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Easy Loofah Soap Recipe

An easy melt and pour soap recipe with an invigorating twist: loofah in the center helps exfoliate your skin and a citrusy fragrance leaves you ready to seize the day.
Prep Time30 mins
cooling2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Keyword: beginner soap recipes, loofah soap recipe, melt and pour soap recipe
Servings: 9 bars
Author: Katie Shaw

Equipment

  • Microwave safe mixing bowl or large measuring cup
  • Spatula
  • Individual cavity soap mold (round is best)

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds clear melt and pour soap base
  • 8-12 loofah slices
  • 2 tablespoons fragrance oil such as grapefruit
  • 1/2 teaspoon colorant
  • 1 teaspoon rubbing alcohol (if using powdered colorant)

Instructions

  • Prepare the mold and loofah slices. Place the loofah pieces into each cavity of the soap mold, cutting into smaller pieces if necessary. It's best to do this before preparing the soap so that it doesn't begin to cool as you get everything ready.
    dried loofah pieces in soap mold
  • Cut the soap base into chunks. Using a sharp knive, chop up. the melt and pour base. This is just to make the melting process faster, so there's no need to be precise.
    cutting board chopping up base
  • Melt the soap base. Place the soap pieces into a microwave safe container such as a large Pyrex measuring cup. Microwave in 30 second intervals until it is completely melted. (The soap will be very hot.)
    partially melted clear soap base
  • Add the color and fragrance. If you are using powdered colorant such as mica, mix it into the rubbing alcohol to help it disperse better. (If using liquid color, just add directly to the melted soap.). Mix in the fragrance and stir well with a spatula.
    spatula mixing pink colorant into liquid soap
  • Pour the batter into the molds. Pour the soap batter over the loofah sponges. If they stick out a bit on one side, that's okay. You can use a toothpick to hold down the loofah as you pour if you want it fully covered.
    pyrex container of soap batter pouring over loofahs in mold
  • Allow to harden at least 4 hours. Let the soap cool for 4-8 hours, then remove from the molds.
    cooled bar of soap being removed

Notes

For this soap, I used a pink mica from Nurture Soap and Energy Fragrance from Brambleberry.
The loofah will seem very rough at first but will quickly soften after the first use.