Any skin or hair cleansing product made without lye is not soap - IT IS A DETERGENT 🤔🤔 Think about that!!! ⠀⠀
When SAPONIFICATION (the chemical reaction of making soap) is complete, the lye together with the butter and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into SOAP.
Therefore, lye is never actually present in the handmade soaps that you take home with you. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
When an acid and a base combine they neutralize each other and make a salt. In soap-making terms, saponification is the name for a chemical reaction between fats and lye to form a salt called "SOAP."