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.