Do you use lye or glycerin in your soaps?

just wanted to know if there is lye or do you use glycerin? in your body soaps.

Sure. This is a good question. Crafters like to use something called Melt and Pour Glycerin Soap. This is a semi clear block that can be melted down and will reform upon cooling. It is fun to add strange scents and colors and even to put little toys inside of the bars. Thing is, these so-called “Glycerin Soaps” are mostly chemicals that you might want to avoid. M&P “soaps” may or may not contain any actual soap molecules. The foaming agent is triethanolalomine, about 15%. Glycerin (vegetable, animal or synthetic) is about 20%, and the bulk of the formula is propylene glycol (antifreeze). Soap molecules can be added to the ingredients to further obfuscate (cover up and confuse) the identification of the product.

While some people like to use M&P bars on their skin, many others do not, particularly people with Reactive Bodies or sensitive skin, which are a good portion of our Vermont Soap family of loyal customers. Vermont Soap is home to Master Soapmakers, who are quite dedicated to their craft. We start with certified organic vegetable oils and mix them with water and lye to make soap and glycerin. After several hours the batch thickens and is poured into wooden block molds. Several days later the molds are opened and the blocks are cut into bricks and then into bars. Next we use a month long slow curing process to perfect the bar. THIS is how the mildest soap that can be made is created.

We have several videos of our processes and encourage you to read the About Our Soap section of the website.

All the Best!

Soapman

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