I am really not sure how anyone can make money selling soap today. It is horrid the direction prices have gone.
For new soap makers it's definitely going to be tough unless a) they have a solid plan and b) can purchase in bulk.
Covid really did a number on the supply chain...I don't think people truly understand where stuff comes, what it takes to get it to them and how delicate the balance of 'farm to table' really is. I figure that it's going to be another year before we find that balance again.
I bought a crap load of supplies about six months after Covid started and because I haven't made a lot of soap since I decided to hold off selling until things started settle down, I'm just now getting to the end of my base ingredients. And now you all are scaring me so I just checked my supplier and...except for Castor Oil which has gone from $26.00 a gallon to $43.00
, prices aren't too bad. 5lbs Cocoa Butter Natural Wafer was $49.00, it's now $44.00. 5lbs Shea Butter Virgin Non-GMO was $27.00, it's now $30.00. Thankfully I only use Castor Oil at 5%.
Finally got around to spending my $25.00 credit at Elements...it didn't go far with the cost of shipping, but I managed to get 4-1 oz jars of colorants and only pay a few dollars out of pocket. Bought another 5lb liner and some new Mica from Nurture. Gave myself a small budget this month because I had to get the rest of the stuff for the Wedding Soaps (boxes and labels).