A stick cosmetic container
is constructed so that a medium holder is moved into or out of a casing
by a driving mechanism. The medium holder has first and second holding
members which can be moved relative to each other. The two holding
members may be moved in one axial direction relative to each other
so that the stick cosmetic is forced forward from one of the holding
members. A stopper is provided in association with the two holding
members so as to directly restrict the beginning and/or the continuation
of the relative movement of the two holding members in the one axial
A conventional lipstick container
now commercially available has a single cup-like holding member for
accepting a lipstick, which is moved into or out from a casing body.
Such a lipstick container is inconvenient in that the lipstick cannot
be applied directly on the lips when it becomes short. It is possible
but troublesome to remove the remaining lipstick from the bottom of
the cup-like holding member by using a fingertip or a brush.Thus,
more than a small amount of the lipstick is wasted.
A lipstick container having double holding members has been suggested,
in which the remained lipstick can be forced forward by means of relative
movement between the two holding members.
However, in this double constructed lipstick container, the two holding
members go through unnecessary relative movement, resulting in a problem
termed “falling down”.
On the other hand, a container disclosed in Japanese Utility Model
Laid-Open Nos.60-41846 and 60-41847 has two members respectively driven
so that the two members are prevented from moving relative to each
other unnecessarily. However, in this container, once the lipstick
is forced forward by mistake or mischief, it is hard to retract it.
So when the lipstick is forced forward excessively, it must be returned
by the fingers.
On that account, in spite of the fact that a majority of ladies are
willing to use a lipstick container in which the lipstick can be completely
used, it remains to be commercialized.
It is an object of this invention to provide a stick applicator which
prevents the “falling down” effect, which is sufficiently reliable
to be commercialized, and which is easy to use.
The stick applicator container of the invention includes a stick holding
means mounted within and axially movable relative to a casing by means
of a driving means. The holding means includes first and second holding
members which can be moved relative to each other, the two holding
members moving on a common axis relative to each other so that the
stick applicator is forced forward relative to one of the holding
members. A stopper is provided in the casing in association with the
two holding members so as to directly restrict the beginning and/or
the continuation of the relative axial movement of the two holding
Another aspect of the invention is provision of a spare stick applicator
for mounting in the medium container as a refill.
In a preferred embodiment one of the medium holding members is not
deformable in normal use but is deformable when a certain level of
force is exerted. A deforming means partially engages and consequently
deforms the one holding member on arriving at a predetermined position
in the casing. Thus, the one holding member is first moved relative
to the casing in a non-deformed condition and is subsequently deformed
by engagement with the deforming means so that the stick applicator
is forced further forward, moving relative to the one holding member
for more accessibility. Preferably, a stopper is provided for restricting
the beginning and/or the extent of the deformation of the holding
member in such a manner that unless the stopper is unlocked the stick
holding means cannot be further deformed.