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Here’s To The Arrival Of Autumn; A Selection Of Seasonal Self Adhesive Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

The Autumn Equinox took place over the weekend – traditionally heralding the arrival of autumn. To celebrate, we’ve put together a selection of suitably seasonal self adhesive labels.

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Autumn Self Adhesive Labels – Coloured Labels

Coloured labels are perfect all year round but we’ve got plenty of shades that are perfectly seasonal.

Our pastel shades are ideal for adding a subtle bloom of colour and our “warm” shades are ideal for creating an autumnal feel – especially our crimson red labels, orange-red labels, and our yellow labels.

These coloured labels are suitable for use with inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting.

For a wonderfully natural finish and a perfect touch of the homemade, we highly recommend our brown Kraft paper labels. Made with Kraft paper, these self adhesive labels retain the natural colouring of the pulp used to make the paper. Our Kraft paper labels have a ribbed finish, which adds a brilliantly subtle touch of pattern and texture.

Our Kraft paper labels are suitable for use with inkjet and laser printers or for handwriting.

If you’re looking for something a bit bolder, why not try our fluorescent labels. Our magenta labels, red labels, and yellow labels are especially seasonal and add a burst of colour to any project.

Our fluorescent labels are suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting.

Autumn Self Adhesive Labels – Gold Labels & Silver Labels

For a subtle touch of shimmer and shine and a luxurious appearance, try our metallic paper labels. Our gold labels and silver labels have a super smooth satin finish and are a brilliantly decorative addition to any items that are to be used in a special event or promotional offer.

Our gold labels and silver labels are suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting.

Autumn Self Adhesive Labels – Waterproof Labels

As we shift seasons, the great British weather will inevitably kick in, which means that you might be in need of waterproof labels. Whether you need self adhesive labels that will survive the great outdoors (or the slightly soggy indoors), we have a wide range of waterproof labels that are tough and durable enough to rise to the challenge. Our waterproof labels include options for transparent labels, white labels, silver labels, gloss labels, matt labels, permanent labels, and removable labels.

If you need self adhesive labels that are truly outdoor proof, we highly recommend our marine labels; these are made with a special marine adhesive, which has been tested specifically for use in marine conditions.

Most of our waterproof labels need to be printed with a laser printer. This is because laser printers use heat and pressure to bond a dry powder (toner) into place – creating waterproof print. Inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks, which will run and/or smudge when your print gets wet. The exception is our MWPP material; this uses a special top coating to form a protective layer over your print.

Autumn Self Adhesive Labels – Bottle Labels & Jar Labels & Food Labels

If you’re planning on making some tasty treats to enjoy as the nights draw in, you might be in need of some bottle labels, jar labels, or food labels for a variety of containers. You can use pretty much any of our self adhesive labels for this purpose but two are especially useful.

Our freezer labels are the best choice if you are making food stuffs that will need to be stored in the freezer. These paper labels have an adhesive designed specifically to form and sustain adhesive bonds in deep freeze conditions.

Likewise, our water wash off labels are an ideal choice for labelling reusable containers. These sticky labels have a special adhesive; it forms a permanent adhesive bond (which means your sticky labels will stay firmly stuck) that breaks down when exposed to water (which means your sticky labels will peel away cleanly without damaging your containers – simply by giving them a good old wash).

Our freezer labels are suitable for use with laser printers or for handwriting. Laser printers produce waterproof print that will stay in place even if condensation gets on your self adhesive labels. Inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks that will run and/or smudge when wet.

Our water wash off labels are suitable for use with inkjet or laser printers and can also be handwritten.

Order Self Adhesive Labels From Label Planet Today

To view all of the self adhesive labels available from Label Planet, visit our List Of All Label Materials. You can order online at any time or give us call during office hours (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) to place an order over the phone. We can also accept purchase orders by email or by fax.

We supply label templates for all of our label sizes and you can find plenty of help and advice (including top tips and troubleshooting tips) in our Help pages. You can also request a sample of the self adhesive labels you are interested in to give them a try before you buy!

Label Planet’s Top Tips For Labelling Bottles & Jars

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Many of our customers use our sticky labels as bottle labels and jar labels for all sorts of products. From homemade treats to cosmetics products, all of these customers need to make sure that important information about their products is clearly displayed on each container. Whether they contain branding information, contact information, ingredient lists, instructions for use, or health and safety warnings, these product labels need to stay firmly stuck for as long as they are needed.

Some struggle to pick a label size so we’ve gathered together our top tips for labelling bottles and jars.

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One label or two (or three)?

The first thing to consider is how many sticky labels to use on your bottles and jars.

A lot of people decide that they just want one product label. This saves time designing, printing, and applying your bottle labels and jar labels BUT it can create problems, such as…

  • Cramming all of your information onto one product label can look untidy and makes it harder to read the information. If you use large or wraparound labels, customers may end up missing information unless they rotate the container.
  • If your containers are quite small, the curved surface can make it harder for adhesives to form a successful bond. You may need to use a stronger adhesive or more flexible material to make sure your sticky labels stay stuck. Alternatively, you might try long, thin wraparound labels – so you can overlap the ends to help them stay stuck. While this can be an effective solution, it also makes the labels tricky to apply, harder to read, and they cover up more of your containers.

Instead, you may want to try splitting your information over two or more labels. Try creating “front” and “back” bottle labels or “lid”, “side”, and “bottom” labels for jars.

How much space is available for your bottle labels and jar labels?

Customers often ask us to recommend a label size for their bottles and jars – usually based on the volume that the containers hold. Unfortunately, this information is completely useless.

The way to choose a label size is to first look at the shaping of your bottles or jars. Product labels work best on flat surfaces OR on surfaces with regular shaping (like the curve of a bottle or jar). If you apply sticky labels over containers with irregular shaping (e.g. ridges or narrowing/widening shaping), they may start to peel away or won’t stick down properly at all.

This is because adhesive bonds are stronger when they form over a larger (regular) surface area. If you apply product labels onto a flat surface, your adhesive creates a bond over a larger surface area. If your surface has irregularities that create gaps between your container and your sticky labels, you will end up with a weaker adhesive bond.

Once you have identified the areas on your bottles and jars that are suitable for applying product labels, you need to measure the width and height of the available surface area. This will give you an idea of the label size that you should use for your containers.

We also recommending typing out the information that you want to include on your product labels. This helps you to choose a size that allows your design to fit (without resorting to tiny font sizes).

There is no standard “bottle or jar label size” because bottles and jars come in all shapes and sizes. It’s up to you to decide how much information you want to include on your containers. Then you need to choose how many sticky labels to use. Finally, you need to work out where you can apply sticky labels and measure the available space.

Finding The Right Bottle Labels and Jar Labels From Label Planet

Use our Search By Width and Search By Height pages to see if we supply the label size you need. Alternatively, you can try our Label Finder. This tool creates a shortlist of options based on the requirements that you select. So, you can select the measurements you need (and any other requirements) to see all of the Label Planet products that would make suitable bottle labels and jar labels for your containers.

Get All Your Summer Treats Labelled With Bottle Labels And Jar Labels From Label Planet

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Whether you’re selling food and drink as a business or simply making some home-made treats for friends and family, we’ve got the perfect sticky labels for your bottles and jars.

We’ve got bottle labels and jar labels in all shapes and sizes with material and adhesive options to suit all sorts of food and drink labelling applications.


You might be looking for bottle labels and jar labels that will remain firmly in place – print and all – even if they get a bit wet. In this case, we would recommend looking at our waterproof labels. These are all made with waterproof materials. Your sticky labels will stay stuck even if you submerge your bottles and jars in water. To ensure that the print remains in place, you will need to use a laser printer. Laser printers use a dry printing process to bond a dry powder (toner) onto your sticky labels. This results in waterproof print. Inkjet printers tend to use water-based inks, which run or smudge when wet.

Our waterproof labels are more expensive than paper labels. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, why not try our Splashproof Labels. These are paper labels with a gloss or semi-gloss coating, which creates a light layer of protection against moisture. You can’t submerge these sticky labels in water as they are, after all, still paper labels. If lightly splashed with water, you can wipe them clean and dry.

Our range of waterproof labels includes options for white labels or transparent labels, permanent labels or removable labels, and matt labels or gloss labels – so you can find an option that suits your application and the overall style you want to create on your bottles and jars.


If you want sticky labels that you can remove without damaging your containers, you need removable labels.

We have a range of sticky labels made with removable adhesives. Removable adhesives create strong adhesive bonds that remove cleanly from a surface in one piece. So no more sticky messes of adhesive residue. We have removable paper labels, as well as removable transparent labels, and removable white waterproof labels.

Alternatively, you may want to try our Water Wash Off Labels. These paper labels are made with a special permanent adhesive. This adhesive creates strong adhesive bonds that break down when you wash labelled items (ideally in warm soapy water). Wash off adhesives let you safely and securely label containers without worrying about the sticky labels falling off too soon OR about them damaging your containers when you try to remove each label.

Our removable labels can be handwritten or printed using a standard desktop printer. If you choose removable transparent labels or removable white waterproof labels, you need to use a laser printer.


You might be labelling bottles and jars that contain foodstuff that need to be stored in a freezer. Standard adhesives will often fail in freezing conditions. We supply a range of freezer labels, which are made with a special deep freeze adhesive. Designed for deep freeze conditions, this adhesive can form and sustain successful adhesive bonds in temperatures as low as -40°C.

Our freezer labels are made with standard matt white paper and may be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.


Finally, if you’re looking for sticky labels to match transparent bottles and jars, we have a variety of transparent labels. Using transparent labels on transparent items can create a “floating print” effect or make it seem as though your printed design is actually part of your containers.

Our range of transparent labels includes options for permanent labels and removable labels, as well as the choice between matt labels and gloss labels. You must double check if you have a laser printer or an inkjet printer available. Most of our transparent labels are laser labels and can only be printed with a laser printer.

Order Bottle Labels And Jar Labels From Label Planet

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You can order bottle labels and jar labels from our website or by giving us a call during office hours. You can find a complete list of our ranges on our All Label Materials page. Each range page features more information about our products, along with links to the product page for each label size that we supply in that range.

If you need label templates, head on over to our Label Templates Home Page, or visit our Help Section to view all of our help and advice resources. Remember, you can also use our Sample Request Service to request a sample of the bottle labels or jar labels that you are interested in to give them a try and see if they are the right sticky labels for your application.

Picking The Perfect Labels For Your Summer Foodie Projects

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Summer is the perfect time for making all sorts of sweet and savoury goodies to enjoy while you (try to) enjoy a bit of summer sun. Whether you’re a home-baker or home-brewer making a few seasonal delights for friends and family or you’re a restaurant or café looking to create a selection of succulent snacks to satisfy summer shoppers, you’ll probably need a few extra labels to get all of your ingredients and products labelled up before they’re handed out.

This blog takes a closer look at the Label Planet labels that are just perfect for labelling food and drink products.

Freezer Labels
Best For: Frozen Foods
If you’re making ice creams or desserts that need to be stored in freezer conditions then our freezer labels are the ideal choice. These paper labels are made with a special freezer adhesive that is suitable for use in temperatures ranging between -40°C to +60°C and was specifically developed for deep freeze label applications (in which other standard adhesives tend to fail).

These white labels can be handwritten or printed using a laser printer; we don’t recommend using an inkjet printer, as the water-based inks will be likely to run and smudge when they are exposed to condensation.

We have eight label sizes available to order for same day despatch from stock, with a further thirty-six label sizes available as made to order bulk boxes.

Water Wash Off Labels
Best For: Labelling Ingredients / Reusable Containers
Water wash off labels are a brilliant solution to the problem of needing to securely label a container (so that the contents can be identified at all times) before removing the label without damaging the container (so that the container can be cleaned and reused).

Our wash off labels are paper labels with a special “wash off” adhesive; this is permanent adhesive creates a strong bond with a surface BUT also breaks down when it is exposed to water (so it doesn’t leave behind any adhesive residue or damage the surface). This means that you can safely and securely label food and drink containers so that their contents are clearly identified and then wash the labels off before reusing and relabelling the containers as required.

Again, we have eight label sizes available for same day despatch from stock, with thirty-six additional made to order label sizes.

Waterproof Labels
Best For: Labelling Drink Bottles
If you need labels for drink bottles that are likely to be exposed to condensation or ice, you may want to consider using waterproof labels; these labels will not be damaged by exposure to water or other liquids, which will allow your labels to remain firmly in place and completely legible for the entire length of the application.

These labels need to be printed with a laser printer in order to produce waterproof print and we have a variety of materials options to help you find the perfect label for your products. You can choose between white labels or transparent labels and we also offer options for a gloss finish (a shiny finish) or a matt finish (a dull, non-shiny finish).

We supply seventeen label sizes of waterproof labels as stocked items (packs of 25 sheets available for same day despatch), with a further twenty-seven label sizes available as made to order items (boxes of 500 sheets).

You can view ALL of our label materials on our All Materials page, download a label template from our Label Templates home page, and you can also Request A Sample of any of our label materials to make sure that you pick the perfect stickers for your summery snacks.

Wish You Could Wash Away Your Labels When You Want? – Now You Can With Water Wash Off Labels!

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

This week, we’re taking a closer look at one of our newest products – Water Wash Off Labels.

Water wash off labels are a pretty ingenious solution to the problem of labelling re-usable containers that need to be emptied, cleaned, and re-labelled on a regular basis – such as ingredient containers in a professional kitchen or bottles and jars used to store homemade condiments and drinks. In any case, it is important that each container is clearly (and securely) labelled AND that those containers aren’t damaged when you remove and replace the labels.

In these applications, using a permanent adhesive would hold your labels firmly in place BUT would damage your containers each time you remove the old labels, while using a removable adhesive would prevent your containers from being damaged BUT would also run the risk of your labels coming off earlier than you’d like.

Water wash off labels offer a perfect alternative; they are permanent labels made with a special wash off adhesive, which creates a permanent adhesive bond that breaks down when exposed to water. This means that these labels will be completely permanent (provided the containers are stored in dry conditions) until you decide you no longer need them, at which point you can simply wash the labels away.

In the office, we like to call these labels “Wish Wash Labels”- because when you wish they would wash off, they will! These labels are perfect for all kinds of food and drink applications, because they allow vital information to be securely added to containers AND will wash cleanly away without damaging the containers in the process.

Our water wash off labels are made with paper and are supplied on A4 sheets; they can be printed using inkjet printers and laser printer or they can be handwritten. They are best suited to solid surfaces (such as plastic and glass) and should be stored carefully to preserve the effectiveness of the adhesive.

We have 8 label sizes available to order for same day despatch from stock, along with a further 36 label sizes available to order.

To find out more about our wonderful Water Wash Off Labels or to place an order today, simply head on over to our Water Wash Off range page.

We’d also like to mention that we will be shutting down for an Easter break again this year. We will be closing at 5pm on Thursday 13th April and re-opening on Monday 24th April. Any orders placed online during this period will be processed and despatched upon our return. If you have any questions or queries, please send us an email and we’ll respond as soon as we can once we’re back.

New Products: Yes, We’ve Got Another THREE New Label Products For You To Choose From!

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

We’ve decided to kick-start the year with the introduction of three brand new products, which are all now available for our customers to buy or try (a sample).

Each one of our new products has been designed for a particular kind of application, which means that they’ll be the perfect label for the job – whether you need bottle labels and jar labels, super sticky adhesive labels, or waterproof labels that will survive in all kinds of outdoor (and indoor) conditions.

WATER WASH OFF LABELS – for when you wish your labels would just wash off.
These wonderful labels are made with a wash-off adhesive, which means that they provide a unique combination of a permanent label that can also be removed cleanly and easily – without doing any damage to your labelled items. They are perfect bottle labels and jar labels, although they can be used to label any kind of reusable container, where they can be used to clearly and securely label a container before washing away so that the container can be relabelled and reused.

Available in 8 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 36 made to order sizes, these paper labels can be handwritten or printed with an inkjet or laser printer.

SUPER TACK LABELS –for when you wish your labels would get a grip.
You may have noticed that we already have a “High Tack” product range; our Super Tack labels take things a step further and feature our strongest permanent adhesive to date. These labels have a supremely strong initial tack and long term adhesion to match, which allows them to create a super strong bond upon immediate contact with an item or surface and to maintain that bond over time – even when the item is made of an unusual material or the surface is curved or rough.

Available in 11 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 33 made to order sizes, these paper labels can be handwritten or printed with an inkjet or laser printer.

POLYOLEFIN LABELS – for when you need a label for the great outdoors.
The latest addition to our range of waterproof labels, these polyolefin labels are made with a matt white polyolefin and a marine standard adhesive, which makes them perfect for any outdoor (or indoor) application that requires a tough, long-lasting label that can survive in all kinds of conditions. The polyolefin is soft and pliable, which means that they are ideal for curved or flat surfaces and the waterproof materials allow these labels to survive even if they are exposed to (or submerged in) water.

Available in 16 stocked sizes for same day despatch and a further 28 made to order sizes, these plastic labels can be handwritten or printed with a laser printer.

To view ALL of the label product ranges available from Label Planet, simply visit our LIST OF ALL MATERIALS page.

FAQ – How Do I Pick The Right Label For My Bottles & Jars?

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

We have many customers who use our labels on bottles and jars of all shapes and sizes, with contents ranging from homemade beers and condiments, to cosmetics products such as essential oils and creams.

While choosing a label for your bottles and jars might be the last thing on your to-do list, it can become quite a time consuming problem, with customers struggling to work out which label size, material, and adhesive are the best for their particular needs.

This blog post aims to provide a few tips and tricks that we’ve picked up over the years to help you find the perfect bottle label and/or jar label!

Why Is It So Difficult To Find A Suitable Label?
The main hurdle in finding the perfect label for a bottle or jar is the fact that these types of containers tend to be unusual in shape – ranging from simple cylinders to shapes with a myriad of curves and angles. This means that you may end up with a very limited space that is suitable for adding a label to – especially as it is more difficult for labels to adhere properly to a curved surface compared to a flat surface.

You also need to bear in mind the fact that bottles and jars are commonly stored or used in environments that bring with them conditions that some labels may struggle with. For example, most of our bottle labels and jar labels are used as product labels for food, drink, and cosmetics products that will be stored and/or used in the kitchen or bathroom, where the labels may be exposed to water and heat (and may even be exposed to the contents of the bottle or jar they have been used to label).

You will therefore need to choose an appropriate label size for the space available on your containers, choose an adhesive that is strong enough to bond successfully with the surface of your containers (especially if they are curved), and choose a material is suitable for the environment in which your bottles or jars will be stored and/or used.

What Label Size Should I Choose?
We often receive enquiries from customers who need to source bottle labels or jar labels, but the only measurements they provide us with are the width, height, and/or volume of their containers – which are useless measurements when it comes to choosing the right label size.

Instead you need to determine how much of the surface area of your bottles or jars are suitable for labels – you need an area that is as flat and even as possible, so that the adhesive has the best possible chance of creating a secure bond with your containers. From this you can work out which label size(s) would fit into that particular surface area of your bottles or jars.

Some customers decide that they want one label to wrap around their containers but quickly discover that there aren’t many long and thin label sizes to choose from. While it CAN be useful to overlap a label (so that the adhesive can’t peel up from a curved surface), it is difficult to apply these labels accurately and only part of the label can be seen at any one time (which means only part of your design and/or text will be visible unless you turn the container around).

A much better solution is to divide your design and/or text over multiple, smaller labels, which can allow you to be much more creative with your design AND to use the shape of your containers much more effectively. For example, you can use multiple labels to create a “front” and “back” for each container (with the most visually important information, such as your product name, on the “front” label and more detailed information, such as the ingredients and/or instructions for use, on the “back” label) – you may also want to use the lid or cap of your container as a further space to decorate (providing it is large enough for this purpose).

What Material Should I Choose?
When choosing bottle labels and jar labels, you should consider a number of factors to make sure that the material you choose is the right one for your label application.

First, consider any environmental or application factors that may require a more specialised material or adhesive; for example, you should choose Freezer Labels if your containers will be stored in deep freeze conditions, select from our Waterproof Labels if your containers will be used outdoors or indoors where they may be exposed to water, or opt for one of our Removable Labels if you want to be able to remove your labels without damaging your bottles or jars.

Most of our customers want to label bottles and jars containing food and drink products or cosmetics, which means the labels need to survive contact with water (or the contents of the container they have been applied to); the best materials to use for these applications are our Waterproof Labels BUT these materials are more expensive than paper labels – as a budget-friendly option, you may wish to try our Splashproof Labels, which provide limited protection against water so that they can be wiped clean and dry if they are lightly splashed.

Once you have considered the practical requirements of your label application, you can then take into account any personal preference you have for the overall appearance and finish of your bottles and jars (and their labels). For example, customers who want a more decorative appearance will usually choose a gloss finish over a matt finish, or choose a transparent or coloured label over a plain white label.

Request A Sample To Try Before You Buy
It can be very difficult to discern from a website listing whether or not a particular label size (and material) is suitable for your bottles or jars, which is why we highly recommend narrowing down your options to a couple of choices and then requesting a sample of each so you can apply them and see for yourself whether or not they are appropriate for the job in hand.

Simply fill in our online Sample Request Form or contact our Customer Service Team to discuss the samples you would like to try and we’ll put a few samples in the post. You can then double check if the label size works, choose the material or finish that looks just right, and make sure that your labels will survive if they get a bit wet or come into contact with the contents of your containers.

To find the perfect bottle labels and jar labels, we recommend taking a look at our List Of Label Materials page (to view all of the material options available), our List of Label Widths and List of Label Heights pages (to view all of the label size options available), or having a go with our Label Finder (to enter the things you want your labels to be to generate a shortlist of options).

Things To Think About – Choosing Labels For Jars & Bottles

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

We have many customers who use our labels on jars and bottles of all shapes and sizes; from people who produce wonderful food and drink products to those who create cosmetic concoctions of all kinds.

Choosing a label to suit jars and bottles can be a tricky affair because there are a number of practical factors that you need to take into account. We’ve put together a helpful checklist to help you choose the perfect label for your jars and bottles.

Customers often ask us to recommend labels based on a photograph or the width, height, and/or capacity of their containers; unfortunately, this information is entirely useless when it comes to picking a suitable label. Picking labels for jars and bottles means finding out which areas of your containers are suitable for adding a label to and then measuring the surface area that is available. You can then search for a label that is made to a size that will fit within those measurements (view all of our label sizes Listed By Height or Listed By Width).

Think About:

  • Does your container have flat surface areas?
    Labels adhere more effectively to flat (rather than curved) surfaces, so these areas are the best possible places to add labels. Measuring these areas will give you a rough starting point to find labels that will fit within those dimensions. Remember to check all of the available surfaces, including the sides of your jars or bottles – and their lids!
  • How curved is your jar or bottle?
    Materials have “memory”, which causes them to try to revert back to their original state if they are deformed – for example, when you bend a label around a curved surface, the material will try to return to a flat state, which can cause the label to start to peel away from the surface.You can overcome this problem by choosing a larger label, a stronger adhesive, a more flexible material, or a long, thin label that you can wrap around your container and overlap the ends.
  • Is your container a relatively simple shape or is it rather unusual?
    If you’ve chosen a wonderfully decorative jar or bottle that has a lot of variation in shape, you may find that some areas of your container are completely unsuitable for displaying a label. In this case, you could consider using multiple labels in the areas that are suitable (for example, “front” and “back” labels or a “side” label and a “lid” label).

Jars and bottles tend to provide a limited area to which you can add information, which means that if you’ve got a lot of information to include (e.g. ingredients, health and safety information, directions or instructions for use, company and branding information etc), you may soon find yourself running out of room. Instead of cramming everything onto one label, consider using the shape of your jar or bottle to your advantage; divide up your information and split it over two (or more) labels. This will mean you can include all of the information you want AND keep your design clean, sharp, and – most importantly – legible.

Think About:

  • How much room do you need for your text?
    If you’re including a lot of different information, it’s a good idea to get everything typed up before you search for a label – this means your text is written and ready to go AND you can see how much physical space your text requires, which can help you pick a suitable label size AND avoid the compromise of reducing your text to a teeny tiny font, making your label practically illegible and therefore completely useless.
  • How much design work do you want to include?
    If you’re looking to include a LOT of design elements (e.g. text AND images AND background AND branding elements), you need to make sure that you pick a label large enough to include all of these things without becoming too busy or cluttered. Alternatively, using multiple labels can help you include ALL of the content you want without the need to cram everything together. “Less is more” is a practical starting point, particularly if you’re creating product labels and you want a professional looking design.
  • What does your design NEED to accomplish?
    Generally speaking, jar and bottle labels are a necessary and practical addition because they identify the contents of a container. In the case of containers for food and drink or cosmetic products, there are legal requirements regarding the information that MUST be displayed on these items in a way that is clear and useful to the customer. Therefore it is extremely important that you put thought into how you present your information in a safe and practical manner.Labels can also be used to build brand recognition or to add a personal finishing touch, in which case you want to create a label that is decorative and attractive in appearance – which means you need to spend time on the content and arrangement of your design so you avoid creating an over cluttered label.

As jar and bottle labels tend to be used primarily for displaying information about food and drink products or cosmetic products, you need to bear in mind that your labels will need to survive in the environments that these items are used in – namely the kitchen and bathroom. In both cases, your labels are likely to come into contact with water or other liquids, not to mention any accidental spillages of the contents of your container. You therefore need to select a label product that is capable of remaining firmly in place (print and all), even in these conditions.

Think About:

  • How likely is it that your label may get wet or be exposed to the contents of your jar or bottle?
    If it is extremely likely you should choose a label that provides protection against such exposure. At Label Planet, we have a range of waterproof labels (made with polyester or polyethylene), which are an ideal way to create durable labels that will survive even total immersion in water.
    If it is less likely, you could opt for our Gloss Laser Labels or Semi-Gloss Labels, which we categorise as “Splashproof” – if these labels are lightly splashed or get a little dirty, they can be wiped clean and dry with no damage done to the label or print.If you need waterproof (or even splashproof) labels AND print, we recommend using a laser printer rather than an inkjet printer. Laser printers use a dry printing process to bond toner (a dry powder) into place, which creates a strong, durable print that is also waterproof. Inkjet printers, however, tend to use water-based inks, which will run or smudge if the print comes into contact with water (or other liquids). As it is often of the utmost importance that the information on the label remain legible throughout the life of the product, smudging is a problem best avoided.
    It may also be worth requesting a sample to test with your product – particularly if your products contain a variety of ingredients such as oils that might damage print, regardless of the printing process you use. If you find that your print is being damaged, or if you don’t have access to an inkjet printer, you can always use a second (transparent) label as a protective cover.
  • What temperatures will your jars or bottles be exposed to?
    This is particularly important for food and drink products, which may be stored in freezer conditions to preserve items until they are consumed. Freezer conditions can prevent standard adhesives from functioning properly, which will result in your all-important labels falling off – to prevent this from happening, we recommend trying our Freezer Labels, which are made with an adhesive that has been designed specifically to work efficiently in freezer conditions.

If you’re really not sure if a particular product is just the right label for your jars and bottles, please get in touch or fill in our online Sample Request Form to request a sample of the label product(s) you are interested in so you can test them on your containers to make absolutely sure they will work.

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Label for Bottles & Jars

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

We have many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many, many customers who use our labels to label bottles and jars, which they use to contain the products they sell (and often make), such as cosmetics and food and drink.

We have even more people getting in touch with us day by day who want to find the perfect label for their bottles and jars.

So we thought it was high time we put together a bit of a guide to help people out.

Step 1. Remember that bottles and jars come in ALL shapes and sizes.
The most common query we get simply says “I need labels for my bottles/jars”.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a range of labels that will fit EVERY different shape and size of bottle/jar – so the first thing you need to do is get the measurements of your bottle/jar so you have a starting point to work from.

Step 2. Remember that bottles and jars come in ALL shapes and sizes.
Basic measurements won’t help: you need to make sure you’ve taken into account the shape AND size of your bottle/jar.

For example, some customers ask for labels for a 50ml bottle or a jar that is 10cm tall and 5cm wide. These measurements don’t account for any variations in the shape of the bottle/jar, including any variation in the curvature of the surface or any shaped areas such as a narrow neck or deliberate shaping at the bottom of the container.

Step 3. Choose a label size that suits the shape and size of YOUR bottle/jar.
The best thing to do is to measure the surface area of the bottle/jar where you want to add a label, decide on the shape you want your label to be and then work out what dimensions will work best in the space that you have.

Think carefully about how you can make the shape of your bottle/jar work for you.

For example, can you fit a decent sized label onto the lid of your bottle/jar? Does your bottle/jar have “sides” which you can use to create a “front” and “back” or is it a cylinder that you can drape a label around?

Step 4. Consider what you want to include on your label and think about how it will look when the label is applied.
It’s helpful to have the design and text you want to include on your labels to hand when working out what size of label you need. If you don’t know the exact design you want to use, at least make a list of the bits and pieces that you want to include – even if you haven’t written the final text just yet – so you can estimate how big your labels need to be to fit everything on. This way you can pick a label size that is small enough to fit on your bottle/jar but big enough so your text and design is easy to see and read.

If you’ve got a lot of information to include (particularly if you are labelling products that require ingredients and health and safety information), consider using multiple labels; for example, you could include the name of your product and your logo on a single label at the front of your bottle or on the lid of your jar, and then use a bigger label on the back of the bottle or side of your jar to include more detailed information.

You also need to take into account any curvature of the surface of your bottle/jar. While some bottles and jars are produced with a squarish shape, so that they have generally flat sides for you to apply labels to, most are cylindrical, which means you must make sure that your label design works as the label curves around the bottle/jar. Using long, thin labels will force people to turn the bottle/jar around to read the label, which can make it difficult to see important information about your product – you should consider either grouping your information so that people only need to look at one area of the label for one bit of information, or divide your information across two or more labels.

Step 5. Look through the sizes available on the Label Planet website to find the nearest fit.
Due to the sheer variety in bottles/jars, we may not have the exact size of label you come up with by following the above steps. We don’t offer bespoke sizes, so the best thing to do is look through the sizes we have and see which one is the closest fit and decide if that size will work for your design.

Our website includes two pages that list ALL of our label sizes – by height and by width. These pages are a great way to see what sort of sizes are available.

Step 1. Make a list of requirements for the labels you need.
This list should include both practical and decorative requirements for your labels.

PRACTICAL: you need to consider what the bottle/jar will contain and the environment that the bottle/jar will be used and/or stored in.
For example, most people need bottle and jar labels for cosmetics and food/drink products. In these cases, many customers want their labels to be waterproof so that they will survive in kitchen and bathroom environments during storage and use. We have a range of waterproof labels for customers to choose from, as well as a range of “splashproof” labels, which are NOT waterproof but do offer light protection if a label gets very lightly damp or dirty.

DECORATIVE: list any requirements you have for the look of your labels.
For example, do you prefer a gloss or a matt finish? Do you want white labels, transparent labels, or coloured labels?

Step 2. Take a look through the label products on the Label Planet website.
Our List of All Materials page contains ALL of the different products we have available, along with the basic properties of each one including the material the labels are made of, the type of adhesive used, whether the labels are waterproof or not, and whether the labels are suitable for inkjet or laser printers (or both). This list is a good place to start as it allows you to see the options available and you can click on each of the options to find out more information about each of the products available.