How to wrap handmade soap

How to wrap handmade soap

Published On: 08-20-2014 04:35pm

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Category: Handmade Soap Information and Tutorials


Hello friends,

When I teach soapmaking, I am often asked about wrapping handmade soap.  Here is a tutorial on how I wrap my soap.

My cold process soaps are simply packaged in cotton muslin bags with a hang tag. The folded business card size tags allow plenty of room for all the ingredients and details required for proper soap labeling as well as giving me space to tell the story of my quality formulated soap.


 I cure my soap between two and three months because I prefer the results I get from a long cure time.  Handmade soap continues to lose moisture throughout its shelf life so I like to use cotton muslin because it allows the soap to breathe and provides great protection from exposure to light and shelf wear. It is also an eco friendly wrapping.

Here are my finished cold processed soaps as presented for sale.  I have one bar open so the customer can see and smell the sample bar. I use a stainless steel deli pin to hold the hang tag.  Customers simply match the tag to find the soap they wish to purchase.

soap packaged in muslin bags

The clear glycerin soaps are different than the handmade cold process soaps. Glycerin soaps are hygroscopic and will draw moisture to themselves. In humid environments the moisture will form on the soap like water droplets form on a cold glass on a hot summer day.  After some time, this moisture often develops a film on the soap.  While perfectly safe and easily removed with use or a rinse of water, it is not attractive.  To prevent this from happening while the soap is in storage or on the store shelves it is necessary to wrap the soap in a way to prevent exposure to the moisture in the air.

I use stretch AEP wrap.  Here are some brands that are
readily available on line, at Sam's club and Walmart:


I prefer to use the one with the zip cutter. Regular clear wraps like Saran or Reynolds Clear Wrap do not work as well as the AEP wraps because they don't stretch as easily.

The key is to stretch the wrap before it comes in contact with the soap.



After the first stretch, lower the wrap to make contact with the top of the soap.



Next, stretch and pull the wrap tightly in all directions to achieve a smooth top and sides. Draw all the excess wrap to the back of the soap.



Gather the excess, trim with scissors and press the seams together.  The wrap sticks to itself pretty well but you can add a small piece of clear scotch tape if you want more security.




Here is the soap side by side, the orchid soap and one on the left is wrapped. You can see how neatly the stretch wrap works, it is difficult to tell the difference between the wrapped and unwrapped soap.


This process works well for the intricate shaped soaps like
the gemstone and flower soaps as well.


These soaps are wrapped with the stretch wrap before the paper labels are added:



All products available for sale at

I finish my retail presentation by putting the wrapped soap
 in a crisp clear cello bag and seal with the label
that provides the labeling requirements of
 name, full ingredient list, my contact information etc.


I hope you found this tutorial on how to wrap handmade soap helpful. Thanks for visiting,



Reader's Comments

By Soapsmith on 01/09/2017 @ 09:45pm

Paper won't be good for MP soap because it draws moisture from the air due to the high glycerin content. The paper won't block the moisture like other wraps. Some people use shrink wrap, regular plastic food wraps like saran wrap would be better than paper if you can't find the stretch wrap. You can always tape the back if it doesn't stick together. Hope that helps.

By Guest on 01/09/2017 @ 12:12pm

Good day. I'm from South Africa and we don't have the AEP stretch wrap. We only have normal plastic wrap, but that doesn't stick well together. Can I wrap glycerin soap with brown kraft paper?

By Guest on 08/17/2016 @ 08:21pm

Thanks for all the details you have given. Being new to soapmaking I do a lot of reading. You are the only one that offer advice for packaging soaps that have irregular shapes, and explain why the AEP wrap is the better choice. Thanks again.

By Soapsmith on 06/23/2016 @ 02:42am

For my cold process soaps, I use the muslin so it can have some air exposure with the protection of the fabric. Melt and Pour doesn't need to be exposed to air after it is wrapped. For the MP soap, it should be sealed against the outside air because MP attracts moisture due to the glycerin content that is higher than the glycerin in cold process soaps. I like to leave mine open for a day to two before wrapping with the stretch wrap. Some people wrap immediately but I find if there is a little moisture it will be trapped under the stretch wrap so it will get the sweating. Letting it exposed to the air for a day assures it is good to be wrapped. Hope that helps.

By Guest on 06/22/2016 @ 09:46pm

Loved all the info! I've just made my first batch! Such fun! Did I understand that this melt and pour soap needs to breathe? How long does the soap need to dry before I sure them or give them a way? Thanks, Lois

By Guest on 05/06/2016 @ 12:37am

Thanks for all the good info. I only do Melt and Pour, and allow them to harden for several weeks.I stretch wrap them in Saran wrap and use a variety of final decorative packaging. In the beginning, I didn't use stretch warp with small oval soaps. I used fancy small Thank You note envelopes, in off white, frosted pink and aqua colors, and that looked great with a ribbon tied around it.

By Guest on 04/12/2015 @ 06:46pm

Thank you for this information. I have started to make some of the melt and pour type soaps to add to my crocheted wash cloths, but have found that those pretty molds aren't standard sizes for the premade boxes. I tried to wrap my soaps with my mortal enemy,cling wrap and they looked horrible, picked up some streatch wrap from office depot but after the fiasco with the cling wrap was afraid to actually try it. Love the way you presented this and now I'm going to brave it and give it a shot. Lila Allerkamp

By Guest on 10/19/2014 @ 07:03am

since i am just venturing out into the melt and pour process, this provided invaluable information to me on contacts and techniques, thank you so much!!

By normasbathandbody on 08/07/2014 @ 10:59pm

Great Job Bonnie!

By Soapsmith on 06/03/2014 @ 10:30pm

Sure, you could put a soap wrapped with the stretch wrap and pop that into a muslin bag. You could find a neat stamp of a jolly roger, pirate ship, or pirate chest to stamp the muslin bag. Or maybe some toy pirate coins in the bag, too. Cute! When I do the glycerin soaps for weddings, showers and party favors I put the AEP wrapped soaps into the organza bags. They work fine.

By Guest on 06/03/2014 @ 09:51pm

could you take the soap wrapped AEP and then put it in a muslin bag? I am wanting to make this as gifts and I want something that looks piratety (is that even a word?)

By Guest on 05/30/2014 @ 06:11pm

I am very inspired by your beautiful soaps and puffs. Nice.

By Soapsmith on 05/28/2014 @ 04:50pm

The AEP wrap is a stretch plastic wrap. It is similar to saran wrap type of products but it stretches. AEP is the company that developed it. If you find any food safe stretch wrap, it should work fine. The key is to have the stretch. You can google AEP stretch wrap and find many sources. I get mine at restaurant supply stores or Sam's Club. I do not use any plastic, stretch or shrink wrap on my cold process soap, just the glycerin soaps. I only use the muslin bags for my CP soap. Hope that helps.

By Guest on 05/28/2014 @ 03:25pm

what does AEP mean for the plastic wrap for glycerine soap? Is this a brand?

By Guest on 11/14/2013 @ 04:46am

Beautiful soaps!

By Soapsmith on 07/16/2013 @ 12:20pm

Hi, I do get mine on line. I use I buy them 1000 at a time but they sell them in 100 pack sizes. They have the best prices, but you can always check around. The last time I got them they were 15 cents each including shipping. They are called "muslin parts bags" Just note that the sizes are a little smaller than the measurements. I use the 4 X 6 inch but they are more like 3.5 X 5.5.

By Guest on 07/16/2013 @ 05:09am

where can you purchase cotton muslin bags? (besides online)

By Guest on 05/03/2013 @ 02:46am

Very helpful info and pictures.

By Guest on 03/19/2013 @ 12:10am

Thank you for your certain information. you are very good and i like your instruccions. ADA

By Soapsmith on 12/31/2012 @ 05:47pm

The cold process soaps are shown in the first photo, they are wrapped with cotton muslin bags and hang tags. The AEP stretch wrap is MP soap. I never wrap my Cold Process with anything but the natural cotton muslin bags. Hope that helps.

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