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Sometimes inspiration comes from weird places. What inspired today’s post, you ask? Well, this loofah:
I found this little guy 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 soon see, it was a necessary sacrifice.
One day back when my husband was completing his 1L internship 2700 miles away, I couldn’t bring myself to cook dinner for one a single day more. I went to Whole Foods and had cold tofu for dinner, and as I was checking out, inspiration hit me again. I found some coconut scented handmade soap for sale, and I’ve been itching to coconut-it-up ever since.
So I put two and two together, and this is what happened: Coconut exfoliating soap.
- Stephenson Personal Care’s Crystal WST White Soap Base
- Coconut flakes
- Coconut fragrance oil
- Loofah sponge
Step 1. Determine how much soap base you need. To do this, I poured water into my soap mold and poured that into a pyrex measuring glass, so I could see how much the mold held.
Step 2. Cut the soap base you need into small cubes, 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.
Step 3. Add your fragrance oil and stir it in before putting in your loofah pieces so that they can absorb the soap base. This helps you get a smooth finished bar.
Step 4. Place your loofahs in your mold…
Step 5. Add your coconut flakes to your soap base and stir well before pouring this mixture into the mold.
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, 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 exfoliating soap bars!
I hope you enjoyed this melt-and-pour soap making tutorial! But in case you don’t have time to make your own exfoliating soap, you can get it already made:
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P.S. DISCLOSURE: I was not compensated to write this post; however, I did receive a free samle of Stephenson’s Crystal WST White soap base to use for this project. Rest assured, I only endorse products and brans I use, trust, and would recommend to a friend! This post contains affiliate links, meaning I will receive a small commission on products purchased through these links at no extra cost to you. Please see my FAQs and disclosure policy for more information. Thank you for supporting Essentially Eclectic! :)