Roma. Glass versus Plastic

Glass Vs Plastic: The Great Debate for Fragrances, Cosmetics and Toiletries

At Roma International we provide glass and plastic bottles for primary packaging to suit every kind of fragrance, toiletry and cosmetic product.

So, with consumer habits changing, logistical constraints ever-present and new product development key to success; is glass or plastic the best choice for your next product?

First, glass

Glass bottles are aesthetically pleasing and give your products a high-end look and feel. Typically offering a higher weight and thicker base, there is usually a sense of quality with glass, which can be a challenge to achieve with many plastic materials.

Glass can be clear, frosted, spray coloured to a gloss or matt finish and have other coating and print effects applied very effectively, in many ways making it as versatile as plastic alternatives for many brands.

We supply glass bottles and jars to boutique and high-street brands alike, for use with products including fragrance, lotions, oils, serums and cosmetic creams.

What about plastic?

Plastic packaging is often preferred for everyday products because it’s light-weight compared to most glass, flexible and unlikely to break if dropped or impacted. It’s easy for consumers to handle, particularly for everyday toiletries and cosmetics. Plastic (typically) costs less than glass to manufacture and can provide more design freedom.

Plastic, particularly the more rigid PET and PETg jars, is also popular with some premium brands. It’s clarity as a clear material and many decoration options available such as material colour matching if preferred, foil text / band application and high-quality multi-pass printing can play a significant part in any brand message.

We supply plastic bottles and jars for a huge variance of products including facial cleanser, body lotion, shampoo and shower gel.

What about consumers and the environment?

With a very high level of post-consumer recycling that has traditionally taken place in the glass sector, glass does generally strike a positive message when it comes to consumer opinion.  

More recently, the post-consumer recycled (PCR) element now available with many plastics also starts to bring a more positive consumer message when it comes to plastic use and the opportunities for consumers to contribute to the recycling process is now easier than ever before.

At Roma we are working hard to offer as many types of product as possible with a PCR element.

So, which is best for your product?

Since 1965 we’ve supplied millions of glass and plastic bottles, jars and other containers to high street and boutique brands alike. Whilst the decision between glass or plastic has many factors to consider, glass is typically chosen for fragrances and products which want to communicate a quality or luxury feel. Plastic is usually more suited to lower cost and more consumable toiletries or cosmetics although there also premium options to be had.

Whatever your choice of material, we hope we can help you decide on the best packaging for your next project. For complete support and access to our range of standard and made to measure solutions, visit us at or call us on 01473 823279 for a chat.

Lightweight PET Jars

As a new addition to our established and competitively priced rigid PET jar range, Roma are pleased to announce the launch of our lightweight PET jars.

These are ideal for use with hair care, bath salts and lighter cosmetic products.

Available in sizes from 120ml to 400ml. With the option of PP or aluminium sheathed caps and PP shives.

All jars and caps can be fully decorated with screen printing and colour matching available.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

Come to Roma for your Foamer!

Our new range of foamer bottles are available in 3 sizes – 30ml, 50ml and 100ml.

Ideal for use with foaming hand wash, soaps, shampoo or body wash. These wide necked PET bottles come complete with foaming pump and overcap.

We are able to offer these bottles fully decorated with screen printing and colour matching available.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

PS Round range expands

We are pleased to offer 2 new additions to our popular PS round range, which already includes 30ml, 50ml, 100ml and 150ml sizes.

The new 15ml and 20ml bottles offer excellent shelf presence and are competitively priced. Ideal for trial sizes and gift sets, they also perfectly lend themselves to skin care or foundation ranges. With a range of closures, such as cosmetic droppers, serum pumps and mist sprays, these really will enhance an already much loved and versatile range.

We can also offer a number of decoration options on these bottles including printing, frosting and spraying.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

Classic Round – New additions

Our classic round range has grown with the addition of a 15ml, 30ml, 100ml and 125ml jars.  These classically shaped round jars now further enhance our high quality and competitively priced collection.  Which already includes the hugely popular 50ml and 200ml sizes.

To set your brand apart our glass decoration service offers spraying, etching and printing to customise your product.

These jars are available with a wide range of caps to complete the pack.  They come in variety of materials including PP, UREA and aluminium.  The option to have the caps decorated is also available from our UK based metallising and spraying plant.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

Bi-Mould PP jars

Our new range of bi-mould PP jars allows the choice of alternative finish and colour for the inner and outer parts of the jar if required.  Offering the ability for you to customise the colour to your design.  With the further option of screen printing or hot stamping your company logo.

These jars available in sizes from 5ml to 300ml.  They offer the option of two styles of cap with a straight or rounded edge depending on your requirements.  The majority of sizes also offer the chance to include a PP shive/disc to complete the pack.

This new range compliments our current range of PET and PETG jars which we can offer in a variety of styles and finishes will full decoration options available.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

Keep your style inline with our stylish aluminium caps.

Keep your style inline with our stylish aluminium caps.

For a sleek and modern finish look no further than our new inline caps.  Designed to accompany our screw neck PS Round and Ronda glass bottle ranges.  The caps have been designed to give a flush look to your pack.  These aesthetically pleasing aluminium closures are available in many colours and finishes, allowing you to achieve the perfect combination.

We have inline caps available for the 100ml and 150ml PS Round bottles as well as all 3 screw neck Ronda bottle 30ml, 50ml and 100ml.  For all sizes of the Ronda bottles both crimp and screw neck we also have a PP version to suit. Available in black, white and natural as standard, along with the option to colour match if desired.

All of our glass bottles can also decorated to further increase the individuality of your brand. Our decoration options include screen printing, spraying and acid etching for more detail see here.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

The pitter patter of tiny feet….

Roma International Plc is pleased to announce 3 new arrivals!

The 3 new 15ml bottles join the Slender, Atlas and Ghana families and are perfect for handbag, purse and those on the go.  As well as being the ideal travel size. They make a great inclusion for any gift set.

As with all our glass ranges, we can offer a range of decoration options. This includes screen printing  and spraying to meet your brand requirements.

To complete the overall pack, a selection of pumps and caps offers a one stop solution.  All 3 bottles have standard FEA15 necks with overcaps in a variety of materials including Polyprop, aluminium and surlyn.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

Luxury at your fingertips.

With a continued growth in premium packaging and the need to set your product apart from the crowd, we’re able to offer a range of highly customisable teat and button droppers. In neck sizes from 13mm to 24mm, these are standardly produced in gold or silver but can be colour matched to meet your requirements.

On the button droppers we can decorate the button, collar or both.

With our range of skincare bottles to compliment these we are sure to have the pack for you.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.

We’ve solved the puzzle…..we’ve put the toy in toiletry!

Aimed at the growing children’s market, these jigsaw bottles offer a fun bath-time. With the tooling now added to Roma’s extensive standards range and a variety of colours available, this will allow you to complete the puzzle and make bath-time fun.

With a range of pumps and caps available to complete the pack.  We also offer a full colour matching service to achieve an even more personalised look.

For more information or samples please contact or call +44(0)1473 823279.