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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pumpkin Pie Soap + Do Right

I used my Mr. Do Right molds and I was hoping for an easier outcome. I tried an olive oil soap this time, so automatically, it's softer soap, but it was HELL getting it out of that HDPE mold. I had to cut it out. Three days later there was no separation from the mold, so I started to cut it out.

I then contacted the person who originally told me about Mr. Do Right. She said that she uses cyclomethicone (body safe silicone liquid) and then a spray of Pam and her soaps pop right out. Hmmm. So I did that, so now I have another soap in and it's stuck. Yes, another conditioning soap with shea butter and all, but grrrr. I am frustrated. $75 and I am more frustrated than before. I was hoping this would make things easier.

I think the next purchase that I make will be from Upland Soap Factory. A highly respected seasoned soaper directed me to them. Heads up: they close on December 20th and do not re-open until March, so if you are eager, get on!


(These embeds are pumpkin soap from the LAST pumpkin soap. Hey guess what?? The whole thing is going to turn into the same color. duh. I am so on top of the game at night, it's not even funny!)


15 comments:

Body Natural Soap said...

So sorry you had trouble with the molds. Maybe its the climate or something because I rarley have any problems. Sometimes I get impatient and Use the cutter to slide between the soap and the mold. But thats because I am impatient.

Joanna said...

Perhaps it's the soft soap??

How long do you leave your soap in the mold?

Crystal said...

I have a few of these molds and my soaps stick to them also. I'm thinking on getting the upland molds as well :)

sherrieg said...

I love my silicone cookie sheet liners solution - I never have any trouble with them. I'm sorry yours are a pain. :(

Ruth Esteves said...

I can't comment on the HDPE molds, but I have three Uplands and I loooove them.

Robin said...

I bought the all in one mold and cutter from the same supplier on ebay, but I always still used freezer paper with it. My issue with that mold was it eventually warped and then I always had lopsided soap. I wanted to buy from upland last year but they were closed and I was too impatient to wait for them so I order one of the birchwood slab molds withe the dividers from Brambleberry because cutting was always an issue for me. I like it but I miss my log soaps.

Body Natural Soap said...

I usually take it out with in 24 hrs. Last night I made a loaf around 9pm and took it out this morning around 4:30 am. That the sides popped right off (This soap is a hard soap). Sometimes though I use the blade if I feel its sticky. Just slide the blade between the soap and the side and I get nice clean edges. I dont have much experience with other molds though so I could just be nieve.

The Dirty Business Bath Co. said...

I made this mistake too. I love these molds, but they have to be lined. The textured plastic freakin' adheres to soap, making it impossible to release.

LoveMichie said...

Hi Joanna. Maybe you can use Vaseline. I do that with my silicone molds to help ease the soap out.

I read somewhere that regular cooking oil used to line the moulds binds with the lye and becomes soap. Vaseline won't apparently.

It works for me, maybe you can do a trial batch.

Teresa R said...

Oh, I'm bummed for you! And thanks for posting about this and your commenters' remarks because I'm learning without having to shell out the money. :)

Zularis Naturals said...

There's nothing worse then a batch of soap that won't come out of the mold. In the past, when I made bar soap, I tried every type of mold imaginable. Found that they all had to be lined or the soap stuck. That is until I tried a silicone mold from Upland. They worked beautifully! Soap never sticks because you can easily peel back the silicone mold liner.

Dawnaurora said...

I am sorry you are having problems with you silicone molds. I am a silicone mold maker, but I do not make soaps. I use them for soy tarts and candles. I would have problems getting the soy tart/candle out also, but I started to spray the mold with cooking spray and they would come out great and not look whitish. Silicone absorbs and maybe there are other factors coming into play like the humidity of your work area and softness of the soap. Good luck with this.

La belle Aurore said...

Joanna,

Just to let you know, I got my flat bed plastic mold from Kelseiscreations, the small 9 bars with dividers and after making about 10 batches with it (without lining), none of the batches were hard to remove from the mold. I was ready to put the mold in the freezer for about 20 minutes to help in removing the bars but I never did it once.

The sides of the mold all come apart, it is very well done. I will get from her, her log mold, the small one, before Christmas as well. I use CPOP method and with the 9 bars mold, I can make more than one kind of soaps, dividing the recipe into colors or fragrance and then, using her dividers before pouring the soap in different little bars. Great concept.

This is her site : http://www.kelseiscreations.com/page3.html

Anonymous said...

If you want liner-free molds that truly work, won't warp, and will last a lifetime, then order them online from Logan Bear Candles (www.loganbearcandles.com). His molds are made with POLISHED HDPE (instead of textured). After seasoning the molds (he has instructions for this), your molds will be truly liner-free with zero sticking. What's more, he offers HDPE lids so that your molds always remain square. He makes both log and slab molds, with or without removable dividers, and you can order CUSTOM sizes to meet your needs. Personally, I found Mr. Do Right to be a total pain to work with, and decided to pay up for Logan molds. After reading here, I'm glad I did. Finally, all Logan molds are guaranteed to never leak - they are water tested before shipment. With respect to molds, I think you get what you pay for. If you have a handy DH with a shop, you can order polished HDPE from TAP plastics and have your DH make you liner free molds. My DH is too busy, so it was Logan Bear Candles for me. Logan Bear owners are real soapers, too. Cheers...Askalthea

My Best Friends Soap said...

I have a mold from Silver Moon Soap Supply
http://www.silvermoonsoapsupply.com/index.html
Its wonderful but I think thier working on thier site right now but check them out!