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I’ve made soaps for all sorts of occasions and for a variety of customers. Every experiment involves some trial and error and of course we all find our own preferences. Here are my favorite inexpensive soap mold ideas.
Cheap Silicone Soap Molds Are Amazing.
When it comes to molds, nothing beats silicone. It can take high heat, is durable and will last for years.
The only time I haven’t enjoyed using silicone is with loaf molds. I’ve found the side walls tend to bow, making the bars wonky on the edges.
You can get around this by placing your silicone mold in a wooden support or wood mold, but I’d rather just fill individual cavities on a silicone mold with standard shapes than trying to cut a large chunk of soap. (See below).
Wooden Soap Molds Long Lasting and Simple
If you are making only cold or hot processed soaps in large batches, investing in a wooden box mold with releasable sides and a cutter is a great investment. It is expensive initially, but a well made mold is a one time purchase that will last forever.
You can find very reasonable prices for these on Etsy. Here is a nice set for under $100 that includes 2 large molds with lids a cutter and displays.
DIY Soap Mold Ideas and Other Tips
If you’re just getting started, you can line a shoe box with wax paper and then use a dough cutter to cut your bars with nice clean edges. It’s more difficult to get good, evenly sized bars that way, but it’s fine if you’re just “testing the waters” and aren’t ready to invest in a lot of high-priced equipment just yet.
If you’re doing artisan soaps with melt and pour soap base you can find very affordable, durable silicone molds on Amazon. I’ve purchased several and haven’t had any complaints.
Here’s an example of a seasonal Mother’s Day soap I made using a 3D silicone mold I purchased from Amazon. People love the look of these bars and you can find them in many unique styles. You get one mold so this is best for melt and pour unless you want to invest in multiples.
These molds run about $10 each Prime. The details are exquisite and the soaps they produce are just beautiful.
For my larger batches of hot process soap I use multi-cavity silicone molds in basic shapes that can create 6 to 12 bars per mold. The one pictured above is not pretty since it’s the end of the batch and a sample people feel/touch, but great for basic bars.
The mold I use is below. What’s nice about it is you can press hot process bars nicely into the cavities and they won’t melt or warp. They can take extremely high temps – you can’t melt them. Well, I suppose you could – but not with the standard hot process soap recipe ;).
You have to work quickly but spoon the soap into each cavity, take a piece of parchment paper folded several times, place on top of each bar and press down firmly with a wood block or something heavy and you get beautiful smooth bars. Cut off the rough tops or leave them as is for a more rustic look.
I put each mold on a cookie sheet tray, stack them up with a sheet of parchment between and then set them aside to cool. Perfect bars, easy to use and crazy affordable.
So, there are my ideas for affordable, top-quality soap molds.
You can also get creative and DIY. I’ve used empty Pringles cans for example. Pour a large batch, let it cure and then peel off the can and cut the log into neat looking round soaps. No one knows you used a can to make it unless you tell them lol :).
What are your inexpensive go to’s for soap making?