A few months ago, I made a batch of homemade soap for kids with hidden toys, and I got excited thinking of different ways to create unique soaps. One idea my mom shared with me were homemade soap loofahs.
Homemade soap loofahs uses loofahs as a mold to hold soap. The result is a wonderfully fragrant homemade soap with exfoliating properties — so you can wash and exfoliate at the same time. I think it’s pretty brilliant!
Homemade Soap Loofahs with Lavender and Chamomile
The first step in creating homemade soap loofah is to find a durable loofah. These are available at most Walmarts, Targets and even dollar stores, or you can pick it up online at Amazon.
To make: Cut the loofah into 1″ pieces. A serrated knife makes easy work of this task.
Next, you melt 1 pound of soap base in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Once melted, lavender and chamomile essential oils are added, and the loofah pieces each get to soak in the soap mixture for 1 minute.
The loofah pieces are then added to a large cupcake tins:
Then lavender buds are stirred into the remaining soap mixture. These are optional, but they’re a great option that I highly recommend!
*If, at this point, you happen to have a toddler who likes to be everywhere-you-are-at-all-times, you may find some toy trucks in the loofah mix. Remove, toys as necessary.*
Next, you pour the soap mixture over the loofahs, covering just above the top of the loofah.
Let your loofahs sit in the muffin pan for about 4 hours. Run a knife around the rim, and remove.
Then they’re ready to use! Or to give to friends, family, or coworkers as gifts!
Just a little warning — I took these into work to give to my coworkers, and one coworker had it sitting on her desk throughout the day. During the day, several people inquired about the “tasty treat” on her desk. They thought it was some sort of cream cheese and chive mixture. 🙂
Luckily, no one tried to grab it and eat it — BUT — you’ve been warned that these look good enough to eat!
Printable Recipe for Homemade Soap Loofahs
- 1 loofah, cut into 6 pieces
- 1 lb soap base
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops chamomile essential oil
- 1/4 cup lavender buds
- Melt soap in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in lavender and chamomile essential oil.
- Place loofahs into soap mix, and let sit 1 minute. Remove and place in large muffin tins.
- Stir lavender buds into remaining soap mix, and pour over loofahs in muffin tin. Let sit 4 hours, then remove.