How to Shrink Wrap Soap

With simple-to-use shrink wrap soap bands, you can easily provide a professional finish for your soap without investing in a heat tunnel. Our Shrink Wrap bands shrink down with the application of heat from a heat gun. Although a hair dryer will work, it won’t achieve the smooth, fully shrunken wrap results. Best of all, these shrink wrap bands have a perforated easy-open strip for ease of use when your customer gets their soap home.

Directions: Slide the soap into the shrink wrap so the  perforated plastic is on the long edge of the soap (the part that you would tear to open). I like to start on on the front side of the soap. Apply the heat until it starts to shrink. It may look funny at first but once you apply heat to all of the sides and ends you’ll see it starting to come together. I like to do the ends last for the finishing touch.

Dimensions: 3 15/16″ x 3 7/16″ (opens on this side). Tear strip runs the 3 15/16″ length.

Tip: If you have small soap, just cut the Shrink Wrap Band in half to fit smaller bars easily. We like to do this for sample soaps.

Voila! Professionally wrapped bar of Rosemary Cold Process Soap. It’s super easy to do and the soap looks super professional to boot.

26 Responses to “How to Shrink Wrap Soap”

  1. Mary says:

    Can you use the bands successfully with M & P soaps or do they need to be fully sealed?
    Thanks for another great tutorial too :)

  2. monalisa says:

    Thanks! Exactly what I need to wrap my cp soap.

  3. Eileen says:

    Hi there! What is the best way to wrap M&P soap of all different shapes, can you help me?

  4. MonaLisa says:

    I was so excited to get my shrink wrap bands today for my cp soaps but unfortunately they don’t fit my soaps. Based on the dimensions that were given, they should have been perfect for my soaps but they don’t completely go around them. So now I have 249 shrink wrap bands and have no use for them :(
    Would these bands fit around soaps made with Brambleberry’s Vertical mold?

    • Anne-Marie says:

      I just double checked and it looks like the dimensions are correct online.

      They do fit soap made in the vertical mold, but the thickness of the bar does matter. I wonder if this is the issue?

      For instance, The Cherry Blossom Vertical Mold color block soap (blog tutorial – so cute!) was cut with the multi-bar cutter.

      These bars are too thick to fit the shrink wrap bands, even after curing for 3-4 months.
      Dimensions of the Cherry Blossom bar: 3-7/16″ x 2-7/16″ x a touch over 1″ thick. ( A touch too much)

      I hope this helps! Let me know if it doesn’t or if you keep finding issues with dimensions. =)

  5. Brandon Essley says:

    We have large soap bars. Do you know of a place to get shrink wrap bands for large bars. Thanks Brandon

  6. Tess says:

    I have read that it is not good to wrap or seal cp soaps in plastic. However, my bars are textured on top and I have been using Costco’s plastic wrap as it really clings and works great for me. Am I creating an issue that is harmful to my soap? Also, after how many weeks is it ok to package the soap?

    Thanks so much for this site. I have ordered so much already and am having a blast…this is an addicting hobby! (I may have accidentally sent before finishing the comment…sorry)

    • Hi Tess!

      We don’t suggest wrapping your entire CP bar of soap in plastic, because if you do that, it won’t be able to breathe and can develop DOS (Dreaded Orange Spots). As long as you leave the sides open (like in the photos above), your soap is going to be just fine. We let our CP soaps cure the full 4-6 weeks and let the water evaporate out so that the soap bars don’t shrink after we’ve wrapped them. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  7. Giovanna Alvarez says:

    Hi, can you tell me the dimensions of the shrink wrap bands in centimeters?? Thank you again

  8. Carla says:

    When I seal my M&P soap with plastic wrap, I find that overtime the plastic wrap loosens and wrinkles up. So repackaging is a must.

    Can I use the Brambleberry Shrink Wrap bands on M&P soap, if it is completely closed on all sides?

    • Hi Carla!

      Absolutely! As long as the ends are 100% closed up and they are airtight, there shouldn’t be any problems with using them on your M&P soaps. Keep us updated on how they turn out. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Carla says:

        Thanks Becky, will keep you updated. I like the convenience of shopping and getting everything from Brambleberry. Please put in a request for shrink wrap tubing, this way we can cut to length.

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  10. Marie Logue says:

    I use regular cellophane from the craft store to wrap my m&p soaps. I was worried about melting with the shrink wrap and you need a heat gun.. So far the cellophane has worked fine, you just need a sharp scissor, but can cut pieces to size. I get comments at shows on how nice they look. I have a tray of half wrapped labeled soaps as scent testers. Between shows, I store the wrapped soaps in zip lock bags. Was just wondering if anyone else does this, and will using the cellophane damage the soaps in any way?

    • Hi Marie!

      I am so happy to hear that you have found a way to wrap your M&P soaps that works for you. We haven’t used cellophane too often as the soap can sometimes move in the bag and leave drag marks on it, but it’s totally okay to use for your M&P soaps as long as it is airtight — you wouldn’t want your soaps to sweat. Thanks for sharing with us and if you get any pictures of your soaps, we’d love to see them. You can share them with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. =)

      Happy Soaping!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Marie Logue says:

        Hi Becky,

        Thanks for your reply. I agree about the drag marks, but this only seems to happen occasionally on very raised designs rather than the flatter bars. So I try not to handle these much. I like the versatility of being able to cut to size. I also wrap them tightly so there’s not much movement and seal with mailing tape. Living in Nevada helps, its dry as a bone here! I’ll try to get some photos on the Brambleberry FB page.
        Thanks again, and this blog is so helpful!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Is there any way to do this with bath bombs? Or is there another way you suggest to wrap them instead? Thanks!

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