15+ Pretty Silicone Molds for Making Handmade Cold Process Soap
After my new book, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, came out, I started getting a lot of questions asking where I bought the variety of molds used to make the soaps in the book.
So this week, I rounded up a list of 15+ soap molds that I’ve personally purchased, used, and found to be both pretty and practical.
(As I find and try out new molds in the future, I’ll keep adding to this list, hence the “15+” part of the title!)
Before I get into the list, just a few quick tips when working with decorative silicone soap molds:
Use a Water Discount – It’s an excellent habit to run a soap recipe through a lye calculator and make sure the oils and lye numbers are correct, but soapcalc’s default number of 38% water is on the high side, especially if you’re making palm-free soaps. You’ll notice all of my cold process soap recipes have some type of water discount (reduced water amount). If you use the lye calculator at Majestic Mountain Sage (my favorite), choose a number in the middle of the range. If you prefer SoapCalc, try using a maximum of 33% water. (Water amount is very flexible; don’t be afraid to experiment to find the amount that YOU like best!)
Use Sodium Lactate or Salt – Add 1 tsp of sodium lactate PPO (per pound of oil in your recipe) to the cooled lye solution, or 1/2 tsp table salt PPO to the hot lye solution. These two ingredients help harden the soap and makes it unmold so much easier; especially useful for castile, bastille or palm-free soaps!
Place Mini Molds on a Tray – Once filled, individual molds are hard to move around without spilling. Before pouring the soap batter into the molds, arrange them on a tray or baking sheet lined with wax paper so you can easily move them to a new spot if needed.
Pour Thin for Smooth Surfaces – To get the smoothest surface on the bottom of individual finished soaps, pour while the soap batter is still thin. If you wait for a thicker trace, you’ll need to smooth carefully across the top of the filled mold with a spatula to help remove ridges and uneven textures. Pouring while the soap batter is on the thin side will also help the soap batter fill into each design crevice, ensuring a clean clear pattern on the finished soap.
Freeze if Stuck – If you find your soap is stuck in its mold even after several days, pop it in the freezer for several hours and then try unmolding again.
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Rectangular Soap Mold with 3D Roses
The original rose loaf mold I used for the soaps shown above seems not to be available now (I had bought it from Amazon), but this Longzang S505 Rose sea Large Size Rectangle Shape Silicone Soap Mold is very similar and will create a beautiful rose design on your soap, though the final bars do end up an odd-size. If you cut the bars so the rose design is going across the top, as shown in the photos above, you’ll get 3 to 5 chunky and extra-thick bars of soap. Or, make a smaller batch of soap and only fill the mold partially, for thinner bars of soap.
Recipes shown are Coconut Rose Milk Soap (from my Natural Soapmaking Package) and Grandma’s Yellow Roses Soap (from my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book).
Chawoorim Butterfly & Flower Silicone Molds
This butterfly mold (left) and the flower mold on the right (sadly, can’t find available now to link) are both made of high quality silicone.
UPDATE – Thanks to hobbygogo for providing us the link to the flower mold: ❤
Unlike many individual silicone molds, they aren’t extra soft and squishy, so they’re easier to move around once filled. I find that soaps pop right out of these within 24 to 48 hours. The size is very nice – the square butterfly soap mold is abt 2.95″ by 2.95″ (3.5 oz soap), while the round flower mold is abt 3.5″ across (4.6 oz soap).
Recipes shown are Red Rooibos & Rhassoul Clay Soap and French Clay & Yogurt Soap, both from my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book.
Longzang “Natural” & “Life is Good” Soap Molds
These two molds are made of a soft thick silicone and release soap like a dream! Be sure to place them on a flat tray or wax paper lined baking sheet before pouring because one they’re filled, they’re not as easy to move as other mold types. The “Natural” soap mold (found HERE) is sized 2.7″ x 2.1″ x 1.4″ (6.9 cm x 5.5 cm x 3.6 cm). The “Life is Good” mold (found HERE) is sized 3″ x 2.5″ x 1.4″ (7.7 cm x 6.3 cm x 3.6 cm). Longzang molds usually ship from China, so expect a wait time of a few weeks.
Recipe shown is freshly unmolded Soothing Comfrey & Aloe Soap from my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book.
Bee & Honeycomb Soap Molds
The small individual mold on the left (found HERE) features a honeycomb pattern with a single bee on top. It’s also made by Longzang and soap unmolds from it super easy. The size is 2.5″ x 2.5″ x 1.1″ (6.5 cm x 6.5 cm x 3 cm).
The mold on the right (found HERE) is a rectangular loaf mold, made in the same style as the rectangular 3D rose mold at the top of this list. It will almost hold a 2.5 lb batch of soap (with about 28 oz of oil in the recipe.) If you cut the bars so the bee design is going across the top, as shown in the photo above, you’ll get five chunky and extra-thick bars of soap. Or, make a smaller batch of soap and only fill the mold partially, for thinner bars of soap.
Recipes shown are Bee Pollen & Honey from my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book, and Honey & Milk Powder Soap from my Natural Soap Making package.
100% Handmade Soap Molds
These little molds also make terrific lotion bars! You can buy the square ones HERE and the round ones HERE. I really like that they come in sets of 6 or 10 too.
The square soap shown is a test batch of soap colored with woad and the round one is Easiest Ever Castile Soap from my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book.
Sand Dollar Plastic Mold
Normally, I don’t recommend clear plastic molds for cold process soapmaking. They tend to stick and can sometimes take weeks until the soap can be unmolded; it can be frustrating. However, this sand dollar mold from Bramble Berry does really well with brine soap recipes (soaps that have a high amount of salt in the lye solution, resulting in an extra hard bar of soap.) This mold also makes fantastic bath bombs!
Recipe shown is Citrus Breeze Brine Bars from my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book. It can also be found as a guest post over at Modern Soapmaking.
Floral Oval Mold & Plain Oval Mold
The embossed floral soap in the left photo was made with another individual Longzang mold (you can find it here). The plain oval soaps shown in both photos were made with a 6 bar mold I bought (here) from Bramble Berry.
Recipe shown on the left is Creamy Shea Butter Bastille Soap, and the one on the right is Vanilla Bean & Egg Yolk Soap, both recipes in my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book.
Natural Lotus Soap Mold & Life Tree Soap Mold
I bought the individual mold for the soap on the left from Bebe’s Collection; they’re an overseas supplier and the only source of stoneseed/gromwell root (a natural soap colorant) that I could find at the time. It’s a very nice mold, though I discovered that the lettering isn’t always defined well if you remove the soap too soon; so make sure you let it stay in the mold at least a day or two, or use sodium lactate in the cooled lye solution.
The soap on the right was made with a Longzang Life Tree mold (found here). It makes a small bar that’s perfect for a sample size or guest soap.
Recipe shown on the left is Soothing Comfrey & Aloe Soap, while the recipe on the right is Weedy Greens Jewelweed & Plantain Soap, both found in my Simple & Natural Soapmaking print book.
Sunflower Soap Mold
This silicone soap mold by Freshware makes 6 soaps at a time. If you’re working with a recipe high in olive or other soft oils (like castile or bastille soaps), then I suggest adding sodium lactate to your cooled lye solution or it might not unmold as cleanly as you’d like. It might also need an extra day or two in the mold, depending on the water amount in your recipe.
You can find the Sunflower Soap Recipe, shown in the photo above, HERE on my site.
Square Mooncake Silicone Soap Mold
This six-cavity soap mold makes small thin bars of soap, perfect for samples or guest bars. This mold is similar to the sunflower soap mold above in that the soap can tend to stick in the design unless you use sodium lactate or leave it in the mold for an extra few days.
The soap shown is Basic Brine Bar in my Natural Soap Making ebook.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Silicone Soap Mold
This is another individual silicone Longzang soap mold I picked up at Amazon. (Update – it seems to be currently out of stock.) It does well with cold process soap, but like some of the others on this list, will give best results if you add sodium lactate or salt to the lye solution.
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I have your new simple & natural soap making book and e course, l have some of the soaps, love them. Can you tell me how to make a gingerbread soap for Christmas? I would like it to smell and the color of gingerbread. I hope you get message.
Hi Pat, I’m so happy you’re enjoying the book & course! I don’t have a gingerbread recipe out yet, but I always think this one looks fun!
I read this post the day it came out and have been thinking about these GORGEOUS molds ever since. Thanks so much for the information!
Hi Robin! I’m so glad that you enjoyed reading about the various molds! There are so many lovely kinds available for us out there – the hard part is choosing which one to buy next! :)
These molds are beautiful. I’m wondering if they can also be used for making cookies?
Hi Joanne! Several of them are food safe & can be used with cakes, cookies, or candy. If you check the description by the seller, the food-safe ones should mention that they can be used for that purpose & at what temperature they are safe to. In some cases, a mold was first created to make foods like cookies and such; just soapmakers found success with them for soap too! :)
Where do you purchased your soap molds?
Hi Beatrice! I get most of them from Amazon. Each one shown in this article has a clickable link that will take you right to the spot I bought them from. :)
I am looking forward to the day that I get up the courage to try soap making! I love handcrafted soaps and I love these beautiful soap molds. God Bless!
Hi Margaret, I hope you’re able to give soapmaking a try soon! It’s such a fun and rewarding pastime! :)
Hi, I bought your book and have tried almost all of your recipes. It is fun to use, since I live in a area that has a lot of wild plants that I am learning to use (ex; Wild Roses, Yarrow, Blackberries and others) and your book has helped to learn to incorporate them. Since I live on the ocean I use ocean water for your Brine soap recipe.
Thanks again for writing such a nice book
Hi Donna, I’m so glad that you’re finding the book helpful! How fun to use ocean water in your brine soaps! I have some in my freezer I collected while on a beach trip this summer that I’m looking forward to using in soap this winter. :)
Hi, Jan ~ I received your book “101 Easy Homemade Products” as a Christmas gift and am loving going through it. I’m dreaming/planning to try my hand at some of the lotion and soap bars. Do you, by chance, have a source for the mold pictured on page 64? I believe they are the Violet Leaf Lotion bars.
I can’t wait to read more of the book and your blog.
Thank you so much.
Blessings to you.
Hi Roseanne! So happy you’re enjoying the book! :) Those were made with a small silicone mold that I’ve had for quite a few years – I believe I bought it at my local Michaels craft store in the candy making section. I took a peek on Amazon & didn’t spot it, but I’ll keep an eye out, just in case!
Hi again Roseanne! I believe I found the mold I used for the violet leaf lotion bars!
I would love one of the rectangle MOLDIY Honeycomb Soap Molds 2.3lb but on the link it says ‘Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.’ Does anyone know if there is another site or any other way to get this mold? I live in Western Australia.
Oh no! Thanks for letting me know it’s no longer available! I just did a quick look around & don’t spot another source yet, but I’ll keep looking & update when I do!
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