As a makeup artist there are two things that bring happiness into my life, Bioderma Crealine and travel sized containers. Unfortunately these two things do not play well together, because for some reason Bioderma has designed their bottles making it impossible to remove the lids.
Not only that, but the dispensing hole is so incredibly tiny that regular funnels and syringes won’t fit inside of it. Even if you seal off the edges, the liquid still ends up bubbling over. After a many weeks of trial and error, I have finally discovered a way to make it work. It’s not as streamlined as I hoped the solution would be, but it works.
Keep reading to discover how to refill your travel sized Bioderma bottle at home for less than $10.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Travel Sized Bioderma (25ml)
- Regular Sized Bioderma (100ml)
- Small Bowl
- Needle Point Syringe
My empty travel sized Bioderma bottle has been sitting on my counter for weeks. If I lived in France I could run to the pharmacy and simply buy a new one, but since the United States doesn’t sell Bioderma I’ve been forced to get creative.
UPDATE The US finally sells Bioderma (here)! But in the interest of reusing and recycling, keep reading..
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TRIAL & ERROR
I’ve tried rolling miniature funnels out of packing tape. I searched the children’s medical aisle for smaller tipped contraptions. Nothing was small enough. Eventually my endless Google searches led me to an ah-ha moment.. needle tipped syringes.
Unfortunately, I then discovered how difficult needle tipped syringes can be to buy, and depending on where you live, you might even need a prescription. More problem solving was in order.
I found myself perusing several illegal drug forums for ideas on obtaining syringes (don’t judge me). I even read an article called How to Make a Syringe in Prison, which was not helpful at all, as step one was stealing from your fellow diabetic inmate. If my internet history ever gets checked, how will I explain that I was simply desperate to refill my makeup remover bottle?
SOLUTION: A BLUNT NEEDLE TIPPED SYRINGE
Finally, I discovered a wholesome Amazon listing (here) with a blunt needle tipped syringe. It was perfect, and less than $10.
To refill the travel sized Bioderma, first pour from the full sized bottle into a small cup (a shotglass or condiment container works perfectly). Then simply, use your syringe to transfer the product.
I’ve found that the Bioderma gets a little bubbly during the transfer, but it settles down after a few seconds. The whole process takes less than 5 minutes.
I wrote this post 4 years ago and still have the same syringe. I’ve replaced my travel bottle a few times, but I’ve saved a ton money not having to repurchase bottle after bottle (I refill at least once a month as Bioderma is used in my professional kit every day).
Also, thank you for all of your suggestions! If you’re looking for more ideas, please check out the comment section below! I will say that the straw method did not work for me and I wasted a ton of product.
PIN IT // HOW TO REFILL YOUR TRAVEL SIZED BIODERMA
Have you ever attempted to refill your travel sized Bioderma bottle? How did you do it? Send me ideas!
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12 thoughts on “Beauty Hack // How To Refill Your Travel Sized Bioderma Bottle”
oh—thank you for this! I’ve been trying to figure this out for my kit! Hope I can find a syringe!????
I had a thing from an old travel makeup set called a plastic bellows dropper. I think it’s meant to transfer perfumes. Turned out to fit perfectly into the hole on the travel bottle lid. So glad I kept it, because finding out I couldn’t get the cap off the travel bottle was insanely frustrating!
It was in a kit identical to this: http://www.amazon.com/DealBasic%C2%AE-Piece-Portable-Travel-Bottle/dp/B00UKOVM3U
Thanks for sharing, I had a dropper but it was too big. I’ll start looking for smaller ones!
They sell Crealine (or sensibio) in the U.S. now at this site: http://www.beautylish.com/b/bioderma! I was trying to see if there was a good way to refill the mini bottles, but now I feel like it’d probably be easier to just re-purchase than to find a tiny enough needle or dropper! haha
True! It’s more expensive than buying it in France but definitely could save someone the trouble if they don’t want to re-fill. Thanks!
the syringes that come with baby tylenol etc work pretty good as well. 🙂
Thanks for the tip! That’s a lot easier than ordering a special one online 🙂
hi there , i found the easiest way to refill bottle with in 10 seconds . first press the bottle turn it upside down put the head in the liquid you want to fill it with , now restore bottle to its original shape while by releasing it to reshape it will automatically suck the liquid inside it’s self , and it will be filed within 10 seconds .. tadaaa
Great tip, thanks!
I purchased some plastic “pipettes” from Amazon ($2.62/100). They work perfectly for filling the Bioderma travel bottle (and many other things)!
Tried to post a photo here… but guess that’s a no-no. They have 2,605 reviews on Amazon with a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. Description says, “DMtse, Plastic Transfer Pipettes, 3ml; Ships from and sold by 5430net.”
You can use a straw to transfer solution from the bigger bottle to the travel sized ones. Didn’t think it would work but just tried it and it does- a super quick and easy process. I squeezed the larger bottle to speed up the process but it works like this- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ci8fn-Sin0
Great tip!!! Loved the video, thanks for sharing 🙂