It's been a busy and emotional weekend. As a family, we're waiting for news of my grandson, when his funeral will be held. In the meantime, around here, it's "Keep Calm and Soap On". I have an order for five bars of the Java Jumpstart soap for Christmas so I needed to get on that right quick. Christmas is just around the corner and soap needs a minimum of four weeks to cure.
A week or so ago, I received a package from an online friend from California. In it were three luffas, along with some seeds, luffa and a variety of others. Yesterday, I bleached and cleaned the luffas and, after letting them dry out a bit, made Luffa (or Loofah) Soap.
Loofah (Luffa) Soap
25% Coconut oil
25% Beef Tallow
20% Olive oil pomace
10% Palm oil
10% Castor oil
10% Hemp oil
Superfat at 5% with water as 33% of oil weight or a lye concentration of 30%
I added 1 tbsp. of honey to my oils and added 1 tsp. sodium lactate to the lye water.
My 500 gram batch is lightly scented with 50 drops of Rose Geranium essential oil.
At light trace, the batter was poured over the moist luffa in the silicone molds.