How to Make Loofah Soaps

4 02/05/2019 - All Posts

DIY loofah soaps with essential oils

Scrub a dub, exfoliate in the tub—or just about anywhere you wash! The only thing more fun than making these exfoliating DIY loofah soaps is using them. Place a couple by the sink for a refreshing hand wash or keep a few in the shower for smoother, more radiant skin from shoulders to heels!

Here’s how to craft your own DIY loofah soaps with essential oils—soft skin is only a few ingredients away!

Makes approximately 15 soaps


3 natural loofah sponges, each about 12-15cm long

900g clear glycerin soap

Soap dye

Essential oils—see our suggestions below

Round silicone moulds about 7-8cm in diameter



  1. Cut the loofah sponge into disks that are 2.5cm wide and place in the mould, lying flat.

YL tip: Tie a string around your loofah before you place it in the mould. The string allows you to hang it from a hook in your shower, so you never drop the soap again!


  1. Cut the glycerin soap into about 28g squares. Put 2 squares in a microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds or until melted.

YL tip: Two squares make 1 soap. To make larger batches, melt more soap and add the proper amount of oil and dye to keep the ratios the same. We like making individual soaps so we can customise scents and colours.

  1. Add 3-4 drops of soap dye and 3-4 drops of your favourite essential oil to the melted glycerin soap. Mix well.


  1. Pour the glycerin soap mixture into the mould, fully covering the loofah sponge.


  1. Repeat until all the loofahs are covered with glycerin soap. Let them dry for 2-3 hours, pop the soaps out of the mould, and lather up!



Why exfoliate?

When exfoliating, you’re removing the layer of dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin. Once those are gone, the lower layers can come to the surface, brightening the appearance of your skin.

But it’s about more than healthier-looking skin. Removing that layer of dead cells helps the skin better absorb products like serums and lotions. For silky-smooth skin, exfoliate 2-3 times a week and follow the treatment with a rich moisturiser. The combination of exfoliation and moisturising will help revitalise and rejuvenate the appearance of even the driest skin!

YL tip: The loofahs in these soaps are great exfoliators for your body, but they are too powerful for the delicate skin on your face.

Fun fact about loofahs

Wondering why we can use the term “all-natural” when talking about these exfoliation masters? It’s because they grow on vines! Loofahs, or luffas, are the product of the fully ripened fruit of the L. aegyptiaca or L. acutangula trees—a loofah a day keeps the dry skin away!


Sudsy scents we love

Each DIY loofah soap calls for 3-4 drops of essential oil, so keep the blends simple. You can also scent your soaps with just one essential oil for a nice concentration of your favourite smell. If you like to mix and match oils, here are a few ideas:

Relaxing Retreat: Peace & Calming with Copaiba

Floral Foam: Lavender with Geranium

Calming Cleanse: Patchouli with Bergamot

Masculine Mood: Shutran with Northern Lights Black Spruce

Citrus Suds: Tangerine with Grapefruit

Woodsy Wash: Pine with Cedarwood

What essential oils are you going to use to bring aromatic bliss to your bath or shower?

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