Remember my “Embedded Heart Tutorial“? Well I’ve had a couple people say they can’t get the hearts out of the mold in one piece. They ARE HARD to get out. I tell you it’s my least favorite part of making these soaps. Here’s some tips and tricks to help you.
1. FREEZE the soap! Keep it in there for 30min to an hour (longer is ok). If you have multiple molds you’re going to be unmolding just take one out at a time. You’ll notice that condensation will form right away on the mold (if it’s summer). Take a paper towel and wipe that off.
2. Next you’re going to have to push the heart soap up at least 3/4 of the way. It’s not fun and it’s not easy and your wrist will get a work out and a half. Your fingers will be sore! It is possible to do this though. If the bottoms are deforming put it in the freezer longer.
I can’t stress here that you REALLY REALLY REALLY need a recipe that is going to produce a harder bar (immediately). I use a recipe where about 3/4 of the oils/butters are solids. (See the original tutorial for the recipe).
3. Once you’ve got it mostly out using a paper towel wrap it around the heart and “gently” pull it out of the mold.
Side Note: If you have the original “pink” mold it’s much easier to get the soaps out of this mold than the new white ones. The white ones are so much stiffer. You have to work harder but you can do all these steps and still get the soap out.
4. You’ll be (most likely) left with the mold inside out. That’s fine. It’s not going to hurt it. Just push it back in when you’re done.
It can be done! It’s not an easy process though.