I was making a batch of soap a couple of days ago and I was thinking of all those people who would dearly love to make their own but just need a little motivation to get going. It took me a while before I was brave enough to give it a try but once I had made that first batch I realised how easy it was. Of course, you have to be careful with using the Caustic Soda but if you take the necessary precautions you should find the soap making process quite easy and enjoyable.
Over the couple of years I have been making my own soap I have experimented with a few different types of soap such as...
I just used Rhonda's Pure Soap recipe for this soap and had some calendula infused olive oil on hand so added that instead of the ordinary olive oil. I picked calendula flowers and dried them in a roasting pan out in the sun with some glass over them for a couple of days and then added them to a bottle of olive oil which sat out in the sun for a week or two. The process is pretty much the same as Rhonda's when she is making Calendula Salve. You can also find detailed instructions on how to make soap here on Rhonda's Down to Earth blog.
So....if you have been wanting to make your own soap then give it a try. I have put most, if not all, the recipes I have used here if you would like to start off with one of those. The most complicated soap I have ever made is the Goat's Milk Soap and it wasn't really hard to make but just a little different as I froze the milk first so that it wouldn't burn when the Caustic Soda was added. I had no problems with it at all despite reading that others had had flops but it is all trial and error and even the weather can have an effect on how your batch turns out.
If you would like a little support group to cheer you on as you make your first batch of soap then come over to the Down to Earth Forums and ask any questions you like. (At the time of writing there is some maintenance work being done on the forums but just check later on after it is finished and all should be well. Forums do require patches and all that techy stuff to be done regularly). Everyone has been in the same position as yourself and we all understand if you are hesitant but I am sure that they will all tell you how much they have enjoyed the soap making process once they finally took the plunge.