How to Make Loofah Bar Soap with Soap Base

Make your own luffa bar soap with soap base for a luxurious exfoliating bathing experience.

Make your own luffa bar soap with soap base for a luxurious exfoliating bathing experience. You’ll love the creamy feel and the natural exfoliating power of luffa right in your bar soap.

How to make luffa bar soap with soap base

Making cold process soap is super duper easy. You just cut the soap base into small squares and microwave it in 30-second increments. Stir well between increments. Then all you have to do is add the stuff you’d like in the soap.

Homemade soap made from soap base, some with luffa, some with oatmeal on a table with a luffa

Exfoliating soap bar

Luffa soap (or loofah, however you want to spell it) is bar soap with the exfoliating power of luffa sponge right inside. Did you know you can even grow the luffas yourself at home? 

You can get luffa seeds here and luffas here to start your project. These are seeds and luffas the Little Sprouts have grown and collected. 

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You can use the luffas in slices for a gorgeous bar of textured soap, or you can even grate the sponges up and distribute them into your soap that way.

How do you grate luffas?

How do you grate luffas? It’s harder than you might think! Just take a small slice of luffa and put it in your blender or food processor. Be careful because the fibers can get stuck on the blades, so use caution when removing them and always unplug the machine before you attempt it. If you have trouble grating it, add a few drops of water and try again. Just make sure to let it completely dry out again before using in your soap.

Make luffa bar soap with soap base for a luxurious bathing experience. You’ll love the creamy feel and the natural exfoliating power of luffa in your soap.

Luffa body scrub soap

There are so many uses for luffa sponges, what is a luffa anyway? Click on the highlighted links to learn more. You’ll probably be surprised at all the things they work for. 

Luffa body soap scrub is a great way to keep your skin super smooth and free of dead skin that builds up on the surface. Just massage skin in a circular motion with your loofah bar soap and work it into the skin for several rotations until you move to the next area of skin. When you rinse the soap off, your skin will feel super clean and smooth as all the dead skin washes away.


               

               

   


Loofah soap

soap base bricks

The first step to making loofah soap is to cut up soap base and heat it until it’s liquid. My friend Yavonna taught me how to make the soaps. We made our loofah bar soaps with all-natural shea butter and goat’s milk soap base. I have super sensitive skin and it had minimal ingredients that weren’t harsh.

Cutting soap base to melt for processing

Next, we added our additives. For one loofah bar soap we used lemon zest, lemon essential oil, and grated luffas. For the other soap, we used oatmeal and slices of loofah sponge. We also made a smaller decorative soap with honey and almond oil. We added peppermint essential oil to that one.

Luffa body scrub soap ingredients

Once you have the ingredients thoroughly mixed, carefully pour it into molds and allow to sit undisturbed until it is set. Then you just pop it out of the molds and wrap it however you like. We used saran wrap. You can shrink wrap it or use cello bags and tie it at the top. Just be sure it’s airtight and you keep it in a cool, dark place until you’re ready to use it or give it as a gift.

Moisture will deteriorate the quality of the luffa bar soap. If the package is not sealed, it will start to collect moisture on the outside of the bars.

Pouring liquid soap into soap molds.

Making cold process soap is super simple and it makes beautiful, healthful and thoughtful gifts for the people you love. You can even grow some of the ingredients it takes to make it.

Yavonna’s DIY luffa body scrub soap ingredients

Each of these makes 5 regular sized bars or 13 of the tiny decorative bars

oatmeal sprinkled in the bottom of soap molds with luffa behind

Oatmeal Luffa body scrub soap ingredients

1-pound shea butter soap base

¾ inch slices of luffa sponge, one for each bar

Sprinkle of old-fashioned rolled oats for the top of each bar

1/3 cup quick oats

Essential oil if desired, we didn’t scent this bar

Sprinkle each mold with old fashioned rolled oats

Cut soap base in to cubes and microwave for 30 seconds then stir well.

Repeat until soap is liquid.

Stir in 1/3 cup quick oats.

Place slice of luffa in each mold.

Pour soap to fill mold to the top.

Let stand undisturbed until set well

Pop out of molds and wrap in air tight packaging.

liquid oatmeal luffa soap being poured into molds over slices of loofahBar of oatmeal luffa soap wrapped in plastic

 

Lemon luffa body scrub soap ingredients

1-pound shea butter soap base

¼ c ground or grated luffa

Zest of 2 lemons

15 drops lemon essential oil

Cut soap base into cubes and microwave for 30 seconds then stir well.

Repeat until soap is liquid.

Stir in grated luffa.

Add zest and essential oil and stir well.

Pour soap to fill mold to the top.

Let stand undisturbed until set well

Pop out of molds and wrap in airtight packaging.

Pouring liquid soap into soap molds showing bits of luffa in the mixtureHomemade lemon luffa bar soap coming out of the soap moldbar of shiney lemon loofah bar soap

bar of lemon luffa bar soap wrapped in plastic

Honey Goat Milk luffa body scrub soap ingredients

1-pound Goat milk soap base

2 T. sweet almond oil

6 T. raw honey

15 drops peppermint oil

Cut soap base in to cubes and microwave for 30 seconds then stir well.

Repeat until soap is liquid.

Stir in remaining ingredients and stir well.

Pour soap to fill mold to the top.

Let stand undisturbed until set well

Pop out of molds and wrap in airtight packaging.

Pouring liquid soap into small bee molds

Lavender Goat Milk luffa body scrub soap ingredients

1-pound goat milk soap base

¼ c lavender buds

15 drops lavender essential oil

3 T. raw honey

Cut soap base in to cubes and microwave for 30 seconds then stir well.

Repeat until soap is liquid.

Stir in remaining ingredients and stir well.

Pour soap to fill mold to the top.

Let stand undisturbed until set well

Pop out of molds and wrap in airtight packaging.

Luffa soap, where to buy

If you’re looking for where to buy luffa soap already made, check this shop out on Etsy. 

For more information on using soap base, check this out.

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8 comments

  1. Kim Schmidt says:

    Have you ever tried donkey milk soap base? I read somewhere that it lathers better and was more moisturizing. Just wanted your opinion.

  2. Melinda says:

    What do you wrap it in?

  3. Jane says:

    I have super sensitive skin. I like the idea of goats milk. Thanks for posting. Jane

  4. Yavonna says:

    Fun!! Great gift idea 🙂

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