There are so many different types of molds for soap available these days that making your own soap has become a fun, eco-friendly alternative to purchasing soap. It also gives you the opportunity to express your creativity by experimenting with a variety of beautiful molds for soap.
Types of Molds for Soap
In the past, molds were only available in wood. However, recently silicone molds for soap have become very popular for their flexibility and ability to release easily.
Specialty soap molds are available in plastic, silicone and acrylic. These specialty molds are often scored for ease of cutting the soap. The designs available are endless, and can include the following:
- ice cream dishes
- puzzle pieces
- holiday shapes
- monogrammed molds, and many more.
Most soap molds can be purchased for well under $10 and reused endlessly.
Making your Own Molds for Soap
Practically speaking, you can use just about anything that won’t leak as a soap mold. Ice cube trays, baking pans, or even a cardboard box lined with butcher paper will suffice as molds for soap making. You can even make a round soap mold by using a section of PVC pipe and securing the ends with wax paper.
Seashell molds are another beautiful and creative option. Simply pour the soap into a clean seashell, cover with plastic wrap, and allow to set as usual. Another option is to actually build your own molds using a product such as Mold Builder liquid latex rubber. Mold Builder can be purchased at an art supply store.
Begin by preparing the Mold Builder product according to package specifications. Then paint the Mold Builder onto any nonporous item of your choice to create the mold that you desire. Repeat with multiple coats and allow to dry. Then, carefully peel the latex mold off the object and begin using it to mold soap.
Molds for Soap, Lotion, and Shampoo
You can also make bars of natural body lotion at home using your soap molds. Melt beeswax, cocoa butter, and sweet almond oil in a double-boiler, add essential oil for fragrance, and pour into your soap molds. Be careful not to overheat this mixture.
Ice cube trays make great travel size bars for your purse or desk. Lotion bars are extremely convenient because they don’t leak and are easy to apply. When wrapped in decorative tissue paper, they make a lovely gift. Of course, soap, lotion, and shampoo in bar form are all eco-friendly choices because they eliminate the waste of plastic bottles.
To make your own lip balm at home, combine beeswax, sweet almond oil, jojoba beads, and essential oil. The lip balm can be molded into a small soap mold and applied by fingertip.
Shampoo bars are also convenient for home and travel. As with most soaps, it is very important to exercise caution when preparing your own shampoo because it usually contains lye, which can cause burns to the skin and irritate the eyes and lungs.
You will need olive oil, castor oil, coconut oil, lye, spring water, and essential oils. Essential oils add fragrance and have other beneficial qualities; for example, tea tree oil has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Prepare the shampoo bar in the same fashion as a basic soap bar recipe and pour into any molds for shampoo of your choice.