I've only been doing CP for a couple months (last week hubby and I got to try soap from my first couple batches ) and it's amazing how much I've learned from the people on this forum. So thank you all. I was thinking about it the other day, and I think the best tip I read (and I apologize that I can't remember who said it) is that when making small batches, which is all I make since it's just for fun and family and friends, you need minimal, if any, stick blending. Before that I couldn't understand why the batter was getting so thick so fast I couldn't do any real swirls. I actually did a recipe yesterday where I only used a whisk to blend to emulsion, and only used the stick blender in the white base for a couple seconds to mix the TD. Took it out of the 6" square slab mold this morning, I just need to figure out the best way to cut it, but that's another story. Anyway, I'm wondering for both the newbie and the experienced soaper, what was the best tip you ever got? Sometimes the things that don't seem like a big deal at the time end up being the most helpful.