How to make Loofah Coconut Soap

How to make Sweet Coconut Exfoliating soap bars

What inspired today's post, you ask? Well, this loofah…

I found this loofah on sale for a dollar on my way out of Walgreens a couple weeks ago and I snatched him up, on account of I adore loofahs. Who doesn't adore loofahs? And then I got to thinking, who wouldn't adore a loofah in a bar of soap?

Now if you're wondering, yes, it does feel weird to have personified this loofah sponge and then immediately thereafter post a picture of how I cut it into multiple pieces. But as you'll see, it was a necessary sacrifice.

Since I’ve been dying to make a coconut-scented soap, I got my hands on some Island Coconut fragrance and decided it would pair nicely with my loofah pieces. So I put two and two together, and here is what happened!

First, I gathered my ingredients. I used Stephenson Personal Care's Crystal WST White Soap Baseand, as usual, it was amazing and easy to work with. I also added real coconut flakes in addition to honey, coconut fragrance oil, and my {now mutilated} loofah sponge.

To determine how much soap base I needed, I poured water into my soap mold and poured the water in my molds into a pyrex measuring glass. I cut my soap base into small cubes and weighed it out on a food scale before melting it in the microwave in fifteen-to-thirty second intervals. As always, be sure to stir between intervals and be careful to avoid overheating the base, as doing so can cause it to lose moisture and misbehave.

When my soap base was melted, I added my fragrance oil and stirred it in before putting in my loofah pieces so that they could absorb the soap base. I did this as opposed to setting my loofah in the mold and pouring the soap base over it, lest I get awkward holes in my soap when the loofah pieces absorb the soap as it cools.

I then tossed the wet loofah pieces in the mold…

…before adding my coconut flakes to my soap base mix, stirring well, and pouring my remaining base into my molds.

What I love about how this soap turned out is the back of these soap bars. The coconut flakes were large, which gives the soap a very textured look and feel to the bottom, which will also be great for the skin!

When your soap bars have thoroughly cooled {I would say, depending on the size of you mold, this usually takes at least an hour or so}, you can pop them out of their mold. If you have trouble, try sticking the mold in the freezer for a few minutes. The cold causes the soap to pull away from the edge of the mold, if only enough for a final big nudge to do the trick!

Then, enjoy the coconut goodness of your bars!

We hope you enjoyed this melt-and-pour soap making tutorial :)

Chris Holmes
Chris Holmes


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