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Sodium Hydroxide (Lye)

Written by Amber Harder

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Posted on March 18 2020

Sodium Hydroxide, also known as lye, is necessary in the making of soap.  Handmade soap is made with a process called saponification.  This process is the mixing of lye (sodium hydroxide), water, & oils to create a chemical reaction that effectively bonds them all together.  This process also creates glycerin, a natural humectant that draws moisture to the skin.  This is yet another reason why handmade soap is so much better for you.

 

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