Soap Labels and Stickers
Soap making can be a lucrative little business or just for fun to use yourself. If you plan to sell the finished product, there are labelling regulations that have to be adhered to. The soap label or sticker would normally be attached to the outer packaging and relay a number of pieces of information to the consumer. We have produced a detailed guide to cosmetics and personal care product labelling but the main points are:
- Contact details of responsible person or organisation.
- Ingredient listing. Batch code or number.
- Shelf life.
- Some means of identifying the function.
- The average net weight or number of the product(s).
- Best before date.
- Any applicable warnings or precautions.
Many of our customers that use our stickers to label their soap products use a front and back dual sticker system, with the main logo and product description on the front and further information on the back. This approach maximises the available space on the label to catch your potential customers eye and stand out from the crowd while the space for all the information that legislation requires is reserved for the back of the packaging.
Making Soap on a Small Scale
Soap was first made around five thousand years ago in early civilisations in the Middle East and the basic chemical process remains the same today. A strong alkali is reacted with a fat or oil, this process is called saponification from the latin sapo for soap. Nowadays, the production of raw chemicals is more refined in process and in terms of the finished product so if the correct safety procedures are used, a bar of soap is quite an easy thing to make.
To further simplify the process, base soap mixtures are now available in “melt and pour” form which, as the name suggests, allows you to melt the base, add your own extra ingredients and pour the mixture into moulds or another means of obtaining the required shape. The added ingredients can be essential oils, fragrance oils, colour, emollients and even dried botanicals or seeds.
Where do I buy soap labels?
Here! Well done, you've found the ideal place to buy soap labels and stickers. Whether you're looking for a label for the outer packaging or the bar of soap itself, we have a huge range of options and materials that will combine to make the ideal finished product.
What are soap labels?
Soap labels can come in two forms, ones for the outer packaging or ones for the bar itself. The outer packaging is normally standard card or plastic so there are no specific requirements, whereas the surface of the soap itself is, well, soapy so a high-tack/extra-permanent adhesive might be best.
What do I have to put on liquid soap labels?
Liquid soap labels are chemically similar to most shampoos and subject to the same rules and regulations. Ingredients listings, contact details, shelf life etc are some of the pieces of information that you must share. More details can be found here.
What's the best material for soap labels?
The best material for soap labels depends on where they will be stuck. The outer packaging is likely to be able to accomodate any material but the soap itself might need a strong adhesive, especially if the soap has a matt surface. Choose extra permanent adhesive during the order process.
How to design soap labels.
The way to design soap labels is to start with the size and shape, this is obviously governed by the item for sale and if it's a single or multipack. Packaging band types are often added to single bars whereas multipacks usually have more space to work with.
Ideas for soap labels.
An idea for soap label designs could be to reflect your ingredients, whether we're talking about an extract additive or increasingly companies are adding whole flowers or herbs, an image of said flower or herb is a good place to start and a colour scheme to match.
Requirements for soap labels.
Soap is classified as a personal care product so is subject to the same labelling requirements as shower gel and hair conditioner. Ingredients, batch numbers and product descriptions are amongst the things that are normally required.
Can I label my soap as cruelty free?
Soap can be labelled cruelty free if neither it or its ingredients have been tested on animals during the development or manufacturing process for the last 5 years. Certification is obtained via the Leaping Bunny Standard but you can claim that this product has not been tested on animals, providing it hasn't.
Do soap labels need warnings?
Whether or not you need to put warnings on soap labels largely depends on their ingredients. Essential oils, for example, can contain allergens which should be labelled correctly in the ingredients and various other additives have individual regulations. Full list here.
Do I need a license to manufacture and sell soap?
A specific licence to make and sell soap in the United Kingdom is not required unless the ingredients or some other aspect of the process is hazardous enough to warrant it. Although it is advisable to have liability insurance.
Can I label my soap as organic?
If your ingredients, excluding water and salt, are from organically farmed sources, you may claim this on your packaging. However if you want to claim that the soap itself is organic, you should apply for certification from the soil association. Certain additives, like lye (sodium hydroxide) cannot be organic so enough of it needs to be neutralised to be organic.