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How To Make Soap At Home Without Lye

When it comes to soap, there are two types: standard soap, which we see in supermarkets and target, and all-natural soap, which is typically thought of as the non-toxic kind. Natural soap is created using only organic ingredients and soap bases. There must be no hydroxide or other potentially hazardous components, as well as any additives, in an all-natural soap.

Making soap without lye, on the other hand, is a falsehood. Saponification produces soap, but there are ways to reduce the quantity of lye required to generate soap. For the most part, melt and pour soap bases work as a substitute for lye. In this article, we'll show you how to make soap at home without lye.

The Benefit Of Making Soap At Home Without Lye

Some lye was left in the soap after saponification, making it rough on the skin and causing inflammation, blisters, and dryness in some people. Because lye is required for soap manufacture, it is critical to measure carefully to ensure that the exact amount of lye is used, is safe. To answer the question, when prepared properly and in moderation, lye soap is entirely safe. However, if you use a melt and pour soap base, you can lower the amount of lye used.

How to make soap at home without lye

How To Make Soap At Home Without Lye Recipe

Although it is difficult to making soap without lye, we may reduce its use and only utilize the amount required for saponification. Let's look at a recipe for how to make soap at home without lye, or less lye.


Shea Butter Melt And Pour Soap Base With Glycerin - 2.2 Ounce

Lye - 0.4 Ounce

Distilled Water - 4.3 Ounce 

Virgin Coconut Oil - 5.3 Ounce 

Shea Butter - 0.8 Ounce

Olive Oil - 8.0 Ounce 

Sunflower Oil - 3.5 Ounce  


  • Gather all of your components and weight them to the proper proportions. Because soap making without lye is a time-sensitive procedure, there isn't time to stop and measure in between, it's necessary to do this before you start.
  • In a small jar or bowl, combine the liquid oils: olive oil and sunflower oil.
  • In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil and shea butter until slightly melted, then set aside.
  • Make the Shea Butter Soap Base and the lye solution carefully now. Wear goggles and waterproof gloves at all times. First, weigh and measure each item separately.
  • In a sturdy glass container, combine Shea Butter Melt and Pour Soap Base, Glycerin, and lye at room temperature or in cool water. Again, this mixture will become quite heated and steam will be released at first. Stir until the lye is completely dissolved with a stainless steel spoon.
  • Your digital thermometer will come in handy at this point. When both the oils and the lye mixture have reached 105 degrees, combine them. The lye solution should be under 110 degrees Fahrenheit and within 10 degrees of the oil's temperature.
  • Blend the liquid oils into the melted butter and solids and whisk to combine once the Melt and Pour soap base and lye have been mixed. Make sure the temperature is correct. You're looking for 105 degrees, so if they've chilled, you may need to reheat them somewhat. The majority of your time will be spent waiting for the lye to cool to 105 degrees before starting to combine (called bringing the soap to trace).
  • Pour the created Melt and Pour Soap Base and lye combination into the oils slowly and carefully.
  • Blend the soup with an immersion blender until it reaches a trace consistency. The oils have saponified in this case. Continue to combine until the mixture is smooth and pudding-like. If you wish to include essential oils or other substances, this is the time to do so. A teaspoon of light essential oil, such as lavender, is added. Work fast to prevent the soap from hardening too much at this stage.
  • Transfer to molds as quickly as possible, tapping a few times to release air bubbles. Because they are easier to deal with, utilize individual silicone bar molds. The size of this mold is ideal for this recipe.
  • Protect soap from insulating (or not). Insulating soap results in a darker, more translucent final product. If you don't use insulation, your soap will be lighter and more opaque.
  • Remove the soap from the mold after two days.
  • Place for 30 days on a flat, well-ventilated surface. During this time, turn it over a few times.


Melt and pour soap bases are an excellent way to get started producing and exploring with your own cold process and hot process soaps. These lye-free soaps are gentle on the skin, give moisturization, provide relief from irritations, and may be customized. Now you have knew how to make soap at home without lye. The recipe is simple to follow and implement, try manufacturing soap without lye at home.


There are some of the frequently asked questions answered.

Q. Can soap be made without lye?

A. The answer is, in a nutshell, no. Lye must be used to make soap. The main ingredient in soap is lye. All goods that are legally allowed to be labeled as soap must have undergone the saponification process.

Q. What can you use instead of lye in soap?

A. Although melt and base soaps are the finest lye substitute, a small amount of them must still be used. Melt & pour bases include goat's milk soap foundation, shea butter soap base, glycerin soap base, cocoa butter soap base, and others.

Q. What happens if you don't use lye in soap?

A. The oils in your solution would stay oils if you didn't use lye. They would not be harmed in any way. To make soap, a chemical shift involving lye is required.

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