After reviewing the recipe we want to follow for our wedding favour soaps, and running it through a soap calculator, I realized that the little 15ml bottles of essentials oils that we had around the house just were not going to cut it if our plan was going to involve making almost 20 lbs of soap! I needed many ounces of Essential Oils, not milliliters.
I can sense that Bulk Apothecary is going to be a favourite site of ours into the future. We ran around Winnipeg hoping to find a good price on the Rosemary and Thyme that we wanted to add to our soap... and $15-$20 for a 0.5 oz was not what we wanted to pay. Bulk Apothecary has the same size bottle for $3-$4, or 16 oz bottles (thirty times the oil) in the $40 range... hmmm, $15-$20 for a 0.5 oz or $40-$50 for 16 oz... an easy decision!
This time, knowing that there should only be one box, we had the package delivered to Mike's Parcel Pickup. While it cost $30 in gas, that was far cheaper than paying UPS $50-$70, and much quicker than waiting and running around to do the self-clearing.
While we were placing an order anyway, we added some other oils that we are going to try in the next soap recipe batches for their aromatherapy qualities, soap exfoliants (seeds), soap colouring sample kit (oxides), oils we didn't have to complete our own "thieves oil" blend, caps we meant to get for our bottles from our last order, and some books on our new hobbies.