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Great Packaging = Repeat Customers

I recently ordered soaps to give as gifts. Maria, owner of Kokolele Soaps on Etsy, has been my go-to person for handmade soaps for the past 10 years. Not only are her soaps impressive, they trump my packaging expectations.

Packaging is the first thing your customers see once your product is actually in their hands.

KEY POINTS:

Use of protective wrap around product to prevent damage by dents, scratches and breakage during shipping speaks volumes about the customer service ethics of your company.

 

 

 

 

 


Personal touches
supplement your customer service declarations. Consider showcasing your product in unique gift boxes, that include ribbons, baubles and decorative labels.

 


Include an
appreciation gift or discount coupon when an order totals a specified value.

Invest in quality craft punches & card stock paper to create labels that promote & identify your branded product.

 Coordinate product packaging to compliment  product colors.



Impress customers by including a handwritten note with your product.

Ensure your product, customer service, packaging, and shipping all live up to the hype promised.

Be sure to follow up with customers a day or two after they should have received their order to make sure they are happy with everything.

 

Stay up-to-date on your competitor’s prices,
services, discounts, and marketing promotions. If you can’t lower your prices as much as your competitors, then make sure customers understand how your product is worth the extra money. 

 

Remember, first impressions are everything. The way you package your product is a way of putting your best “face” forward to a potential customer when they encounter your product for the first time.

Tutorial: Milk & Cookies

Milk & Cookies Soap

Remember dipping your cookies in milk as a kid? I do, and my kids still do it as well. Here’s a soap that is a take-off from those Kindergarten days when dipping cookies in milk seemed like a novel idea. We won’t tell anyone that “big” people still do it! A great project for teachers in classrooms, moms and kids, and “big” people, too.

Here’s what you need:

 

GETTING STARTED

Step One

MIlk & Cookie Tutorial: Step 1

Cube and melt clear soap base in microwave using short bursts of heat. Add equal parts of chocolate brown and black oxide soap colors. Mix well. Add desired fragrance (optional). Four ounces of the brown colored soap will easily make 2 cookies.

 

 

Step Two

Pour brown color into the two top and two bottom sections of the cookie mold.

Milk & Cookies Tutorial: Step 2

 

 

 

 

 

Step Three

Melt 4 ounces of white soap. Add fragrance (optional). Pour the soap into the molded cookie centers.

Milk & Cookie Tutorial: Step 3

 

 

 

 

 

Step Four

Allow soap to harden and remove from mold. If you have problems with release, pop the mold in freezer for 10-15 minutes. Soap should easily pop out of mold.

Milk & Cookie Tutorial: Step 4Milk & Cookie Tutorial: Step 4

 

 

 

 

 

Step Five

Milk & Cookie Tutorial: Step 5Reheat leftover white soap and pour a small dollop on cookie bottom. This will be used to seat the cookie center. Repeat process for cookie top.

Milk & Cookie Tutorial: Step 5

 

 

Milk & Cookie Tutorial: Finished Soap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step Six

Cookies & Milk Tutorial: Step 6

 

 

 

 

 

Melt white soap in microwave. You may need to add more soap cubes to the measuring cup. It will take about 8 ounces of white soap to fill the clear plastic cup use for the milk. Add desired fragrance. We added 2 teaspoons of Milk & Honey. You can safely add up to 3 teaspoons of fragrance.

Surface air bubble created while pouring add authenticity.

Cookies & Milk tutorial: Step 6

 

 

 

 

 

Step Seven

Milk & Cookies Tutorial: Step 7Time to add the cookies. This is the tricky part. The soap must be partially set up before adding the cookies. If you add cookie too soon, it will sink.

TIP: To keep cookie from sinking, fill cup 2/3 way full with soap. Let harden, liberally spritz with rubbing alcohol and pour the last 1/3. When a thin skin has formed on top of soap, insert cookie.

Allow soap to set up completely. When you are ready to use soap, remove the clear plastic cup (snip it with a pair of scissors and pull apart the plastic). If you plan to sell the soap, make sure you wrap it to prevent the soap from sweating in humid conditions.

 

 

Whimsical Scarecrow Soap

Scarecrow Soap by Sophie Soap Chick

Learn how to make this whimsical scarecrow soap!

Sophie Soap Chick does it again! Her creative abilities never ceases to WOW us. Allow us to share some background info about this fun-loving gal.

Sophie Soap Chick Fishing in the Keys

Our fun-loving Sophie Soap Chick.

BIO

Sophie joined the Mold Market team as a part-time packer her junior year of high school. Even then, she had the ability to spread sunshine throughout the work place. I am certain that Western Michigan University was never the same once stepped on campus.

She continued to work for us during college breaks and would stay after-hours to master the art of melt and pour soap making. In 2013, Sophie graduated with a degree in Criminal Justice and headed to the Florida Keys with a crate full of soaping supplies.

Between deep sea fishing adventures, Sophie Soap Chick continues to share her ‘think outside the box’ soaps with Mold Market. She is forever a part of our family.

Mr. Scarecrow Man Soap

See Sophie’s step-by-step directions for making this whimsical scarecrow soap with Mold Market’s  Beveled Circle mold (Item #10).

Make These Fun Robot Soaps

Robot Soap MoldThese Robo-Soaps are fun and easy to make using Mold Market’s Robot mold. There are countless variations you do using our water dissolving paper. We have even included a FREE template in this post.

Here are a few of the soaps made by Sophie Soap Chick (she’s our go-to soaping chick when we want something creative). Instructions to make Robo-Soaps are given below. These soaps are perfectly sized for little hands.

 

Robot Soap Mold

Here’s What You Need:

  • Mold Market’s Robot Mold
  • Water Dissolving Paper ( to print Robot Chest Parts)
  • Fragrance Oil and Soap Colorants
  • Clear and white Soap Base
  • Alcohol Spray
  • Soap Injector Tool
  1. To make the robot, melt 7 cubes of Clear Soap Base in the microwave. Heat in a glass measuring cup in short bursts of heat until melted. The pouring temperature should be about 140 degrees.
  2. Printable Robot Parts using the Water Dissolving Paper (instructions included when you purchase the paper from Mold Market store).
  3. Select chest designs and colors to coordinate with the color of the eyes, hands, feet, and Robot Soap Moldmain body. So depending on what design you choose, pick a color that corresponds with it.
  4. If you want to keep the robot plain, pour a thin layer of Clear Soap Base and once almost set, gently lay the cut out of the robot chest down in that area and spray the alcohol spray on the back to make it lay properly. Once that was close to being set, continue with another layer of clear and repeat until finished filling the mold.
  5. If you want the eyes, feet, and hands to be another color:  melt a cube of White Soap Base and mix that with the color of your choice and add  fragrance. Use the Soap Injector Tool to fill in those areas.
  6.  When these areas have set up, pour a layer of clear soap base and follow the above steps to get your perfect robot.
  7. If you wanted to have a shine through of color as well you would continue with all the above steps and once you are at the last level to pour, use a color instead of clear.

Sophie Soap Chicks Review:
No matter what way you choose, you can’t go wrong with this awesome mold!

Click here to save the PDF file for robot parts to print onto Mold Market’s Water Dissolving Paper.