Friday, April 15, 2016

How to - Cucumber Glycerine Extract - 2





Not long ago, I started making a glycerine extract using fresh cucumber. It has been agitated daily for about 10 days, and is now ready to be strained and bottled.

Even though straining is pretty straightforward, I thought I'd share this final process with you.


The Final Steps

To strain and bottle a glycerine extract, you'll need:

  • Funnel
  • Container to strain into (choose something you can easily sterilize and pour from)
  • Filter of some type (coffee filters will do, but I used a doubled-up piece of silk jersey)
  • Containers for your extract
  • Labels

Place the funnel into the container and line it with your chosen filter.
Strain the glycerine.


below: the strained glycerine. As you can see, it has hardly taken on any color from the cucumber.



It has, however, taken on the most wonderfully fresh scent of cucumber - enough to get me all excited about using this lovely liquid in a formula!

Final step: transfer to your final container (colored glass or PET plastic). Because my bottle supply is on the low side at the moment, the extract had to be packaged in 4 smaller bottles.


Storing

Even though the product is preserved, Aroma Zone (whos method I have followed for this entire exercise) recommends storing the final product cool and dark.

To Use

The extract can be used in place of glycerine in any formula. My first plans are of trying it in a skin tonic.

Earlier

Here's the post on starting this extract

9 comments:

María Zamora said...

Hi Lise,
I think the results are pretty good. Are you happy?

Lise M Andersen said...

HI María - I'm in love with this! I am looking forward to strawberry season, because I absolutely have to do a strawberry one now !!

María Zamora said...

Yay!!!

Zan said...

Hi Lise!
The results looks amazing! I've tried this method using cucumber too...it turns out great. I'd like to ask for your opinion, do you think this method works well with aloe vera? Knowing that aloe vera plant has a lot of liquid, I'm a bit sceptical. I have plenty of aloe plants around my house. Will try to experiment with it next week.


Zan.

Lise M Andersen said...

HI Zan - Thanks, and your idea of aloe vera sounds quite intriguing. Would you be using pure aloe gel with the glycerine? I look forward to hearing how it turns out.

Zan said...

Hi Lise,

Yes..I'm planning on using pure aloe gel with the glycerine. I'll scrape off the gel from the plant and follow the glycerine method. Will keep you updated on the result later :)

Zan.

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Zan - I look forward to hearing about your results!

Zan said...

Hi Lise!

I'm back from my experimental period. The aloe extract is a success! I use the exact same method as the cucumber extract and it yields a lovely fresh aloe extract. I've used it in my night cream and hair tonic. Thanks to you and Maria for the inspiration :)


Zan.

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Zan - thanks so much for following up! It sounds like you have a hit on your hands!