Have you ever thought about making your own soap bars? Would you believe me if I told you it’s actually super simple? Honestly, you only need a few different items, and several hours for the setting process. There are so many different kinds of soap that you could make that would be perfect! The smells are up to you!
When it came to me actually finding what I needed for my soap I figured I would be able to use a plain old bar of soap to make my loofah soap bars, but what I didn’t know was I really needed what is called “white glycerin soap base.” This is a big brick of soap that will melt in the microwave just long enough for you to mix in your preferred scents before pouring into a mold. If you use a regular bar of soap for this project, it’s just going to bubble up and will not actually melt the way that you want it to.
I purchased my brick of soap from my local craft store. It came in a 2 lb brick. I had the option of white, clear, goats milk and a few others that I don’t quite remember. I chose to go with the plain white glycerin soap for a neutral colour. The lavender essential oil was also in the same aisle next to the soap and was only a couple of bucks for a small bottle that will last quite a while. Below I will take you through step-by-step on how to make your own DIY lavender honey loofah soap bars.
You will need:
- White glycerin soap
- Lavender essential oils
- Lavender, dried
- Silicon muffin pan
- Baking sheet
- Large spoon
Growing up we always had extra loofahs laying around in the bathroom. I always preferred to use the poof, so the others just ended up collecting dust. I chose to use the ones laying around instead of purchasing more. I did see loofahs at my local Dollar Store as well that you could purchase for this project if you do not have any laying around.
Your first step is to gather all of the items that you are going to need to complete this project. Start by setting up your silicon muffin pan on your baking sheet so once you have your mixture melted you can move through the next steps to prevent your soap from hardening prematurely. Chop your dried lavender if you need to. I found my lavender at my local bulk food store and they had it decently chopped so I left it the way it was.
Measure your loofahs in your silicon muffin mold and use a serrated knife to cut them into pieces. I was able to make three pieces from each loofah. Be careful with your knife. I hit a hard spot in my loofah and almost cut myself.
Grab a large microwavable bowl to place your cubed soap in to start the process. Follow the instructions on the soap package to ensure the proper handling of the product. My packaging says to remove the entire brick from the package before cutting on the scored lines.
Place your cubed soap in your microwavable bowl. Heat on high for 30 seconds, and from there in 10 second intervals until the soap is completely melted. I ended up leaving mine in the microwave for much longer than what was recommended. I used cycles of 30 seconds each and in total it took about 5 minutes for all of it to melt.
When you have your melted soap base ready, add a couple drops of your favourite scent of essential oils. I used a lavender which smells amazing! Add a couple tablespoons of honey and stir. This part does need to be done quite quickly. The slower you go the faster the soap will start setting and you’ll either end up having to re-heat the soap base, or will ens up tossing more out when you could have it as your soap bar.
As you finish stirring in your honey, you’ll want to drop in your cut up pieces of loofah and let it soak in the soap mixture for a couple of minutes. I flipped them after about a minute and let the other side soak. When they were saturated with soap I used some tongs and transferred them over to my muffin mold. I pressed them down a little so they made it to the bottom of the silicon.
Pour your dried lavender into your remaining soap base and stir. I found it easier to transfer the remaining amount into an easy pour measuring cup instead of trying to handle the big bowl. I simply poured the rest of the mixture over the loofah pieces to fill the cups. One of my loofahs ended up coming out with a little less in it, but that’s okay!
Place a glass cutting board, or something of the like, on top of your silicon pan. Press down a little so the remaining soap on top makes a flat surface. Let it sit like this for several hours and when you return your soap will be ready!
In order to get your soap out of the mold just flip everything over onto the glass cutting board. Gently start to peel away the silicon from the soap. It took a few minutes to get the bars out. You will have to pull each one out separately. Use a knife to cut around each of your soap bars and gently pry them off of your glass cutting board.
Voila! You have just made your own loofah soap bars! You can now enjoy beautiful soft soap with the scrubbing power of a loofah.
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