Loofah Soap - Homemade in a Pringles Can!

Thanks to hersutah.com for an image of Loofah Soap (and she has beautiful nails too!)

As you can tell from some of my previous posts, I've been a soap making kick lately.  Not the quick 'melt and pour' versions, but the real old fashioned kind - starting with fats, oils and lye and letting it 'cure' so to speak for 4-6 weeks before use.   Today's post is going to go back to the simple 'melt and pour' style for a minute.  It's because the next soap I plan to make is a loofah style.

A natural gourd that when dried, is just the perfect size and texture to exfoliate and gently scrub skin.  I regularly rub a bar of soap on it, getting the small, airy openings filled with soap before using, but it's so much easier to just make the soap with the loofah already in it.

Personally, I will be using my homemade soap mixture, which is not a clear, glycerin melt and pour base, but most people seem to use the clear or slightly opaque glycerin style.  These soaps are beautiful when made with a clear glycerine that has been tinted to light green, orange and yellow shades since the finished product looks so much like a jello with orange, lemon or lime in it.  Adding a citrus fragrance to it tops it off.

When you are using a melt and pour soap base, there is not really 'recipe' to follow, but just basic instructions on putting the loofah into a round container (many use Pringles chip can) and then melt your soap base, pour it in, let it harden, remove the soap, slice and use.  I did a quick search online for 'homemade loofah soap' and got 80,100 returns in less than a second. They are all pretty much the same.  The two images I've referenced back to their sites as I haven't made my loofah soap yet.

Again, I'm using my recipe for homemade soap (posted last week) but you can use the melt-and-pour base and have this mixed up within minutes!

Love this image from Little House in the Suburbs

Homemade Loofah Soap (melt and pour version)

  • A natural, long loofah 
  • Melt-and-pour soap, transparent (optional: additional opaque or white soap)
  • Oil scent of your choosing
  • Food coloring
  • Pringles potato chip can
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • A dedicated microwave-safe measuring cup (I like the 4-cup size) and a dedicated wooden spoon for soap use only
Empty your Pringles can. Wash and dry it thoroughly, then spray the inside lightly with your cooking spray.
Rinse the loofah and squeeze all of the moisture out that you can. Allow it to swell somewhat and slide it into the Pringles can. A snug fit is best. You can use a loofah and a half for a whole Pringles can. You can easily cut the loofah with a serrated knife.

Cut your soap into cubes and fill your microwave-safe cup with transparent soap and add about 2-3 cubes of opaque soap in. This will allow you to see the color of the soap and still see the loofah through it. You can use transparent soap or a mixture of both opaque and transparent. Melt your soap in the microwave, being careful not to let it bubble or boil. Start at 2 minutes and keep melting in 1-minute increments, watching closely. When it is nearly melted, you can stir the rest of the lumps gently until it’s thoroughly melted.

Add a small amount of coloring and oil scent of your choice.  Now pour the soap over the loofah. This may take several cups of soap. Put the can in the refrigerator to harden.  Once the soap has hardened properly (this will take several hours), use a serrated knife to cut the metallic ring from the top of the potato chip can. Because Pringles makes its cans from cardboard, you will be able to tear the cardboard away from the soap. (This means you’ll need a potato chip can each time you make this soap.)

Using a towel and holding the soap cylinder tightly, slice through the soap and loofah. This is the most difficult part and will take some patience and strength. Be very careful so that you don’t cut yourself while slicing the soap cylinder.  The basis of this instruction was found at  www.hersutah.com.

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