No lye -- no soap. You can buy pre-made "soap base", which is just unscented, uncolored soap (which they made with lye and fat), but it may have other additives in it, and it's expensive.
If it wasn't made with lye and fat, it is not SOAP. You *can* make your own lye from wood ashes or something; after all, that's how soap used to be made. But it's messy and won't be standard and measurable and your soap will be different every time (and softer, I think...). I've never done it.
Most of the "bath bars" (and body washes, etc.) you get in the stores are not soap at all, but petroleum detergent. Two exceptions that I know of -- Ivory is soap, but they take out the naturally-occurring glycerin to sell it separately, and that makes Ivory very, very drying to the skin. And Dove is soap, but they add lots of chemicals to it.
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> Is not possible to make soap without lye?
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> Soap is easy to make once you get the hang of it, and as long as you
> keep in mind that being CARELESS with LYE CAN KILL ! L
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