Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Labels - one of my many tasks!

Running a small business means you have to basically do everything from designing and producing product to answering the phone and emails, taking orders, shipping, packaging, sales, marketing, and one of my favorites, label design!

I usually start with my logo and a rough color pallet. For the most part I like to keep it simple and let the products shine through, especially when I am doing a clear packaging so you can see the product without too much distraction. An exception are my bar soap labels which are a little fancier since I mostly use recycled paper boxes that hide the soap.

Here is the new square label for the Cardamom Vanilla Marshmallow Cream Soap! (And the old for comparison.) I added some more color to it as you can see - I am on a teal thing lately! All of the information is much larger and clearer. These didn't take too long since I had the old label to work from but my new lip balm labels for instance took 2+ hours to design! Usually the first label in a series of products takes the longest, then it is just a matter of changing color and tweaking text.
The ingredients and my company info will go on a smaller label on the backside. Soap labeling must have the company name, the word "soap", and the weight on the front. The company address can go on the back and I always include my ingredient list.

You may have purchased soap that did not have ingredients and this is perfectly legal but I like to include it so my customers know exactly what the are purchasing. The rule is only for soap -  I won't get into the details, but as soon as you say that your soap is good for anything other than cleaning, like that it is moisturizing for instance,  it is then considered a cosmetic and must be labeled differently. A lot of my soap falls under this category. The FDA defines soap as:
  • the bulk of the nonvolatile matter in the product consists of an alkali salt of fatty acids and the product's detergent properties are due to the alkali-fatty acid compounds, and
  • the product is labeled, sold, and represented solely as soap
Next is the Chocolate Marshmallow Cream Soap labels and then I can take pictures and get these listed! Look for them June 13th at naiadsoaparts.com!
The 2 hour lip balm label! I'm slow! :)


  1. Did you use Adobe Illustration for this? I've heard some people us Photoshop as well.

  2.  I do use illustrator. I sometimes use photoshop if I have images to edit but mostly illustrator. It is vector based and allows you to easily re-size without losing resolution like you would in photoshop.

  3. Yes I've heard that about Illustrator allowing you to resize. I can emphasize with labels taking a long time as we take a long time to make ours as well.

  4. Tee her it's funny you say 2 hours, that doesn't seem too long to me! Especially when you enjoy it and it is one of the things that sell your product!

  5. Oops forgot to mention love the lip balm design and your stained glass soap, beautiful

    1. Thank you Julie! And yes, I guess 2 hours isn't that long but I can make a lot of product in two hours and sometimes I only feel like I am working when it is production. :)

  6. Hmmm I know what you mean but if you are selling your products online and people cant smell or touch they rely on what they see! Even I find some people when they come into my studio buy what they like visually as well as the scent, so your great designs and the time you spend is imore important than you think:))

    1. You are right Julie, visual is very important. I don't know how many times a week I make a choice on a product based on packaging and appearance!



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