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Topic: Where the heck can I buy lye?!? or even dried soapwort?  (Read 8176 times)
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tomico
« on: November 23, 2005 08:13:12 AM »

   I have been searching every where. I have every other ingredient to make soap but I can't seem to find where to get lye. I really don't want to go to the extream of making my own. Pouring water through  a barrel in the woods full of wood ash seems just a bit over zealous. I've been to craft stores and all they sell are the premade soaps. I try looking it up on line and all I get are recipes and lye soaps that are made by other companys. Urgh! Help me!

   I have also been looking for a supply of soapwort. I want dried leaves so I can make a shampoo. Again, I run into the problem that I can get the seed packets or a live plant in season or a product that already has it or a recipe that uses it but not the actual dried product.

I live it Pittsburgh, PA so guiding me locally or on line will help.

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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2005 08:18:46 AM »

there's a product called red devil lye at most grocery stores in the states (i think) that's usualy located with the cleaning products. i've nevr seen it in canada, but from all reports, it SHOULD be widely avaolable throughout north america.

i actually got some in pellet form from a chemicals manufacturer in my city. when i talked to him, he gave me this huge (to me, anyways) container for free, because he said that unless i was buying it by the truckload, it didn't make sense to charge me for it. asking around can really pay off! i got mine just by flipping through the yellow pages and making a few calls.  Grin

i hope that helps! if nothing else, you may have to order some online through a soap making supply company as a last resort.
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2005 08:34:40 AM »

red devil lye is not being sold anymore.....stupid meth dealers ruined it for us crafters by making their wacky pills with it..........now nobody can buy it.......
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2005 07:15:08 AM »

to add to this, does anyone know of any suppliers in the UK?
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2005 07:35:49 AM »

I knew PA was doing away with selling lye, I didn't realize that it was in effect - Cry
Try your local pagan/witchcraft supply stores. They ofter have a really good supply of herbs - and what they don't have, they are usually more than happy to order for you.
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« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2005 09:29:02 PM »

  Thank you, I'll try. I've been to the East End Co-op and requested both products. who knows if either will become available. I tried Goldenseal, an herbal supply store, and Whole Foods but have come up empty handed so far.
  My allergies bother me and the soap I've been using, Dr Bonner's, a bit heavy and harsh on my hair. I've been condtioning with egg yolk, jojoba oil and distilled water about once or twice a week. I just hope I can work out something that will stop making me itch!

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« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2005 03:40:38 PM »

Try a swimming pool supply company, or a co-op where you can buy it for bulk Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2005 11:13:32 AM »

There are a few soaping supply places that sell lye online. Here's a few:

http://www.sarahsspacreations.com/SupplyProducts.asp?Product=Chemicals
http://www.thesoapdish.com/caustics.htm
http://www.chemistrystore.com/Sodium_Hydroxide.htm
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2005 10:10:31 AM »

http://www.mountainroseherbs.com sells soapwort. You can find lye at Lowe's in with the toilet and plumbing things (not the cleaning supplies.) It's called Roebic and is 100% sodium hydroxide. It's $7.99 for 2lbs.
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tomico
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2005 08:28:43 AM »

Thanks for the help! I just found sights on line on my own that if you google sodium hydroxide you get a couple of chemical companies that will sell it in the Continental USA. $5 lb. at one place. and you have to buy more at another sight. I don't go to Loews because they are anti-union but I may look around for that brand. Thank you. 

http://www.chemistrystore.com/Sodium_Hydroxide.htm
http://shop2.chemassociates.com/shopsite/Chemassoc2/pas-sodiumhydroxide-soapgrade.html

Now, can anyone find the dried soapwort?

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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2005 10:01:06 AM »

red devil lye is not being sold anymore.....stupid meth dealers ruined it for us crafters by making their wacky pills with it..........now nobody can buy it.......

Actually the company is no longer producing it at all, but I was sure it was due to business reasons. There is still lye being made and sold by different companies. Here's a thread discussing places to purchase lye.
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« Reply #11 on: December 15, 2005 05:37:57 PM »

i buy mine from a hardwarestore and my local supermart: they have the lye locked up at the super market i pay $5 for 16oz i get the red devil one...


16 oz of lye makes about 3 1/2batches

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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2006 02:12:35 PM »

   I really don't want to go to the extream of making my own. Pouring water through  a barrel in the woods full of wood ash seems just a bit over zealous.

I thought this was hilarious!!!! I pictured myself trying to do this, because once I get an idea in my head, by god, i'm gonna do it no matter what it takes! Luckily I work at a hardware store and can get lye special ordered for like 2.38 a lb
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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2006 08:56:05 AM »

I found a supply of soapwort at wildweeds.com It is a great supply to a variety of hard to find herbs. I don't work for them, I just brew and make beauty supplies. I was ecstatic they had soapwort!

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« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2006 01:14:52 PM »

If anyone changes their mind about making lye from ashes just let me know I actually know how! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: October 27, 2006 10:59:19 AM »

did you ever find your soapwort?  it's funny to me because I used to work at the state botanical garden and the soapwort was going mad and taking over the entire herb garden -- I weeded and threw away so much of that stuff, now I wish I'd saved it for you!
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tomico
« Reply #16 on: November 28, 2006 10:50:24 AM »

Yes, I found it and have used it. I read somewhere that it is a bad idea to use soapwort on hair only because it could burn your eyes. I used it as shampoo and didn't have a problem, but then I made sure I kept my eyes closed tight. I don't like getting any shampoo in my eyes! I'm not sure how much i was supposed to use in what amount of water or if I'm supposed to take out the herb before I use it. It was very mild and I wasn't sure if I was actually washing my hair by the feel of it. It does take some time to build up the oils so who knows?

Tomico
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2006 07:34:42 PM »

You can buy small amounts of lye still.  Roebic still offers crystal drain opener that is 100% lye with no adds.  You can obtain this at Lowes.
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tomico
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2006 11:18:15 AM »

You can buy small amounts of lye still.  Roebic still offers crystal drain opener that is 100% lye with no adds.  You can obtain this at Lowes.

Thank you! I will have to look into this.

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