Patent Number: 6,254,565

Title: Soft, flexible composition and method for making same

Abstract: There is provided a composition comprising a unique polymeric compound that provides a soft, flexible product. There is also provided a unique polymeric tampon applicator that is soft and flexible. When used as a tampon applicator barrel, the barrel is more comfortable and has improved ease of insertion. The polymeric compound primarily comprises a thermoplastic resin and a block copolymer that exhibit unique load, energy and modulus of elasticity properties. The polymeric compound should also include a plasticizer and a compatibilizer/flow modifier, and may include a slip/mold release agent, an antioxidant, and even a pigment. There is also provided a method for making the polymeric compound that will be formed into a product, such as an applicator or applicator barrel in which all of the above ingredients, except for the thermoplastic resin, are combined and formed into soft pellets. The soft resin pellets are then dry blended with pellets of the thermoplastic resin. The mixture of the thermoplastic resin pellets and the soft resin pellets are then melted and injection molded into the desired shape. There is thus provided a method of making a soft, polymeric tampon applicator or tampon applicator barrel.

Inventors: Williams; Karla E. (Emerson, NJ), Zwick; Paul D. (Cuyahoga Falls, OH)

Assignee: Playtex Products, Inc.

International Classification: A61F 13/20 (20060101); A61F 13/26 (20060101); C08L 53/02 (20060101); C08L 53/00 (20060101); A61F 013/20 (); B29D 023/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/03/2018