I decided it was time to stop lurking and join the community! You’re a talented, generous, friendly group of individuals and I’ve enjoyed learning from you and about you and your soaps! I found the forum a few months ago when I decided to try my hand at making some body lotion. Next thing I knew, I was buying more oils to make soap. After a few batches of HP and scouring SMF and the internet I was brave enough to try a batch of CP. I’m getting close to a dozen batches now. Making soap is a wonderful combination of chemistry, artistry and what seems like a little magic. I LOVE that I can make a bar of soap that makes bubbles in my hard well water! When I’m making soap, the cares of the day just wash away! As soon as I find the instructions, I will add a photo so you can see some of what I’ve made. I’m probably going to stick with fairly simple soaps, with “natural” colorants like clays, coffee and spices and EOs for my scents, but don’t hold me to it! And, a little bit about me... I’m a university administrator now, but for most of my career I was a marine ecologist, who mostly studied the Chesapeake Bay, but occasionally also travelled to wonderful places further afield. Unfortunately, I haven’t made it to Australia or the Great Barrier Reef (yet!). One of my soapmaking goals is to make a series of soaps that look attractive, while also capturing details of coastal ecosystems that are familiar to me and my scientist friends (truly a niche market!).