I’m still on a spring-summer fling with my soaping and wanted to try a Cucumber Melon scent I just got from Bramble Berry. I had used the Cucumber Melon Cybilla FO in the past – too much cucumber for me (in soap), but it worked great in foot balm.
The Cucumber Melon FO was described as more Watermelon than Cucumber, which sounded great to me. Here’s the info on it: No D. Behaves beautiful; juicy and ripe, not too sweet. This blend is more melon than cucumber and smells pink and fresh.
I found it to be a very mild watermelon scent – but not the sickly sweet candy scent usually found with watermelon. This is like the real fruit – very fresh smelling – with a touch of cucumber. (And on curing, the watermelon really pops!)
I utilized my new Master Batch Oils #3 recipe (See April 29, 2016 Blog here).
72 oz of soap:
50 oz/ 1417 grams Oils
7.1 oz / 201 grams Lye (5% SF)
15 oz/ 425 grams Coconut Water (frozen) (1.5 oz disc)
14 grams Sodium Lactate
I used frozen Coconut water in place of distilled and poured off 20 oz of soap for another project. I have used a variety of different liquids in soap (beer, wine, coconut milk, goat milk, etc.) but had not tried coconut water. I poured it into a 1 gallon freezer bag, then laid it flat in the freezer, to get a nice thin sheet of ice that easily broke up and blended with the lye.
Here’s what I have found out about Coconut Water: It has B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folate to help nourish and hydrate skin and hair. It also contains minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. The lauric acid gives cold process soap extra hardness and promotes a luxuriously fluffy lather. Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water are found to have significant anti-ageing and anti-carcinogenic effects.
I got started a bit late, and only froze the water for 4 hours. It was not as hard as I would have preferred, but I pressed on, weighing out 15 oz and adding lye. The lye water turned a dark orange and got up to 100 degrees – warmer than I had wanted, hence the discoloring. I added more TD than usual to compensate – just in case the orange would not dissipate. But it did not seem to cause any issues with my color pallet.
Batter & Colors:
18 oz – BB LabColor Apple Green
8 oz – TKB #30 True Red
8 oz – BB Fired up Fuchsia Pink with TD
8 oz – CC Neon Purple Play Date with TD
10 oz – TD White (no fo)
This scent seemed so light that I used 3.2 oz for a 3 lb mold, with a drop swirl of colors into the main batter of apple green, followed by a vertical hanger swirl. In hind sight, I should have done more passes of the vertical swirl, as the two swirls seemed to have just split the soap in half. I do like how it pulled the green into the middle of the bar though.
I have found that mixing the colors in hot oil prevents spots – especially in the titanium dioxide. Everything was initially mixed in hot oils, but they were all cool before I had a chance to use them. Because of the extra TD I added, I got lots of TD spots throughout the bars. I should have stopped and reheated my colors, which may have prevented some of this.
I love the little red heart that appeared in several bars
I had a little bit of soap leftover, and I added Lime FO to it in a 1:2 mix of cucumber melon to lime, then put into sample/guest size molds.
I really like the added scent of lime to the mix.