TIPS FOR PURCHASER

If we are making, packaging and labeling your products, please read the following.

• Labeling varies between a clear stock and a white stock for the base label. White labels can come on a clear or semi opaque liner that the label machine can distinguish where a label starts and stops by using a laser. Basically the laser “eye” can be set to “look” for these breaks in opacity.

• A clear or frosted label stock needs to have an opaque liner material like craft or white to create the opacity for the “eye” to bounce off. An eye mark is needed on the back of the liner to create a virtual label that tells the eye to start and stop the machine so 1 label will come off at a time. Otherwise the machine will continue to apply multiple labels on the same container.

• When discussing how the label will be adhered, always assume the label will be applied by a machine. The liner your labels come adhered to needs to be strong enough to withstand the tension labeling machines create when applying your label. Ask for the thickest material your printer has in stock. This is usually discussed in “mils” or the weight of the stock.

• Make sure that your label company checks your projects containers to make sure the right adhesive is used. Make sure your label company has tested its adhesive on the type of bottle you are using, whether ours or yours.

• It is always a good idea to UV-coat or varnish your labels if they will be shipped or handled with wet hands. Also, paper labels should be coated with a UV or similar coating to avoid “scuffing” of the label in transport. It is preferable for toiletries with paper labels to have coating to guard against smearing when in contact with moisture. We will not be responsible for smeared or damaged labels. An uncoated label will almost certainly be damaged by an Essential Oil. Please be familiar with your ingredients and get a sample label from your printer to test your products on. A knowledgeable company will know what materials will resist the majority of elements.

• A good way to describe to a printer what kind of label stock you will be needing is to let them know what kind of environment your final product will be in. i.e. Bathroom, Counter top, Purse, Travel, etc. In most cases, it is best to design for the “bathroom” environment. In this case a poly material, as opposed to paper, is suitable with a permanent adhesive and a resistant UV type coating.

• We do not label tubes, but if you do, be in close contact with your printer in discussing the materials. Take your time and ask for samples. Tubes require some very unique poly materials that allow for the flex when squeezed. Paper and most standard poly materials will wrinkle and cause permanent “rivers” in the label surface. This allows air and moisture underneath the label which will eventually peel and/or tear your label.