"Ivory " soap

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My husband won't use my homemade soap because it isn't Ivory soap. Anyone have a recipe for this soap? My soap is not pure white and doesn't float. I use Crisco shortening in mine.

-- Cindy in Ok (cynthiacluck@yahoo.com), May 03, 2001


borax will make it white,, use a egg beater as its starting to set to put air bubbles into it,, it will float then

-- stan (sopal@net-port.com), May 03, 2001.

Stan's right. What's the deal with Ivory??? Its really quite simple...

I don't have the book anymore, so I don't know the exact measurements, but Ivory contains olive oil, tallow and coconut oil, plus a little bit of glycerine. Its basically just an average castille type soap. I would stick with the crisco, though... Its lighter than tallow, and doesn't have to be beaten as much. Also - the shortening (and you CAN use generic to save some money) is a better moisturizer than the tallow. Rendering stinks (in more ways than one,lol!!!)!

-- Sue Diederich (willow666@rocketmail.com), May 03, 2001.

My great aunt talked of making homemade "ivory" by adding coconut oil or milk and whipping it before putting it in the soap molds.

-- Jay Blair in N. Al (jayblair678@yahoo.com), May 03, 2001.

I was thinking of using milk to see if that would make it whiter...I tried whipping it, but I guess not enough with this last batch. I have used the generic shortening too, MUCH cheaper!! But, alas, no white soap. I have not tried lard yet, how does that compare? Maybe if I added some coconut oil, I just can't find it anywhere. I have olive oil on hand. I also have plain vegetable oil. I was thinking of adding in baking soda to it for itchy skin, anyone ever done this before?

Thanks so much for your suggestions and help!!

I don't know what it is with Ivory soap, he has always used it, even as a child...won't change..gotta love him...but he has his funny ways ;-)

-- Cindy in Ok (cynthiacluck@yahoo.com), May 03, 2001.

I have glycerin too, I add a little bit of that in my liquid soaps. I will go to the kitchen and experiment. What fun! :-)

-- Cindy in Ok (cynthiacluck@yahoo.com), May 03, 2001.

milk will make the soap tan. I make goatmilk soap and you can't get it white. I make a white soap with a light color olive, coconut & palm oil. I use a light color essential oil like Frankincense. Instead of glycerin (you have plenty with the olive, coc & palm mixture) use castor oil. It makes your skin feel great. Personally I prefer my soaps with all oils and distilled water instead of the milk soaps but the milk soaps are the big sellers.

-- Debbie (bwolcott@cwis.net), May 04, 2001.

I will try that. I have made the oil soaps and really like them. But..that hubby of mine..sigh.. :-)

-- Cindy in Ok (cynthiacluck@yahoo.com), May 06, 2001.

I think I read somewhere that Ivory soap was invented when somebody went to lunch and left a soap mixer on in the factory and a lot of air bubbles were trapped in the soap.

-- Linda Al-Sangar (alsangal@brentwood-tn.org), May 09, 2001.

I think I read that somewhere too...

-- Cindy in Ok (cynthiacluck@yahoo.com), May 09, 2001.

I know this is an old thread, but I was just reading about the questions about Ivory, and I have read one of the scents that is used to create it's smell is citronella. Any thoghts anyone? :)

-- Heather in CA (truckrgrrl@aol.com), January 17, 2002.

To a purist (either buyer or soapmaker), "castile" soap refers only to soap made with 100% olive oil (and the lye of course :). All-vegetable oil soap is not true castile, even if predominantly made with olive oil, and definitely nothing with any kind of animal product can be classified as castile. Castile soaps generally take longer to trace, but the immersion (stick) blender really cuts the time down a lot.

I am not fond of Ivory soap--for some reason it smells like vinegar to me!

-- GT (nospam@nospam.com), January 17, 2002.

The easiest way to get ANY soap white is to use titanium dioxide. I know it is a colorant but it does not seem to hurt the quality of the soap. For a 4 lb batch of olive oil I have used as little as 1 Tablespoon and gotten nice white soap. You can get titanium dioxide as well as some other oxide colorants from the "Pigment Lady". http://www.pigmentlady.com


-- Cindy (daxxbird@cox.net), February 08, 2002.

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