Hi Earthmother99. First I would make sure I have entered the information on top correctly, such as whatever measurement unit your using.If you use ounces, it automatically defauts to 16. You can change that. Enter superfat, fragrance, etc. The calculate should come up with a circle filled in on ounces or pounds or whatever measurement you chose. After you select your oil, and press+, you put in your weight measure for that oil. When you complete all the oils: 1) Press Calculate Recipe. That gives you the total in weight of your oils. After that 2) Click on View/Print Recipe. Then look up on your tabs. A new tab will open that says View/Print Recipe. Click on that tab. That's where you find your recipe listed and in pink on the top of that page you will see your water and lye amounts. Hope this helps.