Students of Vocational College UGM keep inventing innovative products through Student Creativity Program of Science Research (PKM-PE) which is funded by DIKTI 2017. One of the innovative products is called “Choco Ginger Soap (CGS)” presented on the research paper entitled “Choco Ginger Soap (CGS): Optimasi Pemanfaatan Biji Kakao (Theobroma cacao L.) Afkir Dengan Ekstrak Jahe (Zingiber officinale) Sebagai Alternatif Sabun Relaksasi” (translated: Choco Ginger Soap: Optimization of Cocoa Bean (Theobroma cacao L.) Rejects and Ginger Extract (Zingiber officinale) as the Alternative Soap for Relaxed Skin).
This idea came from the condition in which there were many cocoa bean rejects found in Kulon Progo District. This kind of cacao bean is typically under standard and it cannot be used to produce any food-grade products. Cocoa bean rejects show certain characteristics, such as covered by mold, cracked beans, partly eaten by insects, uneven shape and so on. Despite the under standard conditions, cacao bean rejects still contain cocoa fat which is advantageous. Considering that potential, students of Agro-industry Study Program of Vocational College UGM tried to take its advantages by producing natural soap. Aside of using cocoa fat from cocoa bean rejects, the students also add ginger extract to bring more benefits to the soap.
This soap is produced especially for people living in highland area and sub-tropical area since this soap could also warm the skin and body under cold weather instead of giving relaxing effect.
The student team which consists of Isnu Astuti, Nandya Candra Puspita Sari, Yuyun Yuliarti, and Inas Nur Hayati under the supervision of Galih Kusuma Aji. S.T.P..M. Agr., a lecturer of Agro-industry Study Program, is now preparing themselves to attend Monitoring and Evaluation (Monev) at Universitas Gadjah Mada on 3 June 2017. (ty)