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.
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Flashpoint: This item will ship Ground Only regardless of the shipping method you choose at checkout. It cannot be shipped outside the lower 48 U.S. states or USPS.Ingredients:Botanical Name: Sodium HydroxideCommon Name: Sodium Hydroxide
Had a bit of trouble with the Lye. Brambleberry called me and I am a happy camper! You go Brambleberry! You are honest and reach out to help your customers!!
I've used BB lye for years with no problems (though I too prefer the beads as others have said. But the flakes are fine too) However, the past months all the soap I've made, using my tried and true recipes, have come out off. Then I noticed the spate of negative reviews on this lye, all right around the same time, and now I have to wonder if there was maybe an off batch that we got? I'd love to know when the reviewers who have had problems bought their lye.
The first lye I ever purchased (a few years ago) was from BB. I never had any trouble. I had bought from another supplier to save money. Turns out, I hate the little microbeads. The static drives me insane. After a bit of a break, I was happy to soap again. I decided to stick with flakes regardless of price. I also figured it was a good excuse to order from BB a little more often during the year. I have to say that I am extremely disappointed in you current lye. The outside of the bottles are now covered in lye dust - every time. Each bottle I used right until the end seemed to be the bottom of the barrel, as far as the crazy amounts of dust in it. Your lye wasn't like this before. And it is this reason that I cannot purchase it again. This is dangerous for new soapers that may be unaware of how to properly handle lye and I am so surprised that BB would send something like this out their door.
Out of 4 bottles, only 2 batches sweated. Not sure if it was lye or other conditions.
This lye worked perfectly well in my soap recipes. I prefer the granules for making soap with frozen milk because they dissolve a little better, but the lye flakes are much easier to pour and measure. I have had no failures using this product.
I only write the review for anyone who may use this in their Milk Soap. Dissolving this in your Frozen Milk Cubes is going to be a little more work, have patience. I love working with the flakes in any other aspect but this. Always good quality!
FYI! Your verification in order to post these reviews is in colors.. very similar colors... Guess what? Some people are color blind. I had to get assistance. HA HA You could work on that.
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