One of the very first things I invested in when I started Single Barrel Soaps was my barrel stamp. I wanted a way to make my brand cohesive no matter what design I used on my soap. With a soap stamp even if people lose the label on the soap they will be able to see the barrel and hopefully remember Single Barrel Soaps.
Another bonus of a custom soap stamp, that is sadly necessary in this day and age of technology and social media, is using the stamp as a way to ‘copyright’ your soap without having to watermark your soap photo. Unfortunately, I have had this experience and my barrel stamp was a wonderfully easy way to prove the photo was mine.
In May I moved across the country back to Maryland and when I was setting my soap studio up I thought I had lost my soap stamp. Cue crazy panic and immediate email to Dave. He kept my stamp template and was able to make me a new one right away and a mini stamp for my soap samples! I actually found my original stamp about 30 minutes after I sent the email to Dave but I was so panicked at the thought of losing my stamp I figured a spare was a very good idea!
Disclaimer: This is not an affiliate link. I asked Dave if I could put links to his shop in this post because his stamps are that amazing and he is wonderful to work with!
Time to Stamp Soap!
To stamp my soap I use my soap stamp, 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol, a mallet (Hubby brought me a mallet for my soaps but I like his better and it’s mine now! :)) and aluminum foil.
I typically stamp my soaps about 30-45 minutes after I cut the soap into bars. This gives the bar a little time to be exposed to the air and harden. (I cut my soap loafs into bars about 24-48 hrs after pouring the soap) If the soap is too soft to the touch I will let it sit for about 20 minutes before stamping but no more than that.
I spread the soap out onto aluminum foil in rows so I can stamp as much as possible in one go. Before I actually stamp the soap I liberally spray 91% Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol onto the stamp and will respray the stamp usually after 5 soaps or whenever the stamp start sticking to the soap. The rubbing alcohol gives my stamp design greater definition in the soap and helps the soap release from the stamp, leaving a smooth stamp in the soap.
Now the fun part, hitting the stamp! My first soap of every batch is my tester soap when I see how hard I need to hit the stamp and get a feel for the texture of the soap. You can see in the videos me actually stamping the soap, I typically hit the stamp handle in the middle and then in a circular pattern to make sure the whole design is indented in the soap.
There is a bit of trial and error when you first use a soap stamp but I have found soap stamps to be an extremely valuable and necessary part of my design and soap making process.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post and if you have any questions please leave me a comment and I will get back to you ASAP! Thank you! Lauren