Did you know that in order to be called “soap” there has to be lye in the recipe? No lye, no soap! You can call it a beauty bar but you can’t call it soap unless lye has been blended with the oils. The magic that happens when oils and lye come together and create soap is called saponification. I love the way those six syllables roll off the tongue…sa-pon-i-fi-ca-tion!
One of the side effects of saponification is the creation of glycerin. A bar of soap naturally contains up to 30% glycerin. But Chris, you say, if that were true, why does my store-bought soap seem to dry my skin so badly?