We were sitting around in my kitchen, after I had just helped her make her first batch of soap. The room smelled of frankincense and we were eating pizza washed down with red wine.
I mentioned, “I need some kind of small bar mold that I can use to make travel soaps. I hate using the stuff at hotels.” And she said, “Why not make a bar like a chocolate bar? That you can just break pieces off? Wrap it in foil. Just like a chocolate bar!”
A couple days later, I was covering Hersheys bars in silicone, to make molds. (Why not? The stuff tastes like silicone anyway) And I made a batch of soap and poured it, but the result was indifferent. It turns out that some soaps, if cast thin, will curl and bend when they dry. If I put a book on it, something light like a Sam Harris book, it’d probably keep it flat but I was afraid it’d mar the surface. So I cancelled the idea.
Then I had another idea:
There are a large variety of mini chocolate bonbon molds. Just make a batch of soap and pour it off into them. I used a body-filler’s spatula – basically a squeegee – to sweep the surface of the mold and get rid of any blobbies.
When the soap is cured, you demold it and wrap it up in bonbon wrappers.
If the guy from TSA says that they smell funny for chocolate, you can let them eat one, or eat one yourself, or take a shower with it. This batch is in patchouli/frankincense/ylang and they do not smell like chocolates.
I have another mold that’s a mini bundt cake mold, which makes soap bonbons that are good for a longer than usual shower or two.
Whenever I make a batch of soap I have a bunch of molds laid out on the counter so I can just fill them and – when I start to run low – I can estimate the right size of object to fill based on how much I still have left to pour.
Baby soap, skull soap, Marie Antoinette, Lenin.
By the way, I’m not averse to mailing out small care packages of weird soaps, iff’n you’re willing to give me an address to mail them to. I usually make mid-size batches, which means that at any given time I usually have a random supply of random shapes and scents. If you want to try some random soap, my contact info is on the sidebar and you can email me with an address and state any preferences you may have (which I may or may not be able to respect) I also can’t guarantee what/when I’ll get around to sending anything and besides, the Canadian post may be on strike – or, they may not!