Quick Tips for Soap Molding
Recently someone wrote to me asking how to stop soap from sticking in a cookie cutter.
That is a great question. More questions answered about Soap Dough and the process in “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” . Read it today!
For this situation we will employ magic. Not ancient magic, like our ancestors, but common mis-understood magic. The magic I am referring to is tenacity.
Tenacity is tricky, but to say that we overcome hitches in our giddiy-ups without it is to underestimate the power of tenacity. Staying with anything, even when it gets sticky (ah…) is to see doors that were not previously seen, let-alone, understood. These doorways open up to new worlds of imagination and creativity.
No matter the level of tenacity, some quick tips are always helpful.
Don’t over complicate this process.
1.) Use a reliable and predictable soap recipe and cover it with plastic. Air exposure will harden soap. To keep it pliable seal the soap against air exposure.
2.) Cornstarch dusting is helpful to avoid soap sticking.
3.) Soap can be touched with bare hands after 24-48 hours of full saponification. Zap-test or pH test soap if you are unsure.
4.) Let your imagination out of the box and start creating!
Simple Soap Recipe
- Lard – 50%
- Coconut Oil – 30%
- Olive Oil – 20%
- *Olive oil can be substituted with soybean oil.
- Melt the lard and coconut oil in microwave or double boiler to incorporate these ingredients.
- Add your liquid soybean oil (or other liquid oil) to the heated mixture. This will help cool the oils.
- Add lye water to your oils, not the other way around (please read lye safety section in “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” on how to handle lye).
- Stick blend your oils and lye until trace.
- Add colorants.
- Pour into mold.
- Cover with plastic wrap.
- Twenty four to 48 hours later, unmold.
- Wrap in plastic.
- Place in sealed plastic bag.
- Use as needed to make your hand molded cold process soap!