Make your own soap

Win a Soap Kitchen Christmas melt & pour soap making kit with H is for Home

I was never very good at science subjects at school; I couldn’t get my head around physics and chemistry especially. I enjoyed doing the practical experiments – adding one substance to another to make a solution – it’s very much like baking. However, reading in a text book that combining H2O with NaOH causes a reaction that results in Na+ and OH- ions and lots of heat, was Greek to me.

Vanilla soap making kit from The Soap Kitchen | H is for Home

Fast-forward 30-something years and I’ll now always remember that particular little nugget of chemistry. H2O (water) and NaOH (caustic soda) are essential ingredients in soap making.

Tools needed for DIY soap making | H is for Home

Add them to vegetable oil with a dash of essential oil, whisk it all up… and magic happens!

Caustic soda and water solution Liquid soap | H is for Home

Pour the resulting custard-like liquid into your mould or moulds, allow it to cool slowly for 24 hours and you get your lovely bars or block of soap.

Soap hardening in a cardboard mould | H is for Home

The Christmas melt & pour soap making kit that we’re giving away contains moulds in the shapes of a Christmas tree, gingerbread person, reindeer, Santa Claus and an angel. As this kit doesn’t include caustic soda, it’s suitable for use by children with adult supervision.

Slab of home-made vanilla soap | H is for Home Sliced slab of home-made vanilla soap | H is for Home

I really enjoyed making my own soap for the very first time. Having the kit with all the ingredients pre-portioned meant that it was really easy and I was confident embarking upon the strange chemistry & alchemy! I now have the courage to buy all the ingredients in larger quantities and try out other oils and fragrances.

Wrapping hand-made vanilla soap | H is for Home

Some of the bars of vanilla soap I’ve made have now been wrapped up in tissue paper and tied with string ready to be stocking fillers for friends & family.

The Soap Kitchen melt & pour soap-making kit


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    I prefer a shower in the morning but a bath at night x

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    I love a long bath.

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    Nothing beats having a good long soak in the bath reading a good book

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    It depends. A shower for quickness but a bath of I want to relax

  • Katie MX (KatieMX916)

    Bath!! Always have preferred chilling in the bath for ages to a shower

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    i prefer a bubble bath

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    I prefer a bath!

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    a bit of both but mostly a shower

  • Karen Palmer

    Showers for me, I love the cleansing feeling of being under running water, sheer bliss.

  • Kirsty Webb

    Bath everytime. I love to read or watch Youtube while im in the bath and you cant do that in a shower.

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    showers because it stays warm x

  • I prefer to have a shower as I feel cleaner.

  • Hayley Elvin

    I love a long soak in the bath, read a book and enjoy a glass of vino. Perfect

  • Jane Willis

    Always a shower, I hate the idea of sitting in my own dirt in a bath!

  • Sarah Carter

    I prefer a shower

  • Liam Bishop

    Always a shower, I haven’t had a bath in around 3 years!

  • amanda

    i love a nice soak after a long day at work! but most of the time i have to have a quick shower seen as the hubby or kids always decide they need me to do somethign the second i start to get ready to enjoy a soak!!

  • L tabstar

    Oooh has to be a bath, most definitely. Far more relaxing.

  • Annabel Greaves

    I have showers in the morning as it is quicker and more convenient but I do love a nice pampering bubble bath if I get the chance x

  • GCforever

    A bath every time. My middle names are Bath Queen.

  • Angie A

    I like a nice soak in the bath with a good book or magazine to read. Me time.

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    i prefer a bath x

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    i like a bath to relax but a shower in the morning to wake me up

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    I like a quick shower in the morning and a soak in the bath in the evening

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    I prefer a bath.

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    I prefer showers to get clean but baths when I need to unwind!

  • Andrea Tinks

    oh a nice long relaxing bath. perfect xx

  • fiona waterworth

    much prefer a bath, but cannot manage now, so its a shower or nothing

  • Iona Cornish

    Shower in the morning, but a bath with a glass of wine and a good book for relaxing in the evening

  • Mike Daniels

    shower for cleaning, bath for relaxing

  • Beverley


  • Margaret Gallagher

    Bath – always feel chilly with showers

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    a shower

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    I prefer having showers

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    I like having a shower but my sons a bath x

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    Shower! Every time

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    I love a bath, a proper chance to relax

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    I love a bubble bath

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    I like a shower every day but indulge in a hot bath when I have the time.

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    Love a good long soak in the bath,so relaxing πŸ™‚

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    I love a nice long bath with lots of bubbles

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    Definitely prefer a bath

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  • JudeVFR400

    Showers for me, I can’t get out of the bath without much hilarity and swearing.

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    I prefer a shower

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    I enjoy both πŸ™‚

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    I prefer a long soak in the bath

  • Catherine Lett

    I love a long hot shower in the mornings

  • Pete McLaughlin

    A refreshing shower

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    I love showering, but every now and then i will have a really nice bath, it helps to stop my muscles aching too much.

  • David Bill

    A soak in the bath, definitely.

  • Fiona

    I like both!

  • Emily Clark

    I love having a bath. It’s the ultimate in relaxation

  • Chrissy Harris

    I love both as I have showers the morning burn enjoy a relaxing bath in the evening

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    I love a bath

  • Bex Allum

    I love a shower but a weekly bath to relax!

  • Anthony G

    I much prefer to have a shower

  • Caroline H

    I prefer a shower – either quick and cool to wake me up or long and hot to relax.


    Love a long soak in the bath.

  • Amy Wright

    Definitely a bath but a shower is easier to wash my hair

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    I prefer a bath, I love wallowing in hot water!

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    I like a long soak in the bath.

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  • David Nicolson

    I love a shower everyday, but at the end of the week a bath is brilliant to soothe away all the rest of the weeks stresses.

  • Kerry Kilmister

    I love having a long, relaxing bath once my kids are in bed

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    I love a long bath.

  • I prefer a bath…but as I’m 26 weeks pregnant, showers are happening more often at the moment!

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    I prefer showers to refresh but bath to relax

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    depends what mood Im in. If I want to freshen up and be more awake I will have a shower…If I want to relax and snuggle I will have a bath

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    I prefer showers but there is nothing better that a long, relaxing bubble bath x

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    I love a bath with a good book!

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    Always a nice long bubble bath

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    Shower for every day, bath for relaxing and luxuriating πŸ™‚


    I definitely prefer a nice hot shower.

  • Claire Glace

    Im a bath girl…..

  • Lisa C

    Love a long soak in the bath.

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    Love a bath


    I prefer a bath but these days have to stick with just having a shower as my little girl who is 10 month seems to know when I run the bath and wakes up

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    Baths for sure! Great for soothing my bad back

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    a bath at the weekend but a shower first thing to wake me up

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    I like both, shower in the morning and a long soak before bed

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    I love a bath as you can read a book in there and relax!

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    I love both, depends on my mood

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    I prefer a bath if I am taking my time, but a lot of the time end up with a shower!

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    I prefer showers

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    A shower!

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    I prefer baths in cold weather and showers in hot weather :o)

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    I prefer a bath, it’s so relaxing after a long day!

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    definitely a bath

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    I love a long soak in the bath when I have time. When we refurbished our house, I bought the largest bath we could fit in the house bathroom, and had it set into a tiled frame, so there’s a ledge all the way around for a glass of wine and my book!

    Unfortunately I don’t have time as often as I’d like, so more often than not it’s a quick shower!

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    I enjoy a lovely long soak in the bath!

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    I have to use the shower as I have issues with my arm that prevent me lifting myself in and out of the bath xx

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    I love a long soak in the bath in the evening and have a quick shower in the morning after walking the dogs x

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    Can’t beat a shower for getting clean in a hurry, but nothing unwinds like a long bath

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    I prefer a bath when I want to relax and a shower to wake me up in the mornings

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  • Kerry Taylor

    I much prefer showers – baths just take too long. I get in, wash, get out and then get on with something else!

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    Love the bath

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    I prefer a soak in the bath

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    I hate showers, and always take a bath

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    I prefer a nice hot bath

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    a shower hate sitting in my own dirt! x

  • Mum’s The Word

    I prefer a shower, it’s loads quicker and I have so much hair so it’s easier to wash in the shower

  • Pete Cleasby

    definitely a shower

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    Shower to clean, bath to relax!

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    If I have time I prefer a bath but usually have a shower for speed

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    a long relaxing soak in the bath x

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    always shower, looooooathe baths

  • Helen

    Love a bath to relax but a shower before work

  • Carole Nott

    love a long soak in bubble bath

  • I’m all about the baths.

  • Liam Fitzpatrick


  • David Allen

    Shower – just feels more refreshing and cleaner to me

  • Adeinne Tonner

    I personally prefer having a bath

  • Lyla

    If I have time I prefer a bath

  • Niki Marie Wardle

    Both, I have a bath to clean and relax, then use the shower to wash my hair!

  • Tina Houlihan

    I prefer a shower. I have to shower before a bath anyway, so I can’t be bothered with the faff.

  • Robyn Clarke

    I prefer a bath but usually I shower as its quicker and will 3 small children, quicker is always best.

  • Michelle Ferguson

    I like a bath in the winter and a shower in the summer

  • Christine Lockley

    I love a shower but once in a while you can’t beat a soak in the bath and a good pampering session

  • Michelle O’neill

    I prefer a bath.

  • Kimberley Ryan

    A shower, its just more refreshing

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    I have a shower in the morning but my preference would be to have a long lingering bath most days to mentally prepare myself for the day!

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    I like both, but not at the same time

  • Yolanda Davis

    i prefer a shower in the summer and baths in the winter

  • Jayne Kelsall

    I prefer having a bath, I love a good soak .x

  • Kate Kathurima

    I’m a shower girl