About This Product
Cardamom Essential Oil
Native to India and Indonesia and a member of the ginger family, cardamom is an aromatic spice that features heavily in Southeast Asian and Scandinavian cooking. Cardamom essential oil has a spicy, comforting aroma that can be diffused, applied topically, or inhaled directly from the bottle as needed. Cardamom Vitality™ essential oil has a bold, spicy flavor and may support a healthy digestive system and gastrointestinal function when taken internally.* Cardamom and Cardamom Vitality are the same essential oil.
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DIY Loofah Soaps with Essential Oils
These are approximate drops. Adjust recipes to your needs. If a recipe is too strong for you, add fewer drops. Do you need more? Just add more, but no more than 8-12 drops for all of our diffusers with the exception of the Aria diffuser which requires 15-25 drops.
Tip: When you first begin diffusing, start with less essential oil than listed in the recipes and build to more as desired. You should give your body time to adjust to the essential oils. Almost all the Young Living diffusers are ultrasonic which provides a cool-mist humidifier along with the essential oils. These diffusers are safe to run all day. Pay attention to the size of the room because the size will impact the intensity of diffusing. Nebulizers and atomizers are different than ultrasonic diffusers because they do not use water. For these, note the time limit for diffusing stated on each individual oil bottle.
DIY Loofah Soaps with Essential Oils
Scrub a dub, exfoliate in the tub—or just about anywhere you wash! The only thing more fun than making these exfoliating DIY loofah soaps is using them. Place a couple by the sink for a refreshing hand wash or keep a few in the shower for smoother, more radiant skin from shoulders to heels!
Here’s how to craft your own DIY loofah soaps with essential oils—soft skin is only a few ingredients away!
Yield: About 15 soaps
- 3 natural loofah sponges about 5-6 inches long each
- 2 pounds clear glycerin soap
- Soap dye
- Essential oils—see our suggestions below
- Round silicone molds about 3 inches in diameter
- Cut the loofah sponge into 1-inch-wide disks and place in the mold, lying flat. YL tip: Tie a string around your loofah before you place it in the mold. The string allows you to hang it from a hook in your shower, so you never drop the soap again!
- Cut the glycerin soap into about 1-ounce squares. Put 2 squares in a microwavable bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds or until melted. YL tip: Two squares make 1 soap. To make larger batches, melt more soap and add the proper amount of oil and dye to keep the ratios the same. We like making individual soaps so we can customize scents and colors.
- Add 3-4 drops of soap dye and 3-4 drops of your favorite essential oil to the melted glycerin soap. Mix well.
- Pour the glycerin soap mixture into the mold, fully covering the loofah sponge.
- Repeat until all the loofahs are covered with glycerin soap. Let them dry for 2-3 hours, pop the soaps out of the mold, and lather up!
When exfoliating, you’re removing the layer of dead skin cells sitting on top of your skin. Once those are gone, the lower layers can come to the surface, brightening the appearance of your skin.
But it’s about more than healthier-looking skin. Removing that layer of dead cells helps the skin better absorb products like serums and lotions. For silky-smooth skin, exfoliate 2-3 times a week and follow the treatment with a rich moisturizer like our Coconut-Lime Replenishing Body Butter. The combination of exfoliation and moisturizing will help revitalize and rejuvenate the appearance of even the driest skin!
YL tip: The loofahs in these soaps are great exfoliators for your body, but they are too powerful for the delicate skin on your face. Leave that to our Satin Facial Scrub™!
Fun fact about loofahs
Wondering why we can use the term “all-natural” when talking about these exfoliation masters? It’s because they grow on vines! Loofahs, or luffas, are the product of the fully ripened fruit of the L. aegyptiaca or L. acutangula trees—a loofah a day keeps the dry skin away!
Sudsy scents we love
Each DIY loofah soap calls for 3-4 drops of essential oil, so keep the blends simple. You can also scent your soaps with just one essential oil for a nice concentration of your favorite smell. If you like to mix and match oils, here are a few ideas:
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* The statements and information regarding this product have not been evaluated by the FDA. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. Most of the product information describing Young Living products is directly from Young Living Essential Oils, LC, and can be found online at YoungLiving.com