In case you've ever wondered what a soapmaker goes through to determine what kind of ingredients to add to their soap, we all use an online calculator. It saves us hours of math.
We can either plug in little bits of leftover oils, and build the formula around that, or we can put in the amount of water or goat milk to see how much lye we have to add. Yes, you cannot make soap without the lye.
You see, the lye, when mixed with either water or goat milk, and then mixed with the various oils, goes through a process called saponification. That is when the lye solution molecules attach themselves to the oil molecules and are eaten up by the oil. By the time you get your soap bar, the lye has been completely eaten by the oil molecules and the result is a solid bar.
By using this soap calculator, I can also guarantee our soaps will be the most luxurious that you can purchase. For example, when we say in our standard soaps, there is over one ounce of goat milk in each bar, it is because the calculator has told me that I should put 38 ounces of milk. That formula makes 32 bars, so there is over one ounce of milk in each bar.