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.


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.


Here's the post on starting this extract


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 !!
Zan said…
Hi Lise!
The results looks amazing! I've tried this method using cucumber 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.

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 :)

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 :)

Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Zan - thanks so much for following up! It sounds like you have a hit on your hands!
Sunayana Walia said…
Hi Lise....can I use lexgard natural as a preservative in the Glycerite...?
Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Sunayana Walia - I would ask your supplier if it is suitable for adding to a glycerine extraction as a preservative - it is normally recommended for emulsions. How about doing a self-preserving glycerine and then adding preservative to your cosmetic? My latest book shows you how to calculate a self-preserving glycerite .
Lu M said…
Hi Lise, Im Celina from Sri Lanka. i am doing a green tea glycerine now, but not sure the percentage of glycerin... I just cover the dried green tea leaves with glycerin. Any idea: How you done this one before? Thanks

Lise M Andersen said…
Hi Celina! This depends on whether you are using fresh ir dried leaves, with or without preservative. I think you will find all the information you need in my latest book: The Art of Making Glycerites for Cosmetics. If you check my main site, you’ll find the book in the shop.
Unknown said…
Hi, I want to try this recipe with pomegranate. Will leucidal liquid work well as for preservative?
Lise M Andersen said…
Hey there Unknown - There are a couple of preservatives that use the Lucida Liquid name. The manufacturer or your supplier should have specifications about the preservative that will answer that question. Tip: remember to keep pH requirements in mind when deciding on a preservative.
Anonymous said…
Lisa, I'm in hopes that since this is an older post that you're still available to answer a question about this extract. I've read another blog that chops the cuke then places it a blender, then strains. No glycerin, water, alcohol, etc. Is this an extraction method or can the good stuff in the cuke only be extracted via the glycerin, etc.? Thanks in advance for answering.
LisaLise said…
Hey there Anon - thanks for your question. The method you describe is more like creating a concentrated puree of sorts or a strained liquid. this isn't an extract, but is a lovely cucumber juice that could function as the liquid in a single use face mask. (Single use: make and use immediately).