Most of us know that George Washington Carver made soap using peanuts but few of us know how he did it. So I went to find out.l What I learned is shocking. The truth is that all soap, even Ivory, has lye in it. That's how soap is made. Soap is saponified fat (lard, vegetable oil, etc.). How do you saponify fat? By mixing it with lye. The lye causes a chemical reaction that turns the fat molecules into soap molecules. You cannot make soap without lye. There are some cleansing bars that say they aren't soap. But we know lots of times when a product says it doesn't contain one thing it turns out to have something else just as or even more dangerous to replace it. So I googled around to find a way to make a cleanser without soap. It's pretty easy. The draw back is that I can't make a large quantity of whatever i make because without preservatives it will become rancid. There are some natural preservatives like essential oils or grapefruit seed extract but I haven't tried them yet. What I did try is oatmeal. Oatmeal is a natural cleanser. Get the kind you cook rather than the instant kind you just pour hot water on. Just plain old Quaker oatmeal. Put three tablespoons on a white unbleached washcloth, fold the wash cloth to hold the oatmeal then run warm water over it. The oatmeal will seep through as you wash your face. Rinse with cool water and follow up with raw shea butter. Now my face feels soooooo soft and clean. I haven't tried it on my whole body yet. I guess I'd have to use a rubberband or something to keep the washcloth closed while I wash my back and stuff. BTW toothpaste has lye in it also. Read the ingredients you will see sodium hydroxide. Triclosan is also a very dangerous substance used in toothpaste.