Thursday, April 1, 2010

Soap Packing dilemma again.....

Well we are still at a cross road with selecting the perfect “eco-friendly” soap packaging. Right now we use a band much like the Dan’s bands for our soaps with a recycled cigar band style label. This packaging has worked well for us. It allows the customer to see the beauty of the bar, breathe in its captivating aroma, protect the bar without slippage or getting soap residue on the packaging and we’re able to give details about the bar and how to get more on the label. In addition we can fit up to 8 bars in a flat rate envelope which saves on shipping.

Since we are trying to be as “green” as possible we have been experimenting with different ways to package our soaps. We did the wrapping with tissue paper and affixing a label and ribbon, but as the demand for our soaps go up this can be too time consuming. We even tried the corrugated wrap with band and weren’t pleased with this style either. We’ve also tried the small flat merchandise Kraft bags with label but it just didn’t cut it for us…too much wiggle room as was the same case with boxes. We also cut strips of card stock paper that coordinated in color with the soap and printed a cigar style band on clear vellum paper. This look was nice and certainly eco-friendly but we were still not satisfied. So at the present time we are back to our Dan’s style bands with recycled label. The only thing we’ve done differently is we had a graphic designer on Etsy design a label for us that we will use for all of our products. This way all of our labels are consistent and the branding process will begin.

Here is a picture of the way we packaged the soaps with the card stock and vellum label and a picture of how we packaged our soaps with the Dan’s band sans the new label.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

March 30 Promo Item

The promo item in our Etsy shop today is our Pink Ginger Milk handmade soap. We bathed with this bar the other day and the bubbles are fabulous. It left my skin feeling so soft that hubby was oohing and aahing. The softness it added to my skin is derived from the loads of coconut milk in this bar. We even added a little Pink Kaolin clay to give the bar a little slip and let us not forget the beautiful aroma derived from plant-based essential oils. This bar will be a pleaser for males and females and it has been added to my favorite soap bar list.

Pink Ginger Milk is on sale in our Etsy shop today for just $2.75. Get your bar while supplies last

Monday, March 29, 2010

Zibbet Store Front

There has been a lot of talk on Etsy about Zibbet on whether or not to sell strictly on Zibbet or Etsy. The census was to have both which I feel is the best way to go. You know how the saying goes “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” and with the way the world wide web is the more places you have your products/services the merrier in my opinion.

We have been trying for nearly 3 days now to set up a Zibbet account, but due to the overwhelming response to their $7/month fee their servers got overloaded. Well all is well now their servers were back up and running earlier today and it took us about 30 minutes to set up our Zibbet site. Of course we did a lot of copying and pasting. Instead of paying $7/month well now it is $8/month for the premium account we opted for the FREE listing which allows you to list up to 25 items. We chose this route because with all the fees we pay per month from other venues we thought it would be best to do a FREE trial run before committing to an additional fee per month. So if you get a chance check out our Zibbet store. We hope you like it as much as we do.