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    Mould Protest

    Life isn’t easy being a mould.

    We get left lying around (often in a dirty state),

    stretched, popped inside and out, sometimes we even get put

     in the dishwasher where it reaches high temperatures and we can warp!

    We never quite work the same after that…

    There are even times where we’ve been poked and prodded with sharp knives too.

         A note to Soapers out there….please treat us with the care and respect we deserve!

              Kind regards, Soap moulds all over the world.

     

     

    Hi Soapy lovers, Super Soaper Sally (SSS) here,

    Now that you have all read the latest news report with the disturbing news on how our mould friends have been treated unfairly, it’s about time we get clued up on how we can care for our moulds the best way possible so they work at their best level and have a long and useful life. Facts are facts: Soaper’s don’t get very far without the help of a mould of some sort so its all the more important that we give them the TLC they deserve. Here are some handy Dos and Don’ts when it comes to mould care.

     Silicone Moulds

    Silicone Moulds

    The humble yet versatile silicone mould. Great for both Cold Processed and Melt & Pour soaping we love them so much (and from your feedback so do you!) We now have an ever-growing collection! Durable yet flexible, silicone moulds are a breeze to unmould keeping your soap intact. The smooth finish to the inside of these moulds means that there is no need to line before pouring. Another handy tip is to place silicone moulds with multiple cavities on to a baking tray or board before pouring so that it provides a rigid base and can be transported easily.

    Moulds come in many different shapes, forms and materials. Check out our Recipe Formulary for more tips and tricks on how to specifically care for and use your 3D, Premium, Heavy Duty and Milky Way moulds.

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    Cleaning Moulds

    Caring and cleaning of silicone moulds is a breeze so there really is no excuse! Once your soapy creations are removed, a sponge with soapy water should remove any leftover residue. However sometimes soda ash can transfer to the mould. This is normal and doesn’t affect the performance of the mould in any way but getting rid of it before the next pour is ideal and easy enough. Firstly, fill the mould with water (enough to cover any areas where the soap ash is) then carefully transfer the mould into the microwave and heat until the water begins to steam (1-2 mins). Carefully remove and discard the hot water. It’s that easy! Note: if your mould is larger than the microwave allows, then just use a kettle and hot water. I would probably suggest it is best to skip putting them into the dishwasher too just in case its gets a bit too hot for them as warping can occur. Warm soapy water should do the trick.

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    Soda ash on silicone mould

    Now, sometimes depending on how strong the scent of your soapy creation is, it might linger on the mould after having cleaned with soapy water. Don’t fear! Through our experience, it generally doesn’t transfer between uses. If you want to be extra sure, it doesn’t hurt to spray some rubbing alcohol after washing the mould to neutralise odours. Let the alcohol sit on the mould for 15-20 mins then rewash with soapy water. Same goes for colour. If using a dye then chances are it can stain the mould but rest assured it shouldn’t transfer to the next batch of soap.

    Unmoulding

    Keep the sharp knives away! It can be tempting but it’s just not worth it as you risk slicing through your poor mould in the unmoulding process! If you need to break the air lock, try a blunt butter knife or spatula instead, which should help it to peel back easily. No need to use anything harsh like steel wool or abrasive sponges. Wouldn’t want to compromise that smooth glossy surface now would we?!

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    Those of you familiar with Cold Processed soap will know it takes a lot longer for soap to set up, saponify and become firm enough to unmould without damaging the mould let alone the soap itself. To speed up this process you can pop the mould with the setting soap into the freezer. Just make sure you let the frozen soap sit for a few minutes to come to room temperature to avoid cracking or snapping the mould when unmoulding.

    Taking care of moulds of all varieties couldn’t be easier. Now that you are all clued up, lets make a promise to take regular care of our mould friends so they live a happy and healthy life!

    Peace out and happy soaping!

    From 

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    SSS

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    Posted in How To ..... By Aussie Soap On 28.03.2018
  • ATTENTION ALL NEW SOAPERS!

     

    sss VD

    "So let me guess, you’ve come up with an amazing new creation that you’ve been dying to test out (with your newly purchased vanilla based fragrances of course) with the anticipation of a Cold Processed baby waiting to be born. As we all know with Cold Processed soap you are in it for the long haul and you’ve been super patient with the curing time however…..DUN-DUN-DUUUUNNN much to your disbelief your bright and bold creative vision has now turned into sad murky brown lumps (or have they?!) we’ve all been there! So here are the facts..."

    For a while now, the big elephant in the soapers room has been vanilla discolouration. The discolouration process is totally natural and happens over time as the soap is curing and open to the air. The discolouration process can happen straight away as soon as you add the fragrance to the traced soap but can also continue to develop over weeks and months. Pretty cool when you think about it but there are few things to keep in mind.

    First things first, check the notes on our website for each fragrance to see if it contains vanilla as chances are it will change the colour of your soaps pretty drastically. All our Bramble Berry fragrance oils undergo some pretty intense testing here at the Aussie Soap Supplies factory to determine their behaviour in MP and CP soap. More often than not the “foodie” type fragrances (like: Almond Biscotti and Hot Cocoa) are the biggest culprits for discolouration. In fact any fragrance containing Vanillin can have this affect.

    Now, all you Melt and Pour Soapers out there don’t think you’re safe from the vanilla discolouration villain! The affect of discolouration is extreme and can range from ivory to ebony. Talk about extremes! Lotions and creams with these fragrance oils can also become discoloured but not as intense. 

    Check out the pics below to see what vanilla discolouration can look like. They contain a range of foodie fragrances. Most of them are of CP soap, but MP’ers be sure to check out the Melt and Pour Almond Milk example.

     12hr        48hr

    These are all MP milk-based soaps. Titanium Dioxide can be used to even

    out the discolouration and has been added to the Almond Biscotti example.

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    Melt and Pour Clear Soap with Almond Milk fragrance and no Vanilla Colour Stabiliser.

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    Even vanilla discolouration at 3 months old.

    See, vanilla discolouration can look quite nice. Any one would think you’ve done it on purpose!

    Tide lines…..and not the beach kind!

    The pale coloured semi circle or “tide line” (seen below) shows vanilla discolouration where the gel in the centre has lessened the amount of discolouration occurring. To avoid this from forming, soap a little warmer, or skip the gel phase altogether and pop the soap into the fridge instead. vd6

    Now it ain’t all bad news! Sometimes if you’re lucky the dreaded discolouration process can actually produce a beauty of epic proportions! An unplanned swirling effect can sometimes show up in your finished soap product and can look quite effective. Just like a science experiment with an accidental result!

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    Blind Swirl technique in CP soap:

    Over time, varying with each different fragrance, the swirls deepen in colour to a rich brown.

     

    SOLUTION?

    So turn that brown discoloured frown upside down as we have our hero VCS (Vanilla Colour Stabiliser) to the rescue! Successfully working to stabilise our favourite vanilla based fragrances in MP soap with stabilisation for around 4-9 months. You can find VCS here. In addition, add TD (Titanium Dioxide) to your soaps. Hydrate the powder or hydrate the liquid to use in both CP and MP soaps to minimise to effect of discolouration.

    So all that effort wasted? Not necessarily but as they say, knowledge is power so next time you reach for that vanillin based fragrance have no fear but just be aware of what its capable of.

    Peace out and happy soaping!

    From

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    Posted in About Ingredients By Aussie Soap On 20.02.2018
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        February!

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