Thursday, October 29, 2009

Simple and Beautiful

When I think of flowers, I think of color. But why not try something a little different? All you need for this basic melt-and-pour project is a clear soap base, shredded loofah, our flexible orchid mold, and fragrance of your choosing. I went with Ginger Blossom just to confuse everyone, cause you know, I could just use our Orchid fragrance ;-)

Start by melting the chopped base as usual (45 seconds in the microwave) and mix in about half a dropper or 2-2.5 milliliters of fragrance and about 1/4 tsp of shredded loofah per melted mug of soap. I used a green loofah-- we no longer carry colored loofah at Bramble Berry, but if you stop by Otion you can pick up violet or green while it's still here. The amount of loofah is really up to you--go with the "less is more" mentality, or throw a bunch in there for extra exfoliating action. I went with a pretty happy medium so that there's enough space between the loofah particles to make them stand out from one another.

The key to getting your loofah to suspend in the soap instead of sink to the bottom is to keep mixing until the soap is fairly cool and slightly thick but not clumpy. You know, it's the phase right before you end up frustrated because you have to re-melt it (usually followed by a "Grr!" or some form of bad word). Pour into the mold, spray with rubbing alcohol and pop it in the freezer for a few minutes to let it set up quickly.

De-mold, which is really easy with the flexible material, and there you go! Quick, easy, effective and very beautiful.

Here's another idea-- add some liquid blue to your clear base and shredded loofah to make a unique snowflake soap for this coming winter season!


  1. I like the faux snow with the loofah. That's a great idea!

  2. Very cool! I like the flower shape of the soap. Thanks for sharing :)

  3. Thanks everyone! There are many fun natural additives that can be used-- try bamboo powder, pumice, or seeds like apricot or walnut.