I am new to soap making and this forum and I was hoping for a little insight. I wanted to make a Jewel weed Soap (to help combat poison ivy oils) and was afraid the chemical reaction during CP soap making might ruin the jewel weed properties. I saw a section about Hand Milled soap in (a pretty old) book "The Complete Soapmaker" by Norma Coney. I thought this would be a great way to add a jewel weed "tea" to the soap and everything would be hunky-dory. Not so much. I added the right amount of water: 36 ounces for 3 lbs of soap that Norma called for in the book and I cooked it for about an hour. It never seemed to turn to the thick pudding consistency she talked about. It was always a thick, gloopy mess. Not sure how long it needed to be cooking when it didnt look like anything was changing, I put it in my mold....a week later it was still super soft. I tried cooking it again the other day for another hour; again it was just a thick blob, so I put it in my mold. While it is harder than originally, its still pretty soft. Oddly, it seemed harder when I first put it in the mold than it was the next morning. Help! Do I just need to keep cooking this soap? Like I said, when I have it in the pot, it doesnt seem like anything is changing, except for maybe my level of frustration and confusion. Thanks so much, any input would be great!