Saturday, June 22, 2013

Using silicone cupcake molds for soap making

 Commercial soap molds are often made of silicone and cupcake molds can be used as excellent substitutes. As with plastic molds there are a number of considerations to be taken when choosing.

  Firstly size - I've rejected many molds as they would make a cake of soap that is simply too large to hold comfortably in your hand. Secondly narrow protruding shapes would simply snap off as you handled the soap so I suggest you avoid those too.  I found these rose and insect molds which make a lovely piece of soap. These will make lovely gifts.

Today I made a double batch of my favourite olive oil goats milk soap. The goats milk and caustic soda go a strong orange for a while but the soap turns out a creamy colour in the end.  It feels creamy when you use it too.
The only challenge with these silicone soap molds is moving them before the soap hardens. They are so flexible the soap can slosh around so place them on a hard tray to shift them. In a few days time when the soap is hard they will come out of the molds very easily.

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