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Old 12-29-2016, 03:24 AM   #11
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As a hobby soaper, I don't mess with the bulk quantities of NaOH necessary for getting a good internet deal. My local Ace sells a pound for $4, which is cheap enough for me. I'm sure I could save money over the long run if I ordered it, but storage is a bigger issue to me. I never keep more than a few pounds on hand.

Wow, a pound for $4.00 sounds like a very good price! I wish I could find such a good price.


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As a hobby soaper, I don't mess with the bulk quantities of NaOH necessary for getting a good internet deal. My local Ace sells a pound for $4, which is cheap enough for me. I'm sure I could save money over the long run if I ordered it, but storage is a bigger issue to me. I never keep more than a few pounds on hand.
This is where I have been. I guess I'm considering future usage more than anything. I've been making soap for about 2 years now and was comfortable giving a lot away as gifts this year for Christmas. I've been asked by a number of people if they can buy more and they are amazed I don't sell it. I don't have a problem gifting more for now, but thinking maybe 2018 that will change. The feedback from the swap will be a determining factor


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Old 12-29-2016, 04:23 PM   #13
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This is where I have been. I guess I'm considering future usage more than anything. I've been making soap for about 2 years now and was comfortable giving a lot away as gifts this year for Christmas. I've been asked by a number of people if they can buy more and they are amazed I don't sell it. I don't have a problem gifting more for now, but thinking maybe 2018 that will change. The feedback from the swap will be a determining factor
This is where I was 3 months ago. The feedback from the swap will be the final kick over the wall one way or another. The brilliant cat litter/5 gallon bucket storage solution works so well that I can take advantage of the savings of buying more. But I am already using so much more NaOH that I need more on hand.

By the way, I am SO jealous of y'all's ACE hardware lye at $4.00!!!
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Old 12-29-2016, 04:46 PM   #14
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Amazon sells it as well.. I am still fairly new to soaping and have only made my way through about 5 lbs of lye but this is what I purchased.
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...hps_bw_c_x_3_w

5 lbs for $20 with free shipping. Seems reasonable?
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This is where I was 3 months ago. The feedback from the swap will be the final kick over the wall one way or another. The brilliant cat litter/5 gallon bucket storage solution works so well that I can take advantage of the savings of buying more. But I am already using so much more NaOH that I need more on hand.

By the way, I am SO jealous of y'all's ACE hardware lye at $4.00!!!
I will be trying the bucket method in the spring. My parents aren't going to be near the lye guy until then, but will pick up 10# for me next time they go.
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5 lbs for $20 with free shipping. Seems reasonable?
It is reasonable, but I get instant gratification for the same price locally.

I am at a point where I need to figure out how low I can get my costs to see if it would be worthwhile to sell. I am having to price everything since I haven't tracked it at all as a hobbyist. I am also looking at oils in bulk and fo and micas in larger quantities.


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