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DIY Cosmetics and Soap supplies

Hello all, we will be heading down to Italy for a visit next week. I've been wanting to get back into making my own soap and have realised that getting the sodium hydroxide especially will be easier outside of CH. I'm also looking to get some general isopropyl alcohol as well as a few butters/oils (namely shea and fractionated coconut oil). Where should I go in Italy to find said items? I'm assuming pharmacy or drugstore? Any Italian speakers care to share helpful vocabulary in case my English/French/scientific names don't cut it?

For future use, does anyone have any good websites to order from that ship to CH? I've found green-shop.ch but the prices are not exceptional and the products are limited. Aroma Zone (French website) seems to have a really good selection and fair prices—any experiences with them? Definitely prefer websites that can be navigated in French or English and my Italian is shoddy and my husband's German is limited to business and reserving tables at restaurants

(Note I'm not expecting quality ingredients to be cheap, but I would like a reasonable source for them, as well as for packaging spray bottles etc. In the US I used to make most of my own products and have simply stopped the past few years while adjusting to CH but I'm ready to get back into it, and a friend of mine would like to learn as well, so we might be taking a few afternoons to do a few soaps and cleaning products together).

Now I'm off to get a batch of lotion bars done with the remaining oils and beeswax from the US The situation in my craft cupboard is getting serious ...
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