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.
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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