A Tutorial on Loofah Soaps
How awesome is soap with an exfoliating loofah in it. There are so many different ways to make them. Cold process, melt and pour, whole loofah, or loofah pieces you have so many options.
- 3″ pvc mold– I used about 2 feet
- End piece for PVC
- Liner- I recommend a silicone mat cut to fit inside your pvc. It makes it super easy to remove.
- Serrated knife
- Scents or colorants
- Soap (cold-process or melt and pour)
- Set up the pvc. Put the cap on the pvc and line the pvc. I lined mine with my silicone mat but you can use wax paper it’s just harder to work with.
- Soap making time. Make your soap either melt and pour or cold-process. Add your scents and colors. When you are ready to pour then go to next step.
- Pour about a quarter of your mixture. If you pour in stages its easier to fill the entire thing without having empty cavities. I don’t believe there are any loofahs that are 2 feet long. most are about 6 inches. Which means it takes about 4 to fill the mold I made. You can use a shorter mold if you want.
- Insert first loofah and push down into soap mixture.
- Pour more soap and insert additional loofahs until mold is filled.
- Let soap cure. I found I could remove the cap after 24 hours but removing the whole loaf I waited a few more days to make sure it wouldn’t be soft inside. I let it cure about a week total before I cut it. If you are using melt and pour you can throw it in the freezer for a few hours and it will be fine.
- Cut your soap. Be sure to use a serrated knife. Loofah is tougher than you would think. The wire cutters will not work here. To get a nice even cut all the way down the soap I used a guide with cut-outs for the blade to slide down.
- Let cure a little longer. If it is cold-process then wait about 3 more weeks. If melt and pour it should be good to go ahead and use.
Aluminum foil mold
- Aluminum foil
- Soap (cold process or melt and pour)
- Any fragrances or colorants
- Serrated knife
- Form your mold. I take the aluminum foil and bend it up around the loofah. If your loofa is long it will need to be cut first. I suggest a serrated knife.
- Make you soap. Once you have it like you want it make your soap. For this I like the look of the clear soaps but the feel of a nice Shea butter soap. This will work for cold process or melt and pour. You can choose whichever you want.
- Pour it into your foil mold. Pour directly over loofah until loofah is just barely covered.
- Cure your soap. Let it sit for at least 24 hours. I prefer 48 hours. Remove your