Cucumber juice has long been used as an astringent face-wash, and in these recipes it works as a mild cleansing agent and skin toner.
Cucumber Soap Recipe I
- 1 & 1/2 c. clean rendered tallow
- 1 c. cucumber pulp
- 1/2 c. vegetable oil
- 3/4 c. cold soft water
- 1/4 c. lye flakes
- 1/2 tsp. wheat germ oil or vitamin E oil (external use)
- 2 drops clove EO (optional)
Peel and grate cucumber until it’s very fine. Melt tallow and add the cucumber. Keep on lowest heat for half an hour or on back of wood stove for several hours. The pulp will add tiny greenish-yellow specks to soap.
Add the fat and set aside to cool. Stir lye flakes into cold water until dissolved and set aside to cool. Grease molds thoroughly with petroleum jelly.
When fat and lye are lukewarm, add lye to fat slowly,stirring constantly. Continue to stir until the mixture is thick and creamy. Add wheat germ oil or vitamin E oil, add a drop or two of oil of cloves, beating well to distribute evenly.
Pour into molds.
Approximate yeild: 1 & 1/2 lbs. of hard bar soap
Cucumber Soap Recipe II
- 15 oz sunflower oil
- 30 oz coconut oil
- 27 oz olive oil
- 21 oz palm oil
- 5 oz shea butter
- 18 oz cucumber juice (juicer works perfect)
- 19 oz water
- 14.1 oz lye (NaOH)
- E.O. (optional)
Juice the cucumbers and pour until you have 18 oz of juice. Then put this in a small pitcher and set aside.
While the oils and lye are cooling, add the coloring and chosen essential oil right to the pitcher with the cucumber juice in it, stir well and set aside once again.
Now go back and add your lye water to your oils, and stir it until light trace. That is when you add your pitcher of cucumber, E.O. and coloring and finish mixing until you have a full trace, then pour.