Is lye necessary?
by Jamie Brooks
(Mt. Nebo WV)
I want to make organic natural soap. Is Lye natural and safe and do you have to use it or are there other options?
In todays world, lye is chemically derived. In the old days it was obtained by leaching water through hardwood ashes but this method is very inconsistent when it comes to lye strength.
There are unfortunately no other options other than lye when it comes to making cold process soaps.
Soap is the result of a chemical reaction between a lye solution and fats/oils. Without lye you do not have soap.
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