Have you ever started to make soap, lotion, or creams just to discover you are just about out of the ingredients that you will need?
I think we all have at one point or another. Very frustrating, especially when you have an order to fill, or the inspiration bug has hit you.
I must confess that most items I'm wanting I go look online first. Local stores usually do not have the items that I need. I usually buy in bulk which can save me a bit of moolah, so I stock up from a few places I like because of their great prices.
So today.....I discover I needed more beeswax. I have just enough for one or two batches of 'Lotion Bars', but not much more. I need to make at least three, maybe four, different scented batches so I had to just breath and think.
You always hear: shop locally when and if you can. Ok.
Then I thought about our wonderful local Honey Man. I have purchased beeswax from him before, but not in bulk like I like to. I was ready to settle for buying small amounts until I could find another reasonable venue on line. I say that because two years ago 5 lbs of beeswax sold for $27.50 at one of my favorite online stores, and now it sells it for.............$51.25! I think I almost fainted! So.... back to our local supply. Even if it meant going back numerous times because of buying in small quantities I was willing to do it.
Well....I feel like I was given a present when I found out our local 'The Honey Man' sells beeswax in 5lb blocks! It won't be like the little pellets I'm used to getting; you just throw those in the pan and melt them, but at this point I am totally ecstatic about my block of beeswax! I can do the shave thing or I can cut off small portions; the main thing is now I have beeswax for awhile and I'm shopping local!