Whether you’re a relatively large handcrafted soap company, or just starting out, here are some ideas for developing, experimenting with, or expanding your packaging options. If you’d like to send your packaging ideas and pictures, contact us (email maryann277(at) comcast.net)! We’ll include as space permits.
Desert Sal Classic Garden Soap Store
Amelias on Etsy. Amelia makes her own envelopes, and says this takes time. But, look at the results! A beautiful example of branding.
DeShawn Marie on Etsy. Elegant, beautiful brand packaging.
Scrapbooking paper, discount store gift bags.
Shrink wrap, and acetate box. Shrink wrapping is easy!
Translucent scrapbook paper and handpainted band.
Handpainted label, border. You can paint, scan and print your own.
Translucent craft paper.
Variety of papers used for band and labels.
Desert Sal Botanical Soap Store.
A variety of jars and bags, with wallpaper labels.
Boxed soaps. Scrapbooking decals. Discount store boxes. Computer-printed labels. Handmade cornstarch soap petals.
Shrink-wrapped soap with raffia, translucent craft paper, handmade craft store paper.
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If you’re not ready to order bulk packaging, you can custom wrap your soap, bath, and body products and try out new packaging ideas fairly inexpensively. Here are some ideas. For more ideas, click here.
DeShawn Marie on Etsy. This is a beautiful example of brand image. Gold-toned boxes sealed with custom labels.
Amelia’s on Etsy. Amelia makes the envelopes herself for unique, elegant, and flexible packaging.
Desert Sal Classic Garden Soap Shop. A variety of ribbon, paper, scrapbooking decals, paper, and wallpaper border labels.
Handpainted watercolor border and labels, to try out a new look.
Soap photographs much better before shrink wrapping, but I always wrap mine before shipping.
Inexpensive craft store boxes, ribbon, and scrapbooking decals. If you decide you like boxes, you can order them in bulk.
Handmade envelopes using wallpaper border. It is time-consuming to make these by hand, but it let me experiment with new looks and packaging.
Craft store treat bags, with wallpaper border labels. Again, a simple way to try out a new look or packaging before you bulk order.
If you want a more natural look, try linen or muslin bags. I like letting soap, bath salts, or milk bath show to advantage, but this is one option. You can also try organza and tulle bags.
Two options for packaging heart-shaped guest or favor soaps: small white craft box, and clear plastic tray. This tray once held peppers from the produce section at the local grocery store. If you decide to order trays in bulk, you can add other products, such as salts, a loofah, etc., and shrink wrap the entire thing. The white petals are actually soap made of glycerin and corn-starch.
Clear acetate boxes are a great way to protect and show off soap. More expensive than shrink-wrap, but they have some advantages.
I’ve used the translucent scrapbooking paper from my local craft store to experiment with new label ideas. The ribbon is actually seam-binding. I don’t generally put ribbon right next to my soap unless it is color-safe for bath and body.
For my Spa Soap line, I experimented with packaging that looks upscale and trendy…the “shiny” look!