Which sprayer for which applications?

Which sprayer for which applications?

May 2016

  • The Basics
  • How do I choose my sprayer?
  • Which type of sprayer is best for which applications?

The Basics

Sprayers are used primarily in the fields of cosmetics, healthcare and cleansers/detergents to facilitate the use by the end user.

Within the broad category of sprayers, there is a difference between finger sprayers and trigger sprayers, each of which corresponds to different applications.

How do I choose my sprayer? A few pitfalls to avoid...

•    You should choose your sprayer based on the product being packaged. Is it an alcohol phase, aqueous phase or oil phase? (See examples in the table below).

•    For oil phase and bi-phase products, you need a pump mechanism that is powerful enough to ensure optimal distribution of the product.

•    The sprayer must fit on the neck finish of the container used to package your product, so you need to check compatibility before choosing your sprayer.
For more information see our Tip of the Month "Plastic bottles: it's all in the neck"

•    When do I need a pre-compression sprayer?

On a standard sprayer, the pressure exerted on the trigger produces the quality of the spray. This pressure is sufficient and effective with liquid products. However, for viscous, oily products (for example high SPF spray sunscreens) and/or products with high surface tension, you need to use a pre-compression sprayer.

Pre-compression sprayers offer the same quality of spray at each use, regardless of the pressure exerted on the trigger. They always deliver the same dose, with a constant droplet size for easy dispensing.

Pre-compression sprayers are also recommended for applications involving repetitive stress, for industrial detergents for example, to limit the risk of Musculoskeletal Disorders.

•    Recommendations for storage and transport

Be careful when choosing your packaging box. The sprayer heads can be damaged by excess weight. In order not to damage the sprayer and bottle, make sure that the corrugated cardboard is strong enough to protect the contents.

Which type of sprayer is best for which uses? A few examples:


Pump sprayers

Alcohol phase products Aqueous phase products Oil phase products



  • fragrances,
  • home fragrances,
  • purifier,
  • shoe deodorizers,
  • foot care (sweating, mycosis),
  • irritated throat spray,
  • breath freshener spray,
  • antiseptic solution,
  • mosquito repellent,
  • lice treatment,
  • eyeglasses cleaner,
  • etc.


  • after-sun care (water-oil),
  • hair care (nourishing mask, biphase detangler, etc.),
  • perfumed floral waters,
  • pillow mists,
  • etc.


  • sunscreen,
  • after-sun,
  • hair care (nourishing mask, detangler, hair regrowth treatment, etc.),
  • premium olive oils,
  • food flavourings, etc.



Trigger sprayers

Alcohol phase products Aqueous phase products Oil phase products


  • textile disinfectant,
  • stain remover,
  • deodorant,
  • denatured alcohol, insecticide,
  • glass cleaner,
  • plant care,
  • cleaning products,
  • etc.


  • air freshener,
  • hair styling mist,
  • cleanser,
  • ecological cleanser,
  • fly repellent for horses,
  • etc.



  • sunscreens,
  • parquet floor cleanser,
  • car polish, etc.


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