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RECIPE: Sliced Tomato Luffa Soap

The tomato powder in this "slice of tomato luffa soap", contains lycopene which is thought to have strong natural antioxidant properties, improve skin texture and is thought to protect cells from free radical damage. The natural luffa provides an exfoliating property to the soap.

Project Level: Moderate
Estimated Time: 1 Hour
Yield: 12 - 5 oz. Bars


  • 4 Pound(s) Detergent Free Clear MP Soap - 2 lb Tray
  • 2 Ounce(s) Farmer's Market Vine Ripe Tomato Fragrance Oil 684
  • 0.2 Ounce(s) Stained Glass Santa Red Liquid Color
  • 0.17 Piece(s) Matte Woodland Green Soap Color Bar
  • 2 Ounce(s) Tomato Powder
  • 12 Piece(s) 7/8 inch Luffa
  • 1 Piece(s) Round Basic Silicone Mold 1602
  • 1 Piece(s) Natural Raffia
  • 1 Piece(s) Droppers - Plastic


  •  Large Glass Bowl
  •  Microwave
  •  Spatula
  •  Spray Bottle with Rubbing Alcohol
  •  Thermometer

Recipe Directions

  1. NOTE: If you are making these products for sale, good manufacturing practices recommend you wear a hairnet, gloves and a mask. We also recommend a clean apron.
  2. Weigh 24 oz. of Detergent Free Clear soap and cut into small chunks. Place in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Stir well. Continue to heat in short intervals until the soap is completely melted.
  3. Using the plastic dropper, measure and add 21 ml. of Vine Ripe Tomato Fragrance Oil to the melted soap. Stir well.
  4. Add 8 drops of Stained Glass Santa Red Liquid Color to the melted soap and stir well.
  5. Measure 1 tsp. of Tomato Powder and add to melted soap. Stir well. Tomato Powder will not completely dissolve and some speckles will be natural.
  6. Place a luffa slice in each mold. Luffa is a natural product and can vary in shape and size. You may need to squish some of the slices so they fit into the mold cavities.
  7. Pour the melted soap over the luffa, leaving about a 1/4 inch gap below the top of the mold. Fill each mold as evenly as possible. Allow to cool until firm.
  8. Weigh 8 oz. of Detergent Free Clear Soap base and cut into chunks. Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir until completely melted.
  9. Cut the cube of Matte Woodland Green Pigment in half lengthwise and then in half widthwise. Take one of the 4 pieces and cut that in half once more. You will use one of these small 1/8 pieces to color your soap.
  10. Set the rest of the color bar aside and cut the one small piece into 2-3 pieces. Add these pieces to your melted soap and stir until they have completely dissolved.
  11. When your soap reaches about 130°F, you will be ready to pour. Spritz the top of the red soap with rubbing alcohol.
  12. Pour the green soap on top of the red, filling up the cavities. Spritz the tops of the soaps to release any air bubbles.
  13. Allow the soap to return to room temperature and remove from mold. Detergent Free Soap needs to sit for a few days (up to a week) to allow it to dry out and become harder.
  14. Repeat above steps to making remaining 6 "sliced tomato" soaps.
  15. Once the soap has dried, it should not be necessary to wrap the bars. If you like, you can wrap a few strands of raffia around each soap slice.

INCI Ingredient Label: Sodium Cocoate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Stearate, Glycerin, Water, Sorbitol, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit Powder, Fragrance, Benzophenone-4, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Red 33, Red 40, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Chromium Oxide.

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"I have made this project at least six times, using the same mold and materials, including the luffa slices. I can't get it to make more than six bars, even after carefully measuring the height that I pour the first red layer. Any suggestions?"

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Posted By: Elizabeth   |   September 18, 2015

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"What retail price point do you suggest for this soap?"

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Posted By: Elizabeth   |   June 07, 2015

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"It says you don't have to wrap this soap, but typically M&P soap has to be tightly wrapped to keep it from sweating. Is this different?"

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Posted By: Sue   |   March 25, 2015

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"This recipe looks interesting but was wondering if the tomato powder smells like real tomatoes. Thank you Tracy"

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Posted By: Tracy   |   October 02, 2014

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