The Loofah Soap Experiment: Update #2

Where has the time gone? Between prepping for my first Cleveland Bazaar and making more soap to replenish my stock, I almost forgot about posting an update on how my loofah is growing. Looking back on my last update, I can’t believe how much the plant as grown. It went from this sweet little seedling:

Loofah seedling

So cute.

To this Little Shop of Horrors like vine:

Loofah vine

“Feed me!”

I’m not sure how big this vine is going to get, or where it’s going to go, but for now it seems happy to grow up the side of the bird net covering my blackberries.

 

Loofah and blackberry

Don’t get too close to those tendrils!

I’ve read that loofah can have a very long growing season and needs warm temperatures to thrive. We’ve been having an uncharacteristically cool summer so far, so I’m not surprised that it’s mid-July and I’m only now seeing flower buds. Hopefully the temperatures warm up and I get a couple of good sized loofahs by the end of the summer.

Loofah flower bud

Are you growing anything fun in your yard this year? I’d love to hear about your gardening adventures!

The 12 soaps of Christmas: Day 4

Katy's Rose 6

This soap was named after one of my co-workers whose fiancé sets the bar high for all men when it comes to romantic gestures.

Every Monday, he brings her a fresh bouquet of flowers to adorn her desk, usually roses. I’ve worked with her for five years and I don’t think he’s missed a week yet. I should quit my job and become a florist—her beloved would keep the business afloat.

A Rose for Katy is a soap that features red Brazilian clay, which is good for oily skin. Katy says her skin has never looked better since she’s been using this soap—though I think the weekly flower delivery may have something to do with that, too. Either way, these bars are long lasting and good for getting the oil off your hands after cooking and removing “gardening ick” off them after an afternoon of playing in the dirt.