First of all, there are many ways you can improvise with soap making, believe me when I say that I have. However, there are a few essential ingredients and tools that you cannot make cold process soap without, full stop. One of those critical elements is something to give your soap form, behold, I offer you a blog on the soap mold!
When I first started hobby soaping I purchased my first wooden soap mold on line for $30.00 plus shipping, it was a bit rough and came with a piece of wood to use for a lid – not fancy. With anticipation, I loving lined the mold and as I happily poured in the soap batter realized instantly (as many soap makers before me); I needed another mold!
I pride myself on my systematic materials and products inventory, however, I cannot even guess as the number of molds that I now have on my shelves and stashed away. I have silicone molds, plastic molds, PVC pipe molds, milk carton molds and wooden molds. Although I can’t speak to their effeciency, I have seen soap made out of shoe boxes, Tupperware, foil take-away trays, Pringles cans and plastic clam shells like the ones that you find in excess at the grocery store.
Ultimately, my go-to is the wooden mold with freezer paper liner. Wood stands up to the test every time, it makes transport easy, stacks nicely and protects the soft soap as it hardens, it also insulates the soap well and they are customizable, eco-friendly and inexpensive to make. Some may consider the down side to be lining the wooden mold and I agree, this can be tiresome but the pay-off is huge once your soap is ready for cutting and you easily slide the perfect soap loaf from its wooden housing and peel back the freezer paper. Voila!
For those of you who love the wooden mold but abhor the lining part – give a silicone liner a try (you can buy them at Bulk Barn). I have several and while I don’t use them often they have their place in a soap maker’s arsenal of tools.
I can’t truthfully explain why I ordered a wooden mold on-line in the first place. When my husband inquired innocently on the cost of the mold, I provided a sheepish reply. He was happy to replicate the mold and proceeded to his workshop returning with two additional molds in the same dimensions as the store bought but these ones where made of hardwood and sanded to perfection. Yes!
I now have a mold collection that is enviable – I have mini molds perfect for testing 1 oz. of fragrance samples, small molds that produce about 12 bars, medium ones that produce 18 bars and large molds for when I am ambitious and need 20 + bars made. I also have slab molds and more. Lucky me!
Recently, folks on social media have been asking about my molds and so for the next few months I will post some of the molds, made here in Muskoka, Ontario for sale in my shop. Check out the shop and see what you think of the molds – we love your comments! -C-