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I'm gathering all the supplies for my first attempt at soapmaking but I'm having a heck of a time finding lye. I thought I could just get it at my local walmart but they don't carry it. Does anyone know of another place to check? Also, what are your favorite sources for essential and fragrant oils? Thanks!
 

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I would try your local grocery store. It should be near the drain cleaner stuff, but make sure what you get is actually lye. some of the other drain cleaners have types of heavy metals in them that will totally screw up your soap. Also, be very careful with the lye. It's incredibly caustic and should be handled very, very carefully. Don't use it when your kids are around and make sure you wear gloves and eye protection.<br><br>
Also - there are lots of soap-making forums and sites out there. I ventured into soapmaking a few years ago but never really had the time to follow through, but there's a ton of information on the web. Hopefully you will be more successful than I was.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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For lye, definitely the grocery store. Near the draino, it's in a white round container with a red top-Red devil lye.<br><br>
For EO's I like <a href="http://addy.com/brinkley/index.html" target="_blank">A Garden Eastward</a> they ship fast and prices are very reasonable <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I agree Red Devil is the only brand that is 100% lye.<br><br>
My favorite places..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><a href="http://www.brambleberry.com" target="_blank">http://www.brambleberry.com</a><br><a href="http://www.thescentshack.com/" target="_blank">http://www.thescentshack.com/</a><br><a href="http://www.essentialoils.org/" target="_blank">http://www.essentialoils.org/</a> has the largest selection if you are just looking for essential oils<br><br>
brambleberry and the scent shack are both great and have various other soaping making products. Don't get them from your local health food store online is usually cheaper unless you have a soapmaking supply place in your area.
 

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Almost forgot..here is a list of suppliers by state you might want to check and see if you have anything local to you. Shipping is often a killer.<br><br><a href="http://members.citynet.net/leab/Suppliers_by_State.html" target="_blank">http://members.citynet.net/leab/Suppliers_by_State.html</a><br><br>
oh, I hadn't realized you also wanted fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are usually a little cheaper and tend to stick better in soap.<br><br><a href="http://www.cybilla.com" target="_blank">www.cybilla.com</a> is a great company and she is a sweet sweet lady.<br><br>
She currently has free shipping if you order $50 or more but this is the last day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mecry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="crying"> I have ordered from her before and I just LOVE her stuff. Her dragonsblood FO is just wonderful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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