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Old 02-10-2017, 11:59 PM   #1
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I stopped by my local Dollar Tree store yesterday looking for small plastic containers to use as molds for fragrance test batches.

I happened to find small silicone loaf molds (278 gm capacity using water; about 1 1/4 cups), 500ml rigid plastic measuring cups (in snazzy colors even!) and very small (about 2" in diameter) mixing bowls with the smallest pouring spout your imagination can handle. They are semi-flexible-the sides squeeze in just a bit. The loaf molds do bow out when filled but I shoe-horned six of them into a box. The bars are a bit wonky due to the flexing but they're just for test bars so I don't care.

The loaf molds and measuring cups were $1 each. The bowls came in a set of 4 for $1.


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Good score!


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Indeed I have never seen silicone mold in my dollar store! What is the tree one ?
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Indeed I have never seen silicone mold in my dollar store! What is the tree one ?
Dollar Tree is the name of the store. It's a chain of dollar stores.
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fantastic! good find
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I went prowling again but this time in a different location. (There are 2 within minutes of my house.) This time I found plastic snap lid containers that will make nice big single bath bars. The bottom is smooth and flat save for a small center dimple from the molding process. I also found round containers that I think lend themselves to a good size and shape for shampoo bars.
The rectangle is 4.25" x 3" x 1.75". The round is 4" in diameter x 1.625".
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The rectangle ones are awesome travel soaps. I made a bunch in those for my son, who was travelling a great deal at the time. The gasket in the lid makes it leak proof, so just clip the lid down, and off you go.

I LOVE containers! I am always in the container aisle in Dollar Tree.
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The rectangle ones are awesome travel soaps. I made a bunch in those for my son, who was travelling a great deal at the time. The gasket in the lid makes it leak proof, so just clip the lid down, and off you go.

I LOVE containers! I am always in the container aisle in Dollar Tree.
I was so excited about using it as a mold that I didn't even think about using the container as a travel case. What a great idea! They're definitely sturdier than the designated soap travel cases I see.

I, too, have a slight container issue. And a bag issue. And a fancy bowl issue. And the list goes on. Good thing I have a very understanding and laid-back husband.
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lol I was not sure we could post the name of the stores. I figured it was dollar tree. Mine does not have silicone molds. Not that I need anymore!

The travel case is an awesome idea! I have made felted soap for my son that likes to travel. That way he has a rag, and soap together.
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lol I was not sure we could post the name of the stores. I figured it was dollar tree. Mine does not have silicone molds. Not that I need anymore!

The travel case is an awesome idea! I have made felted soap for my son that likes to travel. That way he has a rag, and soap together.
I had never even heard of felted soap until reading this forum a few weeks ago. I am really intrigued by the idea. Plus less laundry since no washcloths. Double bonus!


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