Introducing my shortlist of soap dish best buys.
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Why bar soaps are making a big comeback
Bar soaps are categorically making a comeback, and not just because of a shortage of liquid hand wash lately.
Bar soaps last longer than liquids. Arguably they look better. And they use less plastic and packaging.
Stylish & practical soap dish
The recent focus on all things soapy made me search online for stylish dishes.
Storing soap in a dish is much more hygienic than setting it on the ledge of the sink.
A decent dish will help your bar soap last longer. The best have holes in the base, or draining ridges in the dish, to let your soap dry between uses. These stop it going sludgy and rinsing away easily.
Some are two-part and come apart for cleaning. You can also clean many in the dishwasher, for extra hygiene points.
How to choose a soap dish
Because it’s a small accessory, you can afford to go a bit out there if you choose. They come in many forms, if not too many shapes (rectangular is the default, but I’ve spotted curvy organic shapes too).
Here are my best online buys right now. Your soap will thank you.
Stone and marble soap dishes
A solid place to start. Durability and aesthetics are high.
I’ve had a soapstone one from Habitat for more than a decade, and it still looks as good as the day I got it.
Granite is another great option. I like this one from RE-found Objects, £13.50.
- Ridges for draining.
- Solid construction.
- Looks good in any interior.
This black and white marble one by Jonathan Adler is a beauty from Amara, £30.40.
The Canaan is smoothly curved.
- No drainage holes, but it looks amazing.
- Other matching bathroom accessories in collection.
Marbled concrete combines two of my favourite finishes. These handmade dishes come in three colours from Etsy, £12.98.
- Concrete finish, complete with drainage holes.
- Angled to allow for better drainage.
- Available in three colours – white, blush pink and light grey.
- Handmade in UK.
Another one that looks fantastic is this marble soap tray from H&M, £24.99.
- Again no ridges or drainage holes, but looks high-luxe.
- Larger than standard dishes at 26cm – can also add other toiletries to tray.
- Matching bathroom accessories in collection.
Choosing a retro soap dish
I never really enjoy shabby chic, but this high end vintage piece in French clay is an heirloom item.
This is the Neptune by Astier de Villatte, from Liberty London £180 (yes, you did read that right!)
- Drainage holes, and can be wall-hung to help air circulation.
- Engraved with signature of master artisan. Being handmade, each one is unique.
- Made from Parisian black clay and white enamel.
- Dishwasher safe (with phosphate-free tablets) but handwashing recommended.
A budget-friendly alternative is this white metal soap holder from Maisons du Monde, £16.50.
- Drainage holes.
- Looks like it comes apart for cleaning. Not dishwasher safe.
- Can hold sponge or other item above.
The first two retro ones are French, but how about this stunning one, made in England?
This is the earthenware soap dish by DR Harris at Trouva, £47.
- Drainage holes and in two parts for cleaning.
- Made in the UK, at a pottery in Stoke-on-Trent.
- Vintage apothecary styling.
Last of the retro options – this enamel hanging one from Amazon, £17.99.
- Drainage holes.
- Can be wall hung.
- Dispatched from Germany.
Wooden soap dishes
This beechwood one looks like it has great touch aesthetics. Satisfyingly tactile, and a great price from RE-found Objects, £5.95.
- Ridges for draining.
- Made from solid beech.
- Fantastic price.
Staying with the wooden styling, check out the Themis petrified wood dish from La Redoute, £28.
- Looks amazing, great organic shape.
- No drainage holes.
Quirky soap dish
Last but not least, I love the quirky styling of the Dahlia floral dish from Urban Outfitters, £10.
- Draining ridges.
- Made in acrylic.
- Wipe-clean only.
- Other bathroom accessories in matching collection.
My soap dish best buy
What’s your favourite?
Weighing it up, my best buy is the marbled concrete soap dish, handmade by Featured Oak from Etsy.
Every colour looks beautiful, although I’m drawn to the blush pink for this recent bathroom makeover.
The maker has multiple 5 star reviews from buyers on Etsy. And the piece looks good, and ticks all the boxes on practicalities. The seller offers free UK delivery.
This is not a sponsored or gifted recommendation – it’s genuinely my favourite. While we’re soaping up in times of hand washing awareness, we can also support local creatives.
Also I love a bit of concrete luxe. Find out here why concrete is a great material to add unexpected gritty glam to your interior.