Friday, April 11, 2014

New Soap Mold Designs

Mold Market has introduced eight new soap mold designs for spring 2014. GoPlanetEarth will carry them all. We expect to have them in stock by the end of April. An ADD TO CART button will appear next to the mold once we have them in stock.

Moustache Soap Mold
From t-shirts to cupcakes, moustache products are the new rage. This moustache mold is fun and can be embellished in a variety of ways. Each mold sheet produces 4 soaps that measure 4-inches in width x 3/4 inches deep x 1.72" in length.
Tractor Soap Mold

What big or little boy doesn't have an affection for tractors? I live in a small farming community where tractor races are a form of entertainment. I can't wait to see what Sophie Soap Chick does with this mold design. The multi-layer depths are ideal for using assorted colors when using our soap injector tool. Each mold sheet produces three soaps.

Monday, April 07, 2014

Melt & Pour Soap: Make a Minion Soap

We are back with soaping ideas.

Last week I asked Sophie Soap Chick to come up with a Minion soap based on a project I did with my grandkids. She ran with the idea and all I can say is WOW!

My grandkids are on spring break this week but this will be a soaping project for us to do once they return. What's not to love about this soap?

Place this soap on the ledge of the bath tub  and I guarantee they be excited to clean up after a day of playing at the school playground or park.

I'm thinking we need to make a few girly minions in pinks and purples. How about braided hair?

There are so many variations you can do with this design. Supplies needed and how-to instructions are given below.


Start with the main body

  1. Melt down white soap base (see instructions here)
  2. Mix together the Orange Oxide, Yellow Oxide, and Neon Yellow to create the perfect “Minion” yellow color 
  3. Add fragrance and mix until ingredients are thoroughly blended.
  4. Spray inside the 2-inch Tube Mold with rubbing alcohol to make sure the soap will come out easily when set. 
  5. Place the black rubber cap on the base of the tube, then pour soap into tube mold. Do not pour all the way to the top.

While the body is setting up in the tube, move on to making the round heads. Use the Large Bath Bomb Mold from Mold Market and used the same yellow “Minion” color as above. Only fill the mold cavities half way to make sure the head is not too large for the 2-inch diameter tube.

While the body and heads contain to set up, begin to make colors for the goggles, eyes, hands, feet, hair, mouth, pupils, and overalls. To make these, use an 8-inch Silicone Jelly Roll Tray. Make sure to spray rubbing alcohol between each poured layer.


To create hands, feet, hair, mouth, and pupils:
  1. Use Clear Soap Base (around 2.5 oz.)
  2. Mix with Black Colorant (TINY drop, a little goes a long way)
  3. Add Fragrance
  4. Spray Alcohol spray in the tray
  5. Pour a thin layer
  6. Spray alcohol spray on the layer (Will make bubbles go away)
  7. Allow to set until dry

To create goggles:
  1. Use White Soap Base (Around 2.5 oz.)
  2.  Mix with Black Colorant, again small drop
  3. Add Fragrance
  4. Spray Alcohol spray in the tray
  5. Pour a thin layer
  6. Spray Alcohol on the layer
  7. Allow to set until dry

To create the overalls:
  1. Use White Soap Base (Around 2.5 oz.)
  2. Mix in Neon Blue (2 drops)
  3. Add Fragrance
  4. Spray alcohol spray in the tray
  5. Pour a thin layer
  6. Spray Alcohol on the layer
  7. Allow to set until dry

All of these items were carved by hand with the Recessed Smoother Soap Tool. This item is CRUCIAL for the Minion. It helped me put a twist on how I wanted my “Perfect Minion” to turn out like I wanted.

I did a couple different mouths and there are so many options to make them show different feelings. Just make sure to ALWAYS smooth out the edges with the Recessed Smoother Soap Tool to make him look real and not so much like a box.

To attach all the parts in the end, I used the same tool to scoop some melted clear soap base and then stuck the pieces on. I found it easy to work from the bottom up starting with attaching the overalls and feet first, rather than the eyes and goggles.

Overall, to complete my perfect minion it took me a few hours due to drying time and carving all kinds of different faces and options to make my perfect one.

Hope you enjoy!




Saturday, April 05, 2014


As the grandkids bound through the door last night, they could hardly contain their excitement. They were headed to Tennessee to spend a week with their ‘other’ grandparents, Nena and Poppa.

“Do you have are bags ready?”

“Sure do,” I said. “They are right there with your names on them.”

Whenever the grandkids take a road trip South, I prepare them bags filled with food snacks, games, and coloring sheets. Their mommy limits the amount of time they can spend on electronic devices; so the goodie bags come in handy and keep them occupied then they travel.

As I helped my daughter load up her Jeep, she picked up a 2-gallon container filled with cereal, rice, and uncooked pasta shapes.
“What the heck is this?”

“Oh, that’s an I Spy bottle; I showed the kids how to play it last night.”

“Mother, where do you come up with these ideas? Please tell me they don’t unscrew the cap.”

“No, the cap is glued on and can’t be removed.” My daughter breathed out a sigh of relief as she carefully surveyed the container.

I Spy in a Bottle uses picture cards that show various small objects hidden inside the container. The rice, dried pasta, cereal and assorted beans prevent the player from seeing them without shifting and moving the contents around to reveal the hidden items. The game starts over when all the pictured items have been revealed to the player.

Gather the items that you want to hide in the bottle. They should be small enough to fit through the opening of a plastic juice container. I added about 50 items to my I Spy bottle.

Group 5-7 items together and snap a photo. Print the photo and trim off excess edges. It's best to keep all the photos the same. I found 4 x 6" worked well.

I mixed all of the filling contents and the hidden items in a large bowl and then filled the container. It allowed the hidden objects to fully incorporate into the contents I used for the filling.

You can use any type of filling you want. It might be all rice, colored rice, all dried cereal; you decide. Or, mix a combination of ingredients as I did.

Use your imagination when collection the objects to hidden. The assortment should be colorful.

Half the fun for the kids is helping to collect the objects.