Lotion bottles are an interesting packaging material in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industry. Glass, as one of the best materials for storing medicines and cosmetics due to its many benefits (including transparency and safety features), is often used to make lotion bottles. Primarily meant for storing lotions, these bottles can be later used or repurposed in a number of ways.

If you have spare glass lotion bottles at home and you’re wondering how to use them, here are a few ideas on how to repurpose and reuse these bottles.

Bobby Pin and Needle Holders

Bobby pins are one of the most popular cosmetics products at home, but are also regularly misplaced. Needles are also a common household item. The problem we often have, however, is that we don’t know how to store these items. Glass lotion bottles can be repurposed into effective needle and bobby pin holders simply by washing the bottle out once empty, and storing needles and bobby pins inside. The glass lotion bottles can then be stacked away in another storage container if desired. Using lotion bottles as bobby pin and needle holders mean you’ll be able to find these items whenever you need them.

Candle Holders

Candle holders are one of the most practical items we use at home, and we can create them ourselves using leftover glass lotion bottles. Bottles in different shapes and sizes are ideal for making candle holders. All you really need to do is remove the lid and you’ve got a candle holder. Glue a few together to make a circular or oval formation, for example. Once glued, you can decorate the lotion bottles with paint, or wrap them with coloured paper or ribbons, to alter their appearance. Candle holders from glass lotion bottles make great homemade gifts.

Jewellery Holder

Just as they can be used to make candle holders, you can repurpose lotion bottles into beautiful jewellery holders. Place your earrings in one bottle and your necklaces in another. These jewellery holders are perfect when travelling or staying overnight at a friend’s house, enabling you to safely store your earrings, small rings and other jewellery. With glass lotion bottle jewellery holders, you don’t have to worry about damaging or losing your items.

Cotton Swab Storage Container

Cotton swabs are a common cosmetic product, yet without proper storage, they can be hard to store and tend to get lost – both when travelling and simply at home. Glass lotion bottles are ideal for storing cotton swabs. Simply place the cotton swabs inside the bottle, close the cap or cover and they’re safe and secure. Easy to locate when needed, these bottles are the perfect match for cotton swabs.


Pill Packs

Glass lotion bottles can be easily used for storing vitamins and medicines. When travelling, it can be a pain to have to carry entire bottles of medicine or vitamins. Glass lotion bottles are a great way to package your pills in the exact quantity needed, so you’re not weighed down with excess amounts. Just pour your pills into the lotion bottle and bring it with you. Your vitamins and medicines will be safe, so you don’t have to worry about contamination, and they can be easily located too, as and when you need them.


Once they’ve fulfilled their initial purpose of storing lotions, glass lotion bottles are perfect for a whole host of other handy uses. Next time you have an empty glass lotion bottle, don’t simple get rid of it: try one of these ideas and see just how versatile these bottles are!