Thankyou all so much for your wisdom! I have all my soaps lined up on my craft table waiting to be cured. I do enjoy using the small ends I cut off to try in advance but it’s good to know they will improve after curing. I’m making the lard recipe now that was recommended by one of you. I’m excited to be able to test all these different recipes and hopefully be able to settle on one that meets my needs. I’m not making soap to sell but only for me and my family and my goal is to formulate a recipe that is luxurious, creamy and moisturizing along with being nice and firm.