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« on: May 29, 2006 07:40:35 PM »

OK so I would like to make homemade bubbles and bubble wands (out of wire and beads) with the kids at my education center. Trouble is, I can't seem to find the over the counter glycerin called for in the recipe.

I've tried WalMart, a CVS, a werid local grocery, and a Kroger. Walmart was going to special order some for me, but their supplier no loner carries it. The other places didn't know what the hell I was talking.

Any pointers or knowlege of a chain that carries it would rock. Thanks a bunch in advance guys!


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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2006 07:53:09 PM »

I can't believe that glycerin would be that hard to find!!  I live in a VERY isolated community and my pharmacy sells glycerin.  I am a pharmacist and we use it to make certain types of moisturizing creams.  If you cant find it in the bigger franchises check with a smaller independant store.  Ask your pharmacist for it instead of the store management.  They must use it in compounds.

I live in Canada and the brand that we use is by Rougier.  I'm not sure if thats a Canadian company or not.

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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2006 08:02:12 PM »

When making a snow globe I found glycerin at the Walgreen's in the cosmetics department, over by the cold cream.  On the bottom shelf.  Roll Eyes Wink

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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2006 08:33:08 PM »

yeah, I've always been able to find it in drug stores. It is usually on the bottom shelf, by either the brand name hand lotions or the epsom salts. I've found it in smallish clear or brown bottles. No one who works there ever knows what you're talking about, since I guess they sell it only rarely, but it's usually there if you search REALLY hard.

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2006 09:24:12 PM »

I think that cake decorating supplies places often carry it as well.
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2006 09:40:59 PM »

By the lotions, you say?

I was looking over by the first aid stuff the whole time! I will try tomorrow.

Thanks a lot you guys!

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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2006 09:52:44 AM »

You can also find certain kinds of glycerin like for soap at hobby lobby in huge bags for like 5-10 bucks.  If you just want plain glycerin drugstores or pharmacist can be asked and will show you.   OUr walgreens, cvs, and sometimes walmart h as it.

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« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2006 03:36:14 PM »

 Whenever i used to make bubble mixture when i was young i just used to use a soapy product with glycerin in. If you look on the ingredients of some shower gels it has it in. Also the soap content in it helps too. Just use that along with water and washing up lliquid and you're away. It used to work really well for me.

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« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2006 03:56:32 PM »

i know this is just a shot in the dark....but when i was a "teller" at a local credit union they used glycerin to fill the little wells we used that to moisten our fingers when sorting currency.  Could your local bank use it too and direct you to where they find it?
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« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2006 03:57:31 PM »

If there is an ole timey drug store in your town, def try there!    Grin

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