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Elizabeth
3/5/2017
Very, Very Dark

I have been buying soaping supplies from Bramble Berry for quite a while now and have been very happy with the quality of their products, pricing and customer service, so I am greatly surprised and disappointed to have had my most recent experience with them. The current lot of olive oil is considerably darker than it normally is. Of course, olive oil comes in a wide range of color from very light to dark green, but this oil is so dark that it greatly impacts the color of your soap batter. When I first received my latest order--14 lbs. of oil--I was concerned that it would affect the colors of my soap, so I contacted Brambl Berry's customer service to see if i could return it for a lighter color oil. Chloe responded quickly, told me the oil was safe (which was not my concern) and that it might tint the soap batter a bit, but a little TD should fix that. With that assurance, I made my first batch of soap with this dark oil. I had planned a 7-lb. slab-mold swirl with 4 shades of blue soap. I put in a TON of TD, but the batter was still VERY yellow. I had to settle for 2 shades of green instead. I cannot make any soap that has white, ivory, blue, purple or pink in it with this oil. I am upset that Brambleberry did not note in the product description that their current lot of oil is much darker than previous oils. That information absolutely should be provided to customers before they buy. I cannot return this oil, either, because the shipping costs would eat up the refund. I've had to order 15 lbs. of olive oil from another vendor.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Hi Elizabeth! I'm so sorry you had that experience! Olive Oil is natural product and can definitely vary batch to batch, and it varies widely at that. You're absolutely right though, the batches can also be quite green and dark which would impact the color of your soap. While Titanium Dioxide can help lighten the green tint, it will be very hard to get a white soap using a high percentage of darkly colored oil. When making cold process soap it is super handy to be able to work on the fly a bit and substitute oils if they won't work for a specific recipe or idea you have in mind. Canola Oil is a great substitute for Olive Oil when you need a lighter color. For help with this check our How to Substitute Oil in Cold Process Recipes blog post as well as our Formulating Cold Process Recipes blog post which may help as well :-)


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Nancy
12/8/2016
Awesome for Castile!

Yesterday I made castile soap using the Simple Castile Cold Process Soap Tutorial from the Soap Queen tutorials. I used the Sodium Lactate for hardness and also took the 20% water discount as suggested. My loaf was hard and able to be turned out of the mold in less than 24 hours! The loaf is smooth as silk and the most beautiful creamy color. The Tomato Leaf fragrance oil is herby and spot on for scent. I am a new soaper, and this is only my third loaf using different recipes each time. Thank you BB for your wonderful products, amazing recipes, and awesome tutorials!


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Sunnie
7/16/2016
Very Pleased

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!!!!


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Heather
5/31/2016
Great

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 :)


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Carla
2/27/2015
Works Beautifully and Fairly Priced

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!

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