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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 about 27 oz. by weight.

How much lye do you need for your soap? Try our lye calculator.

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by Cynthia
on 1/22/2015
Lye Flakes
Initially I was concerned about using lye "flakes" with (milk cubes). During the first few additions of lye, the "flat" lye flakes can stick to the frozen cubes and sides of the container, and with the white milk, they also (hide). Once I understood this, I make sure I scrape/check the bottom/sides of my container for un-dissolved lye and stir, stir, stir until it's 100% obvious that everything IS melted. The process goes faster after those first few lye additions, of course, because you have the heat of the lye helping to dissolve the flakes faster. I LOVE using this product now!
by Jeri
on 1/14/2015
Lye to me baby
Hi I started making soap like everyone els using the beaded lye. It was hard for me to measure out and I hated the beads of lye. When Brambleberry made this lye I thought why not try it . What do I have to lose right ..It looks easy to use and measure out . I also loved the price it didn't coast that much ether. So I bought two. They came to me in a neat package and I unpacked Two lye bottle I grabbed my measuring cup and my scale to see if I could get two oz. and I did it was easy for me to make soap with this lye and I get the right amount all the time. thank you brambleberry. My soaps turn out beautiful all the time now .
by Carrie
on 1/9/2015
Much safer than bead-type lye
I used the flaked lye before trying the tiny beaded type. I guess some people like the small beads but the first time I tried them, I was using a synthetic bowl. When I tried to pour my lye into the bowl for weighing, there was some sort of static electricity that literally spewed lye beads all over me, my counter, my floor and every exposed surface within two feet of where I stood. I'm sure using a glass or stainless bowl would prevent this but no thank you. If I hadn't been wearing protective clothing and goggles, that could have been a rather tragic soaping session. Thanks, Brambleberry, for a much safer product that measures, dissolves and saponifies just like its evil sibling, the beads.
by Korgan
on 12/9/2014
Product is fine, but the numbers are misleading
It works fine, though it's a little trickier to measure this out than the beads, but nothing that will prevent you from using it. One issue though: It says in the description "Our Lye is 32 oz. by volume and 27 oz. by weight." An ounce simply isn't a measure of volume, it is strictly a measure of weight. So to say that this is 2 lb of lye isn't true. It's only about 1.69 lb of lye (excluding the fact that it is only 97% pure, which would make it even less.) So the description shouldn't say "Sodium Hydroxide Lye, 2 lbs" because it isn't. It should say either 1.69 lb, 767g, or 32 fl. oz. If it's supposed to be understood that by 'oz' you mean 'fluid oz', then that's still a little odd: in any case, using a volumetric measure is misleading with small amounts of substance that are not liquids, such as this. I can't see a reason why any of us would be buying lye by volume. Anyway, the stuff works. But the numbers on this page are odd and/or wrong.

Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Korgan! I'm sorry for any confusion! We've tried to clarify exactly what you get in the description. The jar is a 32 oz. jar, but in our sampling we found that how much you get by weight varies. It seems that it settles (kind of like cereal!) so the least amount you will get is 27 oz. but sometimes there is a little more. I'll be emailing you personally to discuss this!

by Shawn
on 11/19/2014
Good
Works great for soap making. It is a little harder to measure than crystals.
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