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This produces a soothing soap bar some claim is suitable for shaving. In the video I make this with juice, but provide an alternate for those without a juicer at home.
Cucumber & Clay Soap
Clay soaps are beautiful for acne or oily skin. Clay will draw out impurities and is often a main ingredient in face masks. Remember your clay soaps do not last as long in the shower as your non clay soaps, but this bar serves its purpose beautifully.
9 oz. of chilled child cucumber juice (from the above cucumbers)
3.83 oz. of lye (sodium hydroxide)
12 oz. of olive oil
8 oz. of coconut oil
4 oz. of rice bran oil
2 oz. of avocado oil
2 oz. of Shea, mango or avocado butter
1/2 tbsp. French green clay mixed with 1 to 2 tbsp. (15 to 30 ml) water
1.5 oz. Of cucmber fragrance oil
There are 2 ways to make this recipe. In some cases when adding food products it is appropriate to puree a vegetable into a fine paste (like carrots or avocado), anything that has a high content of fat soluble vitamin seems to incorporate well. Other herbs and vegetables take more effort to fully incorporate into a recipe. Although, you can puree a cucumber, its likely in a cold process soap recipe you will just end up with chunks of cucumber in your final product that look as nice. In this recipe we will juice the cucumber and use this as the water content in the lye solution. If you don't have a juicer then you can slice the cucumber, dehydrate it thoroughly, grind it into a fine powder, and dust it in at the final stages.
First, juice 4 cucumbers. The juice is mostly water but you are also extracting the following : potassium, silica, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, and chlorophyll, among other nutrients. Freeze this into a slush for about 30 minutes before adding the lye. This will prevent burning and minimize the damage that the chemical reaction in the lye and keeping the juice in tact.
Mix your oils in another bowl. Melt them down if you need to. Melt the butter down and set it aside. Add the clay directly into the bowl of oil. Set these aside. When your oil and lye have cooled to a temperature between 100 and 120 degrees mix them with your stick blender. Mix thoroughly until emulsified and add the butter at the end. Finally, add the fragrance oil. Mix well and pour into your mold. This will produce a cool soothing bar. Set these aside for 24 hours before cutting. This is a simple plain bar that looks very pretty if you stamp your logo into the side. This must be placed aside to cure for 4 – 6 weeks.