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Flakes do not fully brake down

I make goats milk soap, is i mix my lye in an ice bath as to not to burn the lye. take these temps i could not get the flakes to fully brake down

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Do Not Recommend

I used to use bead lye, but thought I'd give this a try. The first 3/4 of the container was fine to use. As I got closer to the bottom, the dust became a real problem. I understand that the company was trying to fight static with this product, but the dust is a no-go. A least with static cling, I would have a couple of beads stuck to the inside of the container I was using. Never was a problem. But with the dust? Well, my normal cleanup isn't enough if I want to keep my pets and family safe. Since it went airborne, I have to clean much harder to make sure nobody touches or ingests it. Do not buy this product. Find another supplier that has bead sodium hydroxide.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Thanks for raising your concerns.

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I thought I would give this type of lye a try since I had only used the lye beads. Even with my mask on this lye has a lot of dust and fumes just while measuring. It also seems to heat up way more than my other lye. I feel these are hazards. The first soap I made with this lye came out crumbly so I went back to using up my regular lye with no issues. I ran out of my regular lye and made two soaps last night with the flake lye. Dust, very strong fumes and very hot. Looking at my soap tonight it does not look right. I can't un-mold them for a couple more days so I will repost, but it doesn't look good. If they are crumbly and I have wasted more products I will not purchase this again.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
Because of the large flakes the Sodium Hydroxide Lye can arrive more dust. The extra dust you're noticing is also from anti static/caking powder added to the lye flakes before packaging to prevent the static cling. Though if your soap was crumbly that could mean your soap had too much. Our lye is 98% pure so if you were used to a less pure lye you may have used too much. Find out how to test for this in our How to Test pH with Red Cabbage blog post.

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Ruined Batch of Soap

These flakes are very difficult to dissolve thoroughly. It is time-consuming and uncomfortable to have to stand there with goggles and gloves on stirring and stirring and stirring in order to get them completely dissolved. Then when I thought they were completely dissolved, I strained the mixture into my oils and proceeded as usual. My soap always traces fast here in the desert where I live, so within 30 minutes I poured into my molds and waited till ready to unmold and cut. I noticed little wwhite marks throughout all of my bars, and hoped it wasn’t pockets of undissolved lye, so I let them cure. After curing I used a bar in the shower, and my skin was tingling and red. It was definitely pockets of lye. My entire batch of 33 soaps had to be dumped. I am very upset abou5 this, especially after reading about how much better these flakes were supposed to be. Not only did I waste all my oils and fragrance, my time and efforts, and additional shipping costs to have it delivered, I ended up with painful and red skin all over my body. I’m just grateful I didn’t give any of this soap away to family or friends. You need to offer lye crystals in addition to these hard to work with flakes. I feel they are more dangerous as well, since you have to be in contact with the toxic fumes and possible splash, for a much longer period of time than it takes to dissolve the sodium hydroxide crystals. If you don’t mind all the time, trouble, and danger, by all means buy the flakes. ‘M going back to crystals, and am very upset that I was forced to toss an entire batch of soap.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
The Sodium Hydroxide Lye Flakes can take quite a bit longer to dissolve than the beads. This can take even longer if a water discount was used since there is more lye to dissolve in less water. Constant stirring will help them dissolve though if you do have pesky flake you can always strain it out, just make sure it doesn't end up in your oils. The great news is your lye heavy soap is not a loss, you can turn it into laundry soap with our Three DIY Laundry Soap Recipes. For more information check out our Troubleshooting Lye Heavy Soap blog post.

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Pros and cons

Pros: I really like the flake form. I feel it's easier to "control" where the lye goes because it's not clinging to everything and/or rolling around. This is it's big saving grace. Cons: It gets really dusty, especially towards the bottom. The first couple of batches I made with this lye I didn't notice any dust at all, and would have given it a 5 star rating at that point. However, once I got about half way through the bottle I noticed it became harder and harder to breathe. Although wearing a mask wouldn't be a -bad- idea while using lye, it's frustrating to open the container and get immediately assaulted with lye dust. The bottom line is lye is lye, and there were not performance issues in the soap. The dust though is a deal breaker. There are so many other types of lye that don't do this, and I would rather deal with renegade lye balls than assaultive lye dust which is why future lye purchases will be made elsewhere.

Tina from Bramble Berry replies...
We prefer the large flake form due to the reduced static cling, though these flakes do make for more dust than the beads. We have not found the dust to be a safety risk when following proper lye precautions. Though if you find the dust particularly irritating you can also wear a dust or surgical mask while working with it to prevent breathing any in. For more information check out our Back to Basics: Lye Safety Guide blog post.