Thursday, February 28, 2013

Good soap dish vs bad soap dish

I was out shopping the other day for, among other things, a new soap dish. I was looking and looking and actually found quite a few. They all looked nice but unfortunately, I knew from experience that they weren't actually suitable for holding a wet cake of soap.

Why is that you ask?

Well they were all flat, or worse still, bowl shaped! There were no ridges or grates or holes to help get air flow to the soap and prevent it from turning into a jelly-like mess.

And then it hit me, soap gets such a bad name by the liquid soap crowd and I think badly designed soap dishes are mostly to blame! No wonder some people can't be convinced to switch to a good quality bar soap (saving a lot of plastic from landfill mind you) when the only experience they've ever had is a soggy bar of soap that barely lasts more than a week. What an absolute tragedy to think so many people miss out on the tactile bliss of bar soap because they've got the wrong soap dish.

I sympathise though, truly I do. I was on a mission to buy a new soap dish and I couldn't find a decent one, in 3 stores! And I knew exactly what I was looking for; so what hope does the average consumer have in finding a good soap dish?

I did and bit of googling and some great examples of the kinds of features you should look for in a soap dish and the kinds of things you should avoid, or just save for displaying a pretty bar of soap you "can't bear to use".

Brilliant for handmade soap

Key features include raised ridges for better airflow and drainage.

Note - You can get something almost identical to this at Aldi in Australia right now (February 2013). They are under $30 and amazing. Sturdy, great quality, big and the soap section drains! WIN.

Somewhat suitable for handmade soap

These kinds of soap dishes can be used if you can't find anything with more drainage but keep an eye out for better draining ones. I usually save a soap dish like this for a sink that is rarely used for hand washing, giving the bar a better chance to dry out.

Best for display only

Vintage soap dishes are collectable and often super cute but they are usually better for displaying a pretty bar of soap than actually using it due to the common lack of adequate drainage.

Should be illegal

Most showers have a soap dish tile like this one. Avoid at all costs if you want your soap to last!

Money saving tip! 

When a piece of soap gets a bit too small to use in the shower, I don't throw it away, I use it at the bathroom or kitchen sink for hand washing. Sometimes I can get another couple of weeks or even months use out of it! It just keeps on going :D

*All pictures have been found in random google searches. I haven't added links on purpose, I don't want to seem like I'm favouring certain brands or crafters. These are just my opinions based on experience.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Charitable causes

You've probably noticed that I have a real soft spot for animals. It's no secret that I'm passionate about protecting animals and because I feel so strongly, I make it a part of my business as well.

Last year Saffron on the Hill Inc (Not-for-profit organisation that rescues, rehabilitates and 
rehomes dogs, including quite a few Pugs!) used some of my Pug Soaps at a charity auction to fundraise for vet bills and I just received this wonderful email to let me know how it went:-


Thank you again, letting you know that your item and contributions enabled Saffron on the Hill to pay for almost a full surgery for Bob, and large contribution to Daisy's surgery.

Thank you for your wonderful products.

Kindest regards
Karen McVeigh

Yaaaaaaaaaay! That makes me so happy. I absolutely love to hear back and find out how everything went.

There's a few other animal rescue groups I've worked with or donated to, including:-

Siberian Husky Rescue Inc.

Hunter Animal Rescue

Arctic Breed Rescue

Fetching Dogs

Animal Rescue Queensland

These happen to be all dog rescue groups but I love all animals so:-

If you are part of an animal charity or wildlife rehabilitation group in Australia and would like to fundraise (or possibly receive a donation from me) with certified Vegan & Cruelty Free, Environmentally Friendly products, made right here in Australia by hand (by me!) me at sailormouthsoaps(at) and we can discuss. 

Highly discounted rates on products are available for charities for fundraising purposes. I've personally worked for Not-For-Profits before, so I know how hard it is to fundraise. That's why it's so important to me to make sure that even the newest, smallest, start up groups have access to fundraising options, beyond the usual chocolate drive!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Market stall for Brisbane locals

It's been a crazy month so now that I'm getting back into the swing of things, let the blogging begin!

First, some exciting news for Brisbane locals, Moxie Lou will be stocking a selection of Sailor Mouth Soaps at the upcoming Kustom Karnival on Sunday March 10th 2013 at the Acacia Ridge Hotel.

Here's all the details:

Date: Sunday March 10

Times: 11am to 6pm

Venue: The Acacia Ridge Hotel, 1386 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge

This is a fun-filled afternoon to enjoy all our elements of Kustom Kulture - hot rods, rockabilly music, pin ups, low brow artists, hair stylists and markets.

The event is all-ages, families are welcome and kids 15 and under are free.

Very special guests for this event launch are:

Los Straitjackets (USA)
CC Jerome's Jetsetters (Netherlands)
Pat Capocci Comb (NSW)
Men Into Space (Qld)
The Lincolns (SA)
DJ Leapin' Lawrie (Qld)

Check out more info here:

The BrizVegas Kustom Karnival will feature:

- Live Rockabilly Bands, DJs and Dancing
- Low Brow Art Display
- Hot Rod Display
- Indoor Market Village
- Pinups
- Tasty food, cheap drinks and a cool place to hang out


The BrizVegas Kustom Karnival will be held at the sprawling Acacia Ridge Hotel on 1386 Beaudesert Road.

This huge venue features
- live bands and dancing on downstairs level
- an indoor market village, air conditioned and licensed on upstairs level
- a breezy outdoor balcony overlooking the hot rod display
- a lowbrow artist retro den on downstairs level
- a tasty bistro


Entry is just $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Tickets on sale in January.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I love being closer to nature

At risk of boring the pants off all of you, I'm doing another house related post :D

Having moved from a main road in a fairly industrial area to a a quiet suburban bush land setting on a huge block, I'm enjoying indulging myself with watching one of my favorite animals, birds!

Here are some of the more breathtaking birds we have in our yard each day.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Little Corella


Laughing Kookaburra

Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

Willie Wagtail

We're also visited a lot by Noisy Miners, Crows, Magpies and Doves to name a few. It's bliss.

On a funny side note, I just heard some commotion under my window and caught 4 Crows sneaking around the garden and stealing the ripe cherry tomatoes we had (had!) growing, LOL.


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