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
We carry the Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) in flake form because the bead form of lye tends to spill a bit easier. If you are using Goat's Milk for your alternative liquid, you may need to stir the lye milk mixture longer, just to make sure that you have gotten the flakes completely dissolved. Dissolving lye in milk is extra tricky because it isn't clear (like distilled water) so you will need to stir, stir, and stir so more! For more information on using our lye in a goat milk type recipe, check out the
Goat Milk Soap Tutorial Soap Queen TV episode
where Anne-Marie demonstrates it.
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