Here at MMS we hear a great deal about our containers. Many of them are related to the volume or weight of the product that will fit inside. We are often told that our 2 oz containers are mislabeled because they hold 3 oz of product. Today we will answer many questions regarding containers and the importance of taking notes! Are you ready? Come join me.
Most containers are labeled with their volume as determined by water, or an equivalent to water in both volume and weight. The water is poured up to the shoulder in the jar or bottle. The volume of the water is then measured. You will get different weights and/or volumes depending on the product you are putting in a container. If you are putting a whipped body butter in a jar, it will weigh less than if you have a solid massage bar in there, which will weigh differently compared to a sugar scrub.
So how do we suggest you solve this problem? We suggest you sit down for an afternoon with your trustworthy friend: the scale. Weigh your container with and without the lid or cap. Now weigh the container full of material. Take notes and write these numbers down! They will come in handy. The day I created these samples I used Soy Lip Solutions without flavor.
As you produce each product it will be easy to use the TARE feature on your scale. Proofing your work as you go along, or before labeling, will give you peace of mind. Since you can now determine how much product is going into your container you can determine what it costs to produce items for your store/catalog/booths. Then you can make sure you are not giving away any of your product for free, unless it is a free sample! And you will know how much those cost too!