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violets2217

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The set-up of the National Shrink Wrap system is different because it has a free wand instead of a fixed one.
The free wand is pretty awesome! I loved watching their videos! Kinda relaxing! It is a really great system!
So I made solid bubble bath for the first time a few days ago. I decided to wrap them to see how well it went. I made mini scoops, so I packaged them in pairs. I’ve decided the thing I like about shrink wrapping the most is that I can print my labels on plain copy paper and place under the shrink wrap. So to wrap and label my soaps it cost around 5 cents to wrap each item… if my math and SM3’s calculations are correct. Anyways, it’s fun shrink wrapping stuff! I went a little crazy and almost tried to shrink wrap my conditioner and lotion bars, but I convinced myself I was taking it a wee bit to far and didn’t want to deal with the melting oily mess!
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I think they’re cute little trial packages. They are very air tight, but I can still smell them very faintly.The sharp edges only blew out 1 or 2 when shrinking. I’m sure just one big scoop or bath bomb would be much easier to wrap though.
 

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Hi there - I do make and sell shrink-wrapped bath bombs Down Under and I would love to try the National Shrinkwrap system but just can't justify the cost (yet). So I have a small impulse sealer and a craft heatgun and use polyolefin (the one that NS recommend for soaps). I mostly make round bath bombs, heart shaped, parfaits (with bubble frosting) and cupcakes. I wrap all of those in the polyolefin, which works really well for any of the shapes. It isn't as robust as the thicker film but you can smell the bb (faintly) through the packaging, and I was looking for something that was a little more environmentally friendly. It really extends the shelf-life of my products - I still get great action in the tub even after six months storage in large plastic boxes. It also makes it more robust for customer handling and transporting to market.

I usually begin by shrinkwrapping around the perimeter and then the bottom, before giving the top a wee once over. I avoid overheating the top and keep any seams around the middle so that my label hides them. Watch out if you have anything like dried flowers on the top of your bb as that can cause a hole. The polyolefin is more fragile and you do have to be careful about temperature. I agree with violets2217 in that you can shrink wrap with a cardstock label inside and avoid using more expensive stickers - yay :) One thing I did find though was that if I put the label on the inside, directly against the product, it did deteriorate over time, as it soaked up the oil/butter from my bath bomb, so I do use that method to label my cupcakes and such but put the round bb labels on the outside. I still hope to get the NS shrinkwrap - if not the system itself - but importing to New Zealand is really expensive. Very best of luck with your bath bombs!
 

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@violets2217 those looks great! And thanks for sharing your experiences - you, too @Kiwi2:)!

FWIW, I have shrink-wrapped my solid shampoo and conditioner bars using plastic wrap and a blow-dryer, so that I can give them as gifts without having them get all bunged up along the way. They don't look half-bad, and I'm sure you could make them look much better with a more professional system like the ones you both have.

I do agree with @Kiwi2:) that paper labels don't last long when they are against an oily product like a conditioner bar. Avery labels work fine for the outside of those, since I don't gift many or even make big quantities of those. The ones that I keep for myself are unwrapped but kept inside a small plastic clamshell in a bathroom cabinet.
 
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