How to Make Soap Without Lye


Making soap without lye is impossible, and anyone who tells you otherwise either isn't talking about actually making soap, or they don't know what they're talking about! Sorry to be blunt, but lye (either sodium hydroxide for bar soap, or potassium hydroxide for soft soap) is absolutely necessary in the chemical reaction that changes oils to soap.

Without lye, there is no chemical reaction, and thus no soap.

If you're just interested in adding scents and colors to soap, rather than creating soap from scratch, you can try rebatch or melt-and-pour soap, but... creating your own soap from scratch is such a great experience, and produces such a wonderful final product, it would be a shame for you to miss out on that.

I know, lye is a real turn off for most people. It's the biggest issue that stops people from making soap at home, and it's completely understandable. Lye IS dangerous. It can blind, burn, or kill you.

However, you should also be aware that, with proper precautions, the chance of having any trouble working with lye is greatly reduced. It's similar to working with bleach in your laundry and bathroom, or hot oil in your cooking - there's a danger, but if you understand how to work safely with it, and pay attention to what you're doing, you'll do fine. There are thousands of amateur soap-makers world-wide - and lye accidents are, thankfully, few and far between.

I'd hate for you to lose out on all the benefits of making your own soap because of lye, especially knowing that those dangers can be controlled by taking simple safety precautions!