## How to Convert %s to Weight Amounts

One of the questions I frequently get when I’m teaching classes at Otion is:

I got this great recipe from my grandmother. It looks like fun. But, it’s all in %s! How can I turn this awesome balm recipe into something I can work with? Help!

Answer: Your grandmother’s (fictional!) balm recipe can be recreated. Here’s an example of how I would do this.

Step one:Formula in percentages – everything equals 101% (preservative isn’t included in the 100% since you need preserve 100% of the product)

Mango Butter 25%

Stearic Acid 19%

Sweet Almond Oil 40%

Jojoba 11%

Polysorbate 20 4%

Lemongrass EO 1%

Preservative 1%

Total: 101%

Step Two: Convert these percentages to decimal numbers. Here is how that is done:

25% divided by 100 = .25

19% divided by 100 = .19

40% divided by 100 = .40

11% divided by 100 = .11

4% divided by 100 = .04

1% divided by 100 = .01

Step 3: Finally, multiple the decimal by how much you want to make. In this case, I’d like to make 22.5 ounces so this is multiplied by 22.5

.25 x 22.5 = 5.625

.19 x 22.5 = 4.275

.40 x 22.5 = 9.0

.11 x 22.5 = 2.475

.04 x 22.5 = .9

.01 x 22.5 = .225

= 22.5

Optional: Now, let’s do this in grams. Wha? Why grams? Ounces are not as preferable as grams because the unit of measure is much larger and clunkier. Converting this to grams gives us: 638 grams (1 ounce = 28.3495231 grams)(22.5 ounces x 28.3495231 grams = 637.864)

.25 x 638 = 159.5

.19 x 638 = 121.22

.40 x 638 = 255.2

.11 x 638 = 70.18

.04 x 638 = 25.52

.01 x 638 = 6.38

= 638

Viola! Simple math gets you a recipe that you can use. As for this recipe, it will be heavy, waxy and spreadable. I imagine it would work well for an elbow and foot cream and will not absorb in quickly.

I’ve often wondered the same thing. Thanks for the great tip!

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Thank you for making this so simple.

Thanks! My Girl is getting her first package of soap making stuff today!! She is very excited.

I am a “numbers” lady and love breaking a formula (or recipe) down. When I travel around with a calculator in hand, paper and pen, my husband comments, “Oh-oh, mad chemist at work!” Great post.

And, by the way, I am getting ready to order some Marrakesh. I absolutely love the scent, and hope you keep it in stock for a while. The happy pac that I received from you, brought forward a new customer!

That is a very simple-to-follow explanation. Thanks!

Can I ask a quick preservative question? Do I need a preservative in a lip balm?

Sprite, Please tell me how everything goes with the goodies your owner gets. If she needs any help, just tell her to ask =)

Mary, I love, love, love Marrakesh. I hope it stays around too! We’ll review sales numbers for everything mid-year and then start making plans on what to put on sale, to sample, to push etc…

Charity, No, you do not need to preserve lip balm. However, a little vitamin e or ROE would help to prevent the oils in the lip balm from going rancid. =)

Another great post; thank you! I’m not very good with every day math…

I should have paid more attention in school to the math that I thought I’d never use in real life. Thanks for the easy to understand lesson.

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! I have been wondering how to do that for awhile now but felt silly asking. Three cheers for Soap Queen!

I was just practicing this…LOL!!Great blog!!

oh thank GOD!! I am hopeless when it comes to equations, and I would have got there eventually, but this puts things into perspective! thankyou!

I want to triple my lotion batch, do I just multiply each ingredient by 3?

Or do I need to increse by percentages? How do I do that?

I would follow the formula Anne-Marie laid out above rather than just tripling your ingredients. Although it will probably be the same in the end. But it’s just a great skill to have so you can quickly adjust your recipe to any size.

- Amber

OMG. Thank you so much for this. I have been wondering how to do this for a long time.

Yay! Thank you so much for letting me know =) I’m glad you found it helpful.