This probably gave me the most frustration when I first started making soap.
I was fine with finding the ingredients (though over time I have found better locations and found my favorite products). I was fine with measuring and stirring. I was even ok with handling the lye…because what’s the worst that can happen – burn some skin? The thing I just was not satisfied with was the molds I was using.
You can definitely buy a mold online or at a craft store that sells soap supplies. You can also find them on Amazon. There are many silicone molds like the one Here and wooden ones like this one Here.
DIY Soap Molds
I should have the title of the frugal queen (that’s putting it nicely), because I really wanted to use something that was already around the house or something that I could make cheaply.
I would love to have a mold where the sides come apart so no lining is necessary (soap doesn’t get stuck), but if you’re going the frugal route that’s out of the question. I tried plastic containers I had around the house, glass dishes, boxes. Each had their problem.
Glass is not bendable and so it’s hard to get the soap out. Plastic usually is not square so your soap will be misshapen. Boxes don’t last very long unless it’s a very sturdy cardboard.
As for lining, I started using plastic warp but it just rips when you pull it even slightly (plus it leaves giant wrinkle marks no matter how hard you try to smooth it). I tried nothing because I was told you could put the mold in the freezer and the soap would shrink and the soap pop out….didn’t work. Finally, I ended up using parchment paper. I love it and it lines very smoothly. I use it in my wooden mold that I found at the Thrift Store (Yea, thrift stores!!).
I give more detail in the video and show option that you can use and give more ideas that you can try. I hope you find it helpful. Please let me know if you have any questions.