N_A, don't get me wrong. "Some day" I might actually gather up the ingredients and make a batch. This would be purely to satisfy my curiosity. Right now I'm too busy learning how to make sodium citrate, figuring out the percentage of FO I like, testing new FOs, etc. etc to take on such an ambitious project. It's just too much when there is so much else to learn.
Now maybe if I was a seller it would make sense to make a batch. For some reason people are always asking about that particular type of soap and if I make it. The problem there would be that it's really not a soap for every skin type and I think most of the people who ask about it would try it and not want to use it again.
Patrick, I think you are just one of those people who are in love with soaping, so you might end up taking the long, belabored road with this at some point just for "fun". Especially b/c you are African-American, you probably do have more folks in your life who want to use ABS, although, as you note, they may have dry skin issues like me and decide not to use it.
I kind of think of ABS as being one of those soaps that people made w/what they had, and were/are good, but maybe not as well-suited to everyone, espec. b/c what we have now and here is so much more varied.
ETA: Race is such a stupid, non-descriptive term that I always have problems with it. I try to go w/the flow, but it is hard, even describing *myself*! Here in the States, I am not sure if I am sure if I am supposed to describe myself as Indian of Asian descent or Indian-American. In the UK, I might be Asian (they are more generic there) or black (at least in the old days.) I mostly think of myself as as brown and culturally Western with a good, sound, Southern Indian background (region makes more difference to us than it does to you guys).
White people are very rarely white, they are almost all some kind of combination of cream-pink-olive-brown, etc. I had a boyfriend at one point whose family were Social Register/Blue Book, Mayflower types, and he got as dark as I did w/enough time in the sun. Who knows what went on in the past there
These days I usually check the "other" box and hope it is good enough. Sorry for the de-rail