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Publication numberUS3363635 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJan 16, 1968
Filing dateMar 27, 1967
Priority dateMar 4, 1955
Publication numberUS 3363635 A, US 3363635A, US-A-3363635, US3363635 A, US3363635A
InventorsOscar Wurmbock
Original AssigneeRubinstein Inc H
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Mascara applicator
US 3363635 A
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Jan. 16, 1968 Q.WURMB6CK MASCARA APPLIGATOR Original Filed Jan. 24; 1956 wrewroe J "w w United States Patent 3,363,635 MAEZCARA APPLHCATGR Oscar Wurmboclr, Munich, Germany, assignor to Helena Rubinstein, line, New Yorlt, N.Y., a corporation of New York Continuation of application Ser. No. 133,539, July 14, 1961, which is a continuation of application Ser. N 561,112, Jan. 24, 1956. This application Mar. 27, 1967, Ser. No. 626,345

8 Claims. ((Cl. Bib-88.7)

ABSTRACT 0F THE DTSCLGSURE A mascara applicator comprising a supply of mascara in a reservoir and a grooved applicator rod which provides a combing action as mascara in the grooves is applied to the eyelashes of the user. The rod is inserted into the supply of mascara and withdrawn therefrom through a central aperture in a stripping member formed of yieldable material. All of that portion of the rod, both grooved and ungrooved, which passes through the aperture is of uniform diameter so that the ungrooved portion is stripped clean and a metered amount of mascara is permitted to remain in the grooves as the rod is withdrawn from the supply of mascara.

This application is a continuation of my application Ser. No. 133,539 filed July 14, 1961, which in turn, was a continuation of my application Ser. No. 561,112 filed Jan. 24, 1956, both earlier applications presently being abandoned.

The present invention relates to a novel and particularly useful device for applying coloring and similar treatment matter such as mascara, in pasty, semi-pasty or nearly liquid condition to eyelashes.

It is one of the objects of the present invent-ion to provide a dispenser for mascara which comprises a convenient rod-shaped mascara applicator, which is easy to manufacture, simple to handle and manipulate, and which has many other desirable advantages.

It is another object of the invention to provide means affording ready collection and discharge of mascara or like treatment substance substantially Without any waste, smear or similar loss during application and use.

Conventional mascara applicators such as brushes, sticks or the like, have the disadvantage that they do not apply the mascara properly and uniformly and they also tend to cause more or less soiling of the hands or clothing as they always require a transfer of the mascara from the supply to an auxiliary support and from the support to the lashes. This intermediate support, which may take the form of a piece of blotting paper, will take up or absorb a considerable quantity of the preparation, which remains unused and is wasted. Moreover, the eyelashes receive a quantity of the preparation which is not metered and which may show a heady or cloddy formation or other irregularities when applied to the lashes.

The present invention avoids these and other disadvantages and inconveniences and provides means affording first of all the important advantage that the usual transfer of mascara to and from an auxiliary or intermediate carrier is avoided, thus reducing to a minimum any waste of the preparation, While at the same time presenting a predetermined metered dosage or quantity of the preparation which is available for direct application to the eyelashes. Additionally, the applicator rod is circumferentially grooved so that it produces a combing effect, which causes the eyelashes to be evenly, uniformly and cleanly treated.

In accordance with the invention and more specifically the applicator rod is provided with preshaped and prearranged recesses extending transversely with respect to the longitudinal axis thereof and these recesses may be in the form of grooves, notches or like depressions. The reservoir or container for the preparation has at the outlet thereof or at a certain distance from the same wiper means which cooperates with the applicator rod and which is, for instance, in the form of a perforated or apertured disc of yieldable material with a central aperture corresponding to the outer diameter of the applicator rod. In this case, the walls of the aperture cooperate with the rod to remove or strip excess mascara therefrom.

Thus, any excess of mascara will be retained within the reservoir because it will be removed from or stripped off the applicator rod during its Withdrawal through the wiper device so that the rod will carry only a limited and metered quantity of the material in accordance with the volumetric capacity of the filling space provided by the circumferential grooves which may be so chosen in their dimensions (depth and width) that a desired precisely determined or dosed quantity of said preparation adheres to the applicator, being lodged in the grooves, while no preparation adheres to the remainder of the applicator rod, which remains bare and clean, the mascara having been stripped off by the wiper device.

Thus, it is possible that in accordance with the volumetric capacity which is determined by the width and depth of the transverse depressions, the quantity of preparation which is taken up by the applicator rod and applied to the eyelashes may be accurately predetermined in accordance with the viscosity, cohesion or other properties of the mascara or other treatment material.

When the applicator rod is not in use, it is positioned in the reservoir which is filled with mascara or like treatment matter so that the circumferentially extending grooves take up and collect a certain quantity of the mascara preparation. If now, for the purpose of use, the applicator rod is withdrawn from the reservoir, then the applicator has to pass at the outlet of the reservoir or some distance from same through the wiper device, which may constitute a separate unit and which may be removably inserted in or attached to the reservoir, said wiper unit in the simplest case being in the form of an appropriately shaped piece or perforated disc formed of yieldable material such as cardboard or the like cellulosic, plastic or rubber material.

The applicator therefore will be immediately ready for use permitting a complete and direct application of the treatment preparation to the eyelashes without causing any beady formations and other irregularities. Thus, the.

mascara or other preparation will be applied easily close to the hair roots and may then be shifted and rolled by a sliding movement toward the pointed ends of the eyelashes. Thus, the individual eyelash hairs slide through the preparation retained in the grooves, take up some of the mascara therefrom and are simultaneously subjected to a corresponding shaping and combing action thus bringing about a desirable shaping and corrective positioning of the eyelashes by virtue of the sliding movement and rotation of the applicator, which thus also serves as a dosage control member.

An embodiment of the invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawing, in which there is shown schematically one of many possible forms which the invention may take.

Referring to the drawing, there is shown a container or reservoir 1, for instance a cylindrical receptacle made of glass, metal, plastic or like suitable material and which holds therein a supply of mascara (not shown). An elongated applicator rod 2 is inserted in the reservoir 1 from its open upper or outlet end. The applicator rod 2 is carried by a removable closure cap 3. The closure cap 3 is provided with a round handle 4. When the reservoir 1 is closed by the cap 3, as shown, the lower or free end of the applicator rod 2 terminates near the lower or closed end of the reservoir 1. The applicator rod 2 is of round or other cross-sectional configuration and its free end portion is provided with a series of axially spaced circumferential grooves 5 which extend completely around the rod 2.

Spaced inwardly from the open upper or outlet end of the container 1 there is disposed a wiper device in the form of a disc or plate 6, having a central perforation of a diameter which corresponds to the outside diameter of the applicator rod 2, so that upon removal of the rod 2, it is stripped clean by the wiper device 6 and only the circumferential grooves 5 provided at the free end portion of the applicator rod 2 will be evenly filled with mascara which is retained in the grooves.

The grooves or recesses 5 are shown uniformly axially spaced along the free end portion of the applicator rod 2 and the walls defining such grooves or recesses may be perpendicular or oblique with respect to the longitudinal axis of the applicator rod 2.

Various changes and modifications may be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined in the following claims.

What is claimed is:

1. A dispensing applicator for fluent materials, comprising: an elongated reservoir member for holding a supply of said material, .said reservoir member being open at one end and closed at the other end; a cooperating cover member removably engageable with said reservoir member for closing said open end; an elongated applicator rod, said rod being carried by said cover member and extending into said reservoir member in proximity to said closed end when said cover member closes said open end, said rod having at least one groove formed therein and defining a series of axially spaced recesses, said recesses being contiguous and extending circumferentially around said rod for receiving a supply of said material therein, the portions of said rod between contiguous recesses being shaped to effect a combing action when applied to the eyelashes of a user of said applicator; and a wiper device comprising a stripping member formed of yieldable material, said stripping member being disposed in said reservoir member in proximity to said open end thereof, said stripping member having a central aperture formed therein through which said rod passes progressively as said rod and said cover member are removed from said reservoir member, said rod being of substantially uniform diameter throughout the entire portion thereof which passes through said aperture, the walls of said aperture cooperating with the entire circumference of said lastnamed portion of said rod to strip all fluent material therefrom which is located outside of said recesses, thereby leaving a metered predetermined quantity of said material retained in said recess for application to said eyelashes by said combing action.

2. An applicator according to claim 1, wherein said portions of said rod between contiguous recesses have a radially outwardly pointed cross-sectional configuration viewed in a plane passing through the longitudinal axis of said rod.

3. A dispensing applicator for applying a cosmetic agent to eyelashes comprising, in combination, an elongated reservoir member, a supply of said agent contained within said reservoir member, said agent having a consistency within the range from pasty to high viscosity, said reservoir member being open at one end and closed at the other end, a cooperating cover member removably engageable with said reservoir member for closing said open end, an elongated cylindrical applicator rod carried by said cover member, said rod extending into said reservoir member and terminating near said closed end when said open end of said reservoir member is closed by said cover member, said rod having at least one groove formed therein defining a series of axially spaced recesses, said recesses extending circumferentially around said rod for receiving a supply of said agent therein, the axial spacing between adjacent recesses being dimensioned to provide a combing action when said rod is rotated while held horizontally with the portion thereof containing said recesses applied to the lashes of the eye of the user, the cross-sectional configuration of each recess being divergent proceeding outwardly from the longitudinal axis of said applicator, and a wiper device comprising a stripping member formed of yieldable material, said stripipng member being disposed in said reservoir member intermediate said open end and said closed end, said stripping member having a central aperture formed therein through which a portion of said rod and all of said recesses pass progressively as said rod, together with said cover member are removed from said reservoir member, the portion of said rod which passes though said aperture being of substantially uniform diameter throughout its entire length, the walls of said aperture cooperating with said rod to strip substantially all agent from the ungrooved portion of said rod and substantially all agent outside said recesses, thereby leaving an accurately metered predetermined quantity of said agent retained in said recesses.

4. A dispensing applicator for applying a cosmetic agent to eyelashes comprising, in combination, an elongated reservoir member, a supply of said agent contained in said reservoir member, said agent having a consistency within the range from pasty to high viscosity, said reservoir member being open at one end and closed at the other end, a cooperating cover member removably engageable with said reservoir member for closing said open end, an elongated cylindrical applicator rod of substantially uniform diameter throughout its entire length carried by said cover member, said rod extending into said reservoir member and terminating near said closed end when said open end of said reservoir member is closed by said cover member, said rod having a series of axially spaced grooves formed thereon intermediate its ends, said grooves extending circumferentially around said rod for receiving a supply of said agent therein, the axial spacing between adjacent grooves being adapted to provide a combing action when rotated and held horizontally and applied to the lashes of the eye of the user, the depth of each groove being substantially equal to the maximum width thereof, the cross-sectional configuration of each groove being substantially symmetrical with respect to a plane passing through the bottom of the groove perpendicularly with respect to the longitudinal axis of the applicator, and a wiper device comprising a stripping member formed of yieldable material, said stripping member being disposed in said reservoir member intermediate said open end and said closed end, said stripping member having a central aperture formed therein through which said rod and said grooves pass progressively as said rod, together with said cover member, are removed from said reservoir member, the walls of said aperture cooperating with said rod to strip substantially all agent from the ungrooved portion of said rod and substantially all agent outside said grooves, thereby leaving an accurately metered predetermined quantity of said agent retained in said grooves.

5. A dispensing applicator for applying a cosmetic agent to eyelashes comprising, in combination, an elongated reservoir member, a supply of said agent contained within said reservoir member, said agent having a consistency within the range from pasty to high viscosity, said reservoir member being open at one end and closed at the other end, a cooperating cover member removably engageable with said reservoir member for closing said open end, an elongated cylindrical applicator rod of substantially uniform diameter throughout its entire length carried by said cover member, said rod extending into said reservoir member and terminating near said closed end when said open end of said reservoir member is closed by said cover member, said rod having a series of axially spaced grooves formed thereon intermediate its ends, said grooves extending circumferentially around said rod receiving a supply of said material therein, the axial spacing between adjacent grooves being adapted to provide a combing action when rotated and held horizontally and applied to the lashes of the eye of the user, the depth of each groove being substantially equal to the maximum width thereof, the cross-sectional configuration of each groove being divergent proceeding outwardly from the longitudinal axis of said applicator, and a wiper device comprising a stripping member formed of yieldable material, said stripping member being disposed in said reservoir member intermediate said open end and said closed end, said stripping member having a central aperture formed therein through which said rod and said grooves pass progressively as said rod, together with said cover member, are removed from said reservoir member, the walls of said aperture cooperating with said rod to strip substantially all agent from the ungrooved portion of said rod and substantially all agent outside said grooves, thereby leaving an accurately metered predetermined quantity of said agent retained in said grooves.

6. A dispensing applicator for applying pasty to high viscosity agent to eyelashes comprising, in combination, an elongated reservoir member for holding a supply of said agent, said reservoir member being open at one end and closed at the other end, a cooperating cover member removably engageable with said reservoir member for closing said open end, an elongated cylindrical applicator rod of substantially uniform diameter throughout its entire length carried by said cover member, said rod extending into said reservoir member and terminating near said closed end when said open end of said reservoir member is closed by said cover member, said rod having a series of axially spaced grooves formed thereon intermediate its ends, said grooves extending circumferentially around said rod for receiving a supply of said material therein, the axial spacing between adjacent grooves corresponding to the lateral spacing between adjacent grooves being adapted to provide a combing action when rotated and held horizontally and applied to the lashes of the eye of the user, the depth of each groove being substantially equal to the maximum width thereof, the cross-sectional configuration of each groove being divergent proceeding outwardly from the longitudinal axis of said applicator, and a wiper device comprising a stripping member formed of yieldable material, said stripping member being disposed in said reservoir member intermediate said open end and said closed end, said stripping member having a central aperture formed therein through which said rod and said grooves pass progressively as said rod, together with said cover member, are moved from said reservoir member, the walls of said aperture cooperating with said rod to strip substantially all agent from the ungrooved portion of said rod and substantially all agent outside of said grooves, thereby leaving an accurately metered predetermined quantity of said agent retained in said grooves.

7. A dispensing applicator for fluent cosmetic materials, comprising: an elongated reservoir for holding a supply of said material, said reservoir being open at one end and closed at the other end; a cooperating cover removably engageable with said reservoir for closing said open end; an elongated applicator rod, said rod being carried by said cover and extending into said reservoir in proximity to said closed end when said cover closes said open end, said rod having a plurality of substantially circumferential grooves formed thereon defining a series of axially spaced recesses for receiving a supply of said mazerial therein, the portions of said rod between contiguous recesses being shaped to elfect a combing action when applied to the eyelashes of a user of said applicator; and a stripping member formed of yieldable material, said stripping member being disposed in said reservoir in proximity to said open end thereof, said stripping member having a central aperture formed therein through which said rod passes progressively as said rod and said cover are removed from said reservoir, said rod being of substantially uniform diameter throughout the entire portion thereof which passes through said aperture, said aperture cooperating with the outer surface of said last-named portion of said rod to strip substantially all fluent material therefrom which is located outside of said recesses, thereby leaving a metered predetermined quantity of said material retained in said recesses for application to said eyelashes by said combing action.

8. A dispensing applicator for applying a viscous cosmetic agent to eyelashes comprising, in combination: an elongated reservoir; a supply of said agent contained within said reservoir, said reservoir being open at one end and closed at the other end; a cooperating cover removably engageable with said reservoir for closing said open end; an elongated applicator rod carried by said cover, said rod extending into said reservoir and terminating near said closed end when said open end of said reservoir is closed by said cover, said rod having at least one groove formed therein defining a series of axial ly spaced recesses, said recesses extending peripherally around said rod for receiving a supply of said agent therein, the axial spacing between adjacent recesses being dimensioned to provide a combing action when rotated and held horizontally with the grooved portion of said rod applied to the lashes of the eye of the user; and a wiper device comprising a stripping member formed of yieldable material, said stripping member being disposed in said reservoir near said open end, said stripping member having a central aperture formed therein through which a portion of said rod and said recesses pass progressively as said rod, together with said cover are removed from said reservoir, the portion of said rod which passes through said aperture being of substantially uniform cross-sectional dimension throughout its entire length, the walls of said aperture cooperating with said portion of said rod to strip substantially all agent from it except that in said recess, thereby leaving an accurately metered predetermined quantity of said agent retained in said recesses.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 565,328 8/1896 Buhler 15-621 FOREIGN PATENTS 883,900 4/ 1943 France.

LOUIS G. MANCENE, Primary Examiner. G. E. MCNEILL, Assistant Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification132/218, D28/7, 401/122, 401/128
International ClassificationA45D40/26
Cooperative ClassificationA45D40/267
European ClassificationA45D40/26C2A