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(EX. VAT) 100 ml £7.29
Price: (inc. VAT) £8.75

Cucumber Glycerol Extract (Organic)

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Fresh, whole organic cucumbers are extracted by a proprietary process that results in an extract which has a nice, subtle cucumber smell. It is sterilised by filtration and is not as sticky as glycerin on its own.

A clear, mobile liquid with a hint of yellow and a slight odour. There is no preservative added so be sure to keep the bottle tightly closed as much as possible to keep fungal spores out.
Cucumber extract naturally contains a host of constituents that are beneficial for skin at the cellular level, including the minerals magnesium and potassium (which support the skin’s moisture retention and regulation), Vitamin C and the phytochemical caffeic acid (antioxidant benefits).

The lutein within cucumber can help counteract melanogenesis, the process that can lead to skin pigmentation/discolouration. The silica content will help reduce wrinkles and fine lines by giving a boost to the skin’s collagen. The extract also contains amino acids, proteins and lipids.

As this is a natural product, there may be some changes in colouration, cloudiness or sediment.

Inci:

Glycerin, Aqua, Cucumis sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract
The individual materials that make up Cucumber Glycerol Extract are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here.
Skin Care
The glycerin part of the Cucumber Glycerol Extract is a very good humectant that keeps the skin moisturised. With the addition of the Cucumber Extract, you have a product that improves the complexion. Add to toners and facial spritzes. Works very well when combined with floral waters.

Add to gels, lotions and creams to help reduce freckles and tighten open pores.

Ideal to put into eye creams and serums to reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes and any puffiness under the eyes.

Use in anti acne facial washes, cleansers and toners to tighten the pores and encourage the removal of dead skin cells. It is also an emollient and is soothing to irritated skin.

The desquamation properties naturally within the product mean it can aid the skin's natural shedding of its outer layer during cell regeneration, helping it to look fresh and revitalised. Its astringent properties will help firm the skin and counter signs of aging.

Hair Care
As an astringent, it will help to tone an oily scalp.

Other
Use at 3% to 6%. It is safe to use at higher amounts but there is a possibility that the end product may feel a little sticky.

Water soluble so cannot be used in oil only blends.

Once opened do not leave the cap off the bottle whilst you are working and after use, squeeze some of the air out of the bottle to reduce potential oxidation and seal tightly. Store in a cool, dry place. Protect from freezing and direct sunlight.

Suggested Blends
Blend with floral waters to make toners for sensitive skin.

Cautions/Contraindications
None.
Eye Serum
Stage 1: (above 75°C)
79% Boiled Spring Water
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2% EmulsiGel Eco
4% Cucumber Glycerol Extract

Stage 2: (room temperature)
6% Argan Oil
2% Camellia Seed Oil
1% Pomegranate Seed Oil

Stage 3: (below 40°C)
2% Eco Marine Algae Extract
2% Vitamin E
1% Preservative 12
0.5% Elemi Essential Oil
0.25% Spikenard Essential Oil
0.25% Galbanum Essential Oil
100% Total

Method:

Mix the EmulsiGel Eco with the Cucumber Glycerol Extract and then add to the hot water. Stick blend until thickened.

Add the combined stage 2 ingredients to stage 1 and stick blend briefly to combine.

Cool down in a pan of cold water whilst stirring with a spatula.

Add stage 3 ingredients and stir again. Jar and label.


Tonifying Toner
Stage 1: (room temperature)
47% Orange Blossom Water
10% Lavender Water
10% Witch Hazel Water
10% Chamomile Water
10% Frankincense Water
4% Cucumber Glycerol Extract
4% Vitamin B3

Stage 2: (room temperature)
3% Emulsifan
1% Preservative 12
1% Essential Oils of your choice
100% Total

Method:

Combine the stage 1 materials by stirring them together. Ensure the powder is fully dissolved.

Mix the stage 2 ingredients together until the oily elements have solublised. Pour slowly into the stage 1 mix. Bottle and label.


For more information and guidance on making your own skin care products please see Aromantic's books and eBooks in our Publications section.

These notes are not meant to replace medical guidance and you should seek the advice of your doctor for your health matters. The formulae are given in good faith and are intended for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated or tested in any way and Aromantic Ltd. makes no claim as to their effectiveness. It is up to the reader to ensure that any products they produce from these recipes are safe to use, and if relevant, compliant under current cosmetic regulations.
Historical Information
The cucumber, from the gourd family, is believed to be native to India. As a popular culinary vegetable it has been cultivated in France since the 9th century, England since the 14th century, and in North America from the mid-16th century onwards.

Traditionally cucumber slices have been used in homemade eye compresses and face masks as cucumber naturally contains ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) and caffeic acid. These nutrients help to soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling, which is why it has been used directly on the skin.
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