Thats true! Thank you for your suggestion. I am looking for a small quantity right now as I just started it! I will start a new thread to search for local supplies.What kinds of quantities are you looking for? If you are buying large quantities, Soaper's Choice is a good way to go. But if you just want a little bit to try:
1) Healthfood stores - they often carry small quantities of things like shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax.
2) Local soap and candle supply stories
3) Grocery store: My local Publix carries this: Queen Helene - 100% Cocoa Butter Stick
Again this is a small amount if you just want to try it out.
You may want to start a new thread with a title like Looking for Supplies in Des Moines, Iowa area.