How to make soap without lye

Even soaps that are sold in stores, and that are said to be gentle or safe for sensitive skin, are still made with lye. Made up of calcium hydroxide and lime, lye is a caustic chemical that is dangerous and corrosive. Those who are looking for a more chemical-free way to live are deciding to remove lye-based products from their home environment. One of these products, is your daily bar of soap. You can replace your store-bought bar of soap with a homemade version that will be lye free and very easy to make. A glycerine-based soap is a much healthier replacement for your traditional store brand.

Cut the glycerine along the premeasured lines. Usually about two to three cut pieces will make one bar of soap.

Melt the glycerine until it becomes a clear liquid in a double boiler.

Add the food dye and stir until the desired soap colour is achieved.

Add a few drops of your favourite essential oil or fragrance to your glycerine bar.

Add fun things to your glycerine bar. Use beads, small trinkets, buttons or anything that will make it look pretty. Add things that the kids would like too. Everyone in the house can have their own specially designed glycerine soap bar.

Pour your completed liquid mixture into the soap moulds, and allow to cool for at least an hour. When it is cooled, you are ready to use your new bar of homemade glycerine soap.


Be cautious when working with the hot glycerine, and always pour it carefully.

Things You'll Need

  • Glycerine block
  • Utility knife
  • Double boiler
  • Food colouring
  • Essential oil
  • Stirring spoon
  • Embellishments
  • Soap moulds
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About the Author

Jonae Fredericks started writing in 2007. She also has a background as a licensed cosmetologist and certified skin-care specialist. Jonae Fredericks is a certified paraeducator, presently working in the public education system.