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How To Make Easy Loofah Soap for Exfoliating Skin

Learn how to make an easy, exfoliating loofah soap. Even if you have never made soap before, this is an easy first time recipe. Make them cheaper than you can buy at a store. Plus, they make great gifts for birthdays and Mother’s day presents.

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Learn how to make an easy, exfoliating loofah soap.  Even if you have never made soap before, this is an easy first time recipe. | We Three Shane

How To Make Easy Loofah Soap

Did you know that making your own soap can be SUPER easy! The best way to make it painless is to buy a soap base. You cut it up into pieces, melt, add fragrance, pour and let set. Easy right?

You can make it even better soap by adding a loofah to help exfoliate dead skin. It’s a win win. Cheaper then getting them at a store, easy to make, exfoliates skin and makes a great present.


Six lavender and yellow loofah soap.bars on a light wood table.

What Is A Loofah?

In case you aren’t sure what a natural loofah is, they are rough textured exfoliators dried from a vegetable called luffa. It is a vine grown member of the pumpkin, squash, and gourd family. Mature fibers, released from the shell, dry with a rough texture, making them useful as exfoliators.

Loofah is a sustainable product making them a great eco-friendly source.


picture of 4 loofah's sitting on a sage green tray with soap base cubes and some flowers

What Makes This Loofah Soap Recipe Easy?

Soap making can be very difficult. You are dealing with strong chemicals and ingredients that have to be just right to work.

If you have never attempted to make soap before, a base soap is the best and easiest way to get started. All you have to do it cut, melt and pour. It really is that simple.

There are several different types of soap bases. The one you use is entirely up to you.

  • Honey Soap Base
  • Goats Milk Soap Base
  • Shea Butter Soap Base
  • Natural Glycerin Soap Base
  • Oatmeal Soap Base

Really it is a personal preference which you choose. So pick one, and let’s get started. I choose a goats milk soap base.


ingredients to make your own soap.  Soaps base cubes, loofah piece, essential oils, mica powder, a tiny spray bottle and a popsicle stick

Loofah Soap Ingredients

There are a couple of base ingredients and some add ins needed for this loofah soap recipe.

Goats Milk Base – Goats milk soap base provides excellent nourishment to the skin as well as helping all skin types. Good for sensitive skin! It contains many minerals and vitamins.

Loofah – get a package of high quality loofah sponges.

Mica Powder – I used mica powder in my soap recipe to give it color. Obviously this is unnecessary but makes it pretty. Everyone loves pretty things, right? It’s optional and there are other ways to add color but I already had this on hand.

Vitamin E Oil – I like adding this to a lot of my homemade recipes because it is so great for our skin. It helps with anti-aging and helps soften and moisturize the skin.

Lavender Essential Oil – I love using lavender in my natural recipes. Not only is it anti-inflammatory but it is also anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

Lavender also has antiseptic properties and can soothe inflamed skin. It also is full of antioxidants that help protect the skin and can even soothe eczema and help relieve dry skin. It’s perfect for this soap but also optional.

Lemon Essential Oil – Helps remove dead skin ( perfect for exfoliating soap! ) reduces oil, and can help clear the skin because of its astringent like properties. Also optional.

Even though you really only need the loofah and soap base for this DIY the mica and essential oils make the loofah soap look and smell great. If you are making these as a gift you should definitely use them.


Supplies Needed for Loofah Soap

Here is a quick list of items you will need to complete your exfoliating loofah soap.

You won’t use all of the soap base or loofah piece so you can make more or save for later.


Lavender Lemon Exfoliating Loofah Soap Recipe

You will need a pyrex mixing cup or something else you can melt the soap base in. I used a Pyrex mixing bowl and a popsicle stick to stir with.

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Goats Milk Soap Base
  • 6-8 Loofah pieces
  • 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
  • 3 to 5 Drops Vitamin E oil
  • Mica Powder

Instructions

  1. Cut up your soap base into small pieces. Put them into your mixing bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between. Do not over heat or it becomes rubbery.
soap base cut up into small cubes and placed inside of a pyrex mixing owl

2. Add essential oils, vitamin E oil and any colorant (mica) you are using and stir. Keep adding the mica powder until you get the desired look you are going for. Start out small because you can always add to it.

melted soap in a pyrex cup with a popsicle stick in it and a hand putting a few drops of essential oils in it.

3. Using a spray bottle, spray the mold lightly with your grain alcohol.

6 loofah pieces around a pink soap mold with a hand spraying the mold with alcohol

You can also add some sprinkles of mica powder into the molds. This gives the soap a pretty, textured look on the top of your soap.

yellow and white mica powder at the bottom of a pink soap mold

4. Next, place your loofah’s in the molds and start pouring. The Loofah likes to raise to the top so you can hold it down with a tooth pick if you want it to stay down. Once the soap is poured, you can lightly spray the tops with the grain alcohol to help get rid of bubbles.

If you have more than 6 soap molds you can definitely make spread the soap out more and make 7 to 8 soaps. My soaps were definitely very thick and could have been made thinner for sure.

5. Let these sit over night and then just pop them out of the molds.

That’s it! It’s a pretty simple process for such a pretty product.

I think they are SO cute! I tried decorating them a few different ways.

A few of them I used two different colors of soap. On a few others I put a tiny bit of mica powder into the mold before I added the soap so that there would be a color on the top.

There are many other things you can try. Just have fun.


Loofah Soap Making Tips:

Tip 1. Grain alcohol, such as Everclear, when sprayed in the mold and then directly on top of the soap while it is still liquid, can evaporate any bubbles to help smooth the soap. This is of course optional but can be very helpful. You can also use rubbing alcohol but grain alcohol works best.

Tip 2. When melting soap, remember to use small time increments because the soap base melts quickly. I used 30 seconds intervals and then switched to 15 seconds when it was almost done.

Tip 3. You may want to have a tooth pick or a popsicle stick handy to stir with. You can also use it to hold down the loofah when pouring the soap in because it will float. I also used a tooth pick to put a little mica powder at the bottom of the mold just to try and give the soap a little pizzazz.

Tip 4. Make sure you let your soap settle for a few hours before removing from molds. If you have the time, it is better to wait over night but especially wait 4 hours. Also, you may want to let the soap sit for about a week before you try using it.

DIY Loofah Soap is simple to make and great for exfoliating skin. Make some for yourself or as a gift. | We Three Shanes

What do you think? Easy enough right? I always thought loofah soap was a tricky project to make but turns out it’s crazy easy.

They are so easy to customize too. Change up the essential oils for a different scent. Choose colors to match your bathroom or to correlate with the scents you choose. Sweet orange essential oil and orange mica or yellow and purple for lemon and lavender like I did. You get the point.

This recipe makes 8-12 loofah soap bars. Keep them all for yourself or give some aways as gifts. These would make a really easy mother’s day gift.

What kind of fragrances do you think will be good in this soap recipe? Let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!


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How to Make Loofah Soap the Easy Way

Learn how to make an easy, exfoliating loofah soap. Even if you have never made soap before, this is an easy first time recipe.
Prep Time0 mins
Active Time15 mins
resting time12 hrs
Yield: 6 bars
Cost: $4 a bar

Equipment

  • 1 pyrex bowl or measuring cup
  • 1 silicone soap mold
  • 1 popsicle stick to stir with

Materials

  • 6-8 pieces loofah
  • 1 llb soap base
  • 15 drops lemon essessential oil
  • 15 drops lavender essential oil
  • 3-5 drops vitamin e oil
  • 1/4 tsp mica powder This is just a starting off point. You really don't need to measure. Just sprinkle in some mica and stir. Continue to add powder a little at a time until you get the desired color.

Instructions

  • Cut up your soap base into small pieces. Put them into your mixing bowl and microwave in 30 second intervals stirring in between. Do not over heat or it becomes rubbery.
  • Add essential oils, vitamin E oil and any colorant (mica) you are using and stir. Keep adding the mica powder until you get the desired look you are going for. Start out small because you can always add to it.
  • Using a spray bottle, spray the mold lightly with your grain alcohol.
  • You can also add some sprinkles of mica powder into the molds. This gives the soap a pretty, textured look on the top of your soap.
  • Next, place your loofah’s in the molds and start pouring. The Loofah likes to raise to the top so you can hold it down with a tooth pick if you want it to stay down. Once the soap is poured, you can lightly spray the tops with the grain alcohol to help get rid of bubbles.
  • Let these sit over night and then just pop them out of the molds.
  • Let the loofah soap sit for about a week before you use it.

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