One of the things with fruit soaps is that you cannot add too much fruit. The strained juice works well like in this cold process cucumber soap recipe, and carrot juice for other soaps, but fruit pieces have been known to actually start to mold inside a soap bar. You would think it wouldn’t with the caustic-ness of the lye solution, but it can.
The cucumber puree will be part of your water portion. Blender approximately one-half of a cucumber, with some water, then strain this through a cheesecloth to help remove the pulp. Place the water that strained through into your water jug and fill the balance with regular non-chlorinated water. Proceed as usual. We would add a cucumber fragrance oil as there is no essential oil, because people expect a cucumber scent. Other base recipes to chose from here.
cold process cucumber soap recipe:
- 51.2 oz Olive oil or an Olive/Canola blend
6.2 oz coconut oil
6.2 oz Palm oil
23.4 oz water
8.6 oz lye crystals
- for this scented bar, add:
2 T of cucumber fragrance oil
- 1/4 tsp of hydrated green oxide OR
- 1/4 tsp of liquid green OR
- 1 T of green clay – mixed in cup of base first
The soap below has a beautiful solid pastel green color, perfect for a cucumber soap. This would be a one-scent one-color recipe.
Below is another perfect way to color this soap. Make the base a medium green then add a white swirl.
Very cool ideas on how to use cucumbers for health and skin care at care2.com.
Cucumbers belong to the same plant family as squash, pumpkin, and watermelon (the Cucurbitaceae family). Like watermelon, cucumbers are made up of mostly (95 percent) water, which means eating them on a hot summer day can help you stay hydrated.
However, there’s reason to eat cucumbers all year long. With vitamin K, B vitamins, copper, potassium, vitamin C, and manganese, cucumbers can help you to avoid nutrient deficiencies that are widespread among those eating a typical American diet.
Plus, cucumbers contain unique polyphenols and other compounds that may help reduce your risk of chronic diseases and much, much more.
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