There are many options for packaging handcrafted soap. I’ll be featuring many different styles and types to help get your creative juices flowing! Today, let’s talk about soap cigar band labels. Cigar band labels are simply a paper or cardboard label that wraps around the bar of soap, either around the width of the soap, covering the sides of the soap or the height of the soap, covering the top and bottom.
Once you are ready to sell your soap, you will need to design branded labels with your information. Some soapmakers do this in a program like Word, some soapmakers DIY and use a design program like Photoshop or Illustrator and some soapmakers hire a designer to design their labels. I highly recommend finding a designer to professionally design your soap labels.
There are label requirements for soap. Check out Marie Gale’s website to get more info on how to label soap.
How to Package Soap with Soap Cigar Band Labels
Step 1 – Print out your label sheets. You can also get your labels professionally printed.
Step 2 – Using a paper cutter, cut them out.
Step 3 – Using a glue stick, apply glue to one of the edges.
Step 4 – Center the label on the front of the soap. Pulling the label tightly, wrap it around your soap. Press hard and hold down the glued edge for a few seconds.
Happy Soap Labeling!
Can you tell me what paper weight you use? I am having trouble with what would work best. Thank you.
What are the dimensions on the labels?
I like and use the cigar band but mine are much more narrow so it shows off my soap design, then shrink wrap over that leaving top open for scent and it keeps drying, Is there a version of yours that doesn’t cover up the whole bar?
That was my problem when I did my initial research, yes it is time consuming but I have it down so its about .06 cents per par to package.
Any suggestions? I’ve been looking to find a more professional packaging.
Great website and very useful
Your’s is the best example on the Internet for this type of Soap Label. May I ask if you print them yourself and if so, what kind of printer do you use? Thanks Shannon
I love your informative pictures and advice. I’m not sure if it was brought up in a previous thread or post but do you have a template you wouldn’t mind sharing? It would be greatly appreciated.
The soap I make comes in different sizes and shapes so cigar bands don’t work. Is there an alternative?
What paper stock or what kind of paper would you suggest to use for the label and thanks for the help!
These labeling ideas are adorable! I love that they include the ingredients in each bar in a fun, colorful design. =)
I love how it says “small batch series”. Good idea.
I put my soap in cotton bags and then wrap with cigar band labels. I use double sided sticky tape and they stay on. I use just the band label for my mini soaps.. the tape seems to work in all environments.. I do outside shows and farmers’ markets.
I’ve seen this done and I LOVE the look. Thanks for sharing!
I love the look of my cigar bands, but they don’t always want to stay on. Even after a complete cure, and trying to wrap them tightly, they want to slip off. Any suggestions to help them stay put? Thanks.
I know many soapmakers who use shrink wrap over the label. This helps protect the soap and keep the cigar band in place. You can get breathable shrink wrap for CP soap. Hopefully others will chime in with their solutions.
I have looked into the shrink wrap, but holding off to find a less time intensive solution. Shrink wrap takes a lot of time to put around and hear to shrink. The cotton bag idea is interesting, but I’d like customers to see the soap. Thanks everyone.
Tie a slim ribbon or raffia on top of the cigar band label. I would still glue the label but use the ribbon to hold it tight.