About Us

Hi, I'm Ann! I'm the owner and creator behind The Soap is a Lye. 

I decided to start The Soap is a Lye in January 2021 because I realized how much I loved making soap. Since making my Tea Tree and Charcoal Face Wash Bar I noticed the changes in my skin and wanted to share that with others. So I started to research why is it my face bar left my skin feeling cleaner then the face wash I found at the store. It turns out a majority of soaps and washes on the market are not soaps by FDA Standards. (Source)

According to the FDA a true soap is:

  1. Composed mainly of "alkali salts of fatty acids". Simply put, combining oils (ex. coconut, olive or caster oil) with lye. 
  2. Those alkali salts of fatty acids must be the only material that results in the product's cleaning action.

I figured that it was maybe just the cheap stuff that I tended to buy on sale, but then I saw that Dove had "Sodium Lauroyl Isethionate" in it, ad that is a synthetic detergent cleaner and emulsifier. So Dove soap does not meet the FDA definition of a true soap. 

The name The Soap is a Lye comes from two conversations. The video game Portal had graffiti saying "the cake is a lie" throughout the game. So when I heard there was online debate about soap that does not contain lye, it was clear to me "The Soap is a Lye."