# Ghost Swirl Water/Lye Amount??

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#### troyrim01

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Hey guys

I'm wanting to try the ghost swirl technique but I'm a little confused on altering my recipe.

My recipe is:
10.2oz. Olive Oil
6.8oz. Coconut Oil
8.5oz. Palm Oil
8.5oz. Canola (Rapeseed) Oil
4.7oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
11.2oz. Distilled Water

I know how to divide my oils into 2 or 3 equal parts, but I'm confused on changing my lye solution. I need one solution at 44% NaOH and 56% water. And another solution at 30% NaOH and 70% water. How much ounces of lye and water do I need for each solution and how do I work it out?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

#### topofmurrayhill

Hey guys

I'm wanting to try the ghost swirl technique but I'm a little confused on altering my recipe.

My recipe is:
10.2oz. Olive Oil
6.8oz. Coconut Oil
8.5oz. Palm Oil
8.5oz. Canola (Rapeseed) Oil
4.7oz. Sodium Hydroxide Lye
11.2oz. Distilled Water

I know how to divide my oils into 2 or 3 equal parts, but I'm confused on changing my lye solution. I need one solution at 44% NaOH and 56% water. And another solution at 30% NaOH and 70% water. How much ounces of lye and water do I need for each solution and how do I work it out?

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Divide your NaOH exactly the way you divide your oils.

2 equal portions of oil, 2 equal portions of NaOH
4.7 oz / 2 = 2.35 oz for each portion

3 equal portions
4.7 oz / 3 = 1.57 oz for each portion

Once you know the NaOH amounts, you can figure out the water. Lets do the 2 portions as an example. The formula is:

(NaOH Amount / Percentage) - NaOH Amount

For 30% lye strength:

(2.35 / .30) - 2.35
7.83 - 2.35
5.48 oz water

For 44% lye strength:

(2.35 / .44) - 2.35
5.34 - 2.35
2.99 oz water

#### troyrim01

##### Well-Known Member
Thank you very much! I really appreciate that. Also, does it matter that the two portions of water (5.48oz + 2.99oz) doesn't equal the original 11.2oz of water?