Lye & Saponification:
What are These Mysterious Sounding Words?
FIRST THING'S FIRST: Saponification literally means "soap making" and has it's origins in Ancient Babylon around 2500 - 2800 BC according to some sources. In order for saponification to occur lye is required.
You simply cannot call soap "a soap" without all the ingredients going through the saponification process - there's just no way around it. If it is made without lye, technically, it cannot and should not be called soap.
MADE WITH LYE DOES NOT MEAN CONTAINS LYE: A well made bar of soap does not contain any lye in the final product and this really is where things start to get interesting....
THE MAGIC PART: Just like a butterfly which emerges from it's cocoon after it's gone through it's transformation; the 6 Week Cure that my soaps go through allows for full saponification to occur. This organic reaction uses all the lye which then in turn leaves the final product completely free of any traces of this ingredient.
The difference between my homemade soaps and the majority of mass produced commercial soap is that mine are made with 5-7% more oils than what is required for saponification (aka. the transformation from oils into soap). This is of course why homemade soaps are more expensive, however, the skin benefits are worth it! My unique homemade soap recipes create an incredibly luxurious bar of soap providing your body with an abundance of exquisite ingredients which provide caring and loving moisture to your skin and never leaves it with that dry and tight feeling you may previously have experienced with soaps in the past.