Helpful hints I share about packaging in classes…

I love my classes! As much as I love teaching, I love spending time with people who love this craft as much as I do and want to talk about it for hours! We share all kinds of stories, experiments, formulas, and super helpful tips and techniques! Here are a few things about packaging! Always…...

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Packaging: A few thoughts and a lot of links on the topic to start a series

Packaging is such a huge and important topic, and it’s one I haven’t written about much for some strange reason. (When I did a search on the old blog to gather resources for a question posed by Carmencita in the Patreon: January 2017 Q&A section, I realized how little I’ve written about it.) There’s just so…...

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Member exclusive Q&A: Should we store our finished products in opaque containers or cool, dark places?

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Creating products: Labels! (updated)

We don’t necessarily think of labelling our products as being an essential part of product creation, but when you accidentally use mentholated foot lotion as a facial moisturizer, you’ll realize that we must label everything! Original post from January 24, 2010…Why you must label everything!  Look at the picture to the left. Look at the…...

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Creating products: Packaging – too many choices! (updated)

Packaging our products is more than just putting them in a pretty bottle! We have a few things to consider, such as what we’re packaging in the bottle and what kind of plastic we need for specific products. Here are two posts from the past to give you some things to think about when it…...

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Aesthetics of our products: Label making – an example (updated)

So here’s an example of a label I use on my foot scrub bars. I package these in cellophane bags and close it with the label. I like to include three major pieces of information – the name of the product and fragrance, instructions for use (if it isn’t obvious), and a simplified ingredient list…....

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Packaging: Non-container options and labelling (updated)

I like products that don’t need a container! Shampoo and conditioner bars, lotion bars, bath bombs – I can find cute ways to dress them up and it’s not going to cost me a fortune! I have a small problem when I walk into Essential Packaging in Surrey – even though I have no idea…...

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Packaging: Closures! (updated)

Again, form should follow function when it comes to caps. What are you dispensing? Disc cap: Ah, the humble disc cap. It’s good for pretty much every product with its tiny opening that allows surfactants, lotions, toners, and all your other products to come out with a squish! It’s not great for thick lotions –…...

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Packaging: Alternatives to bottles (updated)

I know a malibu or tottle bottle isn’t really an alternative to a “bottle” because we consider them to be a bottle, but they are a fantastic way to package hair care products, surfactant systems, and lotions. They’re also cheaper than using a pump bottle for thick creams, but you do run the risk of…...

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Packaging: Filling bottles! (updated)

Filling containers can be such a huge pain in the bum! Here are a few things I thought I’d share. Since I am a surfactant junkie, I make a lot of bubble baths, body washes, and shampoos that need bottling. I find the easiest way is to get a funnel and pour it in. With…...

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