I’m having no difficulty sourcing the main vegetable oils that, so far, I have been using for my beginner soap-making efforts. I keep seeing tallow / lard mentioned, usually in the context of whiter soaps and harder soaps, and want to explore that direction a little more. I have two questions. Where, in general terms, do I find tallow / lard suitable for soap making? I have done some web-searching and can find large wholesale suppliers to various industries. I’ve been unable to find such products on the websites of local soap-making suppliers. I have seen small tubs of pork lard (400-500g) in supermarkets and semi-wholesale kitchen suppliers, and purchased one of these last weekend. NZ is a small country so I expect we simply do not have the options available to us that you would in, for example, the USA … but I am wondering where you obtain your animal-based fats for soap-making (notwithstanding the SMF contributor I just read about who uses the lard / tallow from her own cattle – not really an options for me). Am I going to be limited to half-kg tubs from the supermarket? Kitchen / cooking shortening? When I visited a beloved kitchen semi-wholesaler last week I saw pallets of various cooking shortening products. One brand rang a bell from previous visits to N America – Chef Aid IIRC – and I was wondering if such products were also suitable for soap making. There were 4 or 5 other brands, but I did not look at the fine-print to see what each was made up of. Some were labelled ‘vegetable shortening’ and some were not. Is this a resource that my soap making quest should explore a little further?