Buy Lye (Sodium Hydroxide) in Singapore?
Sodium hydroxide and Potassium hydroxide are industrial chemicals controlled as a hazardous substances under the Environmental Protection and Management Act (EPMA) and its Regulations. We have been informed by National Environment Agency (NEA) that no individuals are allowed to import/purchase such controlled chemicals for personal/domestic use.
Looking for where to buy lye (sodium hydroxide) to make cold processed soap in Singapore? Now you can! By booking a soap making workshop from us!
We have specially setup a workshop for soap making in Singapore. Hooray soap makers! Now you can make your own soap, without the headache of how to get lye in Singapore and the need to purchase a whole list of soap making equipment and ingredients to start!
What is Lye & Sodium Hydroxide?
Lye are strong alkali bases. Soap makers uses lye to saponify oils to form soap. Depending on the type of lye used, you can either make solid bar soap (with sodium hydroxide) or soap paste for liquid soap (with potassium hydroxide).
Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye, is an essential ingredient in the soap making process. When sodium hydroxide beads or flakes are mixed with a liquid, a lye solution is created. This solution, when mixed with fats and oils, will cause a chemical reaction called saponification. The result of saponification is beautiful handmade soap.
So what is Lye or Sodium Hydroxide? Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye and caustic soda. Chemically, it is an inorganic compound with a formula NaOH (the compound consisting of sodium cations Na+ and hydroxide anions OH−). Pure sodium hydroxide is highly soluble in water but has a lower solubility in ethanol and methanol.
Sodium Hydroxide Beads
The first step of soap making involves the dissolution (or dissolve) solid sodium hydroxide in water, this process can cause is a highly exothermic reaction where large amount of heat is liberated during the process and could pose a threat to safety e.g. through the possibility of splashing. The resultant water and sodium hydroxide solution (which will be used to saponify base carrier oils) is colorless, odorless and feels slippery when it comes in contact with skin due to saponification.
Note of precaution: ALWAYS pour lye slowly in small moderate amount into water, NEVER the other way round. Adding water to lye can cause a volcano-like reaction.
Buy Lye (Sodium & Potassium Hydroxide) in Singapore
So stop worrying about where to buy lye in Singapore and start booking a private room for your soap making session. Simply book our soap making workshop, click here to find out more
Rental rates are at $10 per 20 minute block (Per Person) only with a minimum of 3 blocks per rental (i.e. 60 minutes). (comes with all the basic equipment to make soap) and come on site to make your soap! Additional materials like lye and oils can be purchased at site! Bring your friends along and they can enjoy 50% off their rental rates!
In the meantime, we have melt and pour soap bases to satisfy your soap crafting needs. With melt and pour soap bases, you can instantly make soap just by melting the bases and adding any additives or essential oils.
No more worries about the precautions required for proper handling of lye and dangers of having kids around while you saponify oil.
Check out our Premium Quality Glycerin Melt and Pour Soap Bases (Detergent FREE, LOW Sweat) below.
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