US20140020706A1 - Assembly for packaging and mixing cosmetic products - Google Patents

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US20140020706A1
US20140020706A1 US14/000,425 US201214000425A US2014020706A1 US 20140020706 A1 US20140020706 A1 US 20140020706A1 US 201214000425 A US201214000425 A US 201214000425A US 2014020706 A1 US2014020706 A1 US 2014020706A1
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A45D40/00Casings or accessories for storing or handling solid or pasty toilet or cosmetic substances, e.g. shaving soap, lipstick, make-up
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A45HAND OR TRAVELLING ARTICLES
    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
    • A45D19/00Devices for washing the hair or the scalp; Similar devices for colouring the hair
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    • A45D34/00Containers or accessories specially adapted for handling liquid toilet or cosmetic substances, e.g. perfumes
    • A45D34/06Containers or accessories specially adapted for handling liquid toilet or cosmetic substances, e.g. perfumes in combination with other toilet articles, e.g. lipstick
    • 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
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    • A45D40/0075Jars with dispensing means
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    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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    • A45DHAIRDRESSING OR SHAVING EQUIPMENT; MANICURING OR OTHER COSMETIC TREATMENT
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Abstract

The invention relates to an assembly for packaging and mixing cosmetic products, comprising: —a container containing a first cosmetic product, —a means for dispensing a portion of the first cosmetic product onto a mixing surface connected to the container, —a packaging means which is fitted on a holder connected to the container and has at least one compartment containing a dose of a second cosmetic product. According to the invention, the packaging means is designed to discharge all of a dose of second product contained in a compartment over the mixing surface.

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  • The present invention relates to an assembly for packaging and mixing a cosmetic product.
  • The invention relates more particularly to an assembly for carrying out extemporaneous mixing of at least two cosmetic products in order to apply the resulting cosmetic product.
  • The expression “cosmetic product” is understood to mean any composition as defined in Council Directive 93/35/EEC of 14 Jun. 1993.
  • The document US2010/0025268 A1 describes an assembly comprising a main container containing a first product and a secondary compartment containing a second product. The secondary compartment is fixed to the cap of the main container and is housed in the neck of said container. A pressure on the cap releases the second product into the container.
  • One of the drawbacks of such an assembly is that all of the first product is mixed with all of the second product. This is thus a single-use device.
  • The document WO2007/101348 A1 describes an assembly for a beverage, comprising a main container, containing a first product, attached to a device comprising compartments containing doses of a second product. Each dose of the second product can be poured into the main container in that a wall separating the compartment from the main container is broken.
  • One drawback of such an assembly is that all of the first product is mixed with at least a dose of second product. All of the first product is thus lost if the mixture deteriorates over time, whereas the first product and the second product are independently stable over time.
  • In addition, this assembly is not suitable for mixing a cosmetic product, since the product resulting from the mixture is contained in the container, which is in the form of a bottle and thus cannot be manipulated directly by the user either to obtain a more homogeneous mixture when the two products cannot be mixed quickly, or to apply the resultant product if it is not fluid enough to emerge from the bottle by gravity.
  • Finally, this assembly cannot be reused, since it is not possible to refill the device with new compartments containing unused doses of second product.
  • The document US2009/0134168 A1 describes a mixing device comprising a container containing a first product surrounded by a plurality of compartments containing doses of second product. The compartments are separated from the container by the peripheral wall of said container. Deformation of the container and of its peripheral wall with respect to the compartments allows all the doses of second product to drop into the container.
  • One of the drawbacks of such a device is that all of the first product is mixed with all of the doses of second product. This is thus a single-use device and it cannot be refilled since the deformation of the container is irreversible.
  • The document U.S. Pat. No. 4,534,509 describes a device for packaging and applying an extemporaneous mixture of two products. The device comprises two closed compartments, each of which contains a product, and the walls of which are defined by thermoplastic sheets which are welded together. The two compartments are connected together by a seal which can be torn so that the products contained in each compartment can be mixed before application.
  • One of the drawbacks of such a device is that all of the first product is mixed with all of the second product. This is thus a single-use device and it cannot be refilled since the breakage of the seal between the compartments is irreversible.
  • The document FR2774568 A1 describes a device comprising compartments containing single doses of cosmetic product. Each dose can thus be used separately.
  • However, this device does not suggest mixing these doses of product with another cosmetic product, nor does it propose a device for carrying out such mixing.
  • The document EP1044625 A1 describes a device for packaging and applying cosmetic products, comprising a container containing a first cosmetic product, and a means for dispensing a portion of the first cosmetic product at an elastically compressible applicator connected to the container. The device also comprises a single compartment containing a second cosmetic product. A portion of the second cosmetic product is transferred by contact onto the applicator by the latter being compressed onto the second product.
  • However, this device does not make it possible for all of a dose of second product to be discharged. Moreover, this device does not allow the user to mix the first product with the second product himself.
  • The object of the present invention is thus to provide an improved assembly for packaging, dispensing and mixing a cosmetic product in order, in particular, to alleviate the abovementioned drawbacks.
  • To this end, the invention provides an assembly for packaging and mixing cosmetic products, comprising a container containing a first cosmetic product, a means for dispensing a portion of the first cosmetic product onto a mixing surface connected to the container, and a packaging means which is fitted on a holder connected to the container and has at least one compartment containing a dose of a second cosmetic product.
  • According to the invention, the packaging means is designed to discharge onto the mixing surface all of a dose of second product contained in a compartment over the mixing surface.
  • The invention advantageously makes it possible to mix only a portion of the first product with a single dose of second product.
  • The dose of second product is discharged selectively by the user.
  • This thus allows the user to precisely determine the quantity of second product and to mix it manually with the entire portion of first product, and then to collect all of this mixture in order to apply it manually.
  • According to other features of the invention, the packaging means may be fitted on the holder in a removable manner. This feature advantageously makes it possible to change the doses of second product, for example in order to obtain different mixtures.
  • The dispensing means may comprise a supply duct for a portion of the first product opening onto the mixing surface through an orifice in said mixing surface.
  • The packaging means may comprise a wall comprising at least one recessed deformation, it being possible for each recessed deformation to be closed by a membrane seal that can be torn so as to define a closed compartment containing a dose of second product.
  • The packaging means may comprise a means for indexing in position with respect to the holder. This feature advantageously makes it possible to correctly position the compartments on the holder.
  • The packaging means may comprise a plurality of compartments, for example at least two compartments.
  • The packaging means may comprise at least seven compartments, for example in order to use one dose per day for a week.
  • The holder may comprise a partition, against which the packaging means is positioned, it being possible for said partition to have at least one through-passage orifice opening at one end opposite the mixing surface and at the other end opposite a compartment. This feature advantageously makes it possible to discharge the contents of a compartment directly onto the mixing surface.
  • The holder may comprise the same number of through-passage orifices as there are compartments in the packaging means.
  • The packaging means may be fitted on the holder by a coupling means formed by a slideway on the holder, in which the packaging means may be fitted in a sliding manner. The coupling means may also be a boss for fitting the packaging means by snap-fastening.
  • The packaging means may be positioned between the mixing surface and the container, the mixing surface then having a through-passage orifice opening at one end onto the mixing surface and at the other end opposite a compartment in the packaging means.
  • The first cosmetic product is a skincare product, a product for making up the skin, a haircare product, or a sunscreen product.
  • The wall of the packaging means may be made of embossed cardboard, thermoformed plastic or injection-moulded plastic.
  • The dose of second cosmetic product may be in the form of a gel, free-flowing powder or compacted powder.
  • The second product may contain at least one vitamin, at least one plankton, at least one protein, at least one essential oil, at least one salt and/or at least one coloured pigment.
  • The invention will be understood better from reading the following description of non-limiting examples of the implementation thereof with reference to the appended drawings, in which:
  • FIG. 1 shows an example of a packaging and mixing assembly according to a first embodiment of the invention;
  • FIG. 2 shows an exploded view of the assembly from FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 3 shows a sectional view along the axis X-X of the assembly from FIG. 1;
  • FIGS. 4 and 6 show variants of the holder of the assembly from FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 5 shows a packaging means suitable for the holder in FIGS. 4 and 6;
  • FIG. 7 shows a kit comprising a plurality of packaging means appropriate for an assembly from FIG. 1;
  • FIG. 8 shows an exploded view of an example of a packaging and mixing assembly according to a second embodiment of the invention;
  • FIG. 9 shows an exploded view of an example of a packaging and mixing assembly according to a third embodiment of the invention.
  • According to a first embodiment of the invention, with reference to FIGS. 1 to 3, an assembly for packaging and mixing a cosmetic product comprises a container 10 containing a first cosmetic product P1, a mixing surface 20 connected to the container, and a packaging means 30 containing doses of a second cosmetic product P2 that are intended to be mixed with the first product P1 on the mixing surface 20.
  • In a non-limiting manner, the first cosmetic product P1 contained in the container may be a skincare product such as a moisturizer cream or anti-wrinkle cream, a serum or a cleansing gel.
  • The first cosmetic product P1 may also be a product for making up the skin, such as a foundation, a concealer or a lip gloss.
  • The first cosmetic product P1 may also be a haircare product such as a hair mask, a shampoo, a conditioner or a hair dye.
  • The first cosmetic product P1 may furthermore be a product for the body such as a sunscreen cream, a slimming agent, a moisturizing lotion or a scrub.
  • The container 10 is a hollow body that is formed from a cylindrical outer wall 11, is closed at one end by an end wall 12, and is open at the other end. The container described in this example is a rigid pot, but it could be different. By way of example, the container may also be a bottle, an aerosol container or a container having a flexible wall, such as a tube.
  • The opening 14 in the container 10 is defined by a neck 16 that extends from a shoulder of the container 10. The axis of the opening 14 is a longitudinal axis X-X which is also the axis along which the assembly mainly extends. The outer wall of the neck comprises a screw thread 18.
  • An element 40 for closing the opening 14 is screwed onto the container 10. To this end, the closure element 40 comprises a first outer skirt 41, the inner wall of which comprises a screw thread complementary to the screw thread 18 on the neck 16 of the container 10. The closure element 40 comprises a plate 42 that extends from the first outer skirt 41 opposite the opening 14.
  • The plate also comprises a second, cylindrical skirt 43 extending from the plate 42 and away from the container 10. This second, cylindrical skirt 43 extends away from the edge of the plate 42 such that the closure element comprises an external shoulder 44. The external wall of the second, cylindrical skirt 43 has a coupling means 45 located between the shoulder 44 and the upper edge of the second skirt 43. For example, this coupling means 45 is formed by an annular bulge that projects radially from the external wall of the second skirt 43.
  • The plate 42 has in its centre an approximately cylindrical cavity 46, in which there is fitted the body of a dispensing valve 50.
  • A first end of the body of the valve comprises an actuating rod 51 which protrudes towards the outside of the container 10. The axis of the actuating rod 51 is coincident with the axis X-X of the container 10. The actuating rod 51 also forms a duct for dispensing the first product P1 contained in the container 10.
  • The other end of the body of the valve 50 comprises a support which passes through the centre of the plate 42 and on which there is fitted a dip tube 52 extending as far as the end wall 12 of the container 10.
  • In this example, the valve body forms a pump which forms the means for dispensing the first product P1. The construction details of the valve 50 are within the competence of a person skilled in the art and therefore will not be described in detail here.
  • Other dispensing means are also conceivable. By way of example, there may be mentioned a container provided with an “airless” pump, an aerosol container provided with an opening valve, or a container having a flexible wall, such as a tube, in the case of which pressure on said walls expels the first product contained in the container.
  • The mixing surface 20 of the assembly is formed by the surface of a concave wall 21, the axis X-X of which forms an axis of symmetry. The peripheral edge of the concave wall 21 comprises a cylindrical return 22 extending from the concave wall 21 in the direction of the container 10 such that it can slide against the inner wall of the second, cylindrical skirt 43.
  • The centre of the mixing surface 20 comprises a dispensing orifice 23. A sleeve 24 extends around the orifice 23 from the concave wall 21 and in the direction of the container 10. This sleeve 24 is designed to receive the end of the actuating rod 51 of the dispensing valve 50. The end of the actuating rod 51 is, for example, fitted in a clamped manner in the sleeve 24.
  • When the user exerts a pressure on the mixing surface 20, such fitting makes it possible for said surface 20 and the actuating rod 51 to move along the axis X-X in order to activate the valve and dispense a portion of first product P1 contained in the container 10 onto the mixing surface 20.
  • The mixing surface 20 is rigid so that the pressure force exerted by the user is transmitted to the dispensing means and also so that the user can manually mix all of the portion of first product and collect all of this mixture in order to apply it manually.
  • The orifice 23 in the mixing surface 20 may also comprise a sealing element, not shown in the figures, in order to avoid impurities penetrating into the supply duct for the first product formed by the actuating rod 51.
  • By way of example, dispensing means attached to sealing elements are described in the publications WO2005/087618 A1 and FR2654078 A1.
  • The assembly comprises a holder 60 in order to hold the packaging means 30 containing the doses of the second cosmetic product P2 opposite the mixing surface 20. The term “opposite” is understood to mean that the mixing surface 20 faces the packaging means at a distance therefrom in order to allow all of a dose of second product P2 to be released onto this mixing surface 20.
  • The packaging means 30 comprises a substantially flat deformable wall 31. The wall 31 of the packaging means has at least one recessed deformation 32 located more than 1 millimetre away from the edge of the wall 31. For example, the wall and the deformation are made of embossed cardboard, thermoformed plastic or injection-moulded plastic.
  • A membrane seal 33 is fixed on the wall 31 of the packaging means 30 on the side of the opening of the recessed deformations 32 in order to close these deformations 32 so as to define closed compartments 34.
  • Each compartment 34 contains a dose of second product P2. Each portion of membrane seal 33 closing a compartment 34 can be torn independently so as to release the dose of second cosmetic product contained in the corresponding compartment. This portion of membrane seal can be torn when the user exerts a pressure on the recessed deformation opposite the membrane seal, the volume of the compartment then being reduced and the second product exerting a force on the membrane seal until the latter breaks.
  • Advantageously, the packaging means comprises a plurality of compartments, for example at least two compartments, better still at least seven compartments, so that the user can release a dose of second product P2 every day for a week. In the example illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 3, the packaging means 30 comprises fourteen compartments corresponding for example to the use of one dose per day for two weeks.
  • It is also conceivable for the packaging means to comprise only one compartment containing a single dose of second product. The user then has to replace the packaging means each time it is used.
  • The dose of second cosmetic product P2 may be in the form of a gel, free-flowing powder or compacted powder, such as granules or tablets.
  • The second product P2 may contain at least one vitamin such as vitamin C, at least one plankton such as a thermal plankton, at least one protein such as a protein from soya, rice, jojoba, oats or wheat, at least one essential oil such as aloe vera oil, sweet almond oil, argan oil, ylang-ylang oil or ricin oil, at least one salt, and/or at least one coloured pigment.
  • The holder 60 comprises a partition 61 extending perpendicularly to the axis X-X opposite the mixing surface 20. A cylindrical wall 62 extends from the periphery of the partition 61 in the direction of the container 10.
  • This cylindrical wall 62 is intended to butt against the shoulder 44 of the closure element 40 and to be fixed in a removable manner around the second skirt 43 of the closure element 40. To this end, the inner face of the cylindrical wall 62 of the holder 60 comprises a complementary coupling means 63 that engages with the coupling means 45 on the second skirt 43 of the closure element 40. In this example, the complementary coupling means 63 is formed by an annular groove designed to receive the annular bulge on the second skirt 43 and hold the holder 60 on the closure element 40 by snap-fastening.
  • Removable fixing by snap-fastening is mentioned by way of example, and any other coupling means for removably fixing the holder on the closure element 40 or directly on the container 10 may be appropriate, such as clamped fitting or a screw thread.
  • The holder 60 also comprises a slideway 64 in which the packaging means is fitted in a sliding manner.
  • For this purpose, the holder 60 comprises a lip 65 projecting from the edge of the partition on the side opposite the cylindrical wall 62. This lip is not present around the entire periphery of the partition 61 but is present at least around two opposing portions with respect to the axis X-X. In the example illustrated, the lip 65 extends approximately such that it forms a U around the peripheral edge of the partition 61.
  • The two opposing portions of the lip 65 each comprise a groove 66 which is open towards the centre of the wall such that two opposing parts of the edge of the wall 31 of the packaging means 30 can be positioned in the grooves 66. Thus, the packaging means can slide with respect to the holder 60 along an axis which is for example perpendicular to the axis X-X.
  • A sliding abutment 67 formed at one end of the groove and a holding boss 68 projecting from the partition hold the packaging means in position on the holder 60.
  • When the packaging means 30 for the second product P2 is in position on the holder 60, the face of the wall 31 comprising the membrane seal 33 is in contact with the partition 61 of the holder 60.
  • The partition 61 comprises through-passage orifices 69. In this example, the number of through-passage orifices 69 is the same as the number of compartments 34 in the packaging means 30 and these through-passage orifices 69 are positioned so as to be opposite the compartments 34 in the packaging means 30 when the latter is positioned on the holder 60.
  • In order that the compartments 34 coincide perfectly with the through-passage orifices 69, means for indexing the packaging means 30 in position with respect to the holder 60 may be provided.
  • In the example illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 3, the wall 31 of the packaging means 30 is approximately oval, but it could also be rectangular, and has compartments positioned symmetrically with respect to the longitudinal axis and the transverse axis of symmetry of the oval. The slideway is also designed such that the oval packaging means can only be inserted lengthwise.
  • Other indexing means may be used, such as a notch on the wall of the packaging means, into which a protrusion on the holder must be inserted.
  • This assembly functions as follows. The user wishing to carry out his mixture places a packaging means on the holder by sliding it in the slideway, or uses a packaging means already positioned on the holder. The holder is then fixed with respect to the mixing surface by virtue of the holder coupling means on the closure element. The user exerts a pressure on a compartment in order to tear the membrane seal at said compartment and release the second product onto the mixing surface via the corresponding through-passage orifice. The user then disconnects the holder from the container in order to reveal the mixing surface. The user then exerts a pressure on the mixing surface in order to dispense a portion of first product. The first and second products can then be mixed by the user's fingers on the mixing surface before being applied to the region of the body intended to receive the mixture.
  • It should be noted that the operations of releasing the second product and dispensing the first product before mixing can be reversed. Moreover, the user can choose to mix one or more portions of first product with one or more doses of second product in order to obtain the formulation which is most appropriate for him.
  • The packaging means 30 may be sold in packs of batches, as is shown in FIG. 7. The different packaging means 30 may contain the same or different second products. The different products are for example different colours or have different properties. The different products proposed may for example produce darker or less dark makeup results. In particular when the aspect of the products present in the packaging means 30 do not allow the user to differentiate them easily, the holders may be produced with identification means in order to distinguish them. The holders may for example be produced in different colours, a corresponding product being associated with each colour. The user can then choose the holder with the colour corresponding to the product which he wishes to apply.
  • Variants of the holder 60′ and 60″ for the first embodiment of the invention are shown respectively in FIGS. 4 and 6. These variants differ in particular from the above-described holder 60 by the way in which the packaging means for the second product is held.
  • Thus, these two variants of the holder 60′ and 60″ do not comprise a slideway but a snap-fastening means on the wall of the packaging means.
  • For this purpose, the lips 65′ and 65″ of the holders 60′ and 60″ can comprise a bead, form an opening that narrows with distance from the partition, or be in an interference fit with the packaging means.
  • Moreover, in addition or as an alternative, the partition 61′, 61″ may comprise a central boss 65 a′, 65 a″ for likewise snap-fastening a variant of a packaging means 30′ comprising a central opening 36′ complementary to the central boss. An example of this variant of the packaging means 30′ is shown in FIG. 5.
  • In the variant in FIG. 4, the central boss 65 a′ may be circular or non-circular, and the lip 65′ is designed to receive a packaging means 30′ that is likewise circular or non-circular. Means for indexing the packaging means 30′ in position with respect to the holder 60′ may be provided. This configuration can thus function in the same way as the previous example, wherein, in the case of the holder 60′, too, the number of through-passage orifices 69′ is identical to the number of compartments 32′.
  • In the variant in FIG. 6, the central boss 65 a″ is circular and the lip 65″ is designed to receive a packaging means 30′ that is likewise circular and can thus pivot about the central boss 65 a″. The compartments 32′ can thus be distributed angularly around the central orifice 36′.
  • This configuration can thus function with a holder having a single through-passage orifice 69″ in that the packaging means is pivoted upon each use in order to place a compartment containing a dose of second product opposite the single orifice 69″.
  • A second embodiment of an assembly according to the invention is shown in FIG. 8.
  • This assembly is more or less the same as the assembly of the first embodiment described above. The references of the identical parts have been increased by 100 compared with those of the first embodiment.
  • This assembly for packaging and mixing a cosmetic product comprises a container 110 containing a first cosmetic product P1, a mixing surface 120 connected to the container, and a packaging means 130 containing doses of a second cosmetic product P2 that are intended to be mixed with the first product P1 on the mixing surface 120.
  • An element 140 for closing the container 110 is fixed to the container 110 for example by snap-fastening or screwing. The closure element 140 comprises a plate 142 that extends opposite the opening in the container 110.
  • The plate also comprises a second, cylindrical skirt 143 extending from the plate 142 and away from the container 110.
  • The plate 142 has in its centre an approximately circular through-passage 146 through which there passes an actuating rod 151 of a dispensing valve.
  • The plate 142 also comprises a protruding shoulder 147 forming an abutment surface. The height of the shoulder with respect to the longitudinal axis X-X of the assembly is such that the abutment surface is located between the free end of the second, cylindrical skirt 143 and the upper face of the plate 142.
  • The mixing surface 120 of the assembly is formed by the concave upper surface of a wall 121.
  • The centre of the mixing surface 120 comprises a dispensing orifice 123.
  • A sleeve 124 extends around the orifice 123 from the concave wall 121 and in the direction of the container 110. This sleeve 124 is designed to receive the end of the actuating rod 151 of the dispensing valve. The end of the actuating rod 151 is for example fitted in a clamped manner in the sleeve 124 or conversely such that a pressure on the mixing surface 120 activates the valve and dispenses a portion of first product P1 contained in the container 110 onto the mixing surface 120.
  • The wall 121 also comprises a through-passage orifice 126 that opens at one end onto the mixing surface and at the other end into the volume defined between the wall 121 and the closure element 140, and more particularly opposite the abutment shoulder 147. In order that the through-passage orifice 126 coincides perfectly with the abutment shoulder 147, means for indexing the mixing surface in position with respect to the closure element can be provided.
  • A holder 160 in the form of a cylindrical boss that extends from the concave wall 121 and in the direction of the container 110 around the sleeve 124 holds the packaging means 130 containing the doses of the second cosmetic product P2 between the wall 121 forming the mixing surface 120 and the plate 142 of the closure element 140. As such, the packaging means comprises a circular central opening 136 complementary to the holder 160 so as to be able to pivot around said holder 160 while being held along the axis X-X with respect to the wall 121. This packaging means is for example identical to the one shown in FIG. 5.
  • The packaging means 130 is positioned on the holder 160 such that the openings in the compartments 134 and the membrane seal 133 are opposite the face of the wall 121 opposite the mixing surface and such that a compartment can be positioned between the through-passage opening in the wall 121 and the abutment 147 of the closure element 140. The abutment surface 147 is thus approximately the same as the projection of a compartment 134 onto this surface.
  • In order to pivot the packaging means 130 around its holder 160, the periphery of said packaging means 130 can be manually accessible by the user for example by protruding radially between the free end of the second, cylindrical skirt 143 and the wall 121 forming the mixing surface 120. However, any other means for pivoting the packaging means can be used.
  • In order to position a packaging means in the assembly, the user must disengage the mixing surface 120 from the valve, place the packaging means on the holder and re-engage the mixing surface on the valve.
  • This assembly functions as follows. The user wishing to carry out his mixture places a packaging means on the holder or uses a packaging means already positioned on the holder. The user pivots the packaging means such that a compartment comprising a dose of second product is positioned opposite the through-passage orifice 126 in the wall 121. The user then exerts a pressure on the mixing surface, causing the mixing surface 120 to move along the axis X-X towards the container. This movement dispenses a portion of first product by activating the valve and also pinches a compartment between the abutment shoulder 147 and the wall 121, tearing the membrane seal at said compartment and releasing the second product P2 onto the mixing surface 120 via the through-passage orifice 126 in the wall 121. The first and second products can then be mixed by the user's fingers on the mixing surface before being applied to the region of the body intended to receive the mixture.
  • This second embodiment advantageously makes it possible to discharge a portion of first product and a dose of second product with a single hand movement by the user.
  • A third embodiment of an assembly according to the invention is shown in FIG. 9.
  • This assembly is more or less the same as the assembly of the first embodiment described above. The references of the identical parts have been increased by 200 compared with those of the first embodiment.
  • The third embodiment in FIG. 9 includes the container 210, the mixing surface 220 and the closure element 240 of the first embodiment but differs from this first embodiment by the holder 260 and the packaging means 270.
  • Specifically, the holder 260 is similar to the holder in FIG. 6 and the packaging means 270 is mounted in a rotationally fixed manner on the holder 260.
  • The holder 260 thus comprises a peripheral lip 265 extending from the edge of the wall 261 of the holder and a circular central boss 265 a forming a rotational axis for the packaging means 270. The central boss 265 a or the lip 265 are designed to fix the packaging means 270 in a removable or non-removable manner along the axis X-X, while leaving it free to rotate about the axis X-X. The wall comprises a single through-passage orifice 269.
  • The packaging means 270 is in the form of a rigid circular casing comprising an internal cylindrical wall 271 complementary to the central boss 265 a and an external cylindrical wall 272 connected to the internal wall 271 by radial partitions 273. Each compartment 274 is thus formed by two radial partitions 273, a portion of the internal cylindrical wall 271 and a portion of the external cylindrical wall 272, the bottom of the compartment being formed by the wall 261 of the holder 260. This configuration can thus function with the holder having a single through-passage orifice 269 in that the packaging means is pivoted upon each use in order to place a compartment containing a dose of second product opposite the single orifice 269 so that the dose of second product drops through the through-passage orifice 269 and onto the mixing surface.
  • A cover (not shown) can also be provided to close the upper openings in the compartments.
  • This third embodiment advantageously makes it possible to refill the compartments with new doses of second product contained for example in a separate container.
  • The invention is not limited to the examples illustrated. The features of the various examples can in particular be combined as part of variants which are not illustrated.
  • The expression “comprising a” should be understood as meaning “comprising at least one”, unless specified to the contrary.

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1-14. (canceled)
15. An assembly for packaging and mixing cosmetic products, comprising:
a container containing a first cosmetic product;
a dispensing means for dispensing a portion of the first cosmetic product onto a mixing surface connected to the container; and
a packaging means fitted on a holder connected to the container, the packaging means having at least one compartment containing a dose of a second cosmetic product,
wherein the packaging means is configured to discharge onto the mixing surface the entire dose of the second cosmetic product contained in the compartment over the mixing surface.
16. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the packaging means is fitted on the holder in a removable manner.
17. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the dispensing means comprises a supply duct for a portion of the first product, the supply duct opening onto the mixing surface through an orifice in said mixing surface.
18. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the packaging means comprises a wall comprising at least one recessed deformation, each recessed deformation being closed by a tearable membrane seal to define a closed compartment containing the dose of second product.
19. The assembly according to claim 18, wherein the wall is made of embossed cardboard, thermoformed plastic or injection-moulded plastic.
20. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the packaging means comprises a means for indexing the packaging means in position with respect to the holder.
21. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the packaging means comprises at least seven compartments.
22. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the holder comprises a partition against which the packaging means is positioned, said partition having at least one through-passage orifice opening at a first end that is opposite the mixing surface and at least one through-passage orifice opening at a second end opposite the at least one compartment.
23. The assembly according to claim 22, wherein the holder comprises the same number of through-passage orifices as there are compartments in the packaging means.
24. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the packaging means is fitted on the holder by a coupling means.
25. The assembly according to claim 24, wherein the coupling means is formed by a slideway on the holder, and wherein the packaging means is fitted in a sliding manner on the holder.
26. The assembly according to claim 24, wherein the coupling means is a boss, and wherein the packaging means is fitted in a snap-fit manner on the holder.
27. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the packaging means is positioned between the mixing surface and the container, and wherein the mixing surface has a through-passage orifice that opens at a first end onto the mixing surface and opens at a second end opposite a compartment in the packaging means.
28. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the first cosmetic product is a skincare product, a product for making up the skin, a haircare product, or a sunscreen product.
29. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the dose of the second cosmetic product is in the form of a gel, a free-flowing powder or a compacted powder.
30. The assembly according to claim 15, wherein the second cosmetic product contains at least one vitamin, at least one plankton, at least one protein, at least one essential oil, at least one salt and/or at least one coloured pigment.
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