A good mold is critical for soap making. Some soapers prefer wooden molds, while others lean towards silicone molds. Today’s blog post will review a silicone loaf mold by Crafter’s Choice, specifically the Regular Loaf Silicone Mold 1501 found at Wholesale Supplies Plus. Please note that I was not asked nor compensated for my opinions on this mold. Comments below are strictly my own, based on my own experiences using this product for business purposes.
Silicone molds are reputed to be easier to use than wooden molds, because they don’t require lining of the mold with paper or another liner insert. I personally can’t stand lining wooden molds with paper and I’ve either had team members handle this tasks, or we’ve used silicone molds for this reason. This Crafter’s Choice mold was one of the first silicone molds I used in soaping years ago and I have been very happy with its results – so much that we use this mold every week for test batches and some private label orders.
This loaf mold measures 3.5″ x 8″ x 2.5″. It holds 40-44 ounces, so approximately 2 pounds of oils. Cut at 1-inch intervals, one can get 8 bars of soap out of each mold. This mold is especially nice to use for clients for whom we private label loaves of soap when they sell soap by the slice. It makes a nice sized loaf of soap that still fits and displays nicely on a table or counter top without being too bulky.
– Easy to use
– Easy to clean
– Easy to remove soap from the mold
– Can use multiple molds to accommodate larger batch sizes
– Over time with repeated use, some molds have bowed out on the sides so the resulting bars are not uniform (slightly wider or angled on one side). These molds are still usable for test batches.
– Can stain with certain essential oils or colorants. These stains do not necessarily transfer to future loaves of soap.
– Price. The cost of these molds increase each year, and while I like that Wholesale Supplies Plus includes shipping in their prices, you may want to wait until they’re on sale to purchase if you’re planning on buying multiple molds.
All in all, I recommend the Crafter’s Choice Regular Loaf Silicone Mold 1501 for melt and pour, cold process and hot process soap making. I think it is easy to use and will help you create great looking bars of soap without having to worry about the lines and wrinkles that may come from lining a wooden mold with paper.
Have you ever used this mold? What are your thoughts about it? Please share in the comments below.