Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Orange Loofah Soap

Still on the scrubby theme but at least combining it with soap. The original recipe can be found from Wholesales Supplies Plus.  I made a few modifications, particularly in the fragrance department by choosing to use orange and vanilla essential oils, and the soap bases.  The WSP soap bases carry SLS and I prefer to use soap bases which are real soap with non-artificial ingredients and no detergent.

Project Level: Beginner
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yields: Approx. (12) 5 oz Bars of Soap

photo from Wholesales Supplies Plus
  • 1 Pound(s) Goat Milk Soap Base or other white soap base
  • 2 Pound(s) Clear Soap base

  • 1 Ounce(s) Orange Essential Oil
  • 1 Ounce(s) Vanilla Essential Oil or Ylang Ylang Essential Oil 
• A few drops of orange non-bleeding soap safe colorant
  • 12 Piece(s) Plastic Wrap For Packaging
  • 12 Piece(s) Loofah Slices - 7/8" Slices.  You can purchase loofah from the dollar store and then cut them to size to fit your mold.

  • Round Silicone Mold
  • Droppers - Plastic
  • Gloves
  • Crockpot or microwave

  • Pyrex or Microwave Safe Cup (16 - 32 oz)
  • Rubbing Alcohol with Fine Mist Sprayer
  • Soap Slicer/Cutter
  • Spoon


  • Using a soap slicer, cut clear soap into 1-2 inch pieces. The soap slicer is dull and perfect for this project. Do not use a knife as it is very sharp and the soap is slippery. The knife could slip causing injury.

  • Place 8 oz of white soap base in a microwave safe glass container and heat for 30 seconds. Stir well. Repeat until soap is completely melted.

  • Pour 1/4" of white soap into each mold cavity. Allow to cool until firm. Once goatmilk soap is firm, spritz with rubbing alcohol. Set loofah on top of white soap.

  • Using a microwave safe glass container, place clear soap in a microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir well. Repeat until soap is completely melted.

  • Add fragrance and color.  Stir until fully incorporated. 

  • Immediately pour the orange soap over the loofah until the cavity is full.

  • Allow to return to room temperature and remove from mold.

  • Wrap in inexpensive plastic wrap. Pull tightly for extra clarity and to remove plastic wrap ripples.

  • If you are sellling your soap, don't forget to label the soap to complete the package. Label according to FDA cosmetic label guidelines.
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