Have you ever used your essential oils in bar soap? Essential oil soap is another fabulous way to add your oils to your everyday beauty and bathing routine.
In this recipe we are using a melt and pour soap base. What is great about this base is that the hard soap making process has already been done for you, you are just left with the fun part...
- Choosing the type of melt and pour soap base to use
- Blending in the essential oils of choice
- Picking the color of choice for the soap (or just leaving it all natural)
- Using your choice of soap molds to determine the shape and look of soap
So many versions of soap could be made this way by just changing up one of the four variables above...endless gift possibilities. Are you inspired yet by the options? Think of all the homemade gifts you can make!
Lavender Loofah Soap Bar Recipe Ingredients
In this recipe I took it a step further and added in a small piece of loofah to the soap for some exfoliating action (and it looks cool too!)
I decided to buy a kit on Amazon for the loofah and the soap mold.
You could easily get these two items without the kit. I didn't have any loofah and this was just easy. One thing about the kit, the soap mold is very flimsy so you will need to put it on a solid wooden tray like I have pictured so you can move the soap and not have the mold move and spill.
I used glycerin melt and pour soap base so the loofah could still be seen in the soap after it was done. You could use other options but then you wouldn't see the loofah, it would be a loofah surprise soap!
I thought purple mica powder for coloring the soap purple was appropriate since I was using lavender essential oil in this recipe but this can be changed to your choice. Here is the mica powder set of 24 colors I bought for different DIY projects.
Lavender Essential Oil For Loofah Soap
I love to use lavender essential oil whenever I get the chance, why you ask? It is just so gentle and skin loving, plus I know whatever I am making will smell great.
Feel free to substitute the essential oil if you choose, just make sure it is an oil that is not harsh on skin. No hot oils, you want a skin nourishing oil since you will be rubbing it all over your body.
DIY Loofah Soap Recipe
If you're looking for an easy and affordable way to add a little bit of luxury to your bathing experience, you'll love this DIY loofah soap recipe. It only takes minutes to make, and the end result is a soap that feels great on your skin and smells amazing. Plus, you can customize it to suit your own preferences by choosing your favorite essential oils.
- 1 pound Glycerin melt-and-pour soap base
- 1 6- inch Loofah
- 40 drops Lavender essential oil (or your essential oil of choice)
- 1/8 teaspoon Purple Mica Powder (optional)
- Silicon mold or soap mold
How to Make Loofah Soap:
Step 1: Cut loofah into 5-6 circular pieces using a bread knife and place into soap mold. The loofah pieces should sit below the top of the soap mold so the soap can fully cover the loofah.
Step 2: Cut glycerin into squares and place into glass measuring cup. Place measuring cup into a pan with 2 inches of boiling water.
Step 3: Heat until the soap is melted, this is a slow process, takes almost 20 minutes for it to completely melt. Stir using a glass stir rod to help the process along.
Step 4: Once completely melted, remove from heat. Add in mica powder and stir well to blend coloring in.
Step 5: Add in essential oils and stir well.
Step 6: Pour soap over the loofah in the molds, pushing loofah down so they are completely submerged. This recipe covered 4 loofahs completely and 1 loofah half way. In hindsight, I would skip the half bar and would have just made sure that each bar was completely full.
Step 7: Let cool for 2 hours, then pop out of mold, and there you have it... essential oil soap with an exfoliating loofah. Take a shower and enjoy!
That wasn't too difficult right?? And now you have a pretty, eye catching soap to you for yourself, your family, or to give as gifts.
If this is for a gift, wrap in plastic wrap and place in a cute gift bag or place soap in an airtight container and decorate the outside with ribbon and gift tag.
Where to Buy Essential Oils?
Essential oils are great because not only do they make you feel good physically but mentally as well. I love having them around since they have so many benefits like clearing the air of bad odors and improving moods by releasing calming scents in your home or office!
We are frequently asked what essential oil brand we like, here are some of our favorites: