I wouldn't agree that palm/lard is a "must" in a recipe. You can make great soap without either. I do like my personal lard soaps, though!Good luck
I would use a 30% lye concetration (28% water based on oils) and give it at least 2-3 months of cure.
Hope you know the basics about how to make soap and to wear protective clothes/mask/gloves.
Also a camera is a must if you come to tell us what went wrong or right, so as to show us some evidence.
ps. you should also add some palm/lard in your future recipes as they are a must.
Edit to add:
Don't use at all Almond Oil, give that percentage to Rice Bran (25%), for even more palmitic acid...
That is really hot to add the lye. Most people soap at 37 - 40 C.Ok everyone so heres what happened. I mixed lye and beer that went fine. Heat the oils up a little bit. And when lye was at 65 C i mixed them. Forget medium trace it was very heavy to mix even with the hand blender within almost 30 sec so i added the EO's immediately and blended it once. I had to put it in the mold with a spoon it was that hard. Where could i have gone wrong. Following is the picture of how it looked after blending for 30 sec