“I can’t use soap with lye in it.”
“Do you put lye in your soap?”
“My grandmother put lye in her soap and it broke me out.”
Most soap makers have heard statements like these. Some of you are probably reading this now and thinking the same thing.
Does Abundantly You Bath and Body use lye to make soap?
The short answer is that you cannot make soap without lye.
To make soap you blend a lye solution with a solution of oils. We enhance our soap solutions by adding in a variety of milk, clays, and exfoliants. We use various blends of carrier and essential oils. There are more ways to make soap than I count. Yet, the one ingredient that cannot be left out of the equation is lye.
Lye is the essential component that chemically changes oils to soap. This process is called saponification. We take two solutions, blend them together, and create a product that has its own unique identity. The two original solutions no longer exist as they were.
We do not put lye in our soap, but we use lye to make soap.
So when you use our soaps, you are not putting lye on your skin. You are cleansing with skin safe soap.
What about grandma’s homemade soap that broke us out?
Soap making has come a long way. Back in the day, most of our sweet grandmothers did not have hi-tech instruments. They did not have access to formulated lye calculators. They were likely limited to the kinds of oils and fats they could purchase to make soap. Ordering a pound of jojoba oil or kokum butter online was not an option.
Lye is caustic and extremely dangerous on its own. Using too much lye can irritate the skin. Today we have books, courses, and apps to guide us into how to use lye properly.
Soap makers should be properly trained in soap making. However, there is less guesswork in soap making today.
Grannie's soaps were harsh, but that doesn't mean she didn’t have the right ingredients. Like with any recipe, proper measurements make the difference.
What about Pinterest pins? They say you can make soap without lye.
There is a way to craft soap without having to be hands-on with lye. The process is commonly known as melt and pour soap making.
You can purchase blocks of soap base online or at a craft store. However, it has already gone through the saponification process. The soap base was made with lye. By purchasing a soap base, you can skip that step at home.
The soap base will lather and cleanse right out of the package. That is because it is already proper soap. Melt and pour soap allows you to melt the base and add in ingredients like fragrances or coloring.
I compare it to semi-homemade cooking. I can bake a cake from scratch or use a box mix. In both cases the end result is cake. However, the advantage of making a cake from scratch is that you regulate what ingredients go inside.
At Abundantly You, we take pride in controling every ingredient that goes into our soaps. That is why we choose soap making processes that allow us to formulate natural soaps from scratch.
We formulate soaps for specific skin care needs. Our soaps are made of natural saponified oils. Then we add in other natural ingredients that are nourishing and healthy for the skin.
We believe that age-old natural ingredients and modern technology can go hand in hand. It makes our soap bars safer and more moisturizing then what grandma used to make. ;)
So is it safe to use lye in soap making? Absolutely! In fact, you cannot have soap without it.
We have spent years honing our craft and taking advantage of modern tech to provide you with gentle, cleansing soap bars.
Have more questions about lye in soap? Leave us a comment below!
Sincerely, The Abundantly You Team