Since I made this post, Mythic has come out with some changes to the Talisman Making profession in the recent patch. Gold Essences have now been removed and, in their place, you can plug in the Gold Dusts as an ingredient. This removes the dependency TM'ers had with Apothecarists. Now, it's more feasible than ever to skill up using level appropriate ingredients instead of level 1 ones you can buy at merchants.
They have also seen fit to have standard merchants carry level 1 fragments and even salvageable gear. This will help tremendously those just starting out with Talisman Making and Salvaging. No longer will you need to keep buying low-level renown gear just to start leveling those skills up.
If you've been on the fence about this profession while you waited for Mythic to fix it, now is the time to jump in. Now if only we can find us some other containers aside from these level 1 starters.