I finally found lye, that was my big problem certified-lye.com and ordered it on line.
Today, I went to Lowe’s home improvement store (USA) and to my surprise I saw the Roebic 100% lye on the shelf, I could not believe it and it was on sale : only 6 containers left? I took them all… and almost ran to the self-served cashier because I was afraid somebody would tell me that I could only buy one.
Now I’m the proud owner of 12 pounds of 100% lye… and another 4 pds are coming through the mail. A determine person is a determine person.
In Canada, you can find Cristaux de Soude (Lys crystals) at Home Hardware stores. Phone them prior to your shopping trips, to be sure of their inventory.
And finally, if it comes to not finding any around you and you happen to live where you have access to wood ash, just make your own lye. It is a very easy process, one that my grand-parents were using.