Yes grease or spray your molds, or use freezer paper. Soak your loofa in hot water, let the water out and bang out the seeds really well, let the loofa drain while you get everything ready, you want them damp but not wet. Now put them into your PVC, some will slide right in others you have to squish them into themselves to get them in, no biggy either way. Now make your soap, non darkening soap or GM only near trace works best, otherwise it's so dark you can't see the loofa when you cut. Pour your soap at very light trace. Place a wash rag over the top of the PVC and bang it down or tape it with something on the side to settle the soap and get out the bubbles in the loofa sponges. Be careful the lid on the bottom will not hold the weight of the soap! I then put plastic wrap over the top of my tubes, which are in a 5 gallon bucket, I stuck towels amoungst the tubes and over it to insulate it. I don't even look at it for 36 hours. If they won't come out freeze them for about 20 minutes....let them set for another 12 hours...mine is a castile (all olive) so perhaps this is the reason I have to let mine set. Cut through them about 1 to 1.5 inches with a serated knife...my husband can just press through them with a regular knife, Ican't. While he cuts I mold the soap back over the places where the knife snags the loofa. Let set, the longer the cure the better with these. Mine are about 3 ounces when done and still sell for $5 eaisly. Vicki
My 3 pipes hold more than the 7 pound recipe. I make a 14 pound recipe...I can't pour my 25 pound recipe into the PVC or martha molds, so I go down to 14. I fill the 3 pipes and then pour martha molds and penises with the extra. My loofa and my eucalyptus soaps are the same recipe, just different shapes. Vicki
My pipes are 18 inches long and I buy 8 inch loofas. When you pour you will have to use your bamboo stick (I teach folks to swirl with them, sold in packets to make shish-ka-bob) because they want to float up with the soap. Vicki
Yep 6 inch penis....showers, gag gifts, can't keep them on the shelves. I started a couple of months after starting to sell soap with a tattoo parlor, and just took off from there. I wrap them in the soap savers, and name them all sorts of cute things like...Slippery When Wet amongst other things Vicki
I actually have many more out of state accounts than in state. Seems that Texas folks want California and New York products, and other states want Texas products. I never intended to do some of the stuff I do, but when asked "Sure I can do that" Vicki
Okay.. I'm game for something new.. so I tried the loufa sponge in the tube this weekend.
I KNOW I did something wrong.. just don't know what.. cause it was almost impossible to get that darn thing out of that tube!!!
It's funny now... but it wasn't then. Only consilation.. is I have wonderful louga soap.
I greased the tube.. soaked the loufas.. while the lye was doing it's thing.
Made sure I got all the water out of the loufa.. stacked 3 in my tube.. then figured the soap needed to be at light trace to get into all those nooks and crannies.
It went through gel really fast.. I let sit till next day.. as usual.
Nope.. sucker wasn't coming out. was a little soft.. like you said Vicki..so I let set over the weekend.
Nope.. so.. in the freezer the tube went.. for a couple of hours.. nope.. still not budging.
I won't go into detail on the different things I used to get that stuff out with.. but lets just say we will be having a bean soup this week.
Anyway.. figured it didn't stay in the freezer long enough.. so left it overnight.. and most of the day.
Well.. it was froze now.. lol
Still could not get it out.. so.. grabbed it by the hair of it's head.. and hauled it to hubby's shop.
Had to cut a large metal washer off some peices parts of hubbies.. hope he didn't need THAT.. :rofl
Put that tube in his vice.. and with a ballpin hammer and a metal pipe.. along with the large washer in the tube next to the soap.. it didn't have a choice. That was NOT easy.
Next time.. would it work if I placed freezer paper in the tube.. and let the loufa's sort of keep it's shape.. then when the soap is poured.. sort of making it go to the sides.. will that work?
I know there had GOT to be an easier way!!!
This is why I haven't made any yet. :/ First batch of soap I did in my MM mold. Just grease her down and it will come out.... NOT!! Man I banged on that thing.. but I got it out, but.. alot of trouble so I use the ugly trash bag liner.. I mineral oiled the heck out of that thing too! LOL
Sorry to hear you had so much trouble. I made loofa soap for the first time a few weeks ago. They were super easy to get out of the PVC. What did you grease your pipe with? I used mineral oil and mine just slid right out.
I had a little trouble getting the end cap off but after some 'coaxing' it came right off.