How To Work Out Percentages of a Recipe
by Christine
(UK)
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I would like to know HOW to work out the percentages of a soap recipe. For example, if I want to use 65% of olive oil and 15% of palm oil, 20% coconut oil in a recipe where the total fats/oils add up to 647g. How can I determine/ work out the percentage of a particular oil or fat is so I can control how much of each oil I want to use in a given recipe. I am presuming there is a formula for this. Forgive my ignorance, but I've never been great at maths! Can you offer some sort of idiot's guide? I have a feeling there are others out there who feel the same as I do. Keep up the fantastic work you do here.
Answer:There are formulas for figuring out percentages but I think I have a better solution for you.
Learn how to use
SoapCalc and you won't need to do math percentages at all!
Take a look in the above picture. Section #2 shows the Weight of oils. I've placed the total amount of oil you want to use there...647 grams.
In section 6 you enter the oils you want in the recipe. Click on the "%" button so you can just enter the percentages you would like of each oil.
Section 7 - click on the "1.Calculate Recipe" button and the grams of each oil will be calculated for you. Magic!
To view the whole recipe, click on the "2.View or Print Recipe" button and a pop up will appear with the recipe in it all set for you to use.
SoapCalc also gives you the option to set your water percentages and the superfat. You will find those options in sections 3 and 4.
Explore the calculator by clicking on the section buttons for explanations. You should also check out the 'How to use soapcalc' link at the top of the SoapCalc page.
If you really want to learn how to do percentages, it's not hard at all.
Using your calculator:
1. type in 647,
2. hit the "x" key,
3. type in 20
4. hit the "%" key
The answer should be 129.4. That's how many grams of coconut oil you would use if you wanted it to be 20% of 647 grams.
Good luck,
Cathy