Michelle, You absolutely need lye to make soap as …
You absolutely need lye to make soap as it is the product that saponifies your oils into soap. But once it is mixed, it becomes neutralized and does not irritate skin.
SLS = sodium lauryl sulphate is a cheap detergent added to liquids to make them foam up….such as shampoos, shower gels, bubble baths. Now this product will strip skin of oil and is irritating and most likely the cause of eczema etc. They actually use this product in garages to remove oil from the floors….yuch! Most commercial products contain this….check out the labels in the shampoo, shower gel aisles. As soapmakers, we do not need this product, using coconut oil will add lather to our products. The more we make people aware of SLS, the more they will appreciate handmade soap products.
Nic also commented
I am looking for an easier recipe and instructions to making liquid soap from scratch. For shower gels or liquid hand soap. I have difficulty with acheiving a consistent consistency in my liquid soaps.
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May 20, 2011 by soapmakerj