It’s great to know how to make homemade skin care products, but sometimes the options for packaging that are available in our kitchen don’t quite cut it, especially if we are planning to give away what we make. The right packaging makes all the difference in whether or not we and others actually use what we’ve made.
If you want to get into making your own homemade skin care products, you are joining many others who are concerned about what they are putting on their skin, and others who want $64k skin care on a $5 budget.
In this post, you will learn about packaging homemade skin care products, as well as a simple way to create labels for your products.
NOTE: If you are planning to sell your items, there are definitive rules that I will not being going over in this post. Please refer to the FDA’s Small Businesses & Homemade Cosmetics Fact Sheet for those guidelines.
Homemade Skin Care Products Lists
There are many more items that you can make for yourself, but these will cover some of the various packaging options as well as ingredients that can be used for and in many different types of products!
Tins – Flat round tins are a great way to package your lip balms. The result looks professional. The only downside is that you have to use your fingers to apply the balm, and also, you’ll want to make sure to add more oil or cut back on your beeswax a little for finger application.
Tubes – Tubes are also a good way to package lip balms, and they are much easier to use than tins. However, they are nowhere near as easy to fill! You can purchase a lip balm pouring tray if you would like to go this route.
Labels – It’s really easy to find sticker labels that will fit on whatever you choose to package your lip balm in, but it’s also fine to just use regular paper and a glue stick! For a tin, you will need a round label, and for tubes you will need a rectangle-shaped label.
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Glass Jars – These are elegant, but can be pricey. Still, if you are wanting to give a fantastic looking gift, you’ll want to use glass.
Plastic Jars – These are great for personal everyday use, and just fine for gift-giving. If you are looking to go the economical route, these are great.
Labels – Round labels work best with jars. You can use regular paper and a glue stick, or choose one that has a sticky back.
Sleeves – Sleeves are simply pieces of paper wrapped around a bar of your handmade soap and either fastened together at the back with tape, or at the front with a label.
Shrink Wrap – Shrink wrap is a cool way to wrap your soap, and just think of how it will keep it’s fragrance! For best results, use a heat gun with shrink wrap, but if you don’t have one, you can use a blow dryer (not the best results, though).
Tissue Paper – A couple of layers of tissue paper can look elegant with a pretty label. Try stamping your paper for a cute look, or just use a pretty floral label.
Labels – Labels are great for “taping” the tissue paper or sleeve to the soap, as well as holding them in place. As with other packaging already discussed, you can make your labels out of paper and affix them with a glue stick, but in this case, a label with adhesive would probably be easier to work with.
Squeeze Bottles – A great medium for packaging your lotions, squeeze bottles are also economical, especially if you are giving your bottles of lotion as gifts to friends and family.
Glass Pump Jars – These are more expensive, and more classy looking. They come in many shapes and sizes, to match your bathroom, or one of a friend or family member. Be creative in choosing a glass pump jar, because one full of your homemade lotion is sure to be adored!
Labels – If you are using squeeze bottles, you can use labels. However, if you are using a pretty glass pump jar, you may want to forego the sticker for a tag, or put your sticker on the bottom of the jar with the fragrance and date your lotion was made.
Ready-made idea: 4 oz lotion bottles with Avery label #22817
For templates you can use to create your labels, head over to the Avery Design and Print website and find the template for the number label you are using. It’s super easy to create your labels in just a few minutes with their premade designs!