Tubes are often used for cosmetics such as facial cleansers and lotions, or hair care products. They are often available in round and oval shapes with a twist on cap or flip cap options, with varying application tips for different cosmetic purposes. Along with varying shapes and application tips, these tubes are available in many diameter sizes.

Along with varying sizes and components, there are also different types of material that tubes can be made from. We’ll be looking at three different material blends, each with their own specific uses and purposes.

PE (Polyethylene)

The most common and affordable material used is PE, or Polyethylene. PE is often used for cosmetics, hair care, skin care and pharmaceutical packaging and can be made in monolayer or multiple layers.


Poly-foil is a combination of multiple layers, which consist of PE, EVOH (a barrier coating), ADMAR, and other coatings. Poly-foil has a flexible foil appearance and is often utilized for SPF products, BB creams and products that contain whitening formulas. The poly-foil material is great for these types of products, because poly-foil blocks UV and oxygen penetration, preventing its contents from drying out.

Laminated Aluminum

Like Poly-Foil, Laminated Aluminum is also a multi-layer tube with a foil appearance, but Laminated Aluminum is combined with PE, Aluminum and other types of Copolymer. Laminated Aluminum is commonly used for hair color products, glue, grease products and toothpaste tubes. But the similarities between Poly-Foil and Laminated Aluminum do not end there; both materials also work to block against UV and oxygen penetration. Sadly, Laminated Aluminum is prone to denting when squeezed, despite its durable exterior.

In the realm of tubes, there are many factors to consider before choosing the perfect material for your product. Contact us to learn more and let us help you find the right tube for your product!

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