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Different Ways to Package Your Handmade SoapContinue to 2 of 8 below.
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Cigar Band Soap Labels
One advantage of cigar band labels is that they are easy to make, and can be printed simply at home. One disadvantage of cigar bands is shrinkage; even after you label it, the soap will continue to cure. When water evaporates out, the soap shrinks a bit. The shrink wrapping helps this quite a bit.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Shrink Wrapped Soap Labels
If you want your soap to be completely protected from dirt, fingers, and scratches, shrink wrapping may be the way to go.
The advantage of shrink wrap is that it's a nice, clean, well-protected covering for your soap. The disadvantage is that unless you leave a part of the label open, you can't smell it.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Soap Boxes and Other Complete Covers
One easy way to package your soap is to drop it in an appropriately sized box. There are many companies that sell soap boxes, and, like the soap on the upper right, you can just add your own label and/or graphics to it.
The box on the upper left is a custom box with a die cut cutout in it. It not only looks professional, but it gives a little window onto the soap so that you can see its color. That's the disadvantage of a soap box—not being able to see the soap that's inside it. The advantage is that it looks clean and finished and you have all the sides to put your text and information.
Another option that I'm putting in the "box" category is the soap on the bottom. While not in a box, it's completely wrapped like a Christmas present with a label added.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Wrapping Round Soaps
Those of you who make round soaps in PVC pipe molds have a different challenge - the shape of the soap. You can shrink wrap them, or use a coffee filter or a round piece of paper and wrap that around the soap. Then, place a label firmly over the edges of the paper. It's a simple, clean, nice-looking way to wrap round soaps.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Half Box Soap Wrapping
The "half box" is a combination of the cigar band and the full box that covers the soap on 5 sides with a box but leaves the top half open. The advantage is that the soap is well covered and stable (especially on its base) but still gives you a clear view of the soap and allows you to smell it.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Specialty Soap Wrappings - Boxes and Bags
The soap on the left is in a mesh "scrubbie" bag; in the shower, it will have the same effect as a scrubbie embedded in the soap. Like felted soap, you never actually see the bar of soap inside.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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More Specialty Soap Wrappings