This was part of the Christmas gifts for some of my relatives. Lavender-Rosemary Soap. I used the All-Vegetable, No Coconut or Palm recipe on Kathy Miller’s page (scroll WAY down.)
1. Sprinkle the lye crystals into the measured amount of water for the recipe. Swirl gently.
2. Weigh out the shortening and melt it over med-low.
5. This page said to use about 4 T of lavender oil and 2 T of rosemary oil. WHOA! I couldn’t bring myself to do that, so I did 3 T and 1T respectively. Then, I blended again. This went to SUPER TRACE, which I do not recommend as it’s like spooning mashed potatoes into the mold. Next time, I would put them in at BARELY TRACE-ESQUE.
Also, to make sure they were as dry as possible come wrapping time, I set them in the dehydrator for a few days. That’s not typical soaping behavior as far as I know, but it worked well for me and my house smelled AWESOME.