You can't have soap without LYE
Is there such thing as L Y E - F R E E soap? Short answer, nope.
All ‘true’ handmade soap is made with oils, butters, and lye (sodium hydroxide). If anyone is telling you that they make lye-free soap, well, they're.....lye-ing!! 😏
So what's the big deal? Sodium hydroxide is an alkali and a caustic ingredient, meaning it's a strong corrosive that can burn and damage your skin if you're careless. It's been used as a drain cleaner, found in some foods for preservation against mold and bacteria, and small amounts can be found in skincare to adjust pH (to make it skin friendly and safe).
“𝑰 𝒅𝒐𝒏’𝒕 𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒑𝒖𝒕 𝒍𝒚𝒆 𝒐𝒏 𝒎𝒚 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒏!” Not to worry, neither do I!
When the oils and lye combine and emulsify, a wonderful chemical reaction occurs called S A P O N I F I C A T I O N, which turns the oils, fats, lipids, and lye into soap. In the final bar, there is no lye in your bar of soap. So lye never touches your skin. 🙃
The more you know 🎶🎵🎶