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Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe

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Cucumber Melons Soap RecipeCucumber Melons Soap Recipe

If you are looking for a fun soap recipe, then you may want to try out the Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe! This cp soap recipe from Natures Garden uses luscious soap making ingredients and a fun soaping technique to create this free craft recipe. So, this finished soap will have the unique appearance of funnel pour soap and will nourish your skin. Plus, this scented soap recipe includes the refreshing aroma of our cucumber melons fragrance. You can check out this lovely soap making recipe in this soap blog.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Clean and Prepare

Before you begin making this homemade soap recipe, you are going to want to make some preparations. First, gather and wash any equipment you need for this bath and body recipe. Also, you will want to gather your soap making ingredients for this free craft recipe. Next, you are going to want to clean up a space for you to use as a work area. Make sure you have enough area for you to work comfortably, so you will have a good work space that will make the process easier to do and more fun!

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Prepare a Bottle of Vinegar

You will need to prepare a bottle of vinegar before creating your homemade soap. This bottle of vinegar will be useful for cp soap safety, as the vinegar will be used to deactivate lye that may come into contact with your skin. Also, you can use the vinegar to clean up your work station after working on soap to make sure that there isn’t any active lye left behind. So, you will want to fill a bottle with vinegar and set it nearby until it is needed.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Soap Making for Beginners

If you haven’t ever made homemade soap from scratch, then you may want to look at some of our classes on the cold process soap process. First, you will need to make sure that you are familiar with soap making safety. Of course, you can find out how to be safe and make soap correctly in our Soap Making Safety Class. Also, you may want to Click Here For Basic CP Soap Making Class. Anyone that feels ready to make this bath and body recipe, should continue reading this blog!

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Available from Natures Garden

Mango Butter
Palm Oil RBD
Sweet Almond Oil
Apricot Kernel Oil
Coconut Oil 76
Shea Butter
Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant
Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant
Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant
Cucumber and Melons Fragrance Oil
Safety Glasses for Soap Making
Large Rectangle Tray – Mold Market Mold
Safety GLOVES for Soap Making- 1 pair
Safety MASK for Soap Making- 2 count
Soap Making Apron

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Other Needed Ingredients

Mixing Bowls
Mixing Spoons
Stick Blender
Rubber Spatula
8 ounce Squeeze Bottles (5)

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Weights for the CP Soap

323 grams of Distilled Water
116 grams of Lye

212 grams of Coconut Oil 76
128 grams of Sweet Almond Oil
42 grams of Apricot Oil
35 grams of Mango Butter
50 grams of Palm Oil
85 grams of Meadowfoam Seed Oil
128 grams of Shea Butter
170 grams of Sunflower Oil
64 grams of Cucumber and Melons Fragrance Oil

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Lime Green Portion

4 drops of Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Neon Green Portion

5 drops of Neon Green FUN Soap Colorant

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Amounts for the Yellow Green Portion

3 drops of Neon Yellow FUN Soap Colorant
5 drops of Lime Green FUN Soap Colorant

Cucumber Soap Recipe: Amounts for the White Portion

8 grams of Titanium Dioxide (per bottle)
Mixed with a small amount of soaping oils

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Making the Lye Solution

First, you are going to create the lye solution for your homemade soap recipe. You will want to prepare this soap recipe in a well ventilated room. Also, you will need to wear a face mask and protective clothing during this process. In separate containers, you will need to measure out 323 grams of water and 116 grams of lye. As always, you are going to stir as you add the lye to your water. After all the lye is mixed in, you will need to wait for your solution to cool to room temperature.

Preparing Your Soaping OilsCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Preparing Your Soaping Oils

Next, you are ready to prepare your soap making oils for this recipe. In a microwave safe bowl, you will need to add 212 grams Coconut Oil 76, 128 grams Sweet Almond Oil, 42 grams Apricot Oil, 35 grams Mango Butter, 50 grams Palm Oil, 85 grams Meadowfoam Seed Oil, 128 grams Shea Butter, and 170 grams Sunflower Oil. After these oils have completely melted, you will set them aside until your lye solution is at the right temperature.

Preparing the Soap ColorantsCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Preparing the Soap Colorants

While you are waiting for your lye solution and cosmetic oils to cool down, you can begin preparing your colorants for the cold process soap.  These colorants will be added directly to the squeeze bottles. You are going to need a total of five squeeze bottles. You will need to prepare colorants for the white soap, lime green soap, yellow green soap, and neon green soap. While you will have four different colors, you will have two bottles of the white colored soap.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: White Soap Colorant

For the white soap colorant, you are going to need two of the squeeze bottles. So, add 8 grams of the Titanium Dioxide and a small amount of liquid soaping oils to each of these bottles. You can set these two bottles aside for the moment.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Lime Green Soap Colorant

The lime green soap colorant will have 4 drops of the Lime Green Soap Colorant added to one of your squeeze bottles. Then, you can set this squeeze bottle aside for later. 

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Neon Green Soap Colorant

The neon green soap colorant will have 5 drops of the Neon Green Soap Colorant added to one of your squeeze bottles. Then, set this bottle aside for now.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Yellow Green Soap Colorant

The yellow green soap colorant will have 3 drops of the Neon Yellow Soap Colorant and 5 drops of the Lime Green Soap Colorant added to one of your squeeze bottles. Then, set this bottle aside for a later step.

Combine the Oils and Lye SolutionCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Combine the Oils and Lye Solution

Once your cosmetic oils and lye solution are at the right temperature, you are ready to combine them. You will want to make sure that they are within ten degrees of each other. Then, you can add the lye solution to your melted cosmetic oils. You will need to use a stick blender to emulsify your soaping ingredients. Once your ingredients are fully mixed, you ready for the next step.

Adding the Fragrance OilCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Fragrance Oil

After, you will be ready to add the fragrance oil to your soap mixture. So, you are going to need 64 grams of the Cucumber and Melons Fragrance Oil. This fragrance has a refreshing aroma that begins with notes of sweet and sour cucumber and a deep green oily note. This scent continues with hints of violet and a background of sweet, freshly sliced honeydew melon. Again, you will use a stick blender to incorporate this scent.

Coloring the SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Coloring the Soap

Now, you are going to use your scented soap batter to fill the squeeze bottles. You will want to fill each of your five squeeze bottles with soap batter. Once the squeeze bottles are filled, you will put the lid on and hold it closed. Then, shake to mix the colorant into your soap batter.

Filling the Soap MoldCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Filling the Soap Mold

Once your soap colorant has been incorporated, you are ready to fill up the rectangle soap mold tray. You are going to alternate between using four different colors of soap. So, you will need to set up your mixed squeeze bottles and your soap mold. So, you can continue reading to learn how to use the bottles to add your soap to the mold.

Adding the Yellow Green SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Yellow Green Soap

To start filling your soap mold, you are going to use the yellow green colored soap. You will use the squeeze bottle to place small yellow green dots all over the mold. Once your mold looks similar to the picture to the left, you will need to squeeze a white dot directly on top of each of your yellow green colored soap.

Adding the Lime Green SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Lime Green Soap

Next, you are going to place lime green dots around the soap mold. You can place these dots on the empty space or on top of the previous dots. Once your own soap mold looks similar to the picture on the left, you will want to put white dots directly on top of these lime green colored soap dots.

Adding the Neon Green SoapCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Adding the Neon Green Soap

Next, you will want to place neon green dots around the soap mold. Then, you will want to put white soap dots directly on top of the neon green dots.

Continue the ProcessCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Continue the Process

Now, you will want to repeat the last three steps. You will continue to alternate between green and white soap color until your soap mold is completely filled. Once the mold is completely filled you can tap the mold gently to remove any air bubbles that may be trapped.

Slicing Your Soap BarsCucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Slicing Your Soap Bars

Now, you will need to wait for your homemade soap to set up before you can remove it from the wholesale soap mold. You will want to wait about 24 to 48 hours to ensure that the soap has set up enough to take out. Once you have removed your soap from the mold, you can slice your soap into individual bars. You can easily cut along the lines to create nine bars of cp soap.

Cucumber Melons Soap Recipe: Finishing Your Soap Recipe

Before you can use your homemade soap recipe, you are going to want to wait for the soap to cure. This will make sure that lye has completely reacted and the soap is ready for your skin. The curing process will take about 4-6 weeks. After your soap has finished curing, you can finally use your finished cold process soap!

Cucumber Melon Smoothie

If you enjoy the fragrance for this fun soap recipe, then you may want to check out a food recipe that uses a blend of cucumber and melon that is just as refreshing. The Cucumber Melon Smoothie recipe from Vitamix can be used to make a smoothie you will be sure to enjoy! This scrumptious recipe will blend notes of cantaloupe, honeydew, and cucumber with other delicious flavors to create a truly delicious smoothie recipe.

Have Any Questions?Have Any Questions?

We hope that you have enjoyed making this homemade cold process soap recipe! If you have any questions about making this cp soap, then feel free to reach out to us for answers. You can find us on our HUG Line, in the store, and online. An easy way to find us online is to reach out to us on our social media platforms. First, you can find us on the Natures Garden Facebook page. Also, you can use the handle @ngscents to find us on Instagram and Twitter. Not only can you use these social platforms to reach out to us or ask us questions, but you can share your own soap creations. So, we hope that you enjoyed this soaping recipe and that we hear from you very soon!


Pineapple Paprika Fragrance Oil

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Pineapple Paprika Fragrance OilPineapple Paprika Fragrance Oil – Fragrance Oil Spotlight

Pineapple Paprika Fragrance Oil is a very complex scent by Natures Garden. This aroma is a complex blend of fruity scents with spice, cotton, powder, musk and woodsy notes that form a very unique and delightful fragrance oil. Not only do we adore this scent, but our customers have voted it one of our CP Soap Scents. Our clients also love adding this unique pineapple scent in candles.  One reviewer stated, “I think this is favorite pineapple scent from NG, as well as other vendors. The paprika scent is not strong, but there is enough to lend some complexity to the fragrance and make a little more appealing than the often overly sweet pineapple scents on the market. I used the oil at 12% in GB 464, with excellent cold and hot throw (the spice comes out better when burning).”

What Does Pineapple Paprika Fragrance Oil Smell Like?

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden is insanely unique, complex, and insanely strong!  Pineapple paprika fragrance begins with top notes of pineapple, banana, orange, passionfruit, and mango; followed by middle notes of paprika, powder, and cotton; sitting on base notes of musks and apple wood. Incredible, incredible, incredible! An NG Original Fragrance!

How Do Our Customers Use Pineapple Paprika Fragrance Oil is Room Scenting Recipes?

Our customers can create all sorts of different kinds of room scenting products with this unique fragrance oil. First of all, potpourri and incense can include up to 50% of this super strong scent. Any homemade cleaning supplies can be scented with this aroma at a maximum of 5% overall. Any aroma beads that are made with this complex fragrance oil will retain a nice, strong scent.

Further, various wax based products can be made with this fruit and spice fragrance oil. Candles, wax tarts, and a wide variety of different products can all include up to a recommended maximum of 10% of Pineapple Jasmine Fragrance Oil. Moreover, Joy  Wax and WOW Wax will both perform perfectly for this fragrance oil. Additionally, soy wax will retain a nice, strong scent for this scent.  We suggest that you use either three drops of red liquid candle dye along with three drops of orange liquid candle dye per four pounds of wax or shredded red and orange color blocks in a equal amounts. Even if you choose not follow our recommendation, just don’t use any crayons in your candles or you will likely have your wick clogged.

How Do Our Customers Use Pineapple Paprika Fragrance Oil is Bath and Body Recipes?

This complex and fruity fragrance is a great scent for creating all kinds of bath and body products. Bath gels, bath oils, bath teas, lotions, perfumes, soaps, scrubs, and many other kinds of related bath and body products can use up to 5% of this fragrance oil. If you wish to color any of your bath and body products, then we suggest using red soap colorant and orange soap dye in the amount that satisfies you.  Just remember that you should never use any candle dyes in any body products as that dye is not body safe.

Not only can this scent be used in soap, but its addition into cold process soap is fantastic. In fact, our Cold Process Soap Testing Results have revealed this scent to have no acceleration, no Pineapple Paprika Fragrance Oil CP Soap Recipericing, and no separation. Further, this batch will have a perfect pour! The final product will have shade of toffee for the discoloration and the bars will have a strong scent retained. If you want to try out this complex and unique fragrance oil in your soap making for yourself, then you may want to try out our Pineapple Paprika Cold Process Soap Recipe! We hope that you enjoy both the fragrance oil and the soap made with this Natures Garden formulated recipe!


What is Trace in Soap Making?

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What is trace in soap makingWhat is Trace in Soap Making?

What is trace? Baby, don’t blend me; don’t stir me, just pour. Trace is when you’ve reached emulsion- your oils are blended with your lye mixture and are no longer capable of separating. How can you tell when your mixture is at trace? The easiest way is to use your stirring utensil: hold it a few inches above your mixing container and move it back and forth. If the soap batter dripping off the stirring utensil leaves little lines that sit on top of the mixture in the bowl- that’s trace. It can be difficult to capture in photographs, but you’ll know it when you see it in motion.

heavy traceSo I reach trace and that’s it? Well, yes and no. There are different degrees of trace, but the important thing to remember is that once a mixture has reached trace- it’s only going to continue to solidify from there. Light trace is considered the bare minimum. Light trace is helpful when you’re looking to make swirls or other designs that require easily pourable, almost-liquid soap. Moderate trace is in the goopmiddle and means you’re ready to pour your soap into the mold. Heavy trace is when your soap gets thick. The picture above shows heavy trace. A soap batter at heavy trace is resistant to change shape and almost impossible to pour into a mold. Heavy trace may result in the need to scoop your soap into the mold, seen in the photo on the left. Not a pretty sight. Work quickly to ensure the soap does not set before you are ready.

What Causes Different Levels of Trace?

Trace can be affected both by your ingredients and your blending method.


  • ‘Hard’ oils, including palm oil and coconut oil, and butters will reach trace much faster. Using softer oils such as olive oil or canola will decrease the speed of trace, but your end product soap will be much softer. Increasing the amount of oil to superfat your recipe will also slow down trace. (Be careful not to add too much or you’ll have an excess of unreacted oils.)
  • In addition, fragrance oils can accelerate trace. (Check out our CP Soap Testing results to see how our fragrance oils perform in the CP soaping process.)
  • Inversely, the more water you use, the slower your soap will reach trace. A water discount (using less water than the recipe called for) will accelerate trace and is recommended for only advanced soapers when they see fit.


  • The speed at which you blend can accelerate trace. Using a stick blender as opposed to stirring manually with a spatula will increase the speed of the reaction and trace will be reached faster. If you suspect that the mixture will accelerate, stir it manually to slow the rate of trace.
  • Furthermore, the temperature at which you blend your ingredients will affect trace. Higher temperatures accelerate trace. If you wish to slow down trace, let your lye mixture cool down to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit before you add it to your oils.
  • The order also matters. If the fragrance oil you’re using is known to have a tendency to accelerate trace, be sure to add it last, after you’ve made your soap mixture and added any colorant, and be ready to move.

False Trace

All this talk about trace and the need to rush your soap process may have you running around like a chicken with its head cut off- but BEWARE FALSE TRACE. False trace usually occurs when oils in your mixture begin to cool down and solidify without going through emulsion or saponification. So, much like Goldilocks, you don’t want your mixture to be too hot or too cold, but juuuuust right.


I know it seems like a lot- but if you pay attention to the factors listed here- you should be alright. Remember to have all of your ingredients ready before you start soaping (always, but especially) in case of any unexpected trace acceleration. You can do this, I promise. And if something goes wrong, you can always melt down your soap and try again. Thanks for reading and happy soaping!