingly to the body 234. The wall 239 defining the bottom of the cavity 235 may be traversed by a hole 237, which is for example closed when the removable unit 230 is not recharged in product, by a valve 238.
  • The removable unit 230 may be used in the same manner as the removable unit described with reference to FIG. 9, the cover 232 being removed from the body 234 to enable the element 231 to be brought into contact with a surface on which one wishes to apply the product.
  • It is thus possible to use, as illustrated in FIGS. 13 and 14, a removable unit 300 which may be for example one of those previously described, not with a single container but with a plurality of containers 301a, 301b, 301c, 301d, for example four in number, these containers being each provided with an invisible dip tube communicating with a tip.
  • The removable unit 300 may be able to temporarily cooperate with one of these containers to allow the transfer of a certain quantity of product from this container to the product-refillable element contained inside the removable unit. .
  • Each of the containers 301a, ..., 301d can thus contain, for example, a product corresponding to a particular scent, and the user can select one of the containers depending on the scent that he wants to use in the day.
  • The container 301a may for example contain a perfume and the containers 301b to 301d amber, woody or floral shades of this perfume, respectively.
  • The user can also load the removable unit with several products, temporarily connecting the removable unit to several containers successively, depending on the products that the user wishes to transfer in the removable unit. The user can thus be mixtures of scents, and make somehow a perfume "à la carte".
  • The containers 301a to 301d can be contained in the same housing 303, for example, or be maintained by the same support, this support can be anything other than a housing.
  • The containers may contain products other than perfumes, for example creams, milks or other products to be applied to a part of the body or face (including the hair).
  • Thus, the removable unit 300 may be associated for example with a container 303a containing a sunscreen, a container 303b containing vitamin C, a container 303c containing vitamin A and a container 303d containing acid salicylic, the number of containers is of course not limited to four and may be larger or smaller.

Claims (39)

  1. A packaging and applicator device comprising:
    a receptacle of variable inside volume (2;51;71;120;121;125;130), including a dip tube and containing a substance, the receptacle being deprived of intermediate pump;
    . an applicator element (10; 10'; 65; 106),
    . an enclosure suitable for taking up a tight closed configuration and suitable, when in said tight closed configuration, for containing said applicator element (10;10';65;106), and suitable, when in said tight closed configuration, for being put into fluid communication with the receptacle, the applicator element being removable, and
    . at least one closing element to close the enclosure, the applicator element being independent of the closing element,
    the receptacle being suitable for responding to actuation by passing from a first configuration in which the receptacle presents a first inside volume to a second configuration in which the receptacle presents a second inside volume smaller than the first, the transition from the first configuration to the second generating pressure inside the receptacle suitable for forcing the substance to rise into the closed enclosure via the dip tube.
  2. A device according to claim 1, wherein said dip tube extends to the bottom of the receptacle or is capable (122) to extend to the bottom of the receptacle.
  3. A device according to either preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the level to which the receptacle is filled with substance is selected in such a manner that prior to first use the end (23) of the dip tube that opens out into the bottom of the receptacle lies above the level of the substance when the receptacle is turned upside-down.
  4. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the dip tube opens out into the bottom of the enclosure (7; 74) receiving the applicator element.
  5. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the enclosure has an end wall (61) that is substantially plane.
  6. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 5, characterized by the fact that the enclosure has an end wall (20) that is concave towards the applicator element.
  7. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the dip tube (22; 63; 78) is a separate attachment.
  8. A device according to the preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the dip tube is fixed to an endpiece (21; 60a; 77) integrally formed with an end wall of the enclosure.
  9. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 6, characterized by the fact that the dip tube is integrally formed with an end wall of the enclosure.
  10. A device according to the preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the applicator element forms a portion of an applicator (11; 87) that also includes a handle.
  11. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the closing element constitutes a handle body.
  12. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the applicator element (10) is suitable for coming to bear against the end wall of the enclosure when the applicator is in place on the receptacle.
  13. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 11, characterized by the fact that the applicator element and the end wall of the enclosure are shaped in such a manner as to define a gap between them when the applicator element is in place on the receptacle, it being possible to accumulate substance in the gap.
  14. A device according to the preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the applicator element has a recess (25) in its surface facing towards the end wall of the enclosure, it being possible to accumulate substance in the recess, at least when the housing is fed with substance.
  15. A device according to claim 14, characterized by the fact that the enclosure includes an end wall with a setback (40) going away from the applicator element.
  16. A device according to claim 13, characterized by the fact that the housing includes an annular rim (45) against which the applicator element can come to bear.
  17. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 11, characterized by the fact that the enclosure includes an intermediate wall (30) situated between the applicator element and the inlet for admitting substance into the housing.
  18. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 11, characterized by the fact that the enclosure includes a pad (48) made of a porous material such as a foam placed on the end wall of the housing and against which the applicator element (10) can come to rest.
  19. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 11, wherein the enclosure is defined by a removable unit capable of being temporarily put in place onto the receptacle to feed the applicator element with product.
  20. A device according to the preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the removable unit comprises a body (86) suitable for co-operating with a handle (87) of the applicator element.
  21. A device according to the preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the handle (87) and the body (86) of the removable unit co-operate by screw fastening.
  22. A device according to either one of the two preceding claims, characterized by the fact that at least one of the handle and the body of the removable unit-includes a sealing skirt (100).
  23. A device according to any one of claims 19 to 22, characterized by the fact that the removable unit includes a check valve (90) enabling substance under pressure to pass from the receptacle into the inside of the removable unit.
  24. A device according to any one of claims 19 to 25, wherein the receptacle comprises a housing for receiving the removable unit.
  25. A device according to the preceding claim, characterized by the fact that it includes a closure member (75) for closing the housing of the receptacle when not in use.
  26. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the applicator element is compressible.
  27. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 25, characterized by the fact that the applicator element is not compressible.
  28. A device according to claim 26, characterized by the fact that the applicator element comprises a foam of a plastics material such as polyurethane, polyester, polyether, PVC, or NBR.
  29. A device according to claim 27, characterized by the fact that the applicator element comprises a sintered element made of polyethylene, PVC, EVA, polyamide, or brass.
  30. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 25, characterized by the fact that the applicator element comprises a felt.
  31. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the substance is a perfume.
  32. A device according to any preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the receptacle is a flexible-walled receptacle.
  33. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 31, characterized by the fact that the receptacle includes a bellows (120).
  34. A device according to claim 34, characterized by the fact that the dip tube is secured to the portion (121) of the receptacle that is situated above the bellows.
  35. A device according to any one of claims 1 to 31, characterized by the fact that the substance is contained in a flexible bag (130) forming a receptacle, and contained in a case (131) in which it is possible to generate pressure greater than the pressure in the bag.
  36. A device according to the preceding claim, characterized by the fact that the case is provided with a check valve (133) enabling air to be taken into the case after a quantity of substance has been expelled from the bag.
  37. A device according to any preceding claim, the substance being a cosmetic substance.
  38. A method of filling substance into a removable unit according to claim 19 suitable for being put temporarily into fluid communication with a receptacle with variable inside volume and comprising a dip tube, the method comprising the following steps:
    - selecting a substance from a plurality of substances, the various substances being contained in receptacles that are accessible simultaneously; and
    - transferring into the removable unit substance taken from the selected receptacle.
  39. A method of filling a plurality of substances into a removable unit according to claim 19 suitable for being put temporarily into fluid communication with a receptacle of variable inside volume and comprising a dip tube, the method comprising the following step:
    - connecting the removable unit in succession to at least two receptacles (303a, ..., 303d) containing different substances, to fill the removable unit with these substances.
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