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i normally use the pure olive oil and have never had a problem with it. But I decided to try the olive oil pomace, because of the price difference. I will not make that mistake again. I have about 10 'basic' recipes that I make on a regular basis with no problems. However, when I used the pomace in my regular recipes it turned into a disaster. The rate at which trace was achieved was so fast that you had to hurry and pour, or it literally started to harden in the pot. I had to have my husband help me because i could not actually pour the soap into the molds i was having to take the soap to of the post i giant spoonfpoon

Terah from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Shelly! I'm sorry you had problems working with this product. As noted on the product page Pomace Olive Oil tends to move quickly in cold process soap recipes. If you want more time to work with I would recommend using the Pure Olive Oil. I will email you personally to discuss this further.

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Stephanie M
Pomice olive oil

Normally I use virgin olive oil in my CP soaps but have used pomice in the past. Honestly I don't notice a big difference in the final product. Pomice olive oil seems to speed up trace a little more but they both create a hard, long lasting bar with a nice rich feel. If I decide to try a new recipe that calls for it I'll use it but otherwise I'll stick to my normal recipe.

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Color varies

I have ordered this olive oil (Pomace) twice. The first time it was a much lighter color and worked great. My second batch is a much darker color. I haven't used it yet, but am hoping it will be fine. I doubt it will be very good when trying to color my soaps blue or lavender. I'm wondering is it normal for batches to vary so much in color?

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Bridget! The color of this olive oil will vary because it's a natural product. The color of the oil will depend on a number of factors, including soil, temperature and moisture when the olives are growing. If you want a blue or lavender soap, you can add Titanium Dioxide. That will make your soap a little lighter so you get a nice blue color. I'll be emailing you personally to talk more! 

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Good stuff

Very happy with this oil, affordable and cannot tell any difference vs regular OO. Will accelerate trace a bit but not bad.

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Great Product

I don't think that because it's a lesser grade of olive oil that it affects my CP soap. I'm very pleased with it's quality performance in my product.