blue and white soap sample to be used as a gift

Top Tips for Using Soap Samples as Gifts: A Comprehensive Guide

Is soap a good gift?

If you're looking for a unique and affordable gift idea, soap is a good gift and soap samples are the perfect option! Handmade soaps can be used as wedding favors, baby shower favors, bridal shower favors, stocking stuffers, or simply as a way to say "thank you." They're a great way to show your appreciation for teachers or your house guests or to give to a friend as a housewarming gift. You can even incorporate them into a larger gift presentation such as a gift box or handmade soap gift baskets or give one by itself for any gift-giving occasion.

soap sample in gift basket

Handmade soap is a better choice for the recipients of your gifts and shows that you took the time to get them something special. While you could always just pick up a few small bars at a dollar store or craft store, we want you to think instead about seeking out nice, high-quality handmade sample soaps from a handmade soap maker to give as gifts.

In this blog post, we'll discuss our top tips for using samples as soap gifts.

1. Why a sample soap makes a great gift

People love getting handmade soap as a gift because it is a gesture that is both useful and thoughtful. Soap samples make great gifts for several reasons. First, they are a unique gift that not everyone will think of. Second, they are relatively inexpensive, so you can get a lot of them without breaking the bank. And third, they are a great way to help the recipient try out a new soap or a variety of different scents and styles before committing to a full bar. This makes them ideal for people who are difficult to buy for or who have allergies, as you can find one with ingredients to suit almost any need. In addition, you may be able to get them customized to match the recipient's favorite scents and colors.

Natural handmade soap samples by JDNatlady's Creations

2. Choosing the right soap sample to give

The perfect size mini bars are a great way to show your appreciation to friends and family. But with all the different ones out there, how do you know which one to choose when you are giving soap as a gift? Here are a few factors to consider when selecting them:

When giving soap samples as gifts, it's important to consider the recipients. If you're giving them to children, for example, you may want to choose a soap that is gentle and unscented. Or you may choose gift soaps that are gentle but have fun scents. Kids will love using soaps that smell like their favorite fruits or sweets. You will have a lot more choices for adults, but you may need to ask yourself a few questions first.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself about the person getting the soap sample gift

•Is the person someone who would prefer all-natural soaps?

•Do they prefer ones with bright colors?

•Do they like some types of scents more than others?

•Is the soap sample for the body, hands, or face?

You may not have the answers to some of these questions, so it may involve some guesswork. Or you may need to ask the person's family members or friends about the person's preferences.

If the soap is for a particular person, choose a soap that is unique and reflects the recipient's personality. This will make the gift more memorable and enjoyable to use.

mini soap bar on wooden table

If the person loves an all-natural soap, then one such as a eucalyptus tea tree soap, but in a sample-sized version, might be a good choice for a natural soap sample gift. If they are someone who loves floral scents, choose a soap with a light, fresh floral fragrance. If they are more of a citrus lover, go for something with zesty citrus top notes. Or maybe, you should consider getting the person an unscented bar if that is what the recipient might prefer.

Depending on the occasion and the person you're gifting, you may want to opt for a soap sample that is brightly colored or one that has more natural hues.

Choose ones with luxurious ingredients. This will make the recipient of the gift feel pampered and special.

Be sure to select a type that is appropriate for the intended use, such as getting a facial bar if you want the person to use it for the face. You also want to make sure that the sample is large enough for the person to use multiple times. A good rule of thumb is to use about one ounce per person.

samples of handmade natural soap by JDNatlady's Creations

Are you looking for handmade soaps for people attending a special occasion event?

There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing ones to give as a gift or a favor if it is for a special occasion. First, consider the occasion. There are differences in how you may want to choose a wedding favor for guests at your wedding versus a teacher gift, at least as it relates to packaging and other aspects. Wedding favors are typically more formal than party favors, so you'll want to choose a sample of natural soap that reflects the theme of the event. Baby shower favors can be fun and whimsical, while teacher gifts might be practical and useful. 

How do you find out what soap they may like?

You could send a survey before the special occasion event to ask your prospective guests what kind they like. Or maybe you will just choose based on your preference and the image you would like your soap to help present or the theme you want to have it fit into.

3. Ideas for using soap samples as gifts

•Wedding Favors

Soap makes for a unique and useful wedding favor. With all of the different types and shapes available, it can be tricky to know how to pick the perfect favors for your big day.

wedding soap favors created using sample soaps

First, consider the overall theme of your event.

•Is your wedding theme elegant or formal?

•Are you looking for something rustic or whimsical?

•Is it a destination wedding on a Caribbean beach?

•Do you want something that will match your wedding colors?

If you want your soap favors to match the theme or color scheme of your wedding, look for samples of soap that come in colors that coordinate with your wedding palette. If you are doing a destination wedding on a Caribbean beach, consider a beach or ocean-themed selection.

As far as scent goes, choose a bar that has a light, refreshing fragrance that won't be too overpowering. Or you may wish to select several different scents ranging from one with a light scent to others with stronger scents. A nice selection can include floral, citrus, and even woodsy scents. Once you have a general idea of what you're looking for, you can start narrowing down your options.

One way to narrow down your choices is to first decide on the size you want to give out. Mini soap bars or sample-sized soaps are a popular option, as they're easy for guests to carry around and use later on.

mini bars of soap to be used to make wedding favors


Next, take into account the size of your event. If you're only having a small gathering, you might not need soap samples for everyone. If you do want each guest at a small wedding to have one of these favors, you may find that it's even nicer to give them a sample pack. If you're expecting a large crowd, samples are the way to go.

Finally, think about your budget. Samples of natural soap can range in price from a dollar to several dollars each. You won't be able to rely on free soap samples unless you make them yourself and then there is still the cost of the supplies, so technically they won't be free. If you're on a tight budget, look for less expensive soap samples. However, if money is no object, go ahead and splurge on the more elaborate soap samples or even get full size bars of handmade artisan soaps with high quality ingredients for all of your guests.

•Bridal Shower Favors

If you are the bridal shower host, you may want to give the sample soap gift as a take-home gift for the guests or as prizes for fun games. The grand prize might even be a spa gift box or basket that includes handmade soap samples as part of the gift.

soap favor with green ribbon


•Baby Shower Favors

If you don't want to pick a specialty-shaped favor that relates to babies, you may choose to use regular soap samples to give as gifts to the guests at your baby shower. Choose ones that reflect the baby's gender, if possible. If you wish to break away from the gender/color-specific tradition, however, choose whatever fun color you wish or even ones with no added color. Consider choosing a variety of scents for the guests to enjoy. Lilac, lavender, and chamomile are all popular scents for these events.

Baby Shower Soaps by JDNatlady's Creations

•Gender Reveal Party Favors

The way you select the favors for this type of special event is similar to how you select for a baby shower. Make your choice based on the colors that are traditionally associated with the child's gender and have all of the sample soaps be one color-either all blue or all pink. Creatively use them as part of your gender reveal or give them out as take-home gifts for your guests.

•Housewarming Gift

If your friend or family member just bought a house or got a new apartment, it is a nice gesture to give a housewarming gift. A handmade soap samples set along with other gift items like a houseplant or other useful items make a nice combination to give as a housewarming gift. You could even stack a sample soap on a wooden soap dish or on a wooden bath tray. They will appreciate this thoughtful and practical gift.

Samples of handmade soap by JDNatlady's Creations on brown wooden bath tray

Another important tip is to make sure the samples are clearly labeled. Include the name of the soap and the name and contact information for the soap maker. This will help your recipients know what they're getting and how to get more if they want to buy more.

•Teacher Gifts

If you are putting together a teacher gift, add a few samples to personalized gifts such as a mug or a set of pens or pencils. The gift is a nice thank you to let your child's teacher know that he or she is appreciated.

•House Guest Gifts

If you have house guests visiting, your guests will appreciate receiving nice handmade soap samples to use. You could put together a nice little package with soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, and similar toiletry items to make your guest feel at home.

•Stocking Stuffers

If you are giving a sample as a stocking stuffer, be sure to include a card with the scent name and information about where a whole bar can be purchased. This way, the recipient can easily find and buy their favorite soap after trying out the sample.

stocking stuffer flatlay

These soaps will make nice, festive soap sample gifts for your loved ones!  If you still use Christmas stockings,  you can actually place one or two handmade soap samples in the stocking.  Otherwise, just give them as nice little gifts in holiday packaging.

•Gift Box or Gift Basket

You can help build a gift basket around the theme of handmade or any other theme in which the addition of handmade soap samples would be a nice touch.

 What goes with soap as a gift?

When trying to decide what to add, ask yourself what goes with soap as a gift?  Then try to include a few of those items to round out the basket contents. Include a card with a personal message. Let the recipient know how much you appreciate them and why you chose this particular soap for them.

•Thank You Gift or Any Occasion Gift

If you are stumped about what to give someone as a "thank you" gift or a small gift for any number of gift-giving occasions such Father's Day, Mother's Day, Graduation or any other occasion, you can give a handmade soap sample gift  set instead of just one.

4. How to package and present your soap sample

As you already knew or learned by reading this blog post, samples of handmade soap make great soap favors, wedding favors, baby shower favors, bridal shower favors, teacher gifts, housewarming gifts, and more. But how do you package and present them so they look their best? Here are a few tips: 

There are a few things to consider when packaging soap samples that you are giving as a gift. Pay attention to the packaging. It's an important part of creating a great gifting experience.

Consider the shape of the soap sample. If you are giving a soap that is in the shape of a heart or another special shape, you may want to package it in a way that will not allow the shape to be damaged. This can be accomplished by using a small bag or a cute box. You can also wrap it in white, colored, or patterned tissue paper. This will make the gift look more special and thoughtful.

heart shaped sample soaps that require care in packaging

The type of occasion for the gift-giving should also influence your choice of packaging.

•An important part of selecting wedding favors is personalization. For handmade soap wedding favors, have the labels or packaging personalized with your first name and the first name of your soon-to-be spouse and include the wedding date. A simple cigar band works well for this purpose

•Bridal shower favors may be packaged similarly to the way you package wedding favors, except they usually only are personalized with the bride's name and the date of the event.

•Baby shower favors can be packaged in clear bottles or decorated boxes.  Or package them in an organza bag with a personalized tag.

Baby shower favors by JDNatlady's Creations in organza bag with personalized hang tag

•Teacher gifts can be placed in mugs or baskets.

For any gift-giving occasion, you can

•Tie the soap sample with a pretty ribbon or wrap it in fabric and tie a string around it.

•Place the soap samples in organza bags or pretty boxes. If you're using boxes, line them with tissue paper for a special touch. Or maybe decorate the box with pretty flowers.

soap sample favor box decorated with purple flowers and white flowers

If you are gifting two or more soap samples together, choose ones that complement each other in terms of scent, color, and/or shape. For example, you could pair a lavender soap with a rosemary soap.

You can also package gifts in a gift basket or gift box with other gift items. Coordinate the packaging of the soap with the theme or colors of the gift basket or gift box.

Your labeling or packaging doesn't have to be plain. Add some fun and appropriate graphics! For a baby shower gift, for example, add a baby bottle or baby rattle graphic on a gift tag attached to a small organza gift bag that contains the handmade sample of soap.

Finally, don't forget to include a note with your gift! A handwritten note is always appreciated, but even a simple "thank you" will let your recipients know how much you appreciate them. You could even do a rustic, handwritten label that says "thank you" right on the label.  Kraft labels work well for this purpose.

Thank you soaps with rustic, handwritten label

Once you have considered all of these factors and followed these tips, you will be able to choose the best way to package your soap sample for gift giving. You will be able to package and present your soap sample gifts in a way that is both beautiful and appropriate for the occasion. Your recipient will be sure to appreciate your thoughtful gifts!

5. Where to find soap samples for sale

Where you get the soap depends upon if you want them already packaged, packaged with your requested personalization, hand wrapped or in bulk for you to complete the packaging as a DIY project. You may typically source samples of handmade soap by purchasing them yourself online or by getting one or two free when you buy another product. You might even have a few that you received at your local farmer's market. If you need more than one or two to use as gifts, then you will probably need to purchase handmade soap samples from a soap maker.

If you make soap yourself, then, of course, you can make your own. Soap samples are a great way to show off your soap-making skills and creativity. If you don't make soap but are crafty, you may be able to handle part of the creative process, such as packaging or labeling, or both. If you are neither a soap maker nor crafty, there still may be ways to save some money.

•buy soap samples in bulk and ask for a bulk discount. You may need to buy 50 or more to get a discount, but it doesn't hurt to ask the soap maker for a discount.

top of soap samples by JDNatlady's Creations

•Buy in person to save on shipping or buy sample soaps online from a site with free shipping

If you are searching for a handmade soap sample online, use search terms like soap samples, soap favors, mini soaps, guest soaps, wedding favors, baby shower favors, Airbnb soaps, hotel amenity soaps, or similar terms to locate this type of product. Try to find a site online that gives you free shipping without a minimum dollar purchase, especially if you are just getting a one or two ounce bar to try before buying a larger order to get the ones you need for gifts.

6. The bottom line

Handmade soap samples are a thoughtful and luxurious gift. No matter how you use them, anyone who receives samples of handmade soap as a gift is sure to appreciate receiving them. So why not try giving them as gifts the next time you need a special present? And with so many different ways to use them, you're sure to find the perfect way to use them as gifts. With just a little bit of planning, you can give them as beautiful and thoughtful gifts that will be remembered long after they're used up. So go ahead and try it - your recipients will be glad you did!

Thanks for reading! We hope this blog post has inspired you to try using soap samples as gifts. Do you have any tips for using them? Share them with us in the comments below!

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