descriptionNOTE: Large quantities/sizes of any product may have to be special ordered. If that's the case, customers must allow a minimum of 10 business days for a new supply to arrive at our warehouse. Some products could arrive sooner, some later. Cancellations are not allowed because an item becomes 'out of stock' soon after the customer places the order, the 'out of stock' product will ship as soon as it arrives at our warehouse. What do we consider large quantities/sizes of our products? Some examples are products classified as bulk or that include the word 'bulk' in the product's name, products offered in 5+ lbs., expensive EO's offered in 1+ lb. and certain quantities of packaging materials. If it's important for you to know before placing an order if a certain quantity's in stock, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and inquire before placing the order. The nature of our business is such that what is in stock in the morning may not be in stock in the afternoon. All products are subject to prior sale.
NOTE: If we unexpectedly encounter a problem with the packaging material used to pack the product you ordered (defective/missing part or delivery to us delayed for any reason including road/weather conditions or the manufacturer has a manufacturing delay, etc.) we cannot ship until the correct packaging part/material is delivered to us. Please understand this and do not place an order if this paragraph presents a problem for you. In 20 years in business we've only had one instance where delivery to us of empty 35 lb. pails/lids was delayed a couple of days. (Rev. 6/19/18)
This product is not eligible for reduced S&H. CAMDEN-GREY ESSENTIAL OILS, INC. HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL LIABILITY RELEASE NOTICE
Before purchasing Sodium Hydroxide (Lye/NaOH) from Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc. you must read the information which follows thoroughly. By proceeding with your purchase you confirm that you have become familiar with this information and that you will take the appropriate steps to protect yourself and others in your household or place of business from the dangers of using and storing this product. If you require an MSDS for this product, please download and print it directly from our site. Our lye is not classified as food grade.
As a purchaser of lye you agree and understand the following:
1) I understand that Sodium Hydroxide (Lye/NaOH) is a hazardous material, has the potential to create a highly reactive chemical reaction and that it may be dangerous or harmful if misused.
2) I am not purchasing this item for any illegal use or purpose. I certify that I am at least 18 years of age and will use this product in a manner that complies with all local, state, and federal laws.
3) Should litigation arise from the use or misuse of this product, you agree to hold harmless Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc., its agents and suppliers.
4) This Chemical Liability Release Notice will be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Florida, without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions of the actual state or country where the product was used. All parties agree to submit to the personal and exclusive jurisdiction of the courts located in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
5) I understand that I am purchasing and using this chemical at my own risk. While using this chemical I may encounter unavoidable risks or hazards where injuries may occur. I agree to release, hold harmless and indemnify Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc. and its agents from any liability for injury or damage that may occur in connection with my use of this chemical. I intend this release and indemnification to be effective, regardless of the type of legal recovery theory that may be chosen. I will make no claim or legal action against Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc. or its agents arising out of my use or misuse of chemicals purchased from Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc..
6) I have read this release and know that the chemical I am purchasing is a hazardous, dangerous chemical. I will read the MSDS provided on the Camden-Grey site before using this chemical. By proceeding to purchase this chemical at camdengrey.com I am agreeing to the terms of this agreement, which means I will not hold Camden-Grey liable for any misuse of any chemical or product Camden-Grey has sold or provided to me.
PROCESSING TIME: Containers of lye are prepared by us twice a week and the stock is replenished only on those two days. If your order contains other products besides lye and we find that our current stock of lye is depleted when your products are ready to ship, the box containing lye may ship a couple of days later once stock is replenished. If the only item in your order is lye, we will ship as promptly as possible based on current stock.
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye) NaOH, UN#1823, Packing Group II, Class 8, of U.S. origin. This is 99.9% soap grade for making bar soap. Synonyms: Caustic soda, sodium hydrate, lye, white caustic, soda lye, ascarite. CAS #1310-73-2. INCI: Sodium hydroxide.
All orders for sodium hydroxide must be placed on our website, we cannot accept orders for this product by phone or fax.
GUIDELINES FOR SHIPPING LYE/INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: We will only ship lye via ground (truck) service within the continental US. This means we cannot ship to territories or possessions such as Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands or to APOs. Lye always ships by itself and not mixed in the same box with other products. Lye cannot ship outside the contiguous U.S., lye cannot ship to a freight forwarder or similar service for eventual forwarding outside the U.S. unless you agree to pay, separately, hazmat preparation fees (fee min. $130.00). If you order lye for a shipment which will ship outside the contiguous U.S. and you do not want to pay required hazmat fees, we will cancel the lye portion of the order but you must substitute lye for other product(s) that come close in dollar amount to the cost of lye. It is your responsibility to read these terms before you agree to them, a refund will not be processed, you must replace lye with other product(s). PLEASE BE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND THIS PARAGRAPH IF WE ARE TO SHIP OUTSIDE THE U.S.!
We have chosen to pack these products in individual 2 lb. sturdy containers which meet DOT shipping guidelines and which will save you hazmat fees of $20+ per shipment on shipments heavier than 2 lbs.. You may purchase up to fifteen 2 lb. containers to be shipped ground per box, no more than fifteen 2 lb. containers may be placed inside one shipping box.
WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE TO SELL SODIUM HYDROXIDE TO ANYONE AT ANY TIME.
Regarding sodium hydroxide, hereafter referred to as lye:
If it is soap, it has lye in it. Lye is what induces saponification to create soap. While many new soapmakers may be terrified of using lye for making soap, it is the primary ingredient in handcrafted soap. Several precautions must be taken when handling, storing and using lye along with lots of common sense. The definition of an accident is "something going wrong unexpectedly" and so many things can go wrong when the user is not paying attention.
STORAGE: Please store away from children, the mentally challenged, the elderly and pets. Store in a properly marked container indicating that a dangerous material is stored inside the container. Do not store lye, either in its dry or liquid form, in a container where a person or a pet might mistake it for food, i.e. storing a lye solution in a soda bottle, storing dry lye in a Tupperware container. Please keep lye away from water, flammable liquids, water heaters and stoves. You and you alone are going to be responsible for any accidents arising from the improper storage of this dangerous product.
HANDLING: Unless you have had many years of experience working with lye and know what you are doing, you should use a dust mask, goggles with full eye coverage and chemical-proof gloves or nitrile disposable gloves. Also recommended are long pants, long sleeves, socks, shoes, try to have as much skin covered up as possible. Announce to the rest of your family that you will be handling a dangerous chemical for the next hour or so and ask them to stay away from your work area. If pets or children may pose a distraction to you, work on your soapmaking once they are out of the way.....outside, in school, sleeping. You and you alone are going to be responsible for any accidents arising from the improper handling of this dangerous product.
TRANSPORTING: It is not recommended that you drive around with a container of lye in your car. If you must transport lye, it must be transported in an enclosed vehicle....no open truck beds, no motorcycles or bicycles.
USAGE: We are pleased to post this text created by Ela Heyn McAdams, a well known and respected soap and toiletry maker and teacher. Ela runs our forums, The Essential Oils Forums. If you have not yet subscribed, please do so by going to our Home page, clicking on the Forums link and subscribing. You will learn a lot once you join our community and you will be able to exchange ideas with other toiletry and soapmakers. Our Forums provide an extensive library of recipes, labeling regulations and other information which affects toiletrymakers.
If you would like to learn more about how to make soap and other toiletries, please join our forum.Min. shelf life: 9 months when properly stored and tightly sealed.
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 (9 Reviews)
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Reviewer: Martha Ricci (Bronx, NY) 3.28.2015
Great to use for laundry detergent or for soapmaking. Great quality and cheap price.
Reviewer: Heidi Heuser (Vermontville, MI) 9.3.2014
Ease of use packaging
The beads in this product are very tiny, more like grains of sand. The top has a wide mouth so at first I have to scoop out with a spoon, but after it gets down, I can pour it out. The beads are nice and dry and do not stick, which is good from a safety perspective. The product does not seem to have any impurities and works wonderfully with my cold process soaps.
Reviewer: Josefa Wilson (Baton Rouge, LA) 12.30.2013
Very easy to use lye
I've made soap for over 15 years, and this is one of the easiest lyes to use. What could be difficult about using lye? Lye can clump, making it difficult to measure and pour. The bead-like texture of this one makes it pour like cereal rather than clumpy dish powder. Lye can have trouble dissolving. This one dissolves easily. Lye can leave a powdery residue floating on top of the water if it isn't pure enough. This one leaves the water crystal clear. The price is cheaper and the quality is better than what you can find at your local hardware stores. I've used them all, and Camden-Grey's lye is the best.
Reviewer: Stanton-johnn Lowe (Huntsville, Ontario) 4.3.2012
Awesome!!! Product and Staff
I purchased this product thinking oh God!! But I love the fact that it well packaged , secure but like others I do wish it had screw top. Plus I love that when you call for information that the staff is great, polite and they sound like they love their jobs.
Reviewer: Lesli Sagan (Ithaca, NY) 1.2.2012
It works great, and I like the beads. I do agree with other reviewers, though: the tops of the buckets are hard to get off. Normally, that wouldn't be an issue, but I'm always worried that I'll end up spilling the bucket while I'm tugging with my gloves on. A screw top would definitely be preferable.
OUT OF STOCK ISSUES: If a customer orders a large quantity of a product and all of the product is not in stock when the order is entered into our system, once the new stock arrives we will ship separately whatever quantity we may owe the customer. Most of our restocking orders arrive at our warehouse 5-7 business days after we place a restocking order, sometimes sooner. Should the distiller or vendor inform us restocking will take longer than 7 business days, we’ll promptly notify the customer.
Please note that we do not allow order cancellations for any reason and we don’t allow removal/cancellations of products which become partially or completely out of stock after the customer places an order.
Raw materials/ingredients are dispensed by weight. Many customers ask how many ounces in a pound, there are 16 ounces in one pound. These are not fluid ounces, they are ounces by weight.
EO = essential oil
FO = fragrance oil
Our containers are filled with products to where our commercial digital scales indicate the container should be filled. Some containers will be filled to the top, some will not.
HOW OILS ARE DISPENSED: All our products are dispensed by weight. EO's in 8 oz. through 2 lbs. - amber plastic pharmaceutical-grade bottle. EO's in 5 and 10 lbs. - heavy duty plastic container w/pouring spout, the oil may remain inside the container at least 2 months. EO's in sizes of 25+ lbs. - industry-standard metal or plastic can with a pouring spout, the oil may remain inside the metal can indefinitely and up to 2 months in the plastic pail. It's our decision in which type of pail we dispense the product, metal cans are not readily available. CARRIER OILS - plastic bottles/pails depending on the size ordered, do not need to be transferred to glass unless you wish to do so. FO's - in plastic containers, contents do not need to be transferred to glass unless you wish to do so.
Essential oils in sizes from ½ oz. to 4 oz. are dispensed in amber glass bottles without orifice reducers or glass droppers. If we ever run out of amber glass bottles, we reserve the right to use any other glass bottle available at that time. The only sizes of EO's dispensed with orifice reducers are 1/32, 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 oz. sizes. If you require bottles/vials with orifice reducers or Eurodroppers, we sell those separately.
HOW TO STORE: Upon receipt, EO's dispensed in plastic bottles MUST be transferred into amber glass bottles. EO's, FO's and BUTTERS should be stored in tightly-sealed containers away from direct light and heat. Many oils could be highly flammable, keep away from open flames. Refrigerating butters could adversely affect the consistency of the butter, please join our Forum if you need to learn how to handle and store products.
S&H QUOTES: Our cart provides all S&H quotes. Please look for the link to enter your zip code and obtain a quote. Shipments weighing over 120 lbs. will not be quoted final S&H by our cart, you’ll be quoted a minimum for which you’ll pay during checkout. We’ll charge the balance due, if any, to the card on file. If you paid with PayPal, we’ll ask you to disburse the amount due, if any, before we ship. S&H provided by our cart is always an estimate, please review our Shipping Policies page if you need more information. We do not accept or allow order cancellations because the customer doesn’t agree to final S&H, please be sure you understand this before finalizing an order.
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