Hey folks! I am not sure if I should consider this a “score” or not. As many of you may know, I live in Louisville, KY. Earlier this week, I went Costco Wholesale to obtain more oils for the soaps I make. I use this Costco brand because it is inexpensive and makes an excellent quality soap. (Link to soaps here)
It is an olive grape seed oil blend that makes a good lather and is nourishing to the skin and everyone enjoys it. This blend is $10 for 3 liters instead of $22 for 3 liters of straight olive oil. It makes a great product and the price keeps the cost down.
While in the Costco in Louisville, I found they no longer sell the oils in that store, and they said, “We have some in Lexington” and I said it would be perfect as I am there this weekend. This afternoon, I went there with shopping cart in tow and found they are also discontinuing the blend there as well as the price sign had an asterisk (*) on the label (meaning, it was being discontinued).
I had planned for 12 as that would keep me busy for a while, but upon seeing the asterisk, I grabbed all 16 as I need a buffer to locate another source, or to convince Costco to start carrying the oil again, or to arrange delivery. I do not want to change my formula, or raise my prices because I have a price that works and a formula LOTS of folks are happy with.
Where the “score” takes place is while talking to the folks in Louisville, they were curious and asked me why I needed so much oil. I let them know and they were IMMEDIATELY interested and let me know they are talking about having more “local to the area” retailers, and they know that local soap is a big hit… and they said it a BIGGER hit (to the management) to know that I use Costco oils for the soap.
What excites me is that I may be able to “graduate” to larger soap molds and leasing studio space to work.
Wish me luck!
Update 9/8/15: Costco in Louisville has started selling the oils I have been using. No more need to go to Lexington, other cities, ordering online or look for another source. I had also been considering purchasing drums of oil and blending the oils, myself. But, no need to do so.