Creative soap names could be just as hard as coming up with a soap business name. Although changing a soap name is way easier. And yes, names do make a big difference. For instance, is your soap ‘for something’ or ‘against something’ or ‘for someone specific’?
For instance, I had a natural bug repellent bar entitled Entomophobia (fear of insects), and another soap maker from out of town came in, looked around, and introduced himself. He said that he made a bug repellent soap too, and called it Mountain Man. Now think of both of these names, Entomophobia and Mountain Man. Entomophobia sounds like science, and creates curiosity, all by using a name that suggests someone that does not like bugs biting them. The second name, Mountain Man conjures up an image of the dirty smelly man that just came into town from living in the mountains. Which sounds more appealing to you?
My unscented, all natural soap, had a few different names. This is one soap that people say that they want with no scent, yet over and over, it was this bar that never sold very well. This is probably why of the unscented bars that other soap makers have made did have a hint of scent, being lavender and chamomile.
My creative soap names:
Below are lists of soap bar names that I had, or tried, for specific bars over the years, AND soap names and their scents where I stuck with the first name because it worked. Also, soap bar names that are exact, such as Lemongrass, sell better than if you try to come up with something unrelated or semi-related, like Morning Fresh or Citrus Moon:
(doesn’t matter what you call it, it’s not popular, lol)
- Plain & Simple
Tropical type of bars:
- Life’s a Beach (top ten bar with mango, papaya, coconut, and jasmine)
- Just Beachy (same as above)
- Cuba Libre, (like a drink with bay rum, lime and coke)
- Mambo #5 (from the old song with lime, mango, papaya and coconut)
- Coconut (with the toasted coconut scent, more popular than non-toasted scent)
- Pina Colada (mango, papaya, coconut and pineapple)
Anise (has a licorice scent):
- Kitchen Bar
- Odor Eater
- Fishermens Bar
- Bug NOT
- Buzz Off
- Bug Away
- Summer Days
- Wild Blackberry
- Top Ten bar with Cinnamon & Cloves, and Chocolate drizzled on top, layed on top, or swirled in.
Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh:
- The biggest selling bar at Christmas, with gold mica rubbed onto the face of the bar.
A lot of the other bars sold nicely with their scent names like:
- Lavender (another top ten bar)
- Lemon-Berry, combo of lemongrass and blackberry (Top Ten bar)
- Deja Vu
- The 1960’s
- Flower Power
- Tea Tree (this name sold more)
Blackberry and Jasmine: Jazzberry
Orange, cinnamon and cloves:
- Christmas Spice (at Christmas time)
- Orange Spice (rest of the year)
- Candy Cane (at Christmas time)
- A Rose is a Rose
- Rose Petal
How to make your own soap labels here, lots a great ideas.
Here is a great blog post on what may matter when naming a product!
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