How to Make Soap at Home (Even if You Failed Chemistry)

My experimentations with homemade soap began when I started to get enamored with making things at home the long way: making and maintaining my own sourdough starter, painting my own kitchen cabinets, and repairing my own clothes. Even if time-cons…

My experimentations with homemade soap began when I started to get enamored with making things at home the long way: making and maintaining my own sourdough starter, painting my own kitchen cabinets, and repairing my own clothes. Even if time-consuming, I found that doing things myself, from start to finish, was immensely rewarding. It gave me a far greater appreciation for the goods that came my way, and made me a lot more conscious (in a good way) of the quality of ingredients. 

As time went by and my life got busier, my hobbies started taking up less of it. However, somehow, soapmaking stuck around. Although it can seem very complicated at first, and therefore off-putting to some, I’ve actually found it has one of the best effort-to-reward ratios of all the “pioneer crafts” I’ve tried. Much like knitting, it’s a meditative activity and a creative outlet—but unlike knitting, just a few evenings or weekends of work reap great rewards, as well as furnish me with loads of readymade gifts for the people I love.

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How to Make Scented Candles From Scratch

Home is the place we feel the most like oursevles—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We’re taking our love for all things home and brining it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you k…

Home is the place we feel the most like oursevles—where we kick off our shoes, share our meals, and make memories. We're taking our love for all things home and brining it to Instagram. Follow along at Home52 and make yourselves—well, you know. 

At some point in the 2000's, candles went from nice-to-have-around to a home decor status symbol, thanks to the onslaught of luxury perfumers and candle-makers. Since then, there's a lot of conflicting opinions about whether or not upwards of $50 is an appropriate amount to spend on something that lasts a collective 2-and-a-half days. Apartment Therapy even categorizes this phenomenon as "Questions We All Have," because so many of us are astonished by the cost involved in candle procurement. 

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