Where do you get your oils, mica's, and botanicals? I am in process of leaving my current work and taking a long deserved break, but want to get my soap biz up and running this year. Can you all help me out?
Local saves shipping. I used to buy all my CO at Wal-Mart, but it went up 50% last week. It was $2.89 for 31.5 ounces and is now $4.38. I use Soapers Choice, AKA Columbus Foods for most of my hard to get oils and butters. Depends....
I would suggest you do a search and check out some of the supplier threads. There's quite a few of them, and they often include customer feedback. See who's closest to your area, and go from there.
When I started researching learning to make soap, I also did some online research (Google) on where to buy soaping oils/colorants/herbs, etc. I discovered that some of the same suppliers kept coming up. I decided to try a few of them, and that's how I got my basic supplier list going.
There's a lot of info here. If you have questions about individual suppliers, for certain things, then ask for feedback.