This is so incredibly random, seeing as how I'm bumping this topic up after a couple months and have been MIA from the site for much longer. Anyway, I recently moved to Ohio, and even I have been questioning myself as to what is in Ohio. Well, I now live within 30-60 minutes of Nature's Garden and Wholesale Supplies Plus! I stopped a lot of soapmaking because shipping was getting really expensive, but now that I can pick these up...GET READY.
^^ Yeah, I completely understand what you're saying there. It's something I took into consideration I'm still kind of struggling to make the connection and make it applicable to the store. I think that right now I'm trying to make it a general feel-good website (with a focus on body image and self-esteem) through the blog and networking, although I'm not sure yet. It's great to actually hear someone else say it though, thanks!
I don't think a lightbox is absolutely necessary, but like jungrrl said, if you're willing to devote time and money to it then it can only help. Most of your stuff doesn't have TOO much dimensionality to it - do you have access to a scanner? That may also be a cheaper alternative!
fluffybaka, I felt a little weird sending a flat rate box via UPS too, but they told me it would be cheaper. I'm fairly sure that's illegal, haha. The dishes -should- be usable and dishwasher safe, although I admit that I completely forgot to test them out! If not, I will totally send you a new set. I'm really glad everything arrived safely!
WHAT. That's crazy! I think it's mainly because I don't buy wholesale - I'm too broke for that at the moment so I've been making small batches. There's a co-op here that sells local oils in bulk, so that helps a lot! But still, it's definitely not as cheap. I think once I settle down into my actual house and am getting my paychecks again, then I will REALLY start making some soap!