Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Packaging....WHO NEEDS IT?

Well, if you haven't already figured it out by this time, I make soap with the idea in mind to sell it all! And then make more so I can sell it too...and so on.

Which comes to the subject of packaging...

It never occurred to me just how important this cotton pickin' packaging thing is until I started presenting my wares in arts and craft fairs. Why can't I just make a great bar of soap that smells and looks amazing and leave it at that? NOOOOOOO, gotta make the package to go with it look good too? You gotta be kidding me! I don't make packaging...I make SOAP! Who cares what the package looks like?

Apparently a lot of people do!!!

First time I sold at a craft fair, I didn't want to bother with packaging, but I knew that I had to include the ingredients along with the soap, so came up with the wonderful idea of adding a small slip of paper that goes with each soap. When someone bought one of my soaps, I would wrap the soap up in tissue and include the cute (AND DECORATIVE I might add) slip of paper along with it.

People couldn't get past the idea of, "Where's the package that goes with the soap?" thing. "Can I have it in a box?" "Can you put a wrapper on it of some sort?" YEAH, it's called tissue paper! Cheap, not bad looking, and you're probably going to throw it away anyway, right?

Didn't matter. People want "packaging". It has been the biggest headache for me. I hate packaging the soap. I love to look at it, smell it....but when you put something around it, it loses the look and you don't get the full impact of just how amazing handmade soap is!!!

But, I break down and do it anyway. Still don't know how I want to do it. I am such a minimalist when it comes to those kind of things, so try not to bury my stuff in packaging. Simple freezer paper I suppose and leave it at that. That's what I think...with a label of course, telling folk what it is, and ingredients, and size etc.

Sheesh!!! Picky, picky!!!!

Anytime you want your soap without all the extra fluff and frills, let me know. I'll be more than happy to accommodate. :D


Gioia Made Soap said...

These lovely soaps, I love the most without the packaging!
But I understand we have to label it..
Your soaps are very lovely!

LightsandLathers said...

I feel your pain!! I like this statement from people who are purchasing the soap for the packaging..."Oh! You can actually use this soap?? I thought it was just pretty and would leave it in my bathroom." That kills me! It does leave a moment for education though.