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4 Steps to the Perfect DIY Body Scrub Packaging

Your body scrub packaging may be the last step in the creation process, but it’s an essential part of the process. The packaging you choose reflects the heart and soul you’ve poured into your product.

Now, I want to let you in on a little secret: you don’t need to be or hire a professional designer to create stunning packaging. All you need is a vision and a keen eye for details.

Keep it simple and authentic to your personal style, and you’ll have a packaging success story.

As you start to conceptualize your body scrub packaging, consider a theme that aligns with your values. Are you emphasizing the eco-friendly and vegan aspects of your product? Are you aiming for a luxurious, high-end aesthetic? Or perhaps a minimalist and modern vibe speaks to you.

Whatever you choose, make sure it feels true to you and your vision.

And if you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed, don’t worry. I’ve spent the last twenty years developing packaging for consumer products, even on a shoestring budget. Let me share some simple, yet effective tips to keep in mind as you design your own body scrub packaging.

Let’s go!

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How Do You Package Homemade Body Scrubs?

When it comes to homemade body scrub packaging, presentation is key. Just as choosing the best carrier oil or deciding to color your scrub with natural colorants, the packaging you choose can make or break the first impression. And let’s be honest, first impressions matter.

You want to make sure that your sugar scrub stands out and catches the eye of anyone who sees it. A beautifully packaged sugar scrub is more likely to be used and admired than one that looks like it was thrown together.

Plus, did you know that the packaging design can be the only difference between a DIY scrub and a retail scrub that sells for a premium price? It’s true!

But don’t worry, looking expensive doesn’t have to be expensive. With just a few mindful touches, you can elevate your body scrub from homemade to boutique-ready.

Simple details can make a big impact on the presentation.

For gifting, consider wrapping your sugar scrub in a beautifully decorated gift box with tissue paper and a ribbon for an elegant touch. You could also opt for a drawstring cloth bag stamped with a personalized design for a charming, rustic look. These thoughtful touches will make the unboxing experience memorable.

If you’re selling your product, you’ll need to consider cosmetic regulations and how to protect the product during shipping. And if you’re selling at a market, think about how your customers will carry their purchase home.

By taking the time to carefully consider your packaging options, you can create a product that not only feels amazing but looks amazing too!

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Can You Put Sugar Scrubs in Plastic Containers?

When it comes to body scrub packaging, you want to ensure the container helps to maintain freshness and potency. Opt for an air-tight jar or bag, and store it in a cool, dark place, away from air, moisture, and light. Additionally, select a container with a wide opening to make it easy for scooping out the scrub.

But what about plastic? Well, it depends on your priorities.

As sustainability and environmental concerns continue to grow, plastic might not be your best bet. Consider paper-based options or glass containers which are easier to recycle than plastic.

When it comes to eco-friendly packaging, keep it simple and neutral.

Focus on right-sizing your packaging to your contents and eliminate unnecessary elements. Reducing superfluous packaging not only helps the planet but also decreases the overall weight of your product, which can be a game changer for shipping and transportation.

What Do You Store Body Scrubs In?

With the right body scrub packaging, your homemade scrub can last for up to 6 months. To keep your scrub fresh, store it in an airtight container outside of the shower, and consider adding an antioxidant like vitamin E or ascorbic acid if you’re using oil or reselling the product.

When it comes to style, there are many options to choose from, including amber, frosted, and clear glass jars with different lid colors and materials. If you want to switch things up, a food-grade zipper pouch is lightweight and also a cost-effective option.

For a touch of luxury, metallic containers with bold colors can make a dazzling statement, while those who prefer a modern and minimalistic look can’t go wrong with straight glass containers and simple typography. And a pretty scoop can be an extra special touch.

If you’re looking for inspiration, take a look at your favorite skincare packaging and create a mood board to help guide your own packaging design. Remember, the sky’s the limit (just don’t use Comic Sans)!

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Grab my free mood board template on Canva

What Should Be On A Body Scrub Label

When it comes to your homemade body scrub packaging, a label is an essential component. Not only does it convey important information about your product, but it also adds a decorative touch.

And if you’re selling your scrub, a well-designed label can help you stand out from the competition.

If you’re looking for inspiration for your homemade sugar scrub label, you can find templates and free designs on sites like Pinterest or even create your own using customizable templates from Canva or Photoshop.

Experiment with different label placements on your packaging—off-center, wraparound, or centered. And don’t forget to use water-resistant paper.

To save time and money, consider creating a signature label for your sugar scrubs and leaving a space to handwrite the ingredients or scrub name. A waterproof marker will come in handy here. However, as your business grows, you may want to explore other options such as printing on or embossing the container to minimize waste.

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Printing on the jar minimizes waste

And if you’re planning to sell your body scrub, be sure to include essential information such as weight, directions for safe use, and your business information as required by regulatory bodies.

Check the FDA’s Labeling Requirements for Cosmetics in the United States, or the relevant authority in your country. And if you need further guidance, consider Marie Gale’s Soap and Cosmetic Labeling: How to Follow the Rules and Regs Explained in Plain English.

Remember, the right label can not only add a delightful touch to your body scrub packaging but also help your product stand out in a crowded market. So take the time to design a label that accurately represents your product and showcases your creativity.

Get Creative With Your Body Scrub Packaging

Whether you’re making scrubs for personal use or to sell, the right body scrub packaging and labeling can take your scrubs to the next level.

When choosing a container, opt for a travel-friendly pouch or an airtight jar with a wide opening for easy scooping

When designing your label, keep it simple and functional with necessary information such as weight, ingredients, and usage instructions. Use your favorite skincare packaging for inspiration, but remember to make it unique. And lastly, always consider the environmental impact and choose packaging that minimizes waste.

With a little imagination and attention to detail, you can create a body scrub that not only feels great on your skin but also looks stylish on your bathroom shelf or in your online store.

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