Sodium Hydroxide: LYE - for Soap Making. Sodium Hydroxide, or Lye, is the chemical that induces saponification with fats and oils to create that magnificent thing called soap! Our lye is now in flake form! This is a huge improvement because they don't cling to you and your tools due to static electricity like the pellets do. The flakes are a little less pure (97% instead of 99%) but this small variation does not make a difference in soap recipes and saponification rates.Please be sure to educate yourself on the safety precautions and proper handling of Lye before using this ingredient. Our Lye is 32 oz. by volume and 27 oz. by weight.
How much lye do you need for your soap? Try our lye calculator.
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Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Jamie! Our lye bottles have an extremely tight seal, and are placed in a plastic bag in case the bottle is damaged in shipment. It sounds like the bottle was damaged slightly during shipping, which caused the plastic bag to come into contact with the lye. I will be emailing you personally to help you with this! I recommend opening bottles of lye in a well ventilated area, and some soapers like to wear a surgical face mask to prevent breathing in any dust. While lye is something to take seriously, with the right precautions it is perfectly safe to use!
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