I am been meaning to make a DIY loofah soap for months. I love the idea of encasing a loofah in a soap because it’s a solution to the bacteria issue. Did you know that a loofah sitting in a shower stall is a breeding ground for bacteria? But problem solved with the bacteria-blasting essential oils that I use in my recipe!
I got my Melt n’ Pour soap and molds from the wonderful Nature’s Garden because they stock the exact kind I was looking for. You can also find your essential oils there, or you can order pure essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. Aside from that you just need honey, and a loofah, which you can find online or at a drugstore.
I choose cinnamon essential oil because it’s highly antibacterial. I choose orange as it pairs beautifully with the cinnamon. And vanilla to add a hint of sweetness.
In this recipe I show you the amounts for one full size soap. Obviously adjust if you are making a tray of 4 soaps.
- Round soap mold/s
- 5 cubes of SLS-free clear glycerin soap
- 1 inch slice of loofah (approx this size, but measure the depth of your mold, as you want the loofah to a tiny bit higher than the top rim of the mold
- 2 tsp honey
- 15 drops cinnamon essential oil
- 15 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 15 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
- Small sprayer bottle containing rubbing alcohol or Vodka
- Grease the soap molds with whatever oil you have to hand. I use a cheap cooking oil spray
- Melt the soap in the microwave in a microwave safe container for 65 seconds
- Stir in the honey and essential oil
- Fit the loofah into the mold
- Slowly pour in your melted soap – the loofah will soak it up, which is why you need to pour slowly
- Spritz with alcohol spray to avoid bubbles forming
- Leave it to set up for 3-4 hours
- Push out of mold
Storage: The soaps can be a bit oily so I recommend storing them wrapped in parchment paper. They will store in a cool, dark spot for up to 6 months. When giving as a gift, I recommend filling a little basket with straw and adding cinnamon sticks.