I have been making a lot of soap! I have about 80 bars now, I think that will be enough for some time. I plan to give some for Christmas presents.
My first attempt was a simple recipe I found for equal amounts of coconut oil and olive oil. That soap is very hard! Then I went on to a recipe from Rhonda at Down To Earth. This soap has cured for 2 months now. It is ok, but it took a long time to cure (harden) and it is not very sudsy. Third try was a plain lard soap. This soap became hard quickly and is a nice white color. It is ok. I like my 4th try of mostly lard with the addition of coconut oil. The coconut oil helps make the soap sudsier.
Some of the lard/coconut oil soap was grated up to use in my homemade laundry detergent and it worked well. But on my next batch I used 1/2 my soap and 1/2 Fels Naptha. I felt the Fels would make a little more power to it. In one lard recipe I added some ground oats and honey. In another batch I added buttermilk powder and honey.
In the picture on the bottom is a box of cured soap 3 layers deep!