Greetings! I am Meena, and soaping has been on my bucket list for 5 or 10 years (time flies). In a bookstore with my SO pre-Christmas, I saw an illustrated soap-making book and suggested it as a gift idea for me. Being the smart and clever SO that he is, what do you think Santa delivered?? My typical M.O. is to read/research/study for "a while" before plunging in. I don't have a space that can be devoted to soaping, and I have concerns regarding lye use in a rented apartment, so I likely will start 'slowly and small' using soap bases. In about a year's time, we hope to be in a house of our own, and then I will feel more free to work directly with lye... but please chime in and let me know if my concerns are unfounded, and/or how you are soaping in an apartment! Learning a lot from you all in the last 2 days, and enjoying your personalities, loving natures, and sharing/caring! Happy to be here.