Toni v. Lavender Loofah Soap
I was going to do a Pi Day-themed post, but I ended up doing two Pi Pies that didn’t really qualify for tonivstheinternet. The first was a Frito Pi Pie that Bob’s daughter, N and I invented. It was crushed Fritos and butter “shaped” into muffin tins to hold some leftover chili. They ended up looking more like hockey pucks than cups. Fritos and butter just don’t take shape like cookies and butter. But they were still used as a base for the chili. And it turned out ok. The other project wasn’t complicated. Well at least the part _I_ did wasn’t complicated. A. wrote out Pi to 50 places with chocolate and froze them to put on top of our peanut butter chocolate pudding Pi pie.
I was able to find all the ingredients for the soap within a 50-mile radius…except the loofah. I searched Bed, Bath and Beyond and several craft stores. Luckily Amazon Prime is my best friend. I got a set of 6 Loofahs and received them in 2 days. No shipping of course. They came completely flattened out and that had me worried. I received them at work but excitedly tore into them to see if I could reshape them into a cylinder. I put one in hot water and IMMEDIATELY it reformed to its original shape! Whew! It took at least a day for it to dry back out, but it held its beautiful full figure. I tried cold water too, and it didn’t form immediately AND it need some reworking from me. So hot water it is!
I found the mold they show in the video at Michael’s, but Bob’s kids were with us and really liked the flower mold, so I let them choose which one I bought and we got the rose mold.
N and I got out all of the supplies and assembled them into a nice arrangement for the picture. She helped with everything and took some of the photos too!
The first thing we needed to do was to measure the loofah and mark where to cut it. We used a bright blue Sharpie so we could see it. N cut the first one. It was pretty difficult to cut through. Like a piece of tough meat, so I cut the rest.
Do you know where loofahs come from? I always thought they were sea sponges, and upon receiving them in the mail I started to feel guilty about the critter that died for my exfoliating enjoyment. Turns out it isn’t a sea creature at all! It’s actually a vegetable from the cucumber family! If you live in balmy-ish latitudes (unlike me) you can grow them on your own. You need 4 months to get them to the point they are Calgon-take-me-away ready. Apparently they taste pretty good too.
Next, N started cutting the white meltable soap. I bought a 2-lb block and decided to use 1/4 of it (1/2 a pound). It was pretty tough to cut through but N managed to do most of the cutting.
We cut them into 1 1/2-inch cubes and put them in a microwaveable bowl. We stirred every 30-ish seconds. The last little part to melt seemed to take a really really long time.
We got the “recipe” from Crafted on Facebook. I put recipe in quotes because there are no measurements of the things you need. Some of this and some of that. N had the idea of measuring everything so we could report accurately to y’all and to be able to make the recipe again more easily.
The next thing we did was put the lavender essential oil in the melted soap. We counted out a couple at a time then went to a few at a time. We ended up with 20 drops of essential oil. And it’s debatable whether or not we could’ve used more. Next we added 1 3/4 T. of organic local honey. We microwaved it a bit to get it super gooey. N stirred and stirred till it was all mixed in. Then we soaked six pieces of loofah in the soap for almost 5 minutes and then transferred them to the mold.
We poured 1/4 cup of lavender flowers in the soap. At first we thought it wasn’t going to be enough, but it turned out to be the perfect amount. N mixed it up pretty well and we started to pour the mixture over each loofah into the mold. It was already starting to congeal. Unfortunately the last couple of loofah soaps got the short end of the stick. It was just barely not comfortably enough. We scraped what we could into the molds and set a cutting board on top to make sure the loofahs didn’t float.
We went on to finish our Pi Pies and A and N made these adorable little cakes that you make with soup cans.
We were supposed to wait 4 hours but after almost an hour and a half we checked on them and they were done! We cut the ragged edges off the soap bottoms beautifully. In fact, we all kept wanting to eat them they looked so pretty. Then we remembered they were soap.
A couple things I’d do different next time:
Put in a tad more soap
Put in a tad more essential oil
DONT USE BRIGHT BLUE SHARPIE can you see how obvious it is? I think I’ll use pencil next time.
I very soundly beat the Internet this time. It wasn’t a blowout, but I came out of this with some pretty cool gifts…and of course we will use them too!