There’s something about exfoliating your skin that makes you feel like a new person and there’s actually a reason for it.
The outer layer of your skin sheds dead skin cells. Most of these dead skin cells just fall off your body with regular daily friction, like when you’re putting your clothes on or when you rub against something, but some dead skin cells like to hang onto our skin. Have you ever not washed your face for a few days? Have you noticed it feels more greasy and like there’s a layer of dirt? If so, it’s probably because of those dead skin cells.
Exfoliating your skin helps shed all those dead skin cells. Exfoliation not only improves the look and feel of your skin, but it clears out dead bacteria and dirt that tends to accumulate in some certain parts of our bodies. It also helps to improve your circulation.
Loofah sponges are actually a vegetable that grows on a tree. They are picked, skinned, the seeds are removed. After a cleaning and drying process you get the loofahs that you buy in the store. They are 100% natural and a great way to exfoliate your skin because their fibers are firm but elastic and less likely to scratch your skin.
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We like to get these Loofah sponges. Each one makes about 10-12 soap bars so it’s a very affordable way to exfoliate your skin, clean your skin and make sure you don’t have any bacteria growth issues. I usually buy those once a year, unless I’m making gifts for my friends, then I end up buying 2 packages. So, as you can see it’s a very affordable way to make an exfoliating soap bar.
These loofah soap bars are so simple to make and it only takes about 10 minutes to make them. They also make a great homemade gift and you can customize them with whatever scent and dried flowers you want.
How To Make Loofah Soap Bars
- Round silicone mold
- Loofah sponges
- Organic pour and melt goat milk soap base
- Optional: dried lavender flowers or dried rose petals
- 2- 6 drops of Essential oil: You can customize the soap bars with the scent of your choice. We like using:
- Sweet orange and vanilla
- Lavender and vanilla
If you bought the same melt and pour I recommended, you will only need to use half of it for this recipe.
Cut the melt and soap bar into small squares so it melts faster. You can melt it in the microwave or using the double boiler method. We personally avoid microwaves so we use the double boiler method.
If you’re melting the soap using the microwave then melt it in 30 second intervals and make sure you mix the soap between each interval. To make it using the double boiler method, our the pieces of soap in a glass jar and put it inside a small pot with water. Keep it in medium-low heat and stir occasionally until all the soap has melted.
While you’re waiting for the soap to melt cut the loofah bar. Make sure each loofah slice is about 1/2 inch wide (about the width of your thumb).
To know if you cut the right size, put the first slice of loofah into the mold, it should reach almost the top but not quite.
I usually make 6 loofah bars at once: 3 plain and 3 with petals/flowers. If you’re using flowers sprinkle them at the bottom of the silicone mold and then place the loofah on top.
Once the soap has melted, turn off the heat and add the essential oils. If you’re making 2 different scents, pour half the mixture into another glass jar so you can mix each jar with a different type of essential oils. Make sure you do this fast so the soap doesn’t harden.
Smell the mixture to make sure it’s scented enough for you and then pour on the silicone molds. As you’re pouring make sure you pour the entire top surface of the loofah bar. Fill the molds with soap all the way to the top.
You will see that the loofah sponge will float to the top. If for some reason you didn’t pour a section of the loofah bar with the soap, then hold down the loofah piece into the mixture using a fork for a few seconds. You want to make sure the loofah is soaked in soap.
Let it sit for about an hour so it can harden. Once hard they will pop right out!
To take them out of the mold, push the bottom of the silicone mold and the loofah soap bars will come out easily.
Store them in an airtight glass container or wrap them in plastic if you plan to give them away.
Now you have your own soap and exfoliating sponge in one!
Take a shower and enjoy!
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