The Bottom Line
- 12 perfectly shaped bars with little to no trimming needed if you pour just right.
- Very affordable!
- Easy to clean up.
- Just big enough for a nice-sized batch. Not too big, not too small.
- The silicone flexes, so it's hard to move the mold after you've poured the soap into it.
- The square shape of the bars may be a bit non-traditional for some folks. (I kind of like it.)
- A great compromise between single cavity molds and slab molds with dividers.
- Makes 12 very uniform bars 2 3/4" square by 1 1/4" deep.
- If you pour exactly right...and skim the top carefully...you can make bars that need virtually NO trimming!
- The silicone flexes so nicely that the bars come out super easily!
Guide Review - Bramble Berry 12 Bar Silicone Soap Mold
I really like it!
Now I've never been a big fan of single cavity molds for a few reasons:
- I don't usually like the shapes of the soaps (yes, call me plain)
- The soap can often be hard to get out of the cavities
- You have to have a bunch of identical molds to really produce a full batch of soap
Well...these new silicone molds may be a perfect compromise. The mold makes 12 bars of soap measuring 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/4" (deep) - a really nice square, chunky 4 oz. bar. I've usually made rectangular bars, but I kind of like the way this square bar fits in your hand.
The most marvelous thing about this mold, and silicone molds in general, is how easy it is to unmold the soap, and how perfect the sides of the soap are.
With this mold, if you pour the cavities completely full (allowing for just a bit of waste), and then skim over the top of the mold with a long stick or ruler, leaving a very smooth top on the soap, you can have bars of soap that need next to no trimming or cleaning. They will pop out of the mold practically ready to label and sell. Those of you who have trimmed hundreds of bars of soap getting ready for a show or sale will certainly be able to appreciate that.
And to top it all off, they're really affordable. The silicone is probably not thick enough for industrial standards, but it's certainly strong enough that if you take care of the molds, you should get dozens and dozens of batches out of them.