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

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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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Handmade Natural Rosemary Mint Soap

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I have two new soaps curing. I made these last week. Both are Rosemary Mint. However, one is just a plain jane bar scented with rosemary mint fragrance and sprinkled with rosemary leaves. The other is a special, very limited edition shampoo and body bar created for my friend Leah. It’s scented with rosemary mint but then also has natural rosemary, peppermint and tea tree oils added. It’s my regular olive oil and shea butter recipe but with unscented, luxury goat milk soap balls added for extra love.
The shampoo and body bar is awesome if you are prone to acne or suffer from seborrheic dermatitis. I used essential oils known to help aid in the relief of these problems.

Rosemary essential oil is used often for aching muscles, arthritis, dandruff, hair care, and poor circulation. While tea tree oil is great for acne, oily skin and even athlete’s foot and cold sores. It’s touted as being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Peppermint essential oil is often used for  skin irritation and itchiness as well as dermatitis and acne. So the three make a great combination for scalp and skin care. Look for these soaps at Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen in about three weeks.

In the meantime, you can craft a new soap dish while you’re waiting. Fiskars has a simple diy tutorial for making jewelry dishes, but with a hole or two in the bottom of the dish, and maybe some feet, you can convert these fun polymer clay dishes into a home for your favorite soaps.