by | Oct 8, 2020 | Crafting, Reviews, Z

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2020 @ 3:13 pm.

What are the best soap molds? We asked our parent readers who are DIY soap enthusiasts to share their favorite molds. Which work best for beginners? For botanicals? What about molds for melt-and-pour soap making? We tried out 11 different brands before deciding these are the best bets.

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Best Soap Molds For Beginners

Easy to clean
If you are soap-making curious, these molds are a good place to start. Simple, non-stick and super easy to un-mold. Freezer and refrigerator safe. Bonus: also great for rice crispy bars!
$9.99

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Best Soap Molds For Beginners: Ozera 2 Pack Silicone Soap Molds

Let’s talks soap making! And the best soap molds for beginners.

When a reader asked us to write about the best soap molds for DIY crafters, we started researching the soap-making world . . . and quickly went down the rabbit hole of Instagram soap hashtags. Wow! The creativity out there among soap enthusiasts is amazing.

Our readers who love making soap for gifts and other special occasions (think baby showers) pointed out to us that there are four basic kinds of soap making: melt-and-pour, cold process, hot process and milling.

While the details of these processes is beyond the goal of this article, we learned that a good basic silicone soap mold is a great place for beginners to start. For those folks, we’d recommend Ozera’s 2-Pack Silicone Soap Molds.

Nothing fancy—these molds just get the job done! We tried out several different basic molds before deciding Ozera had the best quality . . . and best bang for the buck.

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What We Liked

• Easy to clean!

• Refrigerator and freezer safe.

• Easy to unmold.

• Dishwasher safe.

• Oven and microwave oven safe.

• Affordable.

• Best if placed on a baking or cookie sheet for stability. We learned that tip from one of our readers who had one too many mishaps when her molds distorted the soap . . . especially when the molds are moved around.

• Popular size: each mold makes six 3.5 ounce bars.

What Needs Work

• Thinner than other, more fancy molds. But we think that is a feature, not a bug as that helps beginners!

• Not so great for botanicals.  Many DIY soap fans love to use botanicals (flowers, herbs, etc) in their soap recipes. These molds are only so-so for that use. If you are looking for a mold that works best with botanicals, we’d suggest our next recommendation.

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Best Soap Molds For Botanicals

Sturdy cutters are easy to use
For the more advanced folks who want to try adding dried flowers or other herbs to your soap, this kit is the bomb. Mold + wood box + cutting tools = soap-making fun!
$14.99

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Best Soap Molds For Botanicals: ZYTJ Silicone Soap Molds Kit

If you go down the rabbit hole of do-it-yourself soap making hashtags, you’ll quickly see amazing creations like this:

Best Soap Molds Example Botanicals

Yes, those are dried flowers (lavender) on top—just beautiful!

Soap like this is made with a soap mold kit that includes a mold, wood box and special blades to cut the soap. 

After researching several kits and surveying our readers for their favorites, we thought the best bet is ZYTJ’s Silicone Soap Molds Kit. Affordable, yet well made, this kit is perfect for more advanced DIY soap makers who want to give botanicals a try.

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What We Liked

 Cutting tools are excellent.

• Easy release.

• Easy to clean.

• Thick liner.

•  Affordable.

• Two cutters: smooth and grooved.

• 42 ounce capacity can make about 8 bars at once—impressive!

What Needs Work

• Hard to get the soap out of the mold? While we thought the mold was easy to release, a few dissenters had issues getting their soap to release from the sides of the mold. Good news: there are quite a few tips and tricks you can use to prevent that from happening—check out any DIY soap community for advice.

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Best Melt-and-Pour Soap Molds

Oven and microwave safe
Lovely designs make these molds great for those who want to create soap as a gifts. Easy to clean—and easy to release the soap when it sets. Food-grade silicone is another bonus.
$9.99

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Best Melt-and-Pour Soap Molds: YGEOMER 2PCS 6 Cavity Assorted Silicone Flower Soap Mold

As we mentioned at the start of this article, there are several different ways to make your own soap. Among the easiest methods for kids (or beginners) is the melt-and-pour route—you start with a simple soap base, melt it and then pour it in a mold. Simple! (And no messing with lye or other chemicals).

For the best melt-and-pour molds, we’d recommend YGEOMER’s silicone flower soap molds. As the name implies, these beautiful flower molds make great flower-shaped soap—very pretty! 

What We Liked

• Easy to clean.

• Well-defined shapes,

• Great for glycerine soaps.

• Food grade silicone.

• Safe for ovens, dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, and microwaves.

• Also great for cakes and muffins—we love the shapes for our cinnamon sugar muffins, a local favorite here at the ranch.

What Needs Work

• Not the best choice for soap with botanicals. That soap works better with the kit recommended earlier in this article.

• Not as ideal for cold process soaps. For soap makers who prefer to make soap from scratch (so they can control the process more minutely), we’d suggest our next recommendation.

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Best Cold Process Soap Molds

Great gift idea
Lovely designs make these molds great for those who want to create soap as a gifts. Easy to clean—and easy to release the soap when it sets. Food-grade silicone is another bonus.
$12.99

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Best Cold Process Soap Molds: Silly Pops Rectangle Silicone Soap Molds

Warning: making your own soap can be addictive. 

Sure, you start with a few simple melt-and-pour molds and online tutorials . . . and then you quickly have your friends fawning over your creations.

As you go down the DIY soap rabbit hole, you’ll be tempted to try out cold process soap making. We won’t go into the details on how that works (it involves chemicals like lye and some serious safety precautions), but we will recommend a mold for cold-process soap aficionados: Silly Pops rectangle silicone soap molds.

We loved the intricate designs—perfect if you want to take your soap making creativity to another level.

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What We Liked

• Delicate detailing with hearts, butterflies and more.

• Easy to release.

• Easy to clean.

• Food grade silicone.

What Needs Work

• Pricey.

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

Why Trust Us

We’ve been rating and reviewing products for the home and families since 1994. We do hands-on testing—we buy the products with our own money and evaluate with an eye toward quality, ease of use and affordability.

Here's another key point: we don't take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no "partnerships." Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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