Cucumber soaps are one of my all-time favorites! The soothing properties of the cucumber and the drawing power of the French green clay makes this soap recipe especially helpful for acne, bug bites, and other itchy, inflamed skin conditions.
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Cucumber & Borage Soap
- 4 ounces (113 grams) avocado oil
- 22 ounces (624 grams) coconut oil
- 38 ounces (1077 grams) olive oil
- 16 ounces (454 grams) palm kernel oil (*see note)
- 11.69 ounces (331 grams) lye (sodium hydroxide)
- 1/4 of a fresh, organic cucumber (unpeeled)
- handful of fresh borage blossoms and leaves
Puree the cucumber and borage together with around 12 ounces of water. Strain through a colander then add enough water to total 25 ounces of liquid. Add your lye and proceed as directed in the post Soap Making 101.
At trace and before pouring into molds, add:
- 1 tablespoon softened mango butter
- 1 tablespoon tamanu oil
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of French green clay (this is what gives the bar its pale green color)
(You can buy all three of these specialty items at Mountain Rose Herbs. Feel free to use a different butter or oil other than the mango and tamanu, just keep the total amount to around 2 tablespoons or less.)
This recipe is sized to fit my wooden box molds which are non-standard and homemade – the inner dimensions of the molds are: 16 inches by 11.5 inches by 2 inches. Here’s a great site that will tell you how to calculate how big a batch of soap you should make for the size mold you have. Remember you can easily adjust amounts using a lye calculator.
*This recipe contains palm oil. I’m aware of the controversy surrounding palm oil and in the past only bought certified organic, sustainably farmed from Mountain Rose Herbs. Now though, I’m palm-free. You can find a variation of cucumber soap, without palm oil, HERE.