I wanted to share this hint with everyone, only because it's been a big challenge for me, actually here's a couple.
Rather than using a plain piece of card for a cigar band this is what I do:
I print the required number of labels on a coloured piece of card,
-with all the necessary info.
On the back (one of the "arms" that wrap around to the back of the soap) I print the ingredients and any cautions such as 'This product contains beeswax/nut ingredients etc'.
then I take my clear laminate template, place it over each uncut label, trace around it and then cut it out. OR if I have a label that has a border on it then I don't use the clear laminate template as a guide.
Then I run the printed card label through a manual hand held embosser (I think that's what scrap bookers may call it), this leaves a beautiful indented flower design over the card.
And finally, the thing I disliked most was the cigar band slipping or getting damaged on the soap so I came up with the following idea:
-Take a craft foam sheet (they come in different colours which I use according to the soaps colours).
-Cut a strip long enough to reach right around the soap firmly and about 2 cm wide.
-Glue the strip to the back of the cigar band (you can also use the double sided craft tape -less messier too).
-Fasten the foam attached cigar band to your soap. The band will sit away from the soap my about 1-2mm depending on the thickness of your foam but it gives it a nice 3d look.
And wa lah no more slip or damage/sweat staining to your lovely printed cigar band.
Embossing over label:
Inside of one of the cigar band arms with matching foam attached:
Front of label (can't really see much embossing as I photoshopped info out) not the best of soaps to use but it serves the purpose: