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 BerryHi 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!
Reply from Bramble BerryHi Kristi! I'm sorry this product wasn't your favorite. We like using the flakes because they're easy to measure and there is less chance of them poofing up in the air when you measure it out. In our tests and recipes, we've found it dissolves fully. However, because the milk is typically frozen when you're adding the lye, it can take a little longer to incorporate it, as seen in this Goat Milk Soap Tutorial. I'll be emailing you personally to talk about this!
Reply from Bramble Berry
Hi Destiny! To use this product, measure out how much lye you need. In a separate heat-resistant glass container, measure out how much distilled water you need. If you need to find out how much lye to add to your recipe, check out our Lye Calculator. Then, slowly add the lye to the water and stir until all the flakes are dissolved. You can see the process in this How to Make Cold Process Soap: Lye Safety and Ingredients video. I'll be emailing you personally to help out!
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