After about five days my soap was firm enough to release easily from the mold. I had used a flexible plastic container which made it easy. The soap just slipped out into my hand. Then I broke it along the cut lines I had made on the day after making the soap.
If you use a rigid mold, loosen the soap with a dinner knife and try to remove the soap the same way you would serve cake. Just like a cake it is easier once the first piece is removed.
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If the rough edges bother you they can be trimmed with a sharp knife or vegetable peeler. Just so you know most soap that is sold at farmers markets and looks so pretty usually is put through a second process called rebatching. Rebatching involves melting the soap in a small amount of water, adding fragrance and other additives, then remolding. Then the soap maker trims and polishes the soap.
For my personal use I don't take these extra steps, but for gift giving it may be worth the extra effort. Soap making is a fun creative process, but it is also science and an art. Once you have used your own soap you may become like me and prefer it to store bought.