DIY Ideas for Homemade Soap Labels

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DIY Ideas for Homemade Soap LabelsOne of the most difficult things for me about soapmaking isn’t coming up with new recipes or ideas, it’s coming up with a design for the actual labels that go on the resulting soaps. So I thought I’d share just a few ideas for inspiration to help you with your own homemade soap labels whether you’re crafting handmade soaps to sell or to give as handmade gifts.

I created the side wrap labels for my handmade activated charcoal facial soap (pictured above) in Open Office, which is a free open source program similar to Word. First, I measured out my soap bar to figure out what size my labels needed to be then created two columns with these size guidelines in Open Office. (Don’t forget to create padding between the two columns to compensate for the width of your soap.) In the left column I typed out the ingredient list, weight and company information. I then copied and pasted this information down the entire left side of the column. Then, in the right hand column I typed in the soap name using a decorative font.

Then I placed a frame in center of the name and left it blank so I could adhere a “Handmade with Love” sticker inside the empty frame once printed. I purchased these particular stickers from Cute Tape, however you can create your own Kraft stickers and labels with Kraft sticker paper from World Label. Alternately, you could also insert a picture or drawing here in lieu of a frame.

Also, if you are creating frame around the label with an existing frame or picture, you will need to wrap the frame in the background and then arrange it by sending it to the back. Once I had my design in place for the front side of the label, I then copied and pasted the soap name and frame down the entire right side of the column so that it lined up with the ingredient list on the left. I then printed them onto a full page white sticker sheet.

Too much of a challenge? You can download the soap labels like the ones pictured above here, then use a PDF converter to edit the text with your own information.

Printable Mountain Range Soap LabelUsing the same basic concept I also created this Mountain Man Detox Soap Label using my own drawing I scanned into the computer in place of the frame.

Creating Custom Soap Labels

Like the previous soap label, the ingredients, weight and business info wrap around onto the back of the soap so just the soap name and image appear on the front. Alternately, you could also place the company name on the front above the picture with the type of soap below the picture. You can use a black and white image and either leave it black and white or color it in with markers by hand for a more homemade look. Or you can simply use a color image and print the labels out in color. You can download my Mountain Range Soap Labels in black and white here. Or download in color here. You will have to use a PDF converter to edit and customize the labels.

Ideas for Wrapping and Labeling Homemade Soaps - Cigar Band Soap Label

Another simple way to label your soaps is with a cigar band label. These labels can be wide or thin. And as the only labeling requirement for true soap (created from primarily fats and an alkali) is the weight, you can make these a minimalist as you like. Rather than make a perfectly straight rectangle shaped cigar label for my Handmade Summer Festival Soap, I included some clip art I purchased for this soap label to give it some shape and dress it up a bit.

Handmade Soap Packaging Idea - Homemade Soap Wrapped in Kraft Paper with a Sticker Cigar Band Soap LabelYou can use images in any number of ways on these cigar band labels. However, the smaller your label, the small and simpler the image for your soap label should be. Here, I wrapped the soap first in Kraft paper and then applied a cigar band soap label that was printed onto sticker paper.

Handmade Cork Wrapped Soaps from Bodhi Basics - Homemade Soap Labeling and Packaging IdeaFor more ideas, I suggest window shopping! There are so many amazing handmade soap artisans online, that’s it’s easy to browse products from other companies to help inspire your next soap label or packaging design! For example, Bodhi Basics (pictured above) wraps her lovely natural, organic soaps with paper cigar band labels printed on Kraft paper with a piece of cork tucked inside.

Black Licorice Halloween Soap from Daily ReposeWhile Daily Repose dresses up her simple Kraft paper labels from her handmade soap line with a lacy paper doily edge and ribbon. I also love how she decorated her seasonal soaps for Halloween with little accents like the skull featured on this black licorice scented soap (above.)

Sandalwood and Vanilla Scented Soap from Sunshine GardenSunshine Garden wraps her soaps in what appears to be waxed paper or parchment. Then wraps with a cigar band label made from decorative papers. A round sticker label with her company name, fragrance and weight.

What are some of your favorite ways to wrap your own homemade soaps whether to sell or to gift?

Natural Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe

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Most men probably care about their skin a lot less than women do, but that doesn’t men the appearance of their skin doesn’t matter to them. They’re just a lot less likely to complain about those bad skin days or let us know about it in general. So I crafted a fabulous homemade detox soap recipe for the men – and the boy! – in my life, that you can also create for the men and teens in your own life!

This natural Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe comes with free printable labels for gifting to your favorite guy!

Made with natural French green clay which nourishes skin with minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium, the clay in this homemade detox soap recipe also help to removes impurities within skin and even shrink pores. There’s also a strip of activated charcoal which is believed to detoxify skin and naturally absorb odors.

To top it all off, this soap is scented with The Perfect Man fragrance oil. This fragrance oil gives this detox soap recipe soap a wonderfully classic men’s scent comprised of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine with a hint of peppermint which is then layered on natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense. My boyfriend really loved the scent of this finished soap.

Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe for Men with Free Printable Labels for Gifting

Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

11 oz. pomace olive oil
10 oz. rice bran oil
6 oz. refined coconut oil
5.4 oz. sustainable palm oil
2.25 oz. refined shea butter
1.6 oz. camelina seed oil

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.8 oz. sodium hydroxide (lye)

At trace:
1/8 teaspoon chromium oxide green pigment powder
2 Tablespoons French green clay
1 Tablespoon activated charcoal
2 oz. The Perfect Man fragrance oil

Instructions:

This men’s homemade detox soap recipe will fit into one of my wooden loaf soap molds {learn how to make your own} or into a silicone loaf soap mold and will yield approximately 10-12 4.3-5 oz. bars depending on how they are cut. You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions as well as take all necessary safety precautions when creating this soap.

Start by measuring out 12 fluid ounces of distilled water and place into a pitcher or large glass pyrex measuring cup. Then, using a digital kitchen scale weigh out the lye, then stir into the distilled water until all of the lye has dissolved and set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils and shea butter and combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the pot on the stove and melt at medium heat until all ingredients have melted, then remove from heat and set aside to cool.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils are cooling, line your soap mold (unless you are using a silicone loaf soap mold which does not need to be lined) and measure out the activated charcoal into a small container. In a second container measure out the clay and pigment color and set aside. And finally, in a third container, measure out the fragrance oil and set aside.

I mixed this soap at around 110 degrees F as I wanted a slightly faster trace since I was creating two layers and needed the bottom layer to set up slightly before I poured on the top layer. The fragrance oil I used did not seem to accelerate trace even at this temperature and does not discolor the final product. I started by first pouring the lye-water into the liquified soapmaking oils and mixing with an immersion/stick blender until a light trace was reached. I then mixed in the fragrance oil and stirred until thoroughly incorporated. Next, I poured 1/3 of the soap into the mold, then tapped to even the soap along the bottom of the mold.

Next, slowly sprinkle the activated charcoal evenly along the layer of soap you just poured and set aside.

With the remaining soap still in the pot, stir in the green clay and pigment and mix well with your immersion/stick blender. Then slowly and evenly pour the remaining soap on top of the first layer and the activated charcoal. Once all of the soap is in the mold, you can use a knife to even out the top 3/4 of the soap. I generally run the knife back and forth along the width of the mold all the way down so that the knife only goes about halfway down into the soap to evenly distribute the soap from front to back, then run the knife back and forth lengthwise until my desired look is achieved. At that point you can also tap the mold on a hard surface to help release any remaining air bubbles if desired. Then cover your mold and insulate for twenty-four hours.

After the insulation period, unmold your soap and cut into bars. {Learn how to make a loaf soap cutter.} Set bars in a cool, dry location to cure for 3-6 weeks before use.

This natural Mountain Man Homemade Detox Soap Recipe comes with free printable labels for gifting to your favorite guy on special occasions or just because!

Your soaps are now ready to be wrapped and labeled, used and enjoyed or gifted to that special someone. You can download my Mountain Man Detox Printable Soap Recipe Labels here along with a printable version of the recipe. I think these are just perfect as homemade Father’s Day gifts or to tuck inside stockings as homemade Christmas gifts for men.

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Activated Charcoal Facial Soap Recipe for Acne Prone Skin

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 reciThis natural activated charcoal facial soap recipe for acne prone skin is crafted with clay, essential oils and activated charcoal to detox skin, calm inflammation and aid in acne prevention. Keep reading to learn more about the natural ingredients used to craft this DIY facial soap. Plus how to make your own charcoal facial soap recipe to use as part of your daily skin care routine for acne prevention.

Need facial soap recipes? This DIY facial soap recipe with activated charcoal is the perfect homemade facial soap bar for acne prone skin. Made with essential oils activated charcoal & botanical ingredients this homemade charcoal soap recipe makes a lovely addition to your natural skin care routine. This cold process facial soap recipe is the perfect skin care product for your beauty regimen to use as a natural facial cleanser to fight & prevent acne. Natural soap recipe for anti-acne skin care.

Formulating a charcoal facial soap recipe.

If you’re like me, you have regular breakouts due to those monthly and unwelcome, hormone changes. However, as someone with both combination and maturing skin, I wanted to create a homemade facial soap recipe that would not only help to curb the “adult” acne, but also wouldn’t strip my entire face of completely of oil. This is especially important during winter when I tend to have overly dry cheeks despite an oily t-zone. Therefore I created a natural activated charcoal facial soap recipe that provides the perfect combination of skin loving ingredients with acne fighting prevention.

This natural activated charcoal facial soap recipe for acne prone skin is crafted with clay, essential oils and activated charcoal to detox skin, calm inflammation and aid in acne prevention.

About the ingredients in my charcoal facial soap recipe.

Activated charcoal.

The activated charcoal in my activated charcoal facial soap recipe works to gently draw out impurities in the skin, removing dirt, grime and environmental toxins.

Essential oils.

I also included two essential oils prized for their anti-acne skin care benefits. They are lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil. In addition to its antibacterial properties, lavender essential oil also has anti-inflammatory benefits when used in skin care. Therefore, lavender essential oil not only fights the bacteria that can cause acne, it also helps to soothe and calm skin. In addition, tea tree essential oil, also lends to acne prevention due to its antibacterial properties.

Spirulina powder.

My charcoal facial soap recipe also includes spirulina powder. Also known as blue/green algae, this powder is naturally rich in vitamins and minerals that help to nourish skin.

Moroccan Rhassoul clay.

Similarly to activated charcoal, clay also helps to draw out oil and toxins. Therefore I chose to use red Moroccan rhassoul clay in my charcoal facial soap recipe. This mineral rich clay has a higher magnesium and silica content than other natural clays, making it especially useful for facial treatments and skin care.

Natural botanicals.

Rosehips powder also makes a lovely addition to my charcoal facial soap recipe. This ingredient is prized for its natural antioxidant and anti-aging skin care properties. While chamomile powder is added to soothe skin inflammation.

Carrier oils & butters.

Coconut oil is used in this facial soap for its cleansing power. However, I’ve also included a combination of carrier oils and butters for their skin conditioning properties. These natural soap making ingredients shea butter and jojoba oil, grape seed oil, olive squalane and evening primrose oil. This combination of ingredients help to create a rich, luxurious charcoal facial soap recipe.

In addition, as many soap makers choose to no longer use palm oil for soap making, I formulate my charcoal facial soap recipe to be palm oil free.

Acne soap recipe for your natural skin care routine. Learn how to craft a natural facial soap recipe for your acne prone skin using organic essential oils and activated charcoal, clay and spirulina powder.

Activated Charcoal Facial Soap Recipe

©  Rebecca D. Dillon

Ingredients:

14.4 oz. pomace olive oil
7.2 oz. refined coconut oil
7.2 oz. rice bran oil
3.6 oz. grape seed oil
1.9 oz.  jojoba oil
1.4 oz. evening primrose oil
1.2 oz. shea butter
.3 oz. olive squalane oil
1 Tablespoon carnauba wax (about 9 grams)

12 fluid oz. distilled water
4.6 oz. lye/sodium hydroxide

At trace:

1 Tablespoon activated charcoal powder
1 Tablespoon spirulina powder
1 Tablespoon red Moroccan Rhassoul clay
1 Tablespoon rosehips powder
1 Tablespoon chamomile flower powder
1 oz. lavender essential oil
.15 oz. tea tree oil

Instructions:

My activated charcoal facial soap recipe fits one of my wooden loaf soap molds. (You can learn how to make your own here.) The final soap making recipe yields approximately 10-12 4.3-5 oz. bars depending on how they are cut.

You’ll need to follow my basic cold process soapmaking instructions in order to make my charcoal facial soap recipe. In addition, you should also take all necessary safety precautions, including eye protection, adequate ventilation and gloves.

Begin by measuring out 12 fluid ounces of distilled water. Pour the water into a non-aluminum, heat safe pitcher or large glass pyrex measuring cup that’s free of crazing or scratches.

Next use a digital kitchen scale to weigh out the lye. Slowly pour the lye into the water. Then stir into the distilled water until all of the lye has dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Next, weigh out the soapmaking oils, shea butter and wax. Combine in a large non-aluminum pot. Place the pot on the stove and melt at medium heat. Once until all ingredients have melted, remove from heat. Set the soap making fats aside to cool.

While the lye-water and soapmaking oils cool, you need to line your mold. (This step applies only if you are using a wooden soap mold. There is no need to line a silicone loaf soap mold.)

Then measure out the activated charcoal, spirulina powder, clay, rosehips powder and chamomile powder. Combine in a small container and set aside.

In a separate container, weigh out the essential oils and set aside.

When your ingredients reach between 110 to 115 degrees F you are ready to make soap. You’ll want to mix this soap at a slightly higher temperature due to the addition of the wax.

You can add your dry ingredients to the charcoal facial soap batter at trace. However, if you are concerned about a fast trace in which thoroughly incorporating all of the dry ingredients may prove challenging, stir the dry ingredients into the soap making fats prior to adding the lye. Then use an immersion/stick blender to mix the dry ingredients in the oils.

Now slowly pour the lye-water into the soapmaking oils and stir with an immersion/stick blender until you reach a light trace. At that point, stir in the essential oils. You would also need to add the dry ingredients at this point if they weren’t added previously. Mix again with the stick blender until you reach a medium to heavy trace. Then pour the soap batter into your prepared soap mold.

Cover the mold, and if using a wooden loaf soap mold, insulate the charcoal facial soap. Set aside for 24 hours.

After the insulation period, unmold the activated charcoal facial soap and cut into bars. (Learn how to make a loaf soap cutter here.) Then set your facial soap bars in a cool, dry location to cure for 4-6 weeks prior to use.

Learn how to craft a natural facial soap recipe for your acne prone skin using organic essential oils and activated charcoal, clay and spirulina powder.

Looking for cute labels for your homemade charcoal facial soaps? The cigar band labels pictured on these homemade soap bars are from Lilac & Lavender Blog. For your convenience, I’ve created a pdf file using these designs to create printable cigar band soap labels. Just print (in landscape format,) cut and wrap! (Download the printable lavender cigar band soap labels here.)

This natural carrot complexion soap recipe is a skin nourishing facial soap you can make at home using the cold process soap making method to help fight acne.

More facial soap recipes.

If you like my charcoal facial soap recipe, then be sure to also try this similar soap recipe. A more traditional acne soap recipe with lavender & tea tree soap also contains activated charcoal powder. However, there are fewer ingredients called for in that charcoal facial soap recipe.

You can also try one of these other homemade facial soap recipes:

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DIY Custom Printable Jam Labels

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Free Custom Printable Jam Labels - DIY Personalized Labels from the Jam LabelizerIf you’re looking for a simple way to label your jars of jam – although these could work on bars of soap as well – then you definitely need to check out the Jam Labelizer. This brilliant website allows you to choose from several styles of labels and colors, customize completely with your own information, choose the size of your label based on the size of the jar, and either print your labels or save as a jpeg.

Customizable DIY Jam Labels - These are great for crafting homemade wedding favors and more!There are quite a few label designs to choose from that are completely free to print. However, if you choose a premium design – such as this one that allows you to include your own image – there’s a small $5 membership fee that gives you access to all of the designs to print as few or as many as you’d like. Additionally, for those that brew their own handcrafted beers, there’s also a Beer Labelizer! Whether you’re into preserves, beer, or soaps these labels are perfect for customizing products to sell or to gift as holiday, party or homemade wedding favors.

Use the Jam Labelizer to Create Custom Printable Soap LabelsAbove is an example of using the Jam Labelizer used for custom soap labels. What would use the Jam Labelizer for? Your favorite preserves or something else entirely?

Printable Pink Rose Labels and Gift Tags

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Natural Rose Body and Facial Mud for Normal, Sensitive and Mature Skin - Clarifying and Moisturizing Facial MaskIf you’ve been keeping up with my shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen, then you know that I’ve started hand drawing all of my new product labels. Yesterday I added my new Natural Rose Body & Facial Mud. I liked the round pink rose label I designed so much, I thought I’d share with you, my readers, for your own personal use.

Printable Round Pink Rose Labels - These Make Lovely Gift Tags and Bath and Beauty Product Labels

These blank labels can be printed onto full size blank sticker label sheets and then cut out to use on gifts or your own custom bath & beauty products. You can also print them onto cardstock, punch with a hole punch and tie a piece of string or ribbon through them to use as gift tags. Download the pink rose labels here.

Natural Rose Facial and Body Mud from Rebecca's Soap DelicatessenAnd don’t forget to stop by Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and check out my latest product! My Rose Body & Facial Mud is crafted with a special blend of ingredients that moisturize skin and help to clarify your complexion. It contains natural pink French clay and Damask Rose essential oil as well as shea butter as well as naturally fruit sourced Alpha-Hydroxy Acids.

Need something awesome to stick these labels on? I recommend trying my Natural Lemon Verbena Bath Melts Recipe and my Homemade Foaming Salt Scrub Recipe. (Psst. You can also buy my Foaming Salt Scrubs for a limited time.) You can even try your hand at making your own facial “mud” with my Natural Rhassoul Clay Mask Recipe! For more great bath and body recipes and free printables, be sure to follow Soap Deli News on Blog Lovin‘, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest so you don’t miss a thing!