The short answer is that soap is made by mixing a fatty acid (oils) with a base (alkali or lye). These two components chemically combine to form soap! I use the cold-process soap making method which means I do not add any additional heat during the soap making process. All soap bars are cured for a minimum of 3 to 4 weeks to insure a hard, long lasting, mild bar of soap.
Is there lye in your soap?
Lye is needed to make any form of handcrafted soap. By the time the chemical reaction between the oils and the lye is complete, there is no lye in the final bar of soap.
Handmade soap is better than commercially produced soap. Commercial soaps are generally made with synthetic detergents, stabilizers and fragrances. These chemicals can be very harsh and irritating to the skin. Handcrafted soap is gentle and moisturizing to the skin because of the emollient oils used to create them. Handcrafted soap is good for the skin because it retains all the natural glycerin that results from the soap making process. Glycerin, a humectant, attracts moisture to the skin.
Commercial soaps are often drying because the natural glycerin has been removed during the manufacturing process. My soap is made with natural ingredients like organic coconut oil, almond and essential oils, not chemicals like Sodium Laureth Sulfate (a chemical detergent and possible skin irritant) and Trisodium Etidronate (a chemical preservative and possible skin irritant).
Another benefit to handmade soap is that it is handcrafted with love & care by a human being, not created by a machine in a factory.
Thats why I’m all about handcrafted soap and skincare.
Better for you and the planet!