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Fragrance is capped with a hard heart

The injection-molded red heart adorning the cap on Yves Saint Laurent’s new Vice Versa® eau de toilette bottle is as attention-grabbing as a closure component can be.

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One challenge behind its development was identifying a plastic material that couldn’t be scratched and that possessed chemical resistance to fragrances. The Paris-based fragrance company selected Eastar® PCTA acid-modified copolyester from Eastman Chemical (Kingsport, TN) for the job.

MT Packaging (Le Mans, France) molds the heart-shaped piece, adding a colorant to the masterbatch to achieve the red look. Around the perimeter of the piece, a narrow band of aluminum is positioned by hand. “A little pressure is exerted on the heart, but the properties of the PCTA copolyester allow the band to be positioned easily,” says Gilbert Bourgault of MT Packaging. The heart snap-fits onto the threaded closure, which is applied by hand after the glass bottle is filled.

According to Patrice Meresse of Yves Saint Laurent, Vice Versa was introduced to the European market in time for Valentine’s Day ’99. The 75-mL (2?-oz) bottle sells for the U.S. equivalent of about $50.

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