Base oils separating?

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burnandgroom

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Hello, all! I've been making cp soap with my current oil blend for about a year now. We are trying to condense our operation and move everything into a toy hauler RV in a few years. My base oil blend is olive, grapeseed, coconut, and soybean. I would like to pour them all into a 5 gallon Gatorade water jug instead of having a bunch of different bottles on the shelf (I buy my oils at Costco so they come in pretty big jugs) but I was wondering if the three oils (obviously I'd add my 25% coconut oil to the pot each time I make a batch) would separate in a large vessel like that? I don't want to blow $20 on a water jug that I'd have no other use for. I know they make blended oils for cooking, so I was hoping I would just be doing that on a bigger scale, but I don't want to open the spigot and just get pure soybean oil or whatever because one of them sank to the bottom. Thoughts?
Follow up--at our current production rate I use about 1.5 gallons of the three liquid oils a week, so they would never sit blended in the cooler for longer than a month.
 
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This may not be of much use to you. I can't tell you with your particular blend, but I pre-mix my base oils in gallon jugs. I take one afternoon to mix up 8-10 gallons of it for later use. My oils are olive, coconut, sweet almond, and palm. I have not noticed any separating. Is it something that perhaps you could open the top of the container and give them all a good stir to be safe before you open the spigot? Not sure of the setup of the container you're talking about.
 

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I too masterbatch my oils in a 5 gallon bucket with a spigot and have no issues. But as stated, you need to give them a really good mix before using. Also, if you use a large amount of solid oils it may be more difficult.
 

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Seems to me that the appearance of your soft oils are just different enough that you'd be able to see the layers in a glass container if they separated. Could you do a test batch in a smaller glass container, let it sit for several days, then check to see if there's visible separation?
 

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