I have come to love making my own soap. There is something so rewarding about releasing a bar of soap from a pretty mold. When you make your own, you can scent the soap to your liking, my favorite part. Today I am going to share how to make a pumpkin scented loofah soap, using an easy melt and pour soap base. Loofahs, also spelled luffa, are a natural way to exfoliate your skin. I think they look beautiful when used in your soap molds, don't you?
Making your own soap, can be costly. One of my favorite places to shop for supplies online is at
Melt And Pour Soap Base (I Like Goat's Milk or Shea Butte Base)
7/8 inch thick Luffas (I found mine from Bulk Apothecary)
Pumpkin Shaped Silicone Mold (I found this one at Walmart)
Orange Soap Dye or Yellow and Red To Make Orange
Cosmetic Grade Scented Oil (I used a Spicy Pumpkin scent)
Empty Spray Bottle
Cut your desired amount of soap base. The bar I made for this tutorial is a large 5 oz bar. Melt your soap base in the microwave. I prefer to use a spouted glass measuring cup, to melt my soap in. Cover top of glass with plastic wrap. This will help keep your soap from drying out while you melt it. Do not boil or over heat soap, this can give it a foul smell, and make it unusable. Heat in small increments of time, checking and stirring every 30 seconds. Similar to how you would melt chocolate. Once melted, add your soap dye, in small increments, until desired color is reached. Then add your scented oil, again in small increments, until desired scent is achieved. Place loofahs into your molds. Pour soap into your mold. Fill until you reach the top of each loofah. If you have any undesired bubbles spray with rubbing alcohol to pop. You may let the soap set up at room temperature, or in the fridge, for a quicker set. Until you are ready to use, store soap in an air tight container.
I chose a very soft pumpkin color, because I don't like to use a lot of dye in my soaps.
Here it is packaged and ready for gifting.
Well that's one of many soaps I have been whipping up. What have you been up to? Come share at our Anything Goes Linky party.