As a soapmaker, part of the fun and challenge is coming up with creative designs and scent blends, but sometimes we just want something familiar and comforting, like these timeless favourites:
1. Lavender – soothing lavender with a small amount of litsea cubeba, rice powder and kaolin clay to help anchor the scent. The top is covered with soda ash, but I actually like the contrast.
2. Peppermint oatmeal – finally, a pure peppermint soap! At 3% of oil weight, it is perfectly minty.
3. Honey Orange – a delicious classic pairing of honey, orange 5-fold, and blood orange.
4. Fir and Eucalyptus with Activated Charcoal – I have not walked through a forest of fir trees, but I imagine this is what it smells like. I adore the fresh, outdoorsy scent. It is a proprietary blend of 6 different essential oils.
Recently I’ve switched from using paper to plastic for wrapping my soaps. I still have not found the perfect packaging, but for now, the plastic pouch I’ve devised suits my needs. I wanted packaging that would show the soap designs I’ve laboured on, protect the soap from dirt and dust, help retain the scent, allow customers to smell the soap, and that didn’t take too much time and effort. This isn’t as efficient as tapeless paper wrapping, but it checks my other prerequisites, and it’s still tapeless!
It looks like plastic I just folded over and secured with a paper string, but I actually cut the plastic to make it into the shape of an envelope. I cut and removed the sides of the top half of the plastic at a slight angle. I then folded one of the flaps and cut it out, leaving behind one to close the “envelope”. The design leaves a gap on the sides, which allows the soap to breathe and let people smell the soap.