Hi all, I am fairly new to soap making, I've scrapped one batch and then made around 12 successful batches, but I don't fully understand the process I think, which leads to errors sometime. I have only used hot process in a crockpot as of now. So here are questions: A - What is the purpose of the trace (I mean aside from mixing the fat with the lye)? Does it matter that we have a light trace or heavy trace? I think in crockpot method we always want light trace otherwise after the "cooking" is done, we don't have a very liquid soap which makes it hard to mix with the coloring or pour in moulds, etc. So the "amount" of trace does not change the final soap result, it will only change the texture, right? B - Is the heat of oils SO important to the saponification? I've read many times "I soap at room temp" and I also made goat milk soap with a lye-water mixture at 82F and room temp oils. I made it yesterday so it is still in the mould but I don't understand how/why it will saponify if the heat is required.. I don't know if this makes sense? I know if oils are too cold we might get false trace. C - Am I correct to assume it will be very hard (maybe impossible) to NOT have a gel phase when using crock pot method? Thank you!