Thursday, June 2, 2011

Product Review: Oliver's Labels

A few weeks ago I received a sample package of labels from Oliver's Labels for review on my blog. 

Product:  Oliver's Labels offer a variety of labels for different uses, including shoe and clothing labels, bag tags, pantry and date labels, photo labels, wristbands, mini labels, and much, much more.  When ordering my labels, I had a choice of designs, some geared to children and others to adults, and I could personalize the labels as well.  I also liked that the labels can be ordered with a tracking number included, so that if an item is lost and then picked up by a stranger, the label instructs the person to go to the website and enter in the tracking code.  I thought this idea was fantastic. 

I received a sample pack of the most common labels, and I immediately put them to the test
Basic Label, Transportation Theme
The shoe and clothing labels went on the items my son frequently wears to daycare.  I made a point of putting the items through the washing machine several times, and the labels have stood up to the test so far.  Same goes for the labels I put on his reusable lunch containers and cups. 
 The labels have stayed strong through both dishwasher and hand washing,and they fit so snugly my mom asked me where I was able to find a cup with my son's name on it.  She had to look twice before realizing it was in fact a sticker!

Gluten Free Connection:  If you're wondering what personalized labels have to do with gluten and dairy free living, the answer is a lot, actually.  Oliver's Labels have several designs that indicate prohibited food/allergies.  Among several options are "NO GLUTEN" and "NO DAIRY" stickers.  Additionally, there are safety/allergy alert wristbands which can be personalized with a child's medical condition or food allergy/restriction.  I love this option for small children.  Although there aren't too many places that my two year old goes without a parent, it only takes a second for someone to accidentally provide him with something containing gluten.  At the very least I would hope that the bracelet would give someone pause before handing him food, and to double check to see if it's safe.  Even amongst those who know about his restrictions, I don't expect people to be as vigilant about his food intake as I am.  These bracelets help to remind people and to keep my son safe.

I ordered a combination of labels with my son's name on them and some no gluten labels.  The no gluten ones went on the food containers sent to my son's daycare each day, and the regular ones went on clothing, shoes, and a few toys that he really just wanted to see with pretty stickers!

Website: The website is well organized and easy to navigate, as you can shop by products, designs or packages.  There's even an option to create your own personalized package.  Prices are reasonable, for example as of writing the site lists 17 wristbands for $11.99, and 100 mini labels for $19.99.  Combination label packages start at $26.99.

VERDICT:  I recommend this product with no reservations. All of the labels I've used (mini, shoe, regular, small clothing, etc.) have held up to a toddler's wear and tear, a dishwasher, and regular cycles through the washer and drier.  Just as a final thought, I originally contacted customer service to inquire about the status of my order.  I received a response back almost immediately, and my package was in my mailbox in less than a week.  No emailing ten people, no insisting that I should have received it already, just a quick response email with a follow up when the product was mailed.  That kind of service makes me happy. 

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