Why is there Lye, a chemical, in my soap?
Lye is an essential ingredient in all handmade, cold processed soaps. It is the catalyst that turns the liquid vegetable oils we use (olive, coconut, etc) into the hardened product. At the end of the soap making process, due to the reaction, there is actually no lye left in the final product.
We include lye in the ingredients section of our soap bars to be completely transparent on how we craft our soap. If you see any lye-free soaps out there, they are either made out of alternative chemicals or they are just saying that because there is no lye in the final product.
To summarize, our soaps are 100% vegetable based and there is no lye in the final product.