Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Soap packaging

I finally got some packaging ideas done for my sister who will be selling handcrafted goat milk soap. The soap is a great product and I hope my packaging helps to sell it.

Here are some ideas I came up with. My favorites are the colored ones with colorful ribbon - I can see a basket of colorful soaps looking very attractive. My sister has preferred the raffia/natural tones look in the past so I took pictures of some of that style also.
If she approves any of this, I plan to print the list of ingredients on the back side of the label. That way it is inconspicuous but at the same time provides the information a customer would need. If she also provides a simple brochure explaining her soap making process with pictures of her happy and healthy goats, the ingredients could be listed there also.
We've thought of numerous ideas from wrapping in cloth, corrugated cardboard, to paper wrappers and finally cello bags. I think the scent needs to be contained or it could be overwhelming at a craft booth. She could have samples set out for people to sniff.
I found the shape she has chosen to be a bit of a challenge. The bars are roughly 2"x 2"x 4". That doesn't leave much space on any of the sides to put a logo or information.

Here's the list of ingredients...it takes up a lot of space and is not very attractive.

What do you think? Do you have a preference? Would the list of ingredients be important to you to see on the label of each individual bar? Do you have a better idea?
Keep in mind that my sister Kris is not very crafty with paper and ribbons and gets very cranky when she's wrapping stuff. My goal is to make this as easy and painless for her as possible.

11 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

The label with the ingredients is a must for people with allergies. I like the lable with the flying goat. It would stick in your mind to remember where the soap came from.

messyfish said...

I dont have allergies but I MUST know whats in my soap. I would even want to know what essential oils were used too.I love the design of the label, and I think the bag and the ribbon is great. It is more hygenic that way...as we all love to handle things at a market stall! (I think the warning could be in smaller type if you are pressed for space). The colorful ones are lovely too!

Aunt Krissy said...

I like the 1st and 4th pic best. I also like the left sided ones better. I will call you up tonight when I get off work. I think that you did a great job! Free soap for you!

crochet lady said...

I think they look great! Love the label design. I'm partial to color, so love the colorful ones, but really the plain bags and raffia will be just as nice. I don't know if a label on each is needed maybe just a general card set out with the basic ingred.?

Beth said...

You did a wonderful job w/the packaging. They look great!! Either would work well. But like you I am drawn to the more colorful ones. Love the picture of the flying goat.

Anonymous said...

I'm with Kris.. I like the 1st and 4th designs the best. I like the colorful ones. Maybe Kris could match colors with scents (Lavendar with purple paper, yellow with citrus, etc). I'm using the citrus scent right now and love it.
Rose

PAK ART said...

I like Rose's idea but what color is Bergmot or Patchouli? That's were it starts to get complicated. Or you just pick a color and be consistant with it.

Kellie said...

I like the third picture best.

tainterturtles said...

For Krissy, it has to be simple. Go with anything simple...no fluff!

I myself....I like to see the ingredients. It's always good to know what you are buying. I hope Kris agrees.

soulbrush said...

yes the ingredients are important to me, who has allergies, i love all the packaging, but specialy the green and orange soaps up above. what a great idea. how and where will she sell it? hows our baby?

K. said...

I like the first pic best with the fourth one being a close second.

As for ingredients listing - yes, include them. But what about just having them on a business card (you can buy a pack at the office store) and printing them out on there. Include one with each order. This way it wouldn't clutter up the packaging of the soap, but is still readily available when they get the package.