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dxphy
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Hi i wanted to make homemade soap. would I be able to get lye on Island?

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2016 10:33 pm
Alana33
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Hardware store?

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Posted : July 7, 2016 10:53 pm
dxphy
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Ill check tomorrow but the lye in the hardware store may contain some metals.

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Topic starter Posted : July 7, 2016 10:53 pm
OldTart
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You can't get it anywhere in the islands but can have it shipped from Amazon.

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Posted : July 7, 2016 11:09 pm
Alana33
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Public Works gets it from somewhere when they have dead animals to deal with.
Ask around.

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Posted : July 8, 2016 12:06 am
OldTart
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Just trying to save the OP the trouble of searching. I use lye every day.

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Posted : July 8, 2016 10:34 am
Alana33
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I'd check the older local hardware stores.
It used to be available in STT but haven't had a need so haven't looked for any lately.
If all else fails, as OT suggests, try Amazon.

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Posted : July 8, 2016 10:46 am
quirion
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Was never able to find it on island.
Amazon works very very well for it though

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Posted : July 8, 2016 10:50 am
OldTart
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I'd check the older local hardware stores.
It used to be available in STT but haven't had a need so haven't looked for any lately.

I do have the need and checked every single hardware store on STT/STJ. It was pulled from the shelves a long time ago (nationwide) as it's an essential component of methamphetamine. Any product to be found which contains it is NOT what you need for soap-making.

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Posted : July 8, 2016 10:56 am
OldTart
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Correction. My bad. Amazon supplies it as do other stateside suppliers but you can't get it shipped here via USPS or air. When I ordered it from Amazon I had it shipped to a trans-shipper stateside (a personal connection) from where it was shipped here by ocean container (which is legal). I do the same now with the bulk supplies I use. Sorry for the misinformation but, as I suggested in my PM, you may want to consider doing melt and pour soaps rather than CP and thus eliminate the need for lye.

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Posted : July 8, 2016 2:23 pm
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