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I've found a website which you can buy it on, but I want to know if I can buy it in Boots or any pharmacy! Please let me know!
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Re: UK PEOPLE - Where can we buy rubbing/isopropyl alcohol from?

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I got mine from ASDA.
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I got surgical spirit in Boots, it took ages to find though wasn't next to other things similar such as TCP. I had to ask in the end.
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Anyone know how much it is in Boots? And how much is in the bottle?
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I think it was £3.49 and it's a 500ml bottle so you get quite a bit.
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I brought mine from ebay.

I didnt realise you could get it from Asda. I shall be buying some from there next time.
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ive always wanted to know this lol thanks for the answers
post #9 of 46

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I get mine in 200ml bottles from my local chemists, eg Moss/Lloyds etc. (:
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I think it was £3.49 and it's a 500ml bottle so you get quite a bit.
I know you said you had to ask... but where did they find it in the end??
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I got mine from ASDA.
Whereabouts in Asda was it??
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Whereabouts in Asda was it??
i found it by the DIY things like paint brushes and the home furninshings section.

Hope this helps
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i found it by the DIY things like paint brushes and the home furninshings section.

Hope this helps
ahh thank you! this is gonna sound so dumb... but is it the same as isopropyl alcohol?? and isn't surgical spirit the stuff you use to clean paintbrushes with? haha you can tell i did SO well in chemistry at school.
post #14 of 46

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Yep surgical spirit is the same as isopropyl alcohol and it is used to clean paint brushes.

Mine is called white spirit and i bought a 750ml bottle for 73p. I used it to depot my eyeshadows.

I hope i am talking about the same alcohol you are looking for
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Yep surgical spirit is the same as isopropyl alcohol and it is used to clean paint brushes.

Mine is called white spirit and i bought a 750ml bottle for 73p. I used it to depot my eyeshadows.

I hope i am talking about the same alcohol you are looking for
PLEASE don't use White Spirit...it is not the same thing AT ALL and would be very harmful if it came into contact with your skin or eyes!!!!


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This is a good source for Isopropyl
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I know you said you had to ask... but where did they find it in the end??
I can't remember I think it was next to the bandages, something like that. The Boots I went to is big so I think that made it harder to find.
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Right, you've lost me.
Surgical spirits = rubbing alcohol and is ok for pressing pigments
or
Surgical spirits = white spirits and isn't alright?

Can someone clear this up?
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Originally Posted by -moonflower- View Post
Right, you've lost me.
Surgical spirits = rubbing alcohol and is ok for pressing pigments
or
Surgical spirits = white spirits and isn't alright?

Can someone clear this up?
I think so, because Surgical Spirit is ok to clean wounds, so should be fine in pigments.
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White Spirit is DEFINITELY not the same as surgical spirit!!
Don't use it on your skin, especially around the eyes- omg, that would be awful.

I'm an artist and I use white spirit to clean off my oil paint from brushes. It stinks to high heaven and makes my hands sore if I come into contact with it too often. It is quite good for cleaning sticky marks from things too (like where you've removed a sticky label or whatever).

Surgical spirit is safe for skin use and is what you want for pressing pigments, I believe!

On another note, does anyone know where you can buy the little metal pans to press pigments in so they fit in your palettes?
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OOh no, white spirit is very harmful...i think it's corrossive toy uor skin so it's a definite no no.. and it is different to surgical spirit, which is the kind that is used by hospitals and the like to sanitize hands, wounds etc. I'm not 100% sure if it's the same as Isopropyl alcohol though. I really need to get some as well to make my own brush cleanser but i don't know where to get it from :S

Is Surgical spirit the same as Isospopyl alcohol?
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OK, this whole topic has got my curiosity up!

Here's what Wikipedia have to say about Rubbing (Isopropyl) Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And down the bottom, yes, it seems as though Surgical Spirit is near enough the same thing, along with one or two additives:

"In the UK the equivalent skin preparation is surgical spirit which is always based on an ethyl alcohol-methyl alcohol mixture, and which often has the addition of small quantities of iodoform as a topical bacteriocide.
A typical modern composition for Surgical Spirit BP is: ethanol, methanol, water, castor oil, methyl salicylate, diethyl phthalate. It has a strong smell of wintergreen due to the presence of the methyl salicylate."

I would have thought since Surgical Spirit is far easier to get hold of in the UK, we'd be best to look out for this for pressing pigments.
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Well i just got some of this surgical spirit thingy from my local Sainsbury's. i had to ask for it at the pharmacy bit and it came in a brown medicine bottle :S It was cheap too 82p for 200 ml.
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I was looking for this when I started doing freelance seriously and couldn't find it in boots or superdrug. You can get it from ScreenFace make up studio hire, chair hire, portable mirror hire

http://WWW.SCREENFACE.COM/NewProdDets.asp?Products_Action=Find('Productid',' 561')&Products_Position=FIL%3AMake%3D%27Pharmaceut icals%27ORD%3AABS%3A12KEY%3A561PAR%3A
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Re: UK PEOPLE - Where can we buy rubbing/isopropyl alcohol from?

When I was looking to press my pigments a few months ago I went and looked for isopropyl alcohol pretty much everywhere I could think of.

The general consensus in the major supermarkets/ stores was that they used to have it (in the pharmacy section), but because it is cheap, and alcohol, people were unfortunately buying it and drinking it , so, most of them no longer stocked it (boots had it, but only on presoaked pads), and if they did have it, in most stores it would be behind the counter.

I got mine from ebay in the end. I think it was about £3 for 200ml (90% purity).
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Originally Posted by nunu View Post
Yep surgical spirit is the same as isopropyl alcohol and it is used to clean paint brushes.

Mine is called white spirit and i bought a 750ml bottle for 73p. I used it to depot my eyeshadows.

I hope i am talking about the same alcohol you are looking for

Um, just a note of caution everyone.

White Spirit is a hydrocarbon blend - (it is the same group as petrol, diesel etc) and not an alchohol blend. I would not use this as a substitute for iso propyl alcohol for anything that will be used on the skin as it can cause irritation. It is good for general cleaning of oil-based products such as gloss paints. You could use it for cleaning palettes etc if you clean off any residue/film (it will not fully evaporate like an alcohol does).

Rubbing alcohol or iso-propyl alcohol is in a different chemical group. Technically this should always be iso-propanol, but the term rubbing alcohol is often also used to refer to ethanol as well. Either will do the same job. (but should not be drunk!).

Surgical spirit is a mixture of ethanol and methanol (like methylated spirit but without the purple dye). It is similar to iso-propyl alcohol and will work almost as well, it just evaporates a bit slower and sometimes has an added odour to discourage drinking (not safe due to the included methanol which is toxic).

Hope this helps a little?

xx
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Re: UK PEOPLE - Where can we buy rubbing/isopropyl alcohol from?

I bought me some surgical spirit today It was only £1.05 in Tesco pharmacy! It STINKS though... I wanna re-press my sable eyeshadow but I'm scared its gonna make it stink/isn't gonna be eye safe. Blah. Why don't we have a chemist on hand?

Also... when I depotted my Sushi Flower e/s today using the no heat method, I dropped a bit of the surgical spirit into the eyeshadow and it made it go darker? I haven't checked what its like now (too lazy to get off my bed haha) but yeah... Just a word of warning.
post #30 of 46

Re: UK PEOPLE - Where can we buy rubbing/isopropyl alcohol from?

i only use it to remove the glue from the pots when i depot my eyeshadows. I never use it anywhere by my eyes...I just use it for depotting.

Isn't it the same thing alcohol? i am getting really confused!
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