Cucumber Melon Soap
I made this soap using 2 oz each of cucumber and cantaloupe which I had processed in a small food processor with a little bit of the oil. The food represented 1:7.5 of the oil. Here is what it looked like:
. I placed the blended cucumber and melon in the refrigerator to keep it cool. Next I measured 6 ounces of goats milk and put it into an ice cube tray and froze it, the goat's milk represented 62% of the liquid (goat's milk = 6 oz, liquid portion of cucumber & cantaloupe = 3.7 oz for a total liquid of 9.7 oz).
. I then measured out 30 ounces of the oils per the "soapcalc" formula:
After the goats milk was frozen, I slowly poured the sodium hydroxide over it and dissolved the lye. I then placed it back in the refrigerator to get the temperature down to around 76 degrees F. After the oils cooled to 78 degrees F, I added the cucumber and melon, blended it with the stick blender then added the goats's milk with sodium hydroxide. I added the cucumber melon fragrance oil then divided it into four parts, 50% was yellow and 16.7% each of the three colors orange, green, and brown. I then poured the colors into a Crafter's Choice 1501 silicone mold (8 inches long) with cardboard dividers as shown on the sheet above.
I removed the cardboard dividers and swirled the soap with a chopstick in an arc. Next, I placed the soap into the refrigerator for 24 hours then at room temperature for 24 hours. The soap was then cut first vertically at a width of 3.67 inches. Then these 3 sections were cut horizontally about 1 inch thick for each bar. Here is how it looked:
If you want to see a video of the swirl technique look up Etsuko Watanabe on YouTube as this is a slightly modified version of her pink flower technique.