Sodium Hydroxide is not what you think!

Sodium Hydroxide

(Potassium Hydroxide)

With our new packaging, we have updated the labels and refreshed all the wording to be ahead of the curve in compliance. Sodium Hydroxide (and Potassium Hydroxide) are essential ingredients to the soap making process. There is no cold process soap that can be made without it. Once the Sodium/Potassium Hydroxide mixes with the oils in the soap, the saponification process occurs and there is absolutely no Sodium/Potassium Hydroxide left in the finished product. With FDA regulations, you can either list the Sodium/Potassium Hydroxide as an ingredient or change the wording on the oils used (ex. Sodium cocoate* instead of coconut oil), and we chose to make it easier for our customers to recognize and know their ingredients (instead of having to look them all up).

*Sodium cocoate is a ‘0’ on


The term saponification is the name given to the chemical reaction that occurs when a vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with a strong alkali. The products of the reaction are two: soap and glycerin. Water is also present, but it does not enter into the chemical reaction. The water is only a vehicle for the alkali, which is otherwise a dry powder.

The name saponification literally means "soap making". The root word, "sapo", is Latin for soap. The

Italian word for soap is sapone. Soap making as an art has its origins in ancient Babylon around 2500 -

2800 B.C. (28).