The Loofah Soap Experiment: The Final Update (and finished product!)

Rosemary herb loofah soapNearly a year ago, I embarked on a gardening and soaping adventure that I called, “The Loofah Soap Experiment.” My plan was to grow a loofah plant from seed, nurture it throughout the summer and harvest tons of loofah to use in soapy projects.

By the end of September, I had ten large loofah on the vine. I just had to wait for them to dry out so I could harvest them. I checked them every day and by the end of October, I was able to harvest two. Then winter arrived in early November and rest froze on the vine. Such is the nature of gardening in Ohio.

With my two survivors, I decided to make rustic gardener soaps scented with rosemary essential oil that would scrub away the most stubborn dirt while leaving hands feeling smooth and soft.

To achieve the rustic look, I used recycled containers. For the first soap, I used a half and half container and left the batch uncolored.

Rosemary herb gardener's soapFor the second batch, I used a Pringles can and colored the batch a nice shade of green. To prep the can so it wouldn’t leak, I stretched several layers of plastic wrap over the opening of the can, replaced the plastic lid, and sealed the lid with tape. Then I flipped the can over and cut the bottom off to make a new opening. I kept the loofah a little bit longer than the can thinking I could use it as a handle to help pull the soap out of the can.

Making loofah soapI quickly learned that trying to push or pull the soap out of the can was difficult. Luckily, Pringles cans are made of cardboard and I was able to peel it away from the soap instead. The freezer paper I used as a liner protected the soap from tearing when I pulled the cardboard away.

Unmolding loofah soapTo slice both soaps, I used a serrated knife and cut with a back and forth sawing motion instead of cutting straight through to minimize drag marks.

I love the rustic look of both soaps but, even more, I love that they smell like a walk in an herb garden on a warm summer day. Rosemary is considered to have antimicrobial properties so these are perfect to use after a day of digging in the dirt. Both will be available in the coming weeks in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy store.