white castile?

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I'm not really a fan of castile but I need one for my range and am trying to get it looking as well as feeling as good as possible. I have seen some really pure white castiles, but mine always turns out a creamy yellow. I do split method milk soap, could the milk be the reason (although milk is added later, not directly to lye)? Or is the type of olive oil the issue? I have been using 1-year-old EVOO (sourced from local farmers, not supermarket brands).
 

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It's likely both the milk and the olive oil causing the yellowish color of your soap.
 

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I agree, if you want it really white, use water and regular OO. It still might look a little off white but it will change color as it cures.
 

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I agree, it could be your locally sourced EVOO or the milk.Regular olive oil from Costco, which I assume is the second press, is yellowish in color and has always given me the whitest soap.
 

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A friend who does a lot of soaping uses the light olive oil rather than first pressed extra virgin olive oil and it makes really white Castile soap. She uses 100% OO though, no milk.

I used 100% EVOO in Castile soap and it's yellow. Only a few days old though so it may change over time.
 

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Most all light olive oil is adulterated, meaning it's not pure OO. The first castile I ever made was with light OO and it got DOS in about 2 months.
 

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I just use olive oil and distilled water. Comes out a nice creamy color. No issues
 

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My OO/CO soap is curing a light white like snappyllamas. But I used a dark green OO, house brand.
 

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Hi
When people sell "Castile"'soap shouldn't it be 100% OO? No fragrance, no colour. Doesn't adding milk adulterated it?

I know there are advertised Castile soaps with other additives (Dr B's for one) but isn't this just misleading?
 

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Hi
When people sell "Castile"'soap shouldn't it be 100% OO? No fragrance, no colour. Doesn't adding milk adulterated it?

I know there are advertised Castile soaps with other additives (Dr B's for one) but isn't this just misleading?
In the US, there's no legal definition of castile, I think, so pretty much any all-vegetable soap can get called that.
 

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That's why I never buy homemade soap unless I've talked to the maker. And it's why I make my own - because I know exactly what goes into it. Even OO is fraught with confusion and possibilities.
 
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