Nopales (cactus) soap

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Aug 24, 2015
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Pasadena, CA
I bought some Nopales (cactus) at the farmers market and I thought I'd use it as an additive in some cp soap this weekend. (Dont worry i remove the prickly stuff haha) Has anyone tried this? ImageUploadedBySoap Making1445640021.049940.jpg
I scraped off the thorny parts and then cut it into small pieces, boiled it for a couple minutes, and Then I strained it in a colander. finally wrapped it in some cheesecloth. I'm going to try to use it like I would a teabag in the lye. This is all going down tomorrow on Saturday.

It smells like jalapeño peppers but it isn't hot, it has the same consistency as canned green beans.
I would worry the cheese cloth will dissolve in the lye. What I would do is place some chopped up cactus in a blender with a little water and puree it, then strain the chunks out and use that liquid.
Totally off subject, but I ate the fruit of this cactus for the first time this week and it is AMAZING! It is neon pink and tastes similar to watermelon, but not exactly. I am now addicted.