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Grandma’s Lye Soap – Giveaway & Coupon

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Skin & Hair Care | 26 comments

Grandma's Lye Soap

The nice folks at Grandma’s Lye Soap sent us some soap to review (it’s awesome, read on). Plus, they’re offering you the chance to win their winter skincare gift set and a coupon for a free bar of soap when you try their soaps. Good luck and enjoy!

About Grandma’s Lye Soap

As the name implies, Grandma’s Lye Soap was first made by Grandma in 2002. Today, she and her husband make a whole line of natural products. They never use detergents or additives, their product base of food grade lard comes from the U.S. and they make all of their soaps in the U.S.

Is lye soap harsh? Lye corrodes metal!

I’ve heard from some people who are afraid to use lye soap because lye is a corrosive material. Or they’ve had a bad experience with a lye soap or heard from others who had.

So let’s set the record straight: it’s impossible to make soap without lye though it’s fair to say not all soaps are made equal. As a side note, many commercial “soaps” are made with chemicals and petroleum byproducts, they do not use lye but they are also not a real soap.

A well-made bar of lye soap is great for skin and most will not find it harsh at all. Lye soap has three main ingredients – lard, water and lye – which combine to form glycerin, a substance naturally found in the skin. Glycerin is a cleansing agent – it removes dirt and oil – and it helps your skin attract and retain moisture.

Usually, when someone has a bad experience with lye soap it’s because the ingredients in the soap were not mixed in the right proportions and the chemical reactions during the sopanification process did not complete, leaving lye behind. If there’s lye left in the soap, the user will find it harsh.

When in doubt, smell or lick the soap. Soap that burns your nose or “zaps” you on the tongue has unprocessed lye and should never be used.

Is lye soap environmentally friendly?

Yes! Lye soap is all-natural and biodegradable as long as no chemicals, such as artificial fragrances, have been added to it.

How good is Grandma’s Lye Soap?

In January, I received a free trial sized 2 ounce bar of Grandma’s Lye Soap (original). The bar was small and I wondered if it would last long enough for me to give it a fair review. I had also been enjoying the homemade body wash I had been making and, being partial to body washes over bar soap, I was curious to see how they compared.

I’ve been using the Grandma’s Lye Soap for about a month now, and it’s been bitterly cold in Pittsburgh with temperatures frequently below zero and not usually above freezing. This type of weather really dries out your skin so Grandma’s Lye Soap was put to the test to see how gentle and moisturizing it could be.

The bar itself has a very mild, soap smell, but there are no added scents to irritate dry or sensitive skin. In the shower the soap creates a nice thick, milky lather that stays close to the skin.

I was very happy with the result of my trial. Grandma’s Lye soap proved to be very moisturizing, despite the colder and drier than usual weather this month. During this trial month I only moisturized a few times a week when I got out of the shower. This is a stark contrast to my friends who were ranting on Facebook this week about having to bathe in moisturizers multiple times a day because their skin is so dry and itchy.

And that little 2 ounce bar is only half gone, so I expect to be using it for another month!

Would I buy Grandma’s Lye Soap?

I’ll admit it, free is awesome and always seems better. It’s easy for bloggers, who get free products, to recommend you go out and pay money for things they love but won’t buy themselves because the cost and value doesn’t balance out. I didn’t have to pay for this soap but when my trial bar runs out, would I buy it? Yes.

A full-sized, 6 oz. bar is $5.00 and it would last me about 6 months. I can rationalize spending $10 a year on soap that’s good for me and good for the environment. The Grandma’s Lye soap I tried is perfect if you suffer from eczema, psoriasis or other dermatological conditions because the simple ingredients of lard, lye and water are all you need to keep your skin healthy. I don’t have sensitive skin and enjoy lightly scented soaps so I’m more inclined to buy the Grandma’s Assortment or a soap from the Secrets of Suzanne herbals line.

Grandma’s Lye Soap Giveaway & Coupon

Grandmas Lye Soap GiveawayAs mentioned earlier, the generous folks at Remwood Products have offered to give one lucky reader a Grandma’s Lye Soap Winter Gift Set, which includes a:

To be eligible to win you must like Grandma’s Lye Soap on Facebook or follow them on Twitter. All of the other options are just that, optional, but you’ll get extra points for each one and increase your chance of winning. Good luck!

UPDATE 03/04/14: Congratulations to our winner, Rebecca E. from South Carolina!


Remwood Products is also offering all of our readers a coupon, good until 03/31/2014. When you buy any 2 bars of soap you can get 1 free with the coupon code BLOGFREE. To use the coupon, call 1-800-345-3925 (unfortunately their having trouble with their website and it can’t be applied through the online shopping cart).


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Nicole knows making small changes for the greener add up over time and hopes you’re inspired to make some changes of your own after reading her articles. She focuses on easy, green, homemade personal products and green living tips for city dwellers. Nicole lives in Pittsburgh, PA and you can find her on twitter at @_nlg_.

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  1. Jennifer Vix

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap.

  2. Cynthia P

    Me, too. I’d also love to try grandma’s Lye soap! It would bring back good memories of MY OWN grandmother making soap in her basement many, many years ago.

  3. Vesper Meikle

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap! – I have never tried this before

  4. intensev5

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!
    Thanks Marlene V.

  5. Sandi Tymchuk

    I would love to win this prize! Please note that Facebook won’t allow me to like any more sites!

  6. Karen

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  7. Jennifer Monteiro

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap! I never heard of this before!

  8. Sherry M

    We have had such a long cold winter here, perhaps this would make my skin feel better.

  9. Julienne

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  10. Rosie

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap! It looks wonderful!

  11. Darlene Carbajal

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap! Thanks!

  12. Denise Davis

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap.

  13. M.Clark

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap. Thank you!!!

  14. Jessica

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  15. Maegan

    I would love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  16. jessica chan

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  17. Jennifer (robbins) A.

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap! I have a thing for fancy soaps. : )

  18. Becky Lyons Borgia (@BeckyatGUNIHCC)

    I’D LOVE TO TRY GRANDMA’S LYE SOAP! I have found that the more natural the soap, the softer my skin in.

  19. hmromoser

    I would love to try this soap because I like natural soaps.

  20. jasmine burdett

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Sarah S.

    I’m a Grandma’s user and have been since last summer when I found some at my local hardware store. I looooooove it! I USED to suffer from blackheads, whiteheads and acne. Not anymore. Not since I’ve switched solely to Grandma’s Acne Bar. And the more I use Grandma’s products the more I look down on chemical ridden products that are made only for their profits. I now know I can wash and know I wont need yet another chemical to mask what the first chemical ridden product has caused! We live in a world of man-made chemicals and by-products that harm us yet are claimed to do us “wonders”. Ever ‘wonder’ why you have so much skin problems?! Switch and see for yourself. I use the Acne bar for my face, lye soap, after workout bar and for my hair the shampoo/shave bar or the baking soda bar. If lotion is needed I use Grandma’s winter hand soother, even on my face if needed. One upside to the lotion is the grapefruit peel oil in it which leaves a light citrus scent. And my skin is at its best! You have nothing to lose, believe me!

  22. Clara

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  23. Jasmine P

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  24. Annemarie Z.

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  25. john hutchens

    I’d love to try Grandma’s Lye Soap!

  26. Maryann Schannauer

    would like to try Grandma’s Lye Soap

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