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“Wait a minute… sodium hydroxide?? Isn’t that LYE????”
We’re so glad you brought that up… Yes, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is also commonly known as “lye”. All soap contains sodium hydroxide (and/or potassium hydroxide). By it’s very definition, soap is, “A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars, granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.” (answers.com). Sodium hydroxide is used in lots of things, including foods you eat on a regular basis-- olives, pretzels, and Chinese noodles all utilize lye in their preparation.

“But my soap doesn’t have lye in it…”
If your “soap” doesn’t contain lye you either 1) don’t have soap at all, you have detergent 2) you have soap and the label is missing a key ingredient or 3) the label could possibly refer to the lye in a different…

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  • Born on November 6
  • Joined February 6, 2008

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“Wait a minute… sodium hydroxide?? Isn’t that LYE????”
We’re so glad you brought that up… Yes, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) is also commonly known as “lye”. All soap contains sodium hydroxide (and/or potassium hydroxide). By it’s very definition, soap is, “A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars, granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.” (answers.com). Sodium hydroxide is used in lots of things, including foods you eat on a regular basis-- olives, pretzels, and Chinese noodles all utilize lye in their preparation.

“But my soap doesn’t have lye in it…”
If your “soap” doesn’t contain lye you either 1) don’t have soap at all, you have detergent 2) you have soap and the label is missing a key ingredient or 3) the label could possibly refer to the lye in a different way, maybe as “saponified oils of…” or something like “sodium cocoate”. Soap has always been made this way; the process is a lot more accurate now though, being that we don’t need to macerate wood ashes in boiling water to obtain the caustic substance.

If your grandma’s soap gave you the itchies, no need to worry, that isn’t something you’ll experience with our artisanal cold process soaps. Through the process of saponification, all of the sodium hydroxide reacts with the natural oils and we actually ensure that there is more than enough oil for the reaction, that way we can provide you with luscious, lather-crazy, conditioning bars of soap.





Some of the press featuring Dhara Holistics (formerly Luscious Naturals):

Article @ VivaLaMode:
http://issuu.com/gilbea/docs/vivalamoda1/21

Indieview @ The IndiePath
http://theindiepath.blogspot.com/2008/02/indieview-with-egcg-member-cassidy.html

Small Feature on IndieFixx
http://indiefixx.com/2008/03/24/guest-blog-indie-is-the-new-green-by-jessica-gonacha-a-day-in-the-life/

Interview on FatChic.net:
http://fatchic.dianarajchel.com/2008/04/08/luscious-naturals/

Feature on Keeper of the Home:
http://www.keeperofthehome.org/2008/04/im-so-glad-youre-here.html

Interview on the Eco Blog
http://earthyfinds.blogspot.com/2008/04/luscious-naturals.html

Mention on GoodToGoEco
http://www.goodtogoeco.com/Default.aspx?tabid=57&EntryID=4

The Green Girls:
http://www.thegreengirls.com/blog/post/2008/10/Eco-Chic-Weekly---October-272c-2008.aspx

Inhabitat Gift Guide:
http://www.inhabitat.com/gifts-under-20/

**Policies**
All NJ buyers will pay state sales tax, international customers are responsible for their own customs & vat fees. I reserve the right to cancel an order at my discretion.

I live ecoconsciously, and I practice business the same way--all of my containers are recyclable, I recycle packing materials where possible, I buy locally where I can and strive to lessen my carbon footprint. Pass it on!

Check out Indie Collective--http://www.indiecollective.net/ it's a fantastic source for finding just about anything you want!

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