Do you have Lye Soap?
This is one question that we get quite often when we are out at events.
There really is 2 answers to this question:
One - Yes we offer lye soap, Since Lye (either Sodium Hydroxide or Potassium Hydroxide) is needed in order to make the chemical reaction to turn Butters and Oils into soap. Since Southern Soap Shop handcraft every batch of soap we produce I can tell you yes our bar soaps are made with Lye (Sodium Hydroxide).
Two - If you look deeper into the question of the person who is asking you may discover that what they are actually looking for is an handcrafted artisan soap made out of coconut oil, olive oil and lard with no scent and no color added to it, which is what they made decades ago. In fact this is the type of soap my grandmother made and we use to make this recipe but have now moved away from it. Some might remember this soap as it burned sometimes on your skin, because back then they didn't know the right amount of lye or pot ash to put in with the oils and fat to make that chemical reaction and sometimes it came out Lye heavy. Which is why it would burn your skin. However this did make for a great hard bar of soap that lasted a long time some people would even use this type of soap as a stain stick and a laundry detergent. However as the times changed we learned exactly how much lye we need to make certain butters and oils go through this chemical reaction when mixed with the lye, so today's soaps made with these same ingredients will not burn your skin instead it will cleanse and condition your skin. So if this is the type of soap that you are looking for then the answer is no, but on the other side of that is I can make it for we do still have grandma's receipe and we do custom orders all the time.