The cookie settings on this website are set to 'allow all cookies' to give you the very best experience. Please click Accept Cookies to continue to use the site. Sodium hydroxide has many uses in cosmetics, the most common being for it's use in the production of handmade soap where sodium hydroxide is used in the saponification of oils. Sodium hydroxide is also used as a technical ingredient, to adjust pH and to neutralise ingredients, a key example would be for the neutralisation of Carbomer. Our Sodium hydroxide has been specifically tested for it's compatibility with Cosmetic ingredients and it's use as a Saponifier in the production of handmade Soap.
Sodium Hydroxide, Calcium Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide and Potassium Hydroxide are white solids which occur in several forms, including powders. In cosmetics and personal care products, Sodium, Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium Hydroxide are used in the formulation of bath products, cleansing products, fragrances, foot powders, hair dyes and colors, makeup, nail products, personal cleanliness products, shampoos, shaving products, depilatories, skin care products, and suntan products. Sodium and Calcium Hydroxide are also used in hair straighteners and hair wave sets. Magnesium Hydroxide is also used as an absorbant. Sodium Hydroxide has historically been used to hydrolyze fats and form soaps. It is also called caustic soda, soda lye or sodium hydrate. Calcium Hydroxide is also know as hydrated lime.
Why do some lotions and creams have sodium hydroxide in them?!
Sodium hydroxide NaOH , also known as caustic soda or lye, is a highly versatile substance used in a variety of manufacturing processes. Sodium hydroxide is a co-product of chlorine production. Sodium hydroxide is used to manufacture many everyday products, such as paper, aluminum, commercial drain and oven cleaners, and soap and detergents. Sodium hydroxide is used to manufacture soaps and a variety of detergents used in homes and commercial applications. Chlorine bleach is produced by combining chlorine and sodium hydroxide.
If you read the ingredients of our soaps, you would notice Sodium Hydroxide NaOH as a common ingredient in all of them. In chemical terms, soap is a product of a chemical reaction between a fatty acid oil and a base Sodium Hydroxide dissolved in water. In fact, Lye is the solution that you get when you mix Sodium Hydroxide and water.