New mold! Bramble Berry 9 bar slab!

I’ve been wanting a slab mold with dividers for a long time and finally decided on trying out Bramble Berry’s Baltic Birch 9 Bar Wooden Mold (that’s a mouth full).

Yes, you have to line it but that is super easy.  Here’s a video.  I also ordered some of the Baby Rose Fragrance.  So for the first soap in my new mold I decided to do a swirl.  With Baby Rose Fragrance.  A swirl.  With a floral.  Probably not the smartest thing I’ve ever done.  It got thick but I think it worked out okay. 

The recipe:
Palm oil – 12 oz
Olive oil – 10 oz
Coconut oil – 8 oz
Shea butter – 2 oz
Avocado oil – 2 oz
Castor oil – 2 oz

Water – 11 oz
Sodium hydroxide – 4.8 oz

Melted oils.  The lye solution is in the sink cooling down. 

Stick blend until emulsified.  I didn’t want to see trace since I knew the fragrance oil would speed things up.

Pour into your coloring container.  I used red mica from Supplies by Star.  Add your fragrance.  I just added it to the base and not to the pink soap. 

I poured the red into a squirt bottle and squirted some in the bottom of the mold.

Note to self:  Don’t worry with a squirt bottle when you are using a floral fo and have already added it to your base.

Okay…then pour some of your base.  Squirt some more of the red.  Pour some more of the base and then finish off with some squirtage of red in perpendicular lines.  

The base is pretty thick at this point. 

Then insert dividers.

Well…even though it got really thick…I think it will turn out okay.

I LOVE THESE MOLDS.  This nine bar size is perfect as I don’t make a ton of soap anymore.  Although they do sell bigger sizes. 

-Amanda

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7 Comments

  1. Anne-Marie Faiola January 25, 2011 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    Awesome video on lining the mold! Thanks for the shout out and BB love =)

    P.S. Fabulous colors and swirls.

  2. leelalee January 24, 2011 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I just got this mold and haven’t had a chance to work with it yet, I’m so excited to see it in action. I’m so grateful for your blog!

  3. iheartsoap January 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    I was actually worried about it sticking. I unmolded today and it didn’t stick at all. I thought I was going to have to slide the soap off of the dividers but the soap gelled and the dividers pretty much fell right off. So that’s good. I would imagine that ungelled would be a different story. The dividers are nice and tight and hold together well.

  4. Amy Warden January 22, 2011 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    I have a six-bar mold with dividers. The problem is the dividers don’t hold together, and I can’t seem to figure out how to get them all in at once. Oh yeah, and the soap sticks to them too. So I just make my test batches in the mold and cut them with a knife. Makes my life so much easier! I hope your mold works SO much better than mine!

  5. Celine January 22, 2011 at 5:50 am - Reply

    Great post – I’ve got a Rose FO myself and was wondering how quickly it’d accelerate trace but this post shows that a swirl can be done with a floral (as long as you move quickly) … can’t wait to see finished pics!

  6. Margo January 22, 2011 at 1:05 am - Reply

    I love this mold and your soap looks really nice. I look forward to seeing the finished bars out of the mold. Also I can’t wait for your video on how you line your molds.

  7. Holly January 21, 2011 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I’ve had my eye on this exact same mold! I just might have to go ahead and get one!

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