You’re absolutely correct. Please forgive me. The book is no longer in print and I need more guidance than what I’ve been able to find on any forum, social media, etc. I wanted to get the info from the book and it seems no one is willing to share their knowledge in manner that I will be confident in creating my own soap recipes for cream soap. I haven’t even been able to find a class to take for this process. I was willing to pay someone to tutor me but no takers on that either. I am new to this forum and I don’t know how to delete my post so y’all forgive me.
No problem, just wanted you to know so no one gets in any trouble.
I believe in the adage: "Give a man a fish and he'll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime
Not to put you down, but you remind me a bit of a gal from a Loom Knitting group that I used to run. She was always looking for the quickest and easiest way to do things...her idea of 'learning' was simply to copy/mimic movements. Which is fine when first starting out, but the problem is...if you don't learn the how or why, then you will always be dependent on someone else every time you need to do ABC or XYZ. I was pretty much done with her when I got a private message from her one day. Seems her neck of the woods had a storm that knocked out the Internet for a couple of weeks and so she was forced to actually learn the how and why...or not knit. At first she was really angry...at me; it was all my fault that she didn't know how to knit. Then she went through the saved PDF lists of all the patterns I posted each month on different techniques which explained the how and why, along with other PDF Tips & Tricks I had posted. Given that she was knitting 12 hours a day, it didn't take her too long before she was able to read patterns, know the how and why of stitches, read her knitting, fix mistakes, etc.
It's pretty clear that you are stuck on this book and what you think you have to have...so much so that you're overlooking the obvious...this very thread. Here you have a recipe from an established soap maker, she includes step-by-step instructions and photos. And then you have pages and pages of discussion. Folks asking the same questions you are and questions you probably haven't even thought of.
As for 'confidence'...books can only take you so far. It's in the actual doing of something in which you gain confidence. And even if you don't succeed, it's not a failure, it's simply an opportunity to learn more. My soap that shattered (I had added three dry tablespoons of TD instead of 3 teaspoons of dispersed TD). My soap that turned into concrete (I didn't read the reviews that the FO badly accelerated). My soap that I was sure was going to ignite and burn the house down (I had grabbed the Lye Solution I had made for a double batch and put it in the single batch). My Lemon Sherbet soap that turned orange (color morphing Mica that turned back to yellow). Another review that I didn't read had my Yellow layer looking like something you'd see in a diaper (discoloring FO).
My recommendation. Start with Page 1 and Copy/Paste Lindy's first five posts to a Word (or other word processing document)....this is the recipe and instructions; save it. Then start reading each post and pay particular attention to questions and answers and Copy/Paste every one to another document. Don't skip so you don't miss anything. Then when you are done...save it too. Then print it out both file...do doubt there will be lots of pages and print on one side.
Then starting with the recipe/instructions and a blank piece of paper, review the recipe/instructions and start writing down any questions that you may have or things you want to know. When you get done, take your list and the list of questions/answers you printed out and see if you can find your answers. If you still have questions...then start a new post here and ask.