How to Make Homemade Soap Last Longer + a DIY Soap Dish

Proper drainage is key to getting your soaps to last longer! Learn how to make this minimalist DIY wooden soap dish to help you get the most out of your homemade soaps.

The key to make homemade soap last longer is proper drainage. The one thing your homemade soaps should never do is sit in a pool of water. A soap dish that allows proper drainage – like this minimalist DIY wooden soap dish via How Did You  Make This? – is an easy way to help ensure your soap drains properly and dries in between uses. (Re-pin this project here for later!)

Harder soaps also last longer than softer soaps. Therefore giving your homemade soaps a longer cure time can help your soap last longer as it inevitable results in a harder bar. You can also cut your homemade soaps in half so they are able to dry more quickly and thoroughly between uses.

Have a homemade soap that just doesn’t seem to get hard enough? Cure soft soap issues by changing your homemade soap recipes from the start. Using oils that create a harder bar from the get go will ensure a harder finished bar. There are many soapmaking ingredients that help to create a hard bar including shea and cocoa butters – or any butter for that matter – babassu oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil or flakes, lard (tallow), and coconut oil. (Using the soap calculator at soapcalc can help you determine the hardness of the final bar.)

Other ingredients like salt, stearic acid and sodium lactate – at around 1 teaspoon per pound of oils – will also result in a harder soap. You can also use a water discount to start out with a harder soap coming out of the mold. I always discount my water at 33% or slightly less for soaps I know tend to be softer when unmolding them.

For more inspiring soap ideas be sure to follow the Pinterest Makers Soapmaking Group Board as well as my DIY Bath and Body Pinterest Board! You can also find a collection of my own homemade soap recipes as well as bath and beauty DIY’s at my main website, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

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Natural Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe

This natural peppermint foot cream recipe is made with natural shea butter, a proven moisturizer and skin protectant, peppermint essential oil to refresh your feet and anti-fungal tea tree oil to keep your tootsies in tip top shape.

This natural peppermint foot cream recipe is made with natural shea butter, a proven moisturizer and skin protectant, peppermint essential oil to refresh your feet and anti-fungal tea tree oil to keep your tootsies in tip top shape. In addition it also contains cocoa butter, sunflower oil and pomegranate seed oil.

This natural peppermint foot cream recipe is very easy to make yet will yield professional results. Apply at night and cover with socks for extra skin softening power. You can also add a small amount of lanolin to this peppermint foot cream recipe if desired for extra protection for severely dry or cracked feet. Alternately you can also try subbing the peppermint essential oil with a lesser amount of menthol crystals for a truly cooling sensation.

Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the fruit of the Karite Tree found in West Africa. It is a wonderful moisturizer and emollient, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply liberally to the skin to treat scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, stretch marks, and wrinkles.

So what is shea butter?

Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the fruit of the Karite Tree found in West Africa and has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing and healing properties as well as to protect and condition damaged skin. Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E, essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals, and, in addition to its moisturizing and healing properties, shea butter also offers a low level of UV protection (approximately SPF-6).

Used alone, shea butter makes a great summer moisturizer to use both before and after sun exposure to reduce the possibility of the skin peeling or dryness. You can use shea butter liberally to the skin to treat scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, stretch marks, and wrinkles. Typically, when stored properly shea butter has a shelf life of about two years.

What are the benefits of cocoa butter?

Cocoa butter adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions and creams and is typically used to help reduce dryness. Rich in natural antioxidants, cocoa butter also contains high amounts of Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals.

What’s the story with pomegranate seed oil?

Pomegranate seed oil is a deeply penetrating oil derived from the cold pressed organic seeds of pomegranate fruit. It’s been found to be deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer of skin and also offers powerful anti-oxidant benefits for numerous skin ailments. In addition pomegranate seed oil contains high levels of anti-oxidants known to fight free radicals and skin aging. It is also a potent source of punicic and ellagic acids. This oil is makes a wonderful addition to skin care recipes but can also be used as a stand-alone product to help nourish and develop healthy skin cell regeneration.

How is sunflower oil beneficial?

Sunflower oil is an easily accessible and affordable carrier oil option. It’s high oleic acids as well as vitamins A, D, and E, lecithin, and unsaturated fatty acids. When used in skin care recipes it is deeply nourishing and and skin conditioning and is highly recommended for recipes designed to treat dry, weathered, aged, and damaged skin.

This natural peppermint foot cream recipe is made with natural shea butter, a proven moisturizer, peppermint essential oil to refresh your feet and anti-fungal tea tree oil to keep your tootsies in tip top shape.

Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

1 oz. cocoa butter
4 oz. shea butter
1.5 oz. sunflower oil (or other carrier oil)
.5 oz. pomegranate seed oil
.1 oz. peppermint essential oil
.04 oz. (approximately 1.1 grams) tea tree oil

Instructions:

You’ll need to weigh all of your ingredients for this natural peppermint foot cream recipe so you will need a digital scale. Begin by weighing out both the cocoa butter and shea butter and heat until melted in either a double boiler on the stove or at reduced power in the microwave.

Once the butters have melted, weigh out the remaining ingredients and stir into the melted butters. Mix well to ensure the ingredients are incorporated throughout the peppermint foot cream then pour into a 6 oz. glass or plastic jar. Carefully screw on the lid of your jar then set in the fridge to cool until the peppermint foot cream has completely solidified.

Psst. Want a non-greasy peppermint foot cream? Simply add .05 – .1 oz. arrowroot powder or tapioca starch to this peppermint foot cream recipe!

Give this all natural soothing foot soak recipe a try to soothe achy, tired feet after a long, hot summer day!

If you like this natural peppermint foot cream recipe, you may also enjoy my natural soothing foot soak recipe. Made using intensely moisturizing walnut oil, soothing Epsom salt, and cooling essential oils this soothing foot soak recipe is your answer to overworked and tired feet! Simply add to warm water and soak, then follow with a loofah or pumice stone and your favorite natural foot cream or moisturizer. You can find my natural soothing foot soak recipe here.

And with summer almost here, I also recommend my lavender sun and skin soother cream recipe. Made from organic healing oils, shea butter, lavender essential oil and aloe, this decadent cream is perfect for replenishing those stubborn spots of dry skin or for soothing and speeding up the healing process after a sunburn. You can find my after sun skin cream recipe here.

For even more of my natural skin care recipes be sure to visit Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as  my boards on Pinterest. Or keep track of all my new beauty and natural skin care recipes by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook,Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


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Natural Soothing Foot Soak Recipe

Give this all natural soothing foot soak recipe a try to soothe achy, tired feet after a long, hot summer day!

Give this all natural soothing foot soak recipe a try to soothe achy, tired feet after a long, hot summer day! Made using intensely moisturizing walnut oil, soothing Epsom salt, and cooling essential oils this soothing foot soak recipe is your answer to overworked and tired feet! Simply add to warm water and soak, then follow with a loofah or pumice stone and your favorite natural foot cream or moisturizer.

Give this all natural soothing foot soak recipe a try to soothe achy, tired feet after a long, hot summer day!

Natural Soothing Foot Soak Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen

Ingredients:

3.75 oz. Epsom salt
.25 oz. walnut oil (or other carrier oil)
20 drops (about 1 ml) peppermint essential oil
20 drops (about 1 ml) eucalyptus essential oil

Why Epsom salt?

Epsom salt is primarily made up of magnesium and sulfates and is prized for for its therapeutic benefits to sooth, relax, and relieve sore muscles. Unlike other salts, Epsom salt won’t leave skin feeling dry. Instead, it leaves skin with a soft and silky texture.

Why walnut oil?

Walnut oil is naturally high in antioxidants which are known to fight free radicals and in turn help to fight the effects of cell damage and aging. It also is comprised of essential Omega 3 & Omega 6 fatty acids and Vitamins B, C and E. In addition walnut oil is highly moisturizing and possesses natural anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Instructions:

To create this natural soothing foot soak recipe, you’ll begin by using a digital scale to weigh out the Epsom salt into a glass bowl or medium to large glass Pyrex measuring cup.

Next, weigh out the walnut oil (or your choice of carrier oil) into a separate container. Using a dropper or a graduated transfer pipette (with ml markings), add 20 drops (or 1ml) each of both the peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils. Mix to combine then drizzle onto the Epsom salt.

Using a fork whisk the oil into the Epsom salt until it’s fully incorporated.

Using a small spoon or funnel, fill a 4 oz. clear glass French square bottle with a cork stopper (mine came from SKS Bottle & Packaging) with your soothing foot soak. Label as desired. (I think this product looks particularly smart in a homemade gift basket if your considering homemade gift ideas.)

To use combine 1/2 cup of this soothing foot soak in a large bowl or pot – your feet need to be able to fit inside of it! – of warm water. Soak for 10-20 minutes as desired. While soaking, massage some of the salts over your feet to help to exfoliate and cleanse. Once done, rinse feet and pat dry. Then follow with your favorite foot cream or moisturizer. (Pssst. My after sun skin care recipe for my DIY Lavender Sun + Skin Soother also makes a great foot cream!)

You can discover more of my natural skin care recipes by visiting Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen as well as by following my boards on Pinterest.

Or keep track of all my new beauty and natural skin care recipes by following Soap Deli News blog via Blog Lovin’ and Tumblr. You can also find me on Facebook,Twitter, G+ and Instagram.


Blog posts may contain affiliate links for which I receive a small commission when you make a purchase. Full disclosure can be found here.