Class Handout: Packaging Your Bath & Body Products


by Joan McCoy

This class handouts consists of 5 separate files. Once purchased, you’ll find the links to download everything in your MY ACCOUNT page.

So let me guess… you make wonderful handmade products. That’s fantastic! But have you ever thought about what your current product packaging says about your products? Not only is packaging the first impression of your product, but in many cases the decision to buy or use a product is made entirely on the packaging.

Packaging will attract or repel people, and will also influence the decision to purchase your product again (based on how the product holds up in the chosen container, how good the label looks after it’s been in the bathroom for a few months, etc.). How much time have you spent considering how to package your high-quality bath & body formulations? We know it can be overwhelming since there are so many components of packaging. Everything from deciphering the different types of plastic containers, to making sure you’re getting caps/tops that properly fit your bottoms.

We saw a need for people who were learning how to make awesome bath & body products. So, Joan & Lori brainstormed. Then Joan researched each area, interviewed makers, and then researched some more. Then she designed this informative class to help students navigate the often confusing world of packaging options.

“Packaging” is a broad term, but Joan has done an amazing job covering as much as possible, including containers, bags, labels, embellishments, and gift packaging. She also covers the “Do’s & Don’ts” of packaging, green or eco-friendly packaging, and market trends. Finally, using fellow bath & body product makers as inspirational examples, she discusses their packaging philosophies, and their trials and triumphs.

This Digital Class Handout includes 5 Files:
~Detailed & Comprehensive Slideshow
~Packaging Considerations Worksheet
~Packaging Container Reference Spreadsheet
~Plastics, Containers & Closures Sheet
~Comprehensive Supplier List

Joan covers packaging options & considerations for the following products:

• All Types of Soap (Melt & Pour, Cold Process, & Hot Process)
• Lotions, Creams, & Body Butters
• Lip Balm, Bath Melts, & Solid Salt Scrubs
• Fizzy Bath Bombs & Tub Tea
• Herbal Bath Salts, Salt & Sugar Body Scrubs
• Perfumes (Roll-Ons, Solids & Sprays)
• Massage Oils, Body Powders, Milk Baths & More!

Note: This is not a class on how to properly label your products – for that we highly recommend Marie Gale’s Labeling Book.

See below for more info about Joan & this Class Handout.

A Class Handout is the digital PDF version of the handout for the in-person classes we taught at The Nova Studio. After ordering this PDF-format digital handout, you will be directed to a page that contains links to your instant downloads. You’ll have easy access to all your active Class Handout links in one easy place from your My Account page (downloads expire after 10 days & 5 downloads – so be sure to save the docs to your computer before then).

They will save you a ton of time & energy by giving you accurate, tested recipes & formulas, clear instructions, recommended sources for where to buy supplies relevant to each topic, and any background and/or supporting information. It’s the next best thing to being in a class!

When you buy the handouts, you also have permission to make the products exactly as is (with or without changing them) and you may market/sell them to your customers using our recipes. The only thing you cannot do is sell, post or distribute the information, directions, or recipes in our handouts since they are protected by copyright laws as part of our exclusive intellectual property.

Purchasing these handouts does not include any additional consulting or email support. If you have questions or need consulting, we offer private lessons & phone consultations. If you teach classes and want help creating your own class handouts, please contact us to set up a private consult and we would be happy to assist you. Purchasing our handouts does not give you permission or license to use them as teaching materials.


With Class Handouts, you are granted instant access as soon as your transaction is complete (download links can be found on your My Account page – simply open the files & save them to your computer and you will have access to them forever). Since this is a digital product that you cannot return, we have a no refund policy. That said, we want you to be happy. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, please Contact Us.


joan headshot croppedJoan McCoy is a crafter who began making bath and body products in 2004. It all started when she pruned the lavender bush in her backyard & noted all the beautiful stems that went into her compost bin. After the next harvest, she dried the lavender and made sachets for everyone she knew. Soap and other bath products soon followed and there’s been no turning back since! Joan currently sells her products at craft shows during the holiday season and at an artist’s cooperative boutique in San Jose. Joan is also a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild (HSCG). Learn how to package your bath & body products from Joan.


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