Naturally exfoliate your skin with this easy to make DIY orange creamsicle loofah soap recipe. This uses melt and pour soap, so it’s an easy craft to make in an afternoon.
If your skin looks dull or is dry and itchy, you might need to exfoliate. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, so your skin looks and feels better right away.
The top layer of your skin is comprised of dead skin cells. They fall off as more skin cells naturally die and rise to the surface.
Sometimes, these dead skin cells don’t fall off as fast as they should. This can cause dry or itchy skin. It can also make your skin look dull.
You can exfoliate your skin to get the dead skin cells off of the top layer of your skin. You can do this with a sugar scrub or other exfoliant, or you can use an exfoliating soap.
While I do love sugar scrubs, they do add one more step to your beauty routine, and you can only use them once a week.
Loofah is a gentle exfoliant, so you can use it every day. You can use it by itself or embed it inside soap to cleanse and gently exfoliate in one easy step.
These soaps can be used on the hands, body, or feet, but don’t use it on your face because it can irritate your sensitive facial skin.
I used a natural fragrance oil blend for the Orange Creamsicle scent. It smells amazing, and it’s a great uplifting scent to use in the shower, especially in the morning.
With only four ingredients, these loofah soaps are easy to make in an afternoon. They make great gifts, or keep them for yourself.
I used both white and clear melt and pour soap base for these orange creamsicle loofah soaps. I liked the look of using both bases, but you can use all clear or all white.
If you use a clear base, you can see more of the loofah through the soap. It’s a personal preference on which type of base to use.
I didn’t add any oils or additives to the soap except for the fragrance. You can use any type of melt and pour soap that you want.
If you have dry skin or want some extra moisturizing power, use a shea butter soap. You can also use a goat’s milk soap or an aloe soap base.
I used the Right Note Orange Creamsicle natural fragrance oil blend. Their natural fragrance oils are a combination of essential oils and natural fragrance oils.
(Note: this product is no longer easily obtained – the last I checked it was available on ebay. You can substitute it with Eternal Essence Premium Grade Orange Creamsicle Fragrance Oil; or you can make your own blend using essential oils: 40 drops of Sweet Orange EO and 10 drops of vanilla EO.)
Loofah comes from the dried inner parts of a fruit that looks like a gourd. It’s dried and sold as a natural exfoliating product.
It works like a natural sponge. When it gets wet, it gently exfoliates your skin to remove the top layer of dead skin cells.
This helps relieve dry skin and makes the skin look brighter and feel smoother. Loofah is gentle, so you can use it daily to exfoliate.
Loofah can be tough to cut. I use a serrated steak knife to cut mine. You can also soak it in water for 20 minutes and then cut it.
I use mica to color my melt and pour soap. It gives an even color and doesn’t fade. You can use food coloring, but it can fade and cause uneven coloring in soaps over time.
You can also use a soap colorant. These are liquid color similar to food coloring, but they won’t fade with time.
I used the Crafter’s Choice round soap mold. Mine is old, so it’s a different color than what is available now, but the dimensions are the same. The loofah slices fit in it perfectly.
You can use any round soap mold as long as the loofah fits inside it. You can even use a muffin pan, but you’ll have a harder time getting the soap to unmold.
Cut the loofah into 1 to 1.5 inch slices.
Soak them in water for 5 minutes to soften them.
Carefully squeeze the excess water out of the loofah slices and set one in each of 4 cavities of the round soap mold.
Cut 8 ounces of white melt and pour soap base into 1 inch cubes. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals until melted. Stir between intervals.
When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon Orange Creamsicle fragrance oil (or 20 drops Sweet Orange EO and 5 drops Vanilla EO). Stir well.
Carefully pour the soap over the loofah slices in the mold. Spray the top with rubbing alcohol to remove air bubbles. Let cool for about half an hour until hard on the top.
Cut the 8 ounces of clear soap and heat as you did before. When it’s melted, add ½ teaspoon Orange Creamsicle fragrance oil (or 20 drops Sweet Orange EO and 5 drops Vanilla EO) and orange mica or soap colorant. Stir well.
Spray the top of the white soap layer with rubbing alcohol again and carefully pour the orange layer on top of the white layer. Spray the top with rubbing alcohol to pop any air bubbles.
Let sit until completely cool. Remove from the mold and enjoy!
Handmade soap dissolves quickly if left in standing water. To help your soap last longer, use a soap dish with holes for the water to drain. It should dry completely between uses.
If you leave it in the shower, make sure it’s not in direct contact with the water or it won’t be able to dry between uses. This can cause it to become soft and dissolve quickly.
Use a soap dish with holes to allow water to drain, keeping the soap dry between uses, so that it can last longer.