Learn how to make homemade loofah soap with just a few simple ingredients. Use your favorite colors and scents to create a special handmade gift.
Bath and body products are always good ideas for gifts. I thought it would be nice to create some loofah soap for Mother's Day. They are really easy to create and you can get creative by using different colors and fragrances.
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- Loofah sponges
- Silicone soap mold
- Melt and Pour Soap
- Essential oils or Fragrance Oils
- Food coloring or Soap colorants
My loofah came dehydrated but once I set it in water it popped back into its original state in minutes.
Note: Let the loofah dry out before slicing.
Cut up slices of the loofah with a serrated knife or bread knife just big enough to fit the soap mold.
These silicone molds are so easy to work with. Just put on the backs and the soaps pop right out.
I used easy melt and pour clear soap. It cuts up like butter with a knife and then you can use a take out container to melt it in the microwave. Just microwave the soap in 30-second intervals stirring in between to avoid burning. You can also use a double boiler on the stove to melt the soap.
Then use a couple of drops of red food color. You can use soap dye if you want but a drop or two of food coloring is safe, though it may fade over time.
Then add some rose fragrance oil. You can buy it but it's usually pretty expensive. If you want to use essential oils you may want to try rose geranium oil. It has a rose scent with a green herbal edge. Of course, any scent you love will work such as lavender or lemon essential oils.
Just pour in your soap mixture over the loofah slices.
Use a toothpick to pop any air bubbles. You can also use a spray bottle with a little isopropyl alcohol to remove the bubbles.
In no time the soap is solid and can be removed easily from the molds. They are usually ready in an hour or two but if you want to be sure leave them in the molds overnight.
Then place your beautiful homemade loofah bar soap in little plastic bags with a ribbon for gift giving. Your mom, friends, and really anyone will surely love it.
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Homemade Loofah Soap Recipe
- Round silicone mold
- Serrated knife
- Plastic Spoon or Knife
- Plastic take out container
- Bags and ribbon for gift wrapping (optional)
- Clear melt and pour soap
- Natural Loofah
- Essential or Fragrance Oils
- Food or soap coloring
- Place the loofah into some water to rehydrate. Allow it to dry.
- Use a serrated knife to cut the loofah into slices that will fit in the mold.
- Cut the melt and pour soap into smaller pieces.
- Place the cut up soap into a microwave-safe container and microwave for 1 -2 minutes in 30-second intervals until melted. Stir after each interval.
- Add 1 -2 drops of food coloring and stir.
- Add up to 50 drops of scented oil in 20 drop intervals until it smells just right to you.
I just made these with my individuals with disabilities yesterday. My question is how to keep the loofa from floating up out of the soap. Some did, some didn't. It was fun and they enjoyed i!
What a nice idea Terry. I'm not sure why some of the loofah floated up. I didn't have that problem. I wonder if you held it down with a toothpick or something for a minute and let it get saturated would help.
Does the food coloing stain the skin?
Christine, as I understand it food coloring can stain your skin. However, in this particular application, I only used 2-3 drops to color the entire batch. When I have used it I don't see any color coming out or staining my skin. That being said if you are concerned at all consider purchasing some colorant for soap making online or at a craft store.