No matter the time of year, it’s always a good idea to take care of your skin. This scrubbie-embedded loofah soap is nice to use on rough spots, especially elbows and feet.
A little info on loofah: Did you know that the loofah ‘sponge’ is actually the fibrous skeleton of a gourd? That’s right. The bath exfoliator we’ve all come to love actually lives in the garden! The loofah (or luffa) gourds can grow up to 2 feet long. The younger, smaller gourds can be cooked and eaten like any squash. But we love them for their invigorating insides.
I use two essential oils – peppermint and tea tree oil – to scent this soap. Both are kind of “zingy” and are lovely to wake up to. They have the added benefits of being antibacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, antiseptic, antiviral, and even a stimulant! Additionally, they smell delicious and are appreciated by both men and women. They’re readily available, and perfectly suited for pampering your skin.
Here’s what you need to know to make each of this fabulous herbal body product.
Exfoliating Loofa Soap
Materials and Supplies:
- Loofah sponge
- Glycerin Soap Base — unscented
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil
- Food Coloring (optional)
- Soap Molds — I use molds made for this purpose, but you can also use muffin tins, fancy ice or candy molds
- Serrated Knife
- Pyrex Measuring Cup or other heat-safe jar (mason jars work)
- Chopstick (for stirring)
Prepare loofah by slicing with serrated knife. I like making my slices the same height as my molds. This keeps the loofah exposed, so its scrubbing qualities are available right from the start. Place loofah slices in molds.
Each soap mold holds 3 to 4-ounces of soap, and most meltable soaps come scored in 1-ounce sections. Cut soap base into squares and place in heatproof measuring cup.
If using microwave, melt soap in 40-second increments. It usually only takes 2 to 3 rounds to melt all the soap. If using stove method, place mason jar/Pyrex cup in water in saucepan.
Add peppermint & tea tree oil to melted soap base. For 2 cups of soap, I recommend 10 drops of each.
Add food coloring, if using. I used 2 drops of blue and 1 small drop of green.
Mix colors and essential oils thoroughly into melted soap.
Pour soap into prepared molds, pressing down on loofah to ensure full saturation.
Allow bars to cool for 30 to 40 minutes, and un-mold. If soaps don’t come out of molds easily, pop in the freezer for a few minutes.
These lovely bars make great gifts, and one batch goes far. They’re fast and easy to make, and once you have, you’ll have exfoliating soap to last you all season. If you’d like to see more DIY herbal bath and skin products, head over to my blog, www.TamaraJewelry.wordpress.com for more ideas.
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