I made the first batch alone as I didn't want to put anyone at risk for getting burned. Once I finished the first batch my confidence level soared as I realized that making soap is really not as hard as I had thought it would be. The more skills I learn, the more I find that sentiment to be absolutely true. I spend more time fretting over trying something than actually doing it when I finally start!
* As an important note - it is critical that you wear protective gear in case you get splashed with caustic soda (lye). Wear eye protection, a mask to protect your face and mouth, an apron, long sleeves and gloves.
Because I was very focussed on the steps, I didn't take many pictures of the actual process. I will next time. For now, I'll share what I do have on camera :)
This is a sign that I made up for the laundry room counter where the soap rests under a towel to slowly cool over 24 hours. We have a busy house and if I don't do that, someone will surely plop something down on my towel and ruin my soap!
All in all we LOVE making soap and so far my favourite part is the smell. I LOVE that I can smell fresh clean soap when the mixture is just starting to reach trace - it smells so nice and gentle but definitely like soap - natural, gentle, clean soap. I can't wait to try it and I don't know HOW I'm going to wait 6 weeks to do so!