In the old days lye was the only option for soap making. Although lye is a great choice for soap making, there are other alternatives. Lye is a very harsh chemical making it undesirable, to some, for usage in products that are used on the skin.
Glycerine soap is made out of vegetable oils and glycerine. Glycerine has no odor or color and it is a sugar toxicity and reacts with alcohol. It is a good moisturizing soap and it can be good for those that have sensitive skin. It also is not made with animal by-products.
A very simple recipe for glycerine soap can be followed. Distilled water, glycerine and soap flakes will make a very easy, mild soap. Any desired colors or fragrances can be added to the soap. It typically takes about 24 hours for a soap mold of this type of set and be ready for use.
Glycerine soap is a great option for those that make soap and do not want to use lye. While lye is fine for soap making, it can be difficult to find and it dangerous if you are not familir with it. The need of a lye calculator also makes using lye a bit challenging. You want to get the ratio of fat and lye right when making soap and the availability of a lye calculator is unlikely.
Glycerine soap seems to be very popular these days. If you are looking to try your hand at soap making, glycerine is a nice and easy ingredient to use. Glycerine bars of soap can also be purchased and melted down to create a new soap. Add in the herbal extracts that are desired and make a new soap.
Glycerine soap can be bought in stores and used as is or melted down and altered.