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Pure Olive Oil - Great for advanced recipes such as 6 – 12 color swirls because it allows more time to work with the batter vs. using Pomace Olive Oil.Pure Olive Oil is a blend of extra virgin and refined grade “A” olive oil.Olive oil gives a rich feel and helps to create a very hard bar once fully cured. Used in the making of Castile soap (both liquid and bar).Ingredients:Botanical Name: Olea Europaea (Olive) OilCommon Name: Olive Oil
*Please note: This is a natural product, the color of this oil can change from batch to batch, and is completely normal.
Mine was a nice yellow color, although I did just buy 1 pound. It did NOT have a chemical oder. I used it to make the simple and gentle cold process soap recipe, it turned out great. The bars were really hard and long lasting after it cured, but before it cured it was really easy to cut. Thank You BRAMBLEBERRY!!!!
I hesitated to order the large quantity of oil because of the reviews about the color. That seems silly now, I order the smaller quantities and love it. Same oil, just more of it. Yes, when I opened the pail, it was greener than I expected, but once I removed some of the oil to use, it was the very light, slightly green color you would expect for olive oil. It is just darker at first because there is a lot of oil in 35 lbs. It works well in all of my products, doesn't affect the color any more than olive oil normally does, and has no smell that you sometimes get with olive oil. Well worth the hassle of getting oil out of a bucket instead of a bottle or bag :)
This oil has worked beautifully in our soaps. I have been working hot process soaps lately, and my crock pot tends to run on the warm side. I am thankful that the oils I purchased from BB give me a little time to get my soap fragranced, colored, and in the mold and still be fairly smooth. They come out soft and need a few days to cure and we are very pleased with them, aside from the impatience of the crock pot!
Question: I purchased the 35# (5 gallon) Pure Olive Oil because it saves money. However, I found that my CP Soap Loaves and sliced 1" thick bars did not cure properly, if at all. After 8 weeks of drying time, (4 weeks longer than usual), the bars were still squeezable and easy to deform. I am located in the Desert in So. Cal. and the summer temps are in the 90's in the shop. Even after the temps dropped into the low 80's/high 70's, the bars did not harden. I have not had this happen with Pure Olive Oil from the local Supermarket (Stater Bros.) and Smart & Final Wholesale Co. I hesitate to re-purchase the 5 gallon pail until I hear back from you.
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Michael! If your recipe is 100% olive oil, it will take a long time to cure. This is because the recipe is all soft oil, rather than a mixture of soft and hard oils like coconut oil and palm oil. This means they can take weeks to harden up enough to unmold, and even longer to cut. It can also take up to a year for them to fully cure. You can read more about that in this Roman Holiday: Olive Oil + Castile Soap Tutorial. Adding 1 tsp. of sodium lactate per pound of oils to your cooled lye water can speed up that process though! I'll be emailing you personally to discuss this issue.
I also received green, murky olive oil in my last shipment. I am somewhat new to cp soap making, but when i added my ultramarine blue oxide the final color came out green also.
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Deb! I'm sorry this product wasn't your favorite. Depending on batch variation, this olive oil can appear more greenish yellow. Also, adding blue color to yellow-colored oils can create a green color. To avoid this, you can use whiter oils, such as coconut oil, palm oil or sweet almond oil. I'll be emailing you personally to help troubleshoot!
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