This post offers no advice or discussion BUT a wonderful thing happened to me today! I was able to meet with a local very established soap maker in my town! My town is not known for it's diversity or organic type thinking so meeting someone like this was great in and of it's itself. She sells her soaps all along the coast and even does orders for whole foods :O ANYWAY she said if I'd be interested she'd have me do a little work for her around her farm/house and trade for soap, knowledge, and fresh chicken eggs! I feel so happy and excited to have someone to learn from! I wanted to share this here because it's hard to understand the struggle and reward that is soap if you don't make it! I thought you all would understand my excitement!! Hooray!!!