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Topic: It's a loofah, It's a soap! It smells like apples! (with directions)  (Read 12206 times)
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« on: September 25, 2006 02:43:37 PM »

My sister and I made these loofah soaps last night.

1. Find a cylinder to use as your mold. We used a coffee creamer powder, but pringles cans are very good. Grease it with vaseline.
2. Melt M&P soap. Add scent and color AFTER its off the stove/microwave. We made 2 colors.
3. Stick a long piece of loofah in the cylinder and hold it in place with a chopstick or if you're brave, your hand.
4. Pour the soap, but not all the way to the top. A piece of loofah should still stick out.
5. Wait till it cools, then pop it out. It should be easier to pop it out if you roll it on a hard surface until the sides bubble out. Then pull with all your might.
6. Slice it up pretty.

Our loofah was "organic" because my grandma grows them in her backyard. You can eat the gourds when they're young. Here's a picture of the whole dried loofah gourd.

Carving the skin off. It's hard work!
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« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2006 03:19:22 PM »

How neat! Cheesy
Very festive colors too. Wink

Are they very abrasive?
And how nice of it is you to give instructions so we can all make loofah soaps. Thanks!
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« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2006 03:23:04 PM »

No, the loofah is very soft. Thanks for the comments! Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2006 03:27:02 PM »

OMG! Your grandmother grows loofahs? How cool is that?

Awesome idea! I might have to try this (don't tell my husband tho bc he already thinks I have too many projects going on right now!).
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2006 03:51:52 PM »

You can also wrap your loofah in saran wrap & leave the top open to pour the soap into it. Way easier to pull apart than containers.

Im so jealous....I was going to plant loofah gourds this year & all my seeds were ruined.

« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2006 10:05:50 AM »

OoOo... i may have to try this. our neighbor used to grow loofahs and so we have bags oh random loofahs lying around. ive never tried making soap but it sounds pretty easy  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2006 09:11:18 PM »

What a great idea!  I had never heard of doing this with loofahs!  I grew a good size crop of these several years back.  It was fun.  I peeled the skin off before the loofah was completely dried out and it wasn't too much of a job.  It was still sorta slimey so the peeling came off in large strips.  Then I bleached them and dried them again. I need to find some seeds and try growing these again so I can make this soap!  Thanks for the idea!

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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2006 10:05:37 PM »

We didn't bleach them or anything. I think that's why it smells like sun-dried vegetables before it aired out! We had to completely dry it out before we peeled it because grandma wants the seeds to grow again. The only way to get them all out without destroying the loofah was to dry the whole thing, then cut the ends to shake them out.

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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2006 07:55:06 AM »

Wow!  That's a really neat idea!

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« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2006 01:58:11 PM »

Ahhh, they look like alien seed pods!  and the soap cross sections look like sinus cavities in a skull!  major super awesome points!

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