Is the soap we believe to be natural made with lye?
As a soapmaker there are a number of questions that come up time and time again. One of them is about using Sodium Hydroxide (also known as lye) in soapmaking. Often, someone is (mis)informed that if lye is used, the ingredients are somehow tainted and the soap becomes harmful. I can assure you this is not true.
All Soap is made with Lye
Yep, that heading is no lye (see what I did there?). Even the dictionary agrees. In order to turn those natural, skin-loving oils into the soap you know and love, we have to add a strong alkali. Enter Sodium Hydroxide. So is all natural soap made with lye? Yes, lye is the reason why we get to have soap at all.
What Does Lye Do?
Some people simply can’t wrap their heads around how soapers can add such a strong chemical to soap. Well, you are in luck. I have previously written a post on how soap is made, which delves into the exciting world of soapy science.
No Nasty Chemicals on my Skin!!
Now I’ll bet you’re thinking “Eep, I don’t want to put lye on my skin”. After all it is a main ingredient in drain cleaner (yep, drain cleaner). Never fear, soap lovers, you are not putting any lye on your skin. Us soapmakers are a clever bunch. All our recipes ensure that the lye is completely used up, leaving the gorgeous, creamy, lathery Savage soap that you know and love.
So Soap is Still Natural?
Well, as you know, I am a scientist by training and I’m a bit of a stickler for being precise. The term ‘natural’ is not a regulated one. This means that just about anyone can use it if they think their product is natural. This is where I came up with the term ‘thoughtful ingredients’. I feel this term is most honest about how I make our Savages. Each ingredient serves a purpose for your skin and the product itself. Head on over here to browse some of our Savages made with our thoughtful ingredients.