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Sorcery Soap Dough Moldable Soap Recipe

Sorcery Soap Dough

Moldable Soap Recipe by Sorcery Soap™Herb Garden Soap

When making soap dough, or moldable soap there is, like all other soaps, a balance of water.

For the first few times using any recipe its a good idea to avoid fragrance oils, just so you know how the base recipe preforms.

Sorcery Soap Dough 

For advanced Soap Makers

This recipe is for advanced soap makers only. If you do not know about soap safety, or how to handle lye, please visit SoapQueenTV or any number of soap teachers on youtube. Google is your friend, just ask her and she’ll point you in a direction.

I’m sharing this information, not because I think of myself as a teacher, but to help those who want to expand their soaping repertoire, explore more creative options and those who are inspiring themselves. 

*Critical piece of information: I always soap at room temperatures: 70-85 degree fahrenheit. 

A few things to keep in mind:

  • Always keep the soap covered and sealed from air. Saponification does not need air, but curing does.
  • The amount of water in soap is important. It keeps the soap pliable and soft. This is the water percent I use, however, I live in the desert.
  • Keep the new soap sealed. If you are using a mold after 12-24 hours, unmold and put in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Test your soap by rolling a small ball, examine how it feels. Is it sticky?
  • Use in 3-5 days.
  • Your soap dough should be ideal to use.

I will be posting another “lard free” recipe soon!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

When Working With your Soap Dough

  • When working with soap, use a muslin bag filled with corn starch to keep the soap from sticking to the work surface and itself. Too much corn starch will leave your soaps looking powdery so use with frugal care.
  • Spraying tools with 91% alcohol will keep cutters and plungers from sticking.
  • Spraying with water will make soap dissolve. Remember how soap behaves in the shower?
  • Once removed from the sealed container, soap will begin evaporation and curing.
  • Be patient with yourself, if you want to make embeds by hand, it will take time to learn.

See this video for consistency:


Soap Dough Moldable Soap Recipe by Sorcery Soap


52 thoughts on “Sorcery Soap Dough Moldable Soap Recipe

  1. Thanks for the post and the video! I’ve also read your article in the Making Soap magazine. Do you prefer to use castor oil or soybean oil in your recipe? Do you let your moldable soap gel?

  2. Thank you for the question. I prefer castor oil over soybean oil, but if castor oil isn’t at hand, soybean oil is a reasonable substitute.

  3. Thank you for the fast answer!

  4. And, I avoid gel with the soap dough. 🙂

  5. Hi ????
    I recently purchased your soap dough, but I also tried out the recipe that you have so generously shared. I made it last night, and now I am wondering how long to wait before being able to manipulate it with my hands?

  6. Alma,

    Good question. I generally wait 3-5 days, but after 24-48 hours it can be touched. You should have your soap dough soon! Thank you! Bee

  7. I am very exited about my order! The recipe was very easy to follow ☺️
    My 8 year old has been wanting to make soap with me, but I don’t feel comfortable with her doing it yet. I feel like letting her make her own creations with the soap dough will make ver very happy.
    How do you getting 2 pieces of dough to stick together?

  8. Can vegetable shortening or other, substitute for lard?

  9. I haven not used vegetable shortening in a soap molding recipe, however, I do have a non-animal product recipe coming out in my new book which will be release soon.

  10. Hi, thank you for the recipe!! I would like to know I wonder if I can replace the lard with olive oil or palm butter?
    Thank you!!

  11. That is a great question. I have done that and have a lard free recipe in my new book, “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions” due to be released in a few weeks.

  12. I am very excited with this recipe!! I definetly will try. I´m a pastry chef and love to make all kind of figurines with gum paste, so this is fantastic for me and my recent passion of making soap. Regards!!

  13. I just bought the book but I can’t wait LOL. Do you put this recipe in a mold and then unmold and store as you direct?
    Will the book give directions on how to make the soap dough “stick” to the soap project?
    This is genius!!!

  14. Roberta, I can feel your excitement! I can’t wait to get the book to you, because all your questions are answered in the book. Yes, I do revel secrets to making soap stick. It all very exciting. 🙂 Bee

  15. […] sealed container for quite a while and still remain pliable. Bee has a posted a basic soap dough recipe on her site and has also just released a wonderful e-book giving a more in-depth look at the […]

  16. just purchased your new book “An Enchanted Book of Peculiar Ideas and Soap Potions”
    wanted to let you know I LOVE it..cant wait to get started on it.. Thank You very much..

  17. Brandi, you are so welcome. I can’t wait to hear about your creations. If you get the chance, join the rest of the Soap Witches in our group on facebook: Sorcery Creations

  18. I made some dough soap from your recipe. Thank you for sharing. I have a couple of questions. Why would it be sticky? And it seems hard was out of the air.

  19. A water discount would help alleviate the stickiness – unmold 3-4 days after it’s made, then wrap for a 3-5 days before using.

  20. Do you mold the soap with air contact or not? Thanks for your reply 🙂

  21. I don’t understand fully. Please explain.

  22. […] sealed container for quite a while and still remain pliable. Bee has a posted a basic soap dough recipe on her site and has also released a couple of wonderful eBooks, one with 20 soap dough recipes […]

  23. I mean, do you put the soap in a mold and let it exposed to air for 24-48 hr before unmolding?

  24. Yes, leave it in the mold for 24-48 hours. Don’t allow it to be exposed to the air.

  25. Thanks 🙂 do you color it before or after the mold?

  26. I color soap dough while making the cold process soap dough. It’s ideal.

  27. […] with a hand-molded apple on top.  I love hand molding embeds.  I found a fabulous recipe from a soap blogger and she has some great tutorials on Youtube as […]

  28. […] sealed container for quite a while and still remain pliable. Bee has a posted a basic soap dough recipe on her site and has also released a couple of wonderful eBooks, one with 20 soap dough recipes […]

  29. This is great! Thank you for the easy to understand instructions. Like Sugar art, will this eventually dry and be useable for later projects?

  30. Misty, great question! Yes, indeed. And once cured will easily stick to wet, freshly poured cold process soap.

  31. What would you recommend as a recommend for replacing the lard?

  32. I can’t say a direct replacement as it depends on other oils/butter. There are 10 Animal Product Free recipes in the Soap Recipe Book of Light and Shadow, or in the 20 only Soap Recipes.

  33. How long can the dough be kept (covered in storage) until it is inadvisable to use it? I’m worried that I’ll make the dough and when it is ready to use, I’ll have something come up and be too busy to get to it that day and then it’ll be unmoldable or something….

  34. This is a big question. I have made a video to answer almost all of them. 🙂

  35. Can molded soap dough balls be embedded inside cp soap and not fall out when used?

  36. Yes indeed; partially cured and fully cured cold process soap dough embeds will stay and wear just like the full bar.

  37. How do I order your ebook?

  38. Click any link on the page of the books and follow the steps. Read the pages BEFORE ordering, please!

  39. […] recipes, please check out her wonderful books here. She also offers a free basic soap dough recipe here to get you […]

  40. If I have a few lumps in my dough (I think it may be different colors that did that) is there a way to get them smoother?

  41. Each lump has to be mashed and squished out by hand, unfortunately. No worries, it can be made again! Reminder to soap at room temperature. 🙂

  42. good morning. what will be a good combination of Micas to get a true “Red”. I made a soap dough 2 days ago, but the red looks like a brick red. thanks

  43. Marianella, did you use an oxide? I use Really Red from Nurture, TKB liquid and that seems to do the trick. I’ve tried to use the common mica recipes, but find they are too pink. I mix reds in a little oil before pouring to see if it’s close. Saturate color is ideal. I hope this helps. 🙂

  44. hi, i did put my soap dough in an air-tight comtainer. However in my stupidity i added in a sachet if drying agent! By the time i realised my mistake it’s already been a week!! & my soap doughs seem hardened.

    Is there any salvage to this? or it”s all been wasted?

    Appreciate any advise.

    soap amateur peony

  45. Interesting dilemma… Have you warmed it in your hands, and tried to make it pliable again? Maybe put a wet paper towel over it and pop it in the microwave for 5 seconds… I detest hard soap dough as the little lumps are a pain to work out, so I just bin it and start over. Let us know how it goes. 🙂

  46. Thanks for the advice. i used the 1st method: warmed it in my hands & worked 😃. Was a bit afraid to pop it in microwave in case i destroy it completely 😶

  47. Hi Bee i purchased your e-book and made the recipe #008 but its very sticky until now…i need to put a lot of cornstarch at least i can make a horn…any insights please

  48. How much was the over-all amount? The smaller the amount the more exact weights need to be. Even a few grams can make it sticky.

  49. In my journey to try and discover awesome ways to make my soaps look more beautiful, I stumbled upon a recommendation for you. I have been researching, googling, reading forums, anything and everything, and had never stumbled across you until today! And I am so excited to get into my studio to make some soap dough. Books bought, fondant tools ordered, now just to get home tomorrow night and play! Thank you so much for sharing your talent, thoughts, and ideas. Through you, we all grow! Blessed be!

  50. Outstanding! I see the door opening for you! Congratulations. 🙂

  51. Is it at all possible to add fragrance to the pre-made soap dough purchased from Sorcery Soap? Or to order a scented block. I’m not comfortable making dough myself.

  52. It’s not effective to add FO to pre-made, but it can be done. I might take this on in the future.

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