Let’s take a walk down memory lane of my sample packaging today and there’s a chance for someone who leaves a comment, with either an opinion or an idea for the interior “stuff” I’m finding I want to change to win a sample box of all my 11 perfumes.
Over the years, I’ve changed out my sample bottles and packaging several times. Did you know when I first offered samples they I packaged them in seed packets made from recycled paper? I used my Fairchild collage on the label, circa 2006. The black is the background I saved the label on, it’s not the color of the seed packets, they were white, they never had a black border. I’ll have to find an old one and scan it. The samples, once inserted, made the packet lumpy. Still, it fit in the “Garden” theme and worked well until I decided to change.
ETA: I forgot about the recycled paper boxes embedded with wildflower seeds! Yikes, I had completely forgotten about them until some folks left comments. I used to pack my samples and my 3.5ml perfumes in them. The perfumes were tucked inside delicate, pretty floral tissue paper. They were very labor intensive and I couldn’t ship them to Australia due to their customs laws. Here’s an image of them.
I fill little one milliliter bottles 1/4th to 1/3rd with perfume for the sample. For several years I’ve packaged them in custom satin pouches, and that worked very well, but I noticed that since a number of sample bags are made up at once, perhaps thirty at a time, those that were “on their sides” in the bags may have suffered from some evaporation or leakage while stored.
The pouch didn’t scan very well, perhaps I should have taken a photo of it. Anyway, I decided I needed a sturdy container that would hold all the samples upright both when they are stored before shipping, and for the ease of storage for the customer after they received them. Since the names of the perfumes are on labels on the lid, all they have to do now is open the box I chose for the samples, and pick out the perfume, easy now because they’re not jumbled in a pouch. Plus, the box in a nice keepsake, don’t you think?
To keep the box closed during shipment, I found attractive, unique stretch “loops”. You’ll typically see them in plain gold or silver cords, but I found the “ribbon” look ones with a little tied detail that you see in the image below. However, the problem is with the inside “batting”. It’s a synthetic material and I need your help with either an opinion yay or nay that you don’t mind it, or, if you know of a source for pre-cut substitute material in real cotton, please share with me.
Here are some images of the packaging process for the samples. You’ll see I cut each piece of batting to give a cushion in the box, since the samples don’t quite fill the box, and then I use the cut-out piece as a buffer between the bottles and the lid, so they don’t bounce around during shipping. The customer can discard the top buffer if they wish after opening the box.
Now that you’ve seen the process, please share your opinions and ideas for alternative batting/cushioning material, if you think it’s necessary. I value your thoughts very much, so I will hold a random drawing for TWO winners:
– one for the opinion giver of yay or nay, keep the batting that comes with the box, it’s OK, or no, you need to change it out, or,
– one for the alternative materials idea if you give the source of the materials. For the batting material suggestions, the boxes measure 3-1/16″ X 2-1/8″ X 1″, so the batting, hopefully cotton, will be no more than 1/4″ thick.
You’ll have until Monday, noon, Jan. 21st, 2013. I suggest you either click on the option to receive follow-up posts, or subscribe to the blog and/or posts, because even though I privately emailed the winner of the ambergris giveaway, I haven’t heard from her. Perhaps my email went to her spam folder, and she didn’t mark the check box to receive follow-up posts or subscribe, and I don’t want that to happen again to a winner.
Thanks for participating, and good luck to the folks who leave a comment.