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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2011 08:43:08 PM »

I have been buying Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) on Amazon and have been happy with the results. Sometimes our local true value can order it in in small amounts too.
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2011 11:29:20 PM »


I knew you would have some helpful links & because of you & fellow craftsters the bath & body section is really one of the most informative & supportive boards here.
I have been wanting to try this for so long...and now wish I had started sooner!  Cheesy

Aw, thank you, that means a lot to me! It's my favorite board Wink Nymeria and I have worked pretty hard the last couple years on the various lists and FAQ's.
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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2011 07:02:46 AM »

Oh I want to give this a try!
Anyone ever make deodorant? My sister once got some in a swap - I think it was lavender scented. So great, I really want to make more.
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« Reply #13 on: July 01, 2011 09:31:32 AM »

Those are great looking soaps, I Sew Cute! I love the Pink sugar and Fig one! Very feminine! Now the tough part is waiting for them to cure so you can use them ^_^ Just remember, if you're making a castile soap (50% or more of olive oil),  you'll want them to cure for much longer than the usual 4-6 weeks... they're still usable at that time, but they get less "greasy" and "slimy" feeling the longer they cure!

I've been getting my lye at my local Ace Hardware. Most places don't allow sale of lye on the shelves so go ahead and ask an employee if they have any lye in the back (and sometimes you may have to ask more than one employee because a lot of people don't know what lye is). I use a brand called Rooto and it's in crystal form (I haven't had the chance to try flaked lye so I don't know how they compare) but I find it really easy to work with and I don't have to worry about fly-aways when measuring out the lye. But I do open and close the lye bottle over my sink with the cold water running just in case some of the crystals got stuck under the lip. Another tip that I learned about with lye that is static-y is to wipe the cup that you're pouring the lye into inside and out and also wipe the top of the lye bottle with a dryer sheet. ^_^

Other places to get lye supplies:
Brambleberry (they do require you to fill out a "proper use" form before you can buy)
AAA chemicals http://www.aaa-chemicals.com/sodium-hydroxide.html (they're located in Texas, so shipping will be cheaper if you live in the lower part of the states)
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« Reply #14 on: July 03, 2011 06:59:10 AM »

haha, I remember that feeling..  I'm still making a batch of soap every two weeks and this is like a year and a half later!  I used pringles cans forever as the mold, next time you might want to try milk cartons..  they peel off pretty easily and make a nice square bar Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: July 03, 2011 07:33:52 AM »

They look so delicious Smiley! Great job.

Thank you for all the info being shared. I'd love to try soap making one of these days!
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« Reply #16 on: July 05, 2011 08:44:52 PM »

Girl...you done good!!

love the swirly circle ones..mmm pink sugar!!

Who rocks at soapmaking?? Why YOU do!!

Great job..

And I usually get my lye from the lye guy..no joke..THATS his co. name Smiley he's out if NY..though shipping wise he was still cheaper compared to others and I'm in TX-at least for the next 3 weeks..then back to east coast I go!!
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