Saturday, February 6, 2010

My New Test Batch Molds

 (The lighting is poor...I was rushing)

Okay not exactly, but they could be. I obsess over love silicone molds! They are so easy and convenient to work with because you don't have to line them and you only need to swish some water in them to clean them out. What I'm not so fond of though is the way they bunch over when you fill them with heavy soap batter. My Wilton loaf mold has become permanently misshapen, but I'm still using it.

I found these 2 pound loaf molds on Wholesale Supplies Plus (and they ship for free!) and they have these sturdy edges so the soap doesn't get all lean-y and lopsided. I think the technical term is "bowing." I personally prefer "lean-y." These molds are perfect for testing a new recipe or making small batches of soap.

 (Photo courtesy of WSP)

I made this batch of olive-scented soap-cpop of course. It's made mainly with olive and avocado oils. This is a very rustic-looking soap. I'm not going to touch it at all. I like how it looks. It smells very light and clean-perfect for you anti-foody scent folks. This is the type of scent you'd find in say, a bed and breakfast, or a foreign inn (yeah, like I've actually been to one).



I haven't decided if I'm going to list it yet. I still have some soap snob issues. You know, having to have your soap look "perfect" before you can sell it-at regular price! We'll see...

11 comments:

Da Dude said...

This is the first time I've heard (I mean read) of someone being a "soap snob". LOL

BTW I like the word leany. It sounds better than bowing.

Steve

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

Dude,

I make up my own vocabulary quite often on this blog LOL...You've just given me a thought: I need to add a glossary to the sidebar!

Holly said...

I LOVE those molds from WSP! I have two of them so I can make bigger batches. I want more but people have caught on and they are hard to get now.

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

ha a side bar glossary, lol

love the new mold and the new soap looks really good to me I would sell it full price!

Abbiepql said...

I love the pretty soapies too, but in my old age I am appreciating the rugid natural looking ones more and more. Looks really nice!

Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby said...

I have 2 of the same mold...love 'em! The only issue I have with them is the pitted or "stippled" look on the sides of the loaf when removed. I've tried lightly coating with olive oil and allowing the soap to sit a bit longer before unmolding to no avail. What did you find, P? It's great for my rustic bars, but I'd like to get a smooth side without extra cutting for some of my others.

Lisa BTB said...

Yeah, those molds are saweeet! I hate hate hate lining molds.

Michele said...

These molds are fantastic for test batches! I love that they hold exactly a quarter batch of my recipe. I've tried selling the soaps from the WSP mold, but my customers always ask why the soap bar is so short. :) Luckily I have lining my molds down to a science and can have 10 molds lined in a half an hour.

Patrice-The Soap Seduction said...

Wow! These molds are more popular than I thought. Where have I been?

I agree that they do make shorter bars, but if you have 2 or 3 molds (which I'm glad I bought because WSP is already sold out after I was on the waiting list) then you could cut the bars a little thicker to make up for the shortness. I was able to actually get 7 regular-sized slices out of one mold.

BeadedTail said...

That mold sounds wonderful and so does that soap! I'm always more concerned with how it smells than how it looks so I think you should sell it at regular price.

Duni said...

I love olive oil soaps. I think handmade soap does not have to 'look' perfect (but being a perfectionist myself I understand what you mean!!!)

ps - I have an award for you!!