Third Soap Making Attempt

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    These are tea tree lemon charcoal bars!! They’re kinda short!! Anyone know off hand how much a 5lb mold holds on ounces? My recipe currently makes about 75oz.
     
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    The method I use is to measure the mold length in. x width in. x desired height in. x .40 to get the correct amount of base oils. Plug that into Soapcalc and it’ll calculate water and lye.
     
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    You need 80 oz of oil. When discussing batch sizes, we use oil amounts not the amount of the whole batch. A 5 lb mold will hold a recipe made with 5 lbs of oil.

    Since you are a beginner, I really recommend a 1 lb mold. That way you won't have so much soap if you make a recipe you don't like or there is some kind of mistake.

    I've been soaping for years and I've never made a 5 lb batch, I like 1-2 lbs.
     
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    I was unaware that the 2lb mold was the oil content measurement. I haven't been over careful with amount I make rather the percentages. Any thing extra goes into individual molds. But I'm new and using and gifting my soap at this point. Thank you for explaining the molds.
     
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    Oh btw, those look great ;)

    Did I miss the second batch or we skipped straight to third? Haha

    They're developing a calculator in this here forum that helps you with mold capacity, you might be interested to try it. It's the easiest way to go if you don't wanna do calculations, but I do the same as DWinMadison.
     
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    And tubular molds are Pi x radius x height of cylinder x .40. Had to think back to highschool trig for that one. Both of these work like a charm for me. Hope you find them helpful.
     
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    I agree with the 1lb mold recommendation. You're going to have so much soap doing those big batches! The 1lb makes 5 bars, which is enough to try, gift, and save. Fewer bars means you can try more ideas without being afraid of wasting materials.
     
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    I also recommend one pound molds for a beginner. You soap looks good.
     
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    No, you didn't miss anything!! The second one wasn't very cute. I could post it anyway but I'm not as proud of it lol
     
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    I like how rich they look!
     
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    Will be interested to know how grey they lather, but they are beautiful....that top swirl...Whoa
     
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    Very classy-looking bars! :)


    IrishLass :)
     
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    Very nice!

    I have not found this to be consistent. The molds I have from Nurture are sold as "2.5 lb Molds" and take 31.5 oz of oil. Their 5lb molds take 63 oz of oils.

    I use the same formula mentioned above... L x W x H x 0.40 = Oils.
     
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    I believe the 5lb mold holds 5 lbs of soap, which would include oils, water and lye.
     
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    Great job, @Jasmyne ! Pittsburgh Pirates fans will love these.
     
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