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Bubbly2
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« on: May 04, 2012, 01:55:55 AM »

I have spent 3 days fighting to get my 1st batch of soap out of the mold!   It's been in the freezer and finally with a LOT of trouble it came out Cry  It  is an 8-4 oz.  mold from Aztec Int.  I sprayed it w/cooking spray. Was that wrong? Or is this normal?  Is there a deep dark secret (secret handshake, maybe?) I should know about unmolding soap??? Or is it the recipe?
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2012, 03:22:01 AM »

Could be the recipe would you mind posting it?
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2012, 03:38:05 AM »

16  oz.  castor oil
12  oz.  coconut oil
19  oz.  olive oil
1    oz.  cocoa butter
4.8 oz.  lye
2   tsp.  lemongrass eo
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2012, 03:46:07 AM »

Ooops, that should be 1 (ONE) oz. caster oil.
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2012, 05:13:59 AM »

When you say it is a 8-4 oz mold,
do you mean 8 individual sized molds?

When I first started out making soap I tried individual molds, and I never had success getting them out (unless they were made of silicone).
I stopped using individual molds because I always struggled getting the soaps out. I make soap in a wooden slab mold or a loaf mold now, lined with freezer paper.

Spraying with cooking spray likely will not help get the soap out, since the cooking spray can saponify with your other oils..

Sorry I can't be more helpful, but at least you know you're not alone Wink
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2012, 05:53:21 AM »

It was a single mold that makes 8 4 oz. bars.  I'd been thinking about a lined loaf mold, since that seemed pretty much fool proof, so think that's what I'll do.  I really got frustrated trying to get that blamed soap out!! Sad  Thanks so much for your input and suggestions.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2012, 06:19:20 AM »

If they are like the soap molds I found on the Aztec website, I think those are more for use with melt & pour soaps.  You can try greasing the molds up with petroleum jelly.  I do this with some of my HDPE log molds.
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2012, 07:20:45 AM »

If they are like the soap molds I found on the Aztec website, I think those are more for use with melt & pour soaps.  You can try greasing the molds up with petroleum jelly.  I do this with some of my HDPE log molds.

I'll take a look and see what it says about that mold and will give the pj a try.
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2012, 09:56:16 AM »

I use petroleum jelly on my pvc pipes and found, through trial and error, that you should LIGHTLY coat the mold with pj or it leaves a funky residue on your soap.  PJ does not saponify.
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2012, 11:26:56 AM »

I use petroleum jelly on my pvc pipes and found, through trial and error, that you should LIGHTLY coat the mold with pj or it leaves a funky residue on your soap.  PJ does not saponify.

Ahhh, I was wondering about that.
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2012, 12:21:57 PM »

if you want to continue to use this mold just line it with parchment paper like you would a wooden soap mold.  I have some plastic individuals molds I use for tester soaps.  it is so hard to get the soap out, I have to let it have about 3 days cure then push and push until I manage to get a little air bubble on the side before they will come out.
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2012, 01:24:02 PM »

if you want to continue to use this mold just line it with parchment paper like you would a wooden soap mold.  I have some plastic individuals molds I use for tester soaps.  it is so hard to get the soap out, I have to let it have about 3 days cure then push and push until I manage to get a little air bubble on the side before they will come out.

Unfortunately it is divided into 8 bars, not just a slab mold.
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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2012, 04:34:06 PM »

Dont freeze the soap next time.  Its good for releasing already hardened soap but it can mess things up if you put freshly poured soap in the freezer.  IF the water content in the soap is frozen it can't evaporate out other than whats on the surface by sublimation.  Also remember that water expands as it freezes, it can muss with the texture of your soap as it thaws.

If your mold is a plastic tray type thing you can try warming the plastic just enough so the heat just affects the plasic and makes it expand and not the soap inside.
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