Thank goodness for lye calculators!!
Don't get me wrong...I love a challenge just as much as the next person but picking up a pencil and paper to figure out how much lye is needed for a new recipe I want to try isn't my idea of time well spent. Not with the vast array of free calculators on the web begging me to use them.
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Some not only tell me how much lye I need, but also help me to answer questions like 'Will these oils produce a good lather?' or 'Will this recipe make a conditioning or cleansing bar of soap?'.
This information is valuable to a soap maker....it takes some of the trial and error element out of soap making. We have enough of that already!
Lye calculators have become a necessary tool for soap makers. They provide us with the ability to quickly and easily recalculate old recipes or create new ones...all at the click of a button.
Below you will find links to a good selection of these wonderful tools and a few details about each one.
SoapCalc is a wonderfully detailed lye calculator for liquid and bar soaps. It includes information on soap qualities and fatty acid make-up of oils.
Measurements are in ounces, grams, pounds and percentages. It also allows you to choose your water and super-fat amounts. Each section of the tool has a click-able number that provides helpful information.
Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild allows you to use sodium and/or potassium hydroxide and will calculate by percentage or weight.
It works in grams, pounds, ounces and also lets you choose your super-fat, lye discount and water amount.
Bramble Berry has a basic calculator for liquid and solid soap making. It works in ounces, grams and percentages. You can super-fat the recipe from 0-10% and it uses a fixed amount of water.
Majestic Mountain Sage measures in ounces, grams and pounds and works for both sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. It has fixed water and super-fat amounts.
Cranberry Lane has a basic beginners calculator for cold process soap making. You can measure in ounces or grams and has fixed water and super-fat amounts.
Suds and Scents is another basic calculator for cold process soap making. Calculates in grams or ounces and has fixed water and super-fat amounts.
Natural Soap Calculator is a basic calculator for cold process soap making. It works in ounces and uses fixed water and superfat amounts.
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