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United States Patent Application 20170095060
Kind Code A1
CAULIER; Eric ;   et al. April 6, 2017

DEVICE FOR PACKING AND APPLYING A COSMETIC OR DERMATOLOGICAL PRODUCT

Abstract

A device for packaging and applying a cosmetic or dermatological product, including a receptacle containing the cosmetic or dermatological product, an applicator head which is supplied with product by the receptacle, the applicator head including a grid defining an application surface for applying the product onto a surface to be treated, a partitioned support element for the grid, against which the grid can rest at least during application, having at least one partition between two regions where the product can pass through the support element.


Inventors: CAULIER; Eric; (Ferrieres, FR) ; ROUDAUT; Etienne; (Saint Ouen, FR)
Applicant:
Name City State Country Type

L'OREAL

Paris

FR
Assignee: L'OREAL
Paris
FR

Family ID: 1000002369891
Appl. No.: 15/312988
Filed: May 18, 2015
PCT Filed: May 18, 2015
PCT NO: PCT/IB2015/053648
371 Date: November 21, 2016


Current U.S. Class: 1/1
Current CPC Class: A45D 34/04 20130101; A45D 40/26 20130101
International Class: A45D 40/26 20060101 A45D040/26; A45D 34/04 20060101 A45D034/04

Foreign Application Data

DateCodeApplication Number
May 20, 2014FR14 54526

Claims



1. Device for packaging and applying a cosmetic or dermatological product, comprising: a receptacle containing said cosmetic or dermatological product, an applicator head which is supplied with product by the receptacle, the applicator head comprising: a grid defining an application surface for applying the product onto a surface to be treated, a partitioned support element for the grid, against which the grid can rest at least during application, having at least one partition between two regions where the product can pass through the support element.

2. Device according to claim 1, the grid being a woven or non-woven textile or an injected or extruded net.

3. Device according to claim 1, the grid being a textile and the textile being a woven.

4. Device according to claim 1, the grid being a textile and the textile being perforated.

5. Device according to claim 1, the grid being a textile and the textile being non-perforated.

6. Device according to claim 1, the grid having an application surface which is domed towards the surface to be treated.

7. Device according to claim 1, the support element being in contact with the grid.

8. Device according to claim 1, the support element comprising a plurality of partitions, the partitions being connection bridges connected to a central region, the connection bridges defining, between them, openings.

9. Device according to claim 8, the central region being open-worked.

10. Device according to claim 1, the support element comprising a plurality of partitions, the partitions being fins connected to a central region, the fins defining, between them, axial passages for the product.

11. Device according to claim 1, the applicator head comprising a sealing skirt which engages in the receptacle.

12. Device according to claim 1, the applicator head comprising a jet break making it possible to improve the distribution of the product over the entire grid.

13. Device according to claim 1, the applicator head being at least partly attached to the receptacle.

14. Device according to claim 1, the applicator head comprising an insert which is attached, onto the receptacle, or which is forced into the receptacle, and a support part which bears the grid and is attached to the insert or the receptacle.

15. Device according to claim 1, the applicator head and the receptacle comprising cooperating anti-rotation reliefs.

16. Device according to claim 14, the support part and the insert or the receptacle comprising cooperating anti-rotation reliefs.

17. Device according to claim 1, comprising a cap by means of which it is possible to cover the applicator head when the device is not in use.

18. Device according to claim 1, the grid being made of a thermoplastic material.

19. Device according to claim 1, the grid comprising a plurality of threads of diameter d between 2 .mu.m and 1000 .mu.m.

20. Device according to claim 1, the grid comprising between 20 threads/cm and 70 threads/cm.

21. Device according to claim 1, the grid being formed from a woven or a net, the mesh of the grid having openings of cross section S between 0.01 mm.sup.2 and 1 mm.sup.2.

22. Device according to claim 1, the applicator head comprising a portion which is overmoulded onto the grid.

23. Device according to claim 1, the applicator head comprising a portion which is fixed onto a support ring which is itself overmoulded onto the grid.

24. Device according to claim 1, the receptacle having a variable internal volume, the supply of product from the receptacle to the applicator head being brought about by pressure on a wall of the receptacle.

25. Method for producing an applicator head for a device according to claim 1 comprising the steps of: integrating a flexible pre-cut grid onto a support ring, and integrating the support ring and the grid onto at least one portion of the applicator head.

26. Method according to claim 25, the support ring being overmoulded onto the flexible grid.

27. Method according to claim 25, the portion of the applicator head being overmoulded onto the support ring and the grid.
Description



[0001] The present invention relates to a device for packaging and applying a cosmetic or dermatological product, for example for application to the skin, and more particularly the devices comprising a grid for applying the product.

BACKGROUND

[0002] The patent U.S. Pat. No. 5,725,155 proposes using, at the outlet of a foam aerosol, a fine-mesh screen made of metal or plastic. This screen is positioned in an end piece defining, upstream of the screen, a single duct of circular cross section.

[0003] U.S. Pat. No. 6,309,128 teaches the use, at the outlet of a reservoir containing a product to be applied, of a flexible application element forming an application surface for cosmetic product, comprising a plurality of passages allowing product to be distributed towards the application surface. The application element is supplied with product via a single duct of circular cross section.

[0004] Application EP 0 715 820 relates to an end piece for applying a product and a distributor equipped with this end piece. The end piece comprises an application surface provided with at least one distribution orifice. The application surface can be defined by a grid formed with an end piece which caps the neck of a receptacle containing the product, of circular cross section.

[0005] U.S. Pat. No. 7,147,395 describes a device for applying a product, comprising, at the outlet, a metal mesh application member. This application member is supplied via a single opening.

[0006] Application EP 2 245 959 describes a distributor for a product by means of which it is possible to make the product foam, comprising a distribution and application element made of a material of the lattice, mesh, gauze or woven type, having a plurality of egress channels. The distribution element is spread in the form of a dome over spacer elements of an element forming a base, allowing product from the receptacle to be distributed at the distribution element. The spacer elements make it possible to space the distribution element from the element forming a base, so as to form channels between the two. A single central passage passes through the base. One drawback of this distributor is that in the case of distributing a viscous product, it is difficult for the product to spread out beneath the distribution element, such that it tends to remain confined at the centre of the element as it exits. Such a distributor is thus limited to the distribution of low-viscosity product.

[0007] There exists a need for a distribution and application device by means of which it is possible to further improve the application of cosmetic or dermatological products to human keratinous materials, in particular the skin, in order in particular to improve the texture of the applied product.

SUMMARY

[0008] The invention aims to meet this need and it achieves this by virtue of a device for packaging and applying a cosmetic or dermatological product, comprising: [0009] a receptacle containing said cosmetic or dermatological product, [0010] an applicator head which is supplied with product by the receptacle, the applicator head comprising: [0011] a flexible grid defining an application surface for applying the product onto a surface to be treated, [0012] a partitioned support element for the grid, against which the grid can rest at least during application, having at least one partition between two regions where the product can pass through the support element.

[0013] A "partitioned support element" refers to a support element for the grid, having an outlet for the product comprising a plurality of open regions for distributing the product towards the grid, which regions are separated by one or more partitions; the distribution regions may be discontinuous and form a plurality of openings allowing the axial distribution of the product to the grid. As a variant, the distribution regions are not discontinuous, opening onto one another and forming a single opening allowing the axial distribution of the product to the grid, with the grid resting on the partitions. The opening preferably has a circular overall shape on its radially outermost contour, and the partitions are oriented radially in the opening.

[0014] Preferably, the opening or openings open axially, that is to say that the product can pass through them to supply the grid, flowing in line with the applicator head.

[0015] The support element makes it possible to distribute, through its opening or openings, the product to the grid and to allow the product to pass through part of the surface of the grid while supporting the latter, in particular during application. As the cosmetic product passes through the grid, it is aerated and takes on a more foamy appearance, which can make it visually more agreeable. The grid also improves the texture of the product and can make application more precise and comfortable by making it easier to spread the product.

[0016] The support element also makes it possible to obtain a pattern effect on the product as the latter exits the applicator head. The product exits the grid through those parts which overlap the opening or openings, and the regions of the grid overlapping the solid parts of the support element, that is to say the partitions, tend not to have product passing through them. The product thus takes on, upon exiting the grid, a pattern which depends on the shape of the support element.

[0017] Obtaining a pattern effect has two advantages. First, it provides the mass of product present on the grid before application with a pleasant aesthetic aspect. Moreover, it makes it possible to reduce the amount of product appearing on the grid during distribution of the product, as the product accumulates essentially only at the locations of the opening or openings of the support element. It is easier to avoid the risk of distributing an excess of product on the grid, which permits a more precise application and saves product.

[0018] Preferably, the cosmetic product has a semi-solid galenical form, having for example the texture of a cream, a gel or a paste. The product may have a viscosity at ambient temperature of between 5 Pas and 20 Pas, preferably between 7 Pas and 19 Pas, measured at 25.degree. C. with a Rheomat 180 viscometer equipped with a no 4 bob, the measurement being taken after 10 min of rotation of the bob at a shear rate of 200 min.sup.-1. Preferably, the product is sufficiently viscous to tension the grid during distribution, when the user presses on the wall of the receptacle or otherwise subjects the product contained in the receptacle to pressure. The viscosity of the product is preferably high enough that the product, after passing through the grid, does not entirely recover its cohesion by re-adopting a smooth surface aspect. In other words, the passage through the grid can give the product present on the grid, after passing through, a surface state with a micro-relief which corresponds to the mesh of the grid.

[0019] Preferably, the grid is formed from a textile.

[0020] A "textile" refers to a flexible material which can be divided into natural or artificial fibres or threads. The textile can be a woven, that is to say a flexible material consisting of interlaced threads, or a non-woven, that is to say a material whose fibres are held together in a random fashion. The textile can be a part assembled with the remainder of the device. As a variant, at least part of the device can be overmoulded onto the textile.

[0021] The grid can furthermore be an injected or extruded net or a micro-perforated film.

[0022] The textile can be perforated or non-perforated, depending on the size of the openings which are to be obtained within the grid for the product to pass through.

[0023] The grid, in particular the textile, is preferably made of a thermoplastic material, in particular polyamide 6.6, polyester or PP.

[0024] The grid, in particular the textile, can comprise a plurality of threads of diameter between 2 .mu.m and 1000 .mu.m, preferably between 50 .mu.m and 250 .mu.m, more preferably between 60 .mu.m and 150 .mu.m.

[0025] The textile of the grid preferably comprises between 20 threads/cm and 70 threads/cm, preferably between 28 threads/cm and 35 threads/cm.

[0026] The grid is preferably formed from a woven or a net with a mesh having openings of cross section between 0.01 mm.sup.2 and 1 mm.sup.2, preferably between 0.02 mm.sup.2 and 0.1 mm.sup.2, more preferably between 0.03 mm.sup.2 and 0.05 mm.sup.2.

[0027] The thickness of the grid is preferably less than 1 mm, preferably less than 0.5 mm, more preferably less than 0.3 mm.

[0028] The threads of the textile or of the net are preferably round in cross section. As a variant, the threads of the textile or of the net may have any cross section, in particular polygonal, or comprising a flat portion or elongate.

[0029] Preferably, the grid, in particular the textile or the net, is inextensible. This allows the grid to not deform excessively when subjected to the pressure of the product, and to retain the pattern effect during distribution. As a variant, the grid may be at least partially extensible.

[0030] Preferably, the grid and in particular the threads of the textile or of the net are not flocked. It is possible, by virtue of the invention, to obtain pleasant contact with the skin in the absence of a flocking coating.

[0031] The applicator head is preferably domed towards the surface to be treated. Preferably, the grid is domed towards the surface to be treated. The grid, which covers the support element, matches the general shape of the latter and has an aspect which is domed outwards, which facilitates the application of the product. Preferably, the grid is domed by a height between 0.1 and 6 mm, preferably between 0.2 and 1 mm, this height being measured in line with the axis of the head, between the periphery of the grid and the summit of the latter, on its apparent external face.

[0032] Preferably, the grid comes into direct contact with the support element, and in particular its partitions. The support element supports the grid, preventing, in particular, the latter from collapsing during application or from becoming domed towards the interior of the applicator head.

[0033] The product can be applied directly, or the user can remove, in particular using a finger, the product from the surface of the grid in order to apply it subsequently.

[0034] The applicator head can comprise two parts. It can comprise an insert which is attached, in particular snap-fitted, onto the receptacle, or which is forced into the receptacle, and a support part which bears the grid and is attached to the insert or the receptacle, in particular snap-fitted onto the insert or the receptacle. The support part and the insert or the receptacle may comprise cooperating anti-rotation reliefs, in particular cooperating splines.

[0035] The support element may comprise a plurality of partitions, the partitions being a central region and connection bridges connected to the central region, the connection bridges defining, between them, open-worked portions forming a plurality of openings. The central region may be open-worked.

[0036] The grid may come into contact with the central region and with connection bridges. As a variant, the connection bridges may be arranged back from the central region and not serve as supports for the grid, the latter coming to press against the central region.

[0037] The support element can form a pattern on the product which passes through the grid by virtue of the arrangement and the shape of the open-worked portions. Preferably, the support element is in the shape of a dome which is convex outwards.

[0038] Preferably, the support element comprises between 2 and 20 connection bridges, preferably between 3 and 20 connection bridges, more preferably between 6 and 20 connection bridges, for example between 6 and 12 connection bridges, preferably between 6 and 10 connection bridges.

[0039] The support element can be part of the support part and in particular can be moulded with the support part. The latter can be moulded in contact with the grid or with a ring overmoulded onto the grid. As mentioned above, the material of the support element can, if necessary, extend through the mesh of the grid in the event that it is overmoulded onto the latter to adhere to the grid.

[0040] The support element may comprise a plurality of partitions, the partitions being fins connected to a central region, the fins defining, between them, axial passages for the product. Preferably, the fins come into contact with the grid with their upper edge.

[0041] The support element is preferably arranged on the insert and comes into contact with the grid when the insert is assembled with the support part and makes it possible to support the grid so that it retains its domed shape. The upper edges of the fins can locally obscure the grid and form a pattern on the product which flows through the grid.

[0042] Preferably, the support element is moulded with the insert.

[0043] The fins are preferably secured to a jet break which connects them and make it possible in particular to connect the latter to the insert. Preferably, the fins project beyond the support part by a height between 0.1 and 1 mm, preferably between 0.2 and 0.5 mm.

[0044] The grid can adhere to the partitions of the support element, the latter being for example moulded on contact therewith, which can cause localized melting between the material of the grid and of the partitions. As a variant, the grid remains free with respect to the partitions, the grid being for example attached to the support part, after formation of the partitions.

[0045] When the support element is created with the support part, then preferably the partitions are moulded in contact with the grid. When the support element is created with the insert assembled with the support part, then the partitions are preferably moulded separately from the grid.

[0046] Preferably, the applicator head, in particular the insert, comprises a sealing skirt which engages in the receptacle.

[0047] The applicator head, in particular the insert, may comprise a jet break which makes it possible to improve the distribution of the product over the entire grid. The jet break may be arranged at the exit from the receptacle, in particular above the passage defined by the sealing skirt. The jet break may comprise a raised platform connected to the rest of the applicator head by at least one rigid element. As a variant, the jet break comprises a plurality of arches connected to one end of the rest of the applicator head and the other end extends as far as a point which is raised with respect to the passage defined by the sealing skirt.

[0048] Preferably, the jet break is created such that, when the product is distributed through the grid, the height of product which accumulates on the grid, at each axial passage for the product defined by the support element, is essentially the same. Thus, when the support element has a central opening and peripheral openings formed between connection bridges of the support element, the jet break is preferably created such that the height of product which accumulates at the centre of the grid is essentially of the same order as that which accumulates at the peripheral openings arranged around the central opening.

[0049] Preferably, the jet break is moulded with at least part of the applicator head, in particular the insert.

[0050] Preferably, the applicator head, in particular the insert, is attached to the receptacle, in particular secured by snap-fitting onto the receptacle or by being forced into the receptacle. The applicator head, in particular the insert, and the receptacle may comprise cooperating anti-rotation reliefs, in particular cooperating projecting elements and recesses.

[0051] The applicator head, in particular the support part, may comprise a portion overmoulded onto the grid, more particularly when the latter consists of a textile or a net.

[0052] As a variant, the applicator head, in particular the support part, may comprise a portion which is attached to a support ring, in particular overmoulded onto the support ring. The latter may itself be overmoulded onto the grid.

[0053] Preferably, the device comprises a cap by means of which the applicator head can be covered when the device is not in use. The cap makes it possible, when the device is not in use, to protect the grid and the product from the external environment.

[0054] The receptacle may have a variable internal volume, the supply of product coming from the receptacle to the applicator head being brought about by pressure exerted on a wall of the receptacle.

[0055] As a variant, the supply of product from the receptacle to the applicator head is brought about with the aid of a piston.

[0056] A further subject of the invention is a method for producing an applicator head, comprising the steps of: [0057] integrating a pre-cut grid, preferably a textile, onto a support ring, and [0058] integrating the support ring and the flexible grid onto at least one portion of the applicator head.

[0059] The support ring and the flexible grid may be integrated by mounting, snap-fitting or overmoulding onto the portion of the applicator head.

[0060] The support ring can be overmoulded onto the flexible grid.

[0061] The material of the support ring can extend through the mesh of the grid, in particular when the latter is a woven or a net, which can improve the anchoring of the grid in the support ring. The latter and the grid may be made of different materials, the grid being preferably made of a material having a higher melting temperature. As a variant, the grid is assembled onto the ring. In particular, the ring may be in two parts, the first receiving the grid and the second being fixed over the grid, on the first part, so as to clamp the grid between the two parts.

[0062] The abovementioned portion of the applicator head can be overmoulded onto the support ring and the grid.

[0063] The invention may be better understood from reading the following detailed description of non-limiting implementation examples thereof and from examining the appended drawing, in which:

[0064] FIG. 1 represents a partial perspective view, in axial cross section, of a device according to the invention,

[0065] FIG. 2 is a partial view in axial cross section of a variant of a device according to the invention,

[0066] FIG. 3 shows a partial exploded view of the device from FIG. 1,

[0067] FIGS. 4 and 5 show the insert in isolation and in perspective,

[0068] FIG. 6 is a view in axial cross section of the insert from FIGS. 4 and 5,

[0069] FIGS. 7 and 8 show, in isolation, a support part according to the invention,

[0070] FIG. 9 is a view in cross section of the support part from FIGS. 7 and 8,

[0071] FIG. 10 is a top view of a textile grid in accordance with one exemplary embodiment of the invention,

[0072] FIG. 11 is a view of the applicator head according to the invention, after the product has been distributed onto the grid,

[0073] FIG. 12 illustrates steps of a method for producing the applicator head,

[0074] FIG. 13 is a view in cross section of a variant embodiment of the invention, and

[0075] FIG. 14 shows an exploded view of the device from FIG. 13, and

[0076] FIG. 15 is a top view of a support element variant.

[0077] The packaging and application device 2 shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 comprises a receptacle 5 containing the product to be applied and an applicator head 10.

[0078] The latter comprises an insert 13 attached to the neck 25 of the receptacle 5 and a support part 16 attached to the insert 13 and comprising a grid 19 defining an application surface 19a, arranged on a support element 22 of the support part 16.

[0079] The receptacle 5 containing the product preferably has a variable internal volume. The applicator head 10 can be supplied with product from the receptacle 5 by means of pressure on the wall of the receptacle 5 and/or with the aid of a piston (or pump).

[0080] The receptacle 5 may be flexible or rigid and the product may be contained in a flexible bag, if relevant.

[0081] Preferably, the cosmetic product P has a semi-solid galenical form, having for example the texture of a cream, a gel or a paste. The product P may have a viscosity at ambient temperature of between 5 Pas and 20 Pas, preferably between 7 Pas and 19 Pas, measured at 25.degree. C. with a Rheomat 180 viscometer equipped with a n.degree. 4 bob, the measurement being taken after 10 min of rotation of the bob at a shear rate of 200 min.sup.-1. Preferably, the product is sufficiently viscous to stretch the grid as it is distributed.

[0082] It may be a foundation.

[0083] The neck 25 may comprise, as shown, a collar 28 onto which the insert 13, shown more particularly in FIGS. 4 to 6, is snap-fitted by means of first snap-fitting reliefs 31 which are spaced apart over the periphery of its internal face 13a.

[0084] The insert 13 preferably comprises a sealing skirt 34 which engages in the neck 25 of the receptacle 5 and forms a passage 35, to the outside, for the product contained in the receptacle 5.

[0085] Preferably, the insert 13 and the receptacle 5 comprise corresponding anti-rotation reliefs, in particular splines. in the example in question, the insert 13 comprises recesses 40, shown in FIG. 4, which are designed to receive the projecting elements 43 of the neck 25 of the receptacle 5, shown in FIG. 3.

[0086] The insert 13 may comprise a jet break 46 at the outlet of the passage 35, formed by the sealing skirt 34. Preferably, the jet break 46 comprises a plate 49 arranged perpendicular to the axis X along which the product exits, such that the product leaving the receptacle 5 is diverted and spreads out laterally.

[0087] The plate 49 may have a diameter which is essentially equal to that of the passage 35, and be raised with respect to the outlet of the passage 35. Preferably, the jet break 46 is arranged at a height h between 0.5 mm and 5 mm from the outlet of the passage 35. The jet break 46 is connected to the insert 13 by a material bridge 51. The jet break 46 and the material bridge 51 are preferably moulded in one piece with the insert 13.

[0088] The insert 13 may comprise, on its external face 13b, a bead 54 onto which the support part 16, shown in detail in FIGS. 7 to 9, is snap-fitted by means of second snap-fitting reliefs 57 which are spaced apart over the periphery of its internal face 16a.

[0089] Preferably, the support part 16 and the insert 13 comprise corresponding anti-rotation reliefs, in particular splines. The support part 16 may comprise in particular first splines 60, illustrated in FIG. 7, which are designed to receive second splines 63 of the external face 13b of the insert 13, shown in FIGS. 3 and 4.

[0090] The sealing between the insert 13 and the support part 16 may be obtained by means of an annular sealing skirt 66 of the insert 13, which comes to press against the internal face 16a of the support part 16.

[0091] The insert 13 and the support part 16 define, between them, a cavity 69 into which opens the passage 35 and which is designed to fill with product in order to supply the grid 19 with product.

[0092] As shown in FIG. 8, the support element 22 is preferably domed outwards and comprises partitions in the form of an annular central region 75 and connection bridges 72 connected to the annular central region 75. The connection bridges define, between them, discontinuous openings 78. The annular central region 75 defines a central opening.

[0093] The grid 19 is preferably in contact with the connection bridges 72 of the support member 22, against which it rests.

[0094] The grid 19 is supplied with product through openings 78. The grid 19 is preferably inextensible. However, this may not be the case.

[0095] The grid 19 can adhere to the connection bridges 72, the latter being moulded in contact therewith. As a variant, the grid 19 rests against the connection bridges 72 without being directly attached thereto locally by adhesive bonding or by melting material.

[0096] Preferably, as shown, the grid 19 has a circular contour. As a variant, the grid 19 has another contour, in particular polygonal or oblong.

[0097] Preferably, as shown, the grid is domed towards the surface to be treated because it bears on the support member.

[0098] The grid 19 is preferably made of a thermoplastic material, in particular polyamide 6.6, PA, PET or PP.

[0099] As shown in FIG. 11, the grid may be a textile and the textile of the grid 19 is preferably a woven and comprises a plurality of threads 81 which are interlaced and arranged along two mutually perpendicular axes Y and Z, and which between them define mesh openings 84.

[0100] The textile of the grid 19 can comprise a plurality of threads 81 of diameter d between 2 .mu.m and 1000 .mu.m, preferably between 50 .mu.m and 250 .mu.m, more preferably between 60 .mu.m and 150 .mu.m.

[0101] The textile of the grid 19 preferably comprises between 20 threads/cm and 70 threads/cm, preferably between 28 threads/cm and 35 threads/cm.

[0102] The mesh openings 84 of the textile of the grid 19 preferably each have a cross section S between 0.01 mm.sup.2 and 1 mm.sup.2, preferably between 0.01 mm.sup.2 and 0.1 mm.sup.2, more preferably between 0.03 mm.sup.2 and 0.05 mm.sup.2.

[0103] The thickness of the grid 19 is preferably less than 1 mm, preferably less than 0.2 mm.

[0104] In variants which have not been shown, the grid 19 is formed from a microperforated film or from an extruded net; the grid 19 may also be formed from a perforated nonwoven.

[0105] During distribution of the product, the product passes, along the X axis of the applicator head 10, through the openings 78 of the support element 22 and comes into contact with the grid 19 so as to pass through it in line with the openings 78.

[0106] Preferably, as shown in FIG. 12, the product is distributed onto the grid 19 only at those of its regions which overlap the openings 78, and thus reproduces the pattern defined by the openings 78.

[0107] During application onto the surface to be treated, the grid may be moved on the skin. As a variant, the user may remove the product directly from the grid so as to apply it to the skin, in particular with a finger.

[0108] The support part 16 may be configured so as to receive a cap 93. The latter covers the applicator head 10 so as to protect the grid 19 from the outside environment, in particular so as to prevent the product from drying out when exposed to the air. The device may comprise a seal which is positioned between the support part 16 and the cap 93 and which allows the cap 93 to be closed in a sealed manner.

[0109] Preferably, as shown, the support part 16 comprises, on its external face 16b, a thread 96 for engaging with a thread 99 of the cap 93. The cap 93 can abut against a collar 102 of the support part.

[0110] Preferably, the insert 13, the support part 16 and the cap 93 are made of a thermoplastic material, in particular polypropylene.

[0111] Preferably, the insert 13, the support part 16 and the cap 93 are injection-moulded.

[0112] As shown in FIG. 10, the support part 16 may be manufactured by overmoulding a support ring 87 onto the grid 19, then overmoulding the remainder of the support part 16 onto the support ring 87.

[0113] Preferably, the grid 19 is domed outwards after overmoulding the support ring 87. The grid 19 is preferably domed by a height b, as shown in FIG. 9, between 0 and 6 mm, preferably between 0.1 and 1 mm, preferably between 0.2 and 0.5 mm.

[0114] As a variant (not shown), the grid 19 may be assembled on the support ring 87. The support part may comprise two parts, between which is fixed the grid 19. Preferably, the first part receives the grid 19 and the second part covers the grid 19, which is positioned on the first part, and clamps it between the external surface of the first part and the internal surface of the second part, such that the grid 19 is held in position by being clamped between the two parts.

[0115] Preferably, the support ring 87 comprises notches 90 for receiving the connection bridges 72 of the support element 22. The latter can adhere to the grid 19, being for example moulded in contact therewith.

[0116] As a variant, not shown, the connection bridges 72 may be set back with respect to the grid 19, the latter not being in contact with the connection bridges 72 and coming to press against the annular central region 75.

[0117] The connection bridges 72 then make it possible to connect the annular central region 75 to the support part 16.

[0118] The embodiment shown in FIGS. 13 and 14 differs from the preceding embodiment in the shape of the insert 13 and of the support element 22.

[0119] The support element 22 comprises a plurality of partitions in the form of fins 114 which are connected at their lower end 117 to a central portion 120 and are in contact with the grid 19 at their upper edge 123.

[0120] Two adjacent fins 114 define, between them, a passage 126 for product from the receptacle 5 towards the grid 19, along the axis X of the applicator head 10.

[0121] The central portion 120 preferably forms a plate 129 defining a jet break 46. The jet break 46 is preferably arranged within the passage 35 formed by the sealing skirt 34.

[0122] The fins 114 are preferably moulded with the insert 13, separately from the grid 19.

[0123] The insert 13 may be force-fitted into the neck 25 of the receptacle 5 by means of its sealing skirt 34.

[0124] The receptacle may comprise a stop 105 limiting how far the insert 13 can be pushed into the neck 25 and/or, as a variant, the insert 13 may widen above the sealing skirt 34 so as to abut against the upper edge 108 of the neck 25 or so as to lodge in a widened portion 111 of the inside of the neck 25.

[0125] The support part 16 is fixed to the receptacle 5 by any suitable means, in particular by snap-fitting, and the grid 19 comes into contact with the upper edge 123 of the tins 114.

[0126] As a variant, shown in FIG. 15, the support element 22 may comprise a product outlet forming a single opening 130 which is separated, by a plurality of partitions 131, into a plurality of distribution regions 132. The partitions 131 are designed to support the grid 19.

[0127] Of course, the invention is not limited to the examples illustrated.

[0128] It is for example possible to use other materials to produce the applicator head.

[0129] The applicator head can be attached to the receptacle and/or the support part can be attached to the insert by other means, in particularly by screwing or force-fitting.

[0130] The expression "having a" should be understood as being synonymous with "having at least one".

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