What is Lye Soap
This is a great question that we asked often at
thesoapguy.com. Most often people are refering to soap that they
remember their grandmother making. This soap which was typically
made with animal fats and drippings that were saved from cooking
once a month or so these fats were then mixed with lye laden water
and boiled in large kettle in the backyard. this type of
soap was typically very harsh on the skin. It was also a multi
purpose soap that was often ued as a laundry soap as well because
of its harsh properties it became known in folk lore as cure all
. Sometimes you may see this type of soap referred to as poison-ivy
soap. It was also known to cure the itching from mosquito bite
and I am sure that it probably did along with taking off your
top layer of skin.
There was a great story of Oprah grandmother
trying to teach her how to make soap and becoming very frustrated
with lack of interest in the project. Maybe
she knew something her grandmother did not.
Today lye soap is more generally known as soap
that is homemade. This type of soap can be made from animal
lard or not. Whenever one makes handmade soap they must use lye(sodium
hydroxide) if they are using the cold processed handmad
esoap amking method. This is the key to naming your soap lye soap.
If someone disputes this you will change their preconceived ideas
that lye soap can onlu be made with lard, but I beg to
differ. All of our olive oil soap here at the soap guy is made
with the finest olive and absolutely no animal products and we
call our soap lye soap all day long.
We have a very nice list of soapmakers who actually
make the old fashioned lye soap that I have described.
Go ahead and check the other categrories to gett an idea of what
they are offering.