The possibility of making soap without lye
Making soap without lye is that possible?
Here is how I answer this question.
Because more people are becoming aware of the chemical content that is in everyday products that everyone uses; there is an increasing number of individuals who are turning to organically grown and natural products in order to avoid all of the chemicals such as pesticides. A lot of people are even going as far as organically sourced clothing fabrics and personal hygiene products.
Due to the change in consumer behavior there is an increase in the number of people who are interested in making soap at home and more specifically making soap without lye.
The thing is; it’s not really possible to make soap without the inclusion of lye.
When you buy soap making kits to use at home or follow recipes that are considered to be making soap without lye through the melt and pour method, that merely refers to the fact that the person using the kit or following the recipe is not actually adding the lye to the mixture themselves. You can also use the rebatching method whereas you use soap noodles or soap flakes as a base to create other soaps.
That is NOT because there is no lye in the soap, but only because that step has already been taken care of when the glycerin soap bars or flakes used in the recipe were made in the first place.
It is not a NO LYE soap recipe, simply a you do not need to deal with the lye recipe.
Making soap without lyeis not possible because the oils and fats that you put into the soap need thelye to react with in order to make the caustic solution that is needed formaking soap. It is fair to say that lye is an important part of making soap sothat the chemical process takes place.
There is no such thing as a soap thatdoes not contain lye as the process of making the soap does require it andcannot happen without it. People thatare still concerned about using lye and would rather be making soap without lye can choose a compromise because althoughit is not possible to make soap without the lye it is possible to reduce theamount of lye that is used.
The process ofusing less lye is known as super fatting or lye discounting. This process meansthat you either lessen the percentage of lye and keep the amount of oils thesame or keep the volume of lye the same and increase the amount of oils. Some people like this idea as they feelassured that the lye molecules did indeed transform and that there is no riskof rogue lye molecules within the soap.
The recipes available on this website for making soap will state the correct lye calculations – it is always a good idea to double-check the calculations prior to starting. There are some lye calculators that can be used online and these are free to use. These calculators will allow you to make calculations on a range of different mixtures and you just need to be aware of how percentages work.
Using lye when making soap at home really isn’t all that difficult if you follow the instructions and take the precautions advised.
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