For the last couple of years we have gradually been transitioning to aluminum cannisters, rather than amber glass, for our bulk essential oil sales.
Recently we've received some negative feedback from people having difficulty opening the canisters. I can WELL understand and sympathize. I remember the first few times I received bulk oils in these aluminum canisters, with plastic inserts (that I couldn't budge) covered with white plastic caps (that I couldn't remove.)
However, after receiving 10 kilos of an imported lavender delivered in a soaked cardboard box, with melted and dissolved packing peanuts, the entire package bagged in a black plastic trash bag, I learned to appreciate the sturdiness and unbreakability of these aluminum canisters.
Glass is fragile; this is the bottom line. And shipping highly volatile chemicals in glass is at the very least irresponsible. I know of NO international supplier who ships in glass. Every oil we import comes in these aluminum canisters (in various sizes.)
I asked "T", our production manager, to take some shots of Vannessa and her opening a recent arrival, and asked that they describe the process they use.
First of all, although the plastic "plug" has a loop that you would think would help in removing...IGNORE the plastic loop. I guarantee if you try to remove a new lid by pulling on the loop, all you will accomplish is pulling the loop off the plug. Promise! T and Vannessa totally ignore the plastic loop, reach for a pair of trusty pliers, and lift as shown:
However, Vanessa and T are young and strong. If, by any chance, you are neither, or if you are troubled by arthritis, or for some other reason have trouble grasping the plug with your pliers, there is another solution.
THEN I grasp with the pliers, as shown above, and:
These canisters are more difficult to work with than amber bottles. We agree. But the advantages of safety are why they have become industry standard, and why we have adopted them. Hope this explanation makes it a bit easier for you to use them.