As a new soaper, I really would like to thank the members of this board who so generously share their experience, opinions, and advice here. I have been lurking for a few months while gathering up my supplies (and courage) to try my hand at making my first soap(s). The amount of knowledge I have acumulated from browsing through the posts on this forum have been enlightening, encouraging, and invaluable. Thank you all so very much! About 3 weeks ago, I finally dived in and made my first two batches! Holy frijole! My first soap is the nicest bar of soap I have ever used! My second soap is not quite as nice as my first, but I did learn a few things. I decided on this recipe to start with. Even though I am thrilled with how my first batch turned out, I would love to hear suggestions for how I could build on and improve it. 25% Olive Oil 25% Soybean Oil 20% Coconut Oil 10% Shea Butter 10% Cocoa Butter 10% Castor Oil 5% Superfat 38% Water No colorants or Fragrance I started using the first soap to wash my hands after about a week so I could see how it changes as it continues to cure. The lather is so bubbly and creamy. I have exceptionally dry skin, and as far as I can remember, my hands have always been horribly scratchy. After just a week of using this soap, my hands feel better than they have in 30 years! I cannot be more thrilled to not only have made my own soap, but to have my first batch turn out so awesome. I am a little less thrilled with my second soap. I had written down a recipe that called for a whopping 1/2 cup of ground oatmeal for a 100g batch. Even though I used the same recipe as above, I added that much oatmeal (which I ground myself)! Plus 2 TBSP honey, and 2 TBLSP Buttermilk Powder, thinking it would make the lather even more bubbly and creamy. As if it weren't enough, I added Oatmeal and Honey F.O. and decided to test cinnamon and cocoa powder as colorants. My mistakes: I over-blended the batter, so I had to spoon plop it all into the mold. I think all of my powdered ingredients soaked up the superfats, and negatively affected the bubbly and creamy qualities. The cinnamon and cocoa powder both turned out to be almost the same color, so other than a learning experience, it was a waste of time and ingredients. The oatmeal is quite scratchy, which I actually don't mind too much in a hand soap (just not as much of it), but definitely would not like in the shower. I am considering using the oatmeal soap for confetti in another soap to spread out all of that oatmeal.