I'm fairly familiar with soap making and using soapcalc.net, but also know that soapcalc is only kind of a guideline and the true values may not always be as the calculations say, especially if you're using liquids other than water and other additives. I've done some research into the oils and fats I want to use for a project and the opinions seem to differ a bit, so I thought I'd get some opinions from ya'll super soapers. The project I'm doing is CP soaps for Halloween. I have plans for 4 different ones, and only want to use the following fats and oils: Tallow Lard Corn oil Crisco Beeswax The reason for this is that I'm using an Appalachian theme for the soaps and only want to use ingredients (except FO's and EO's) that would've have been commonly available in the area in the 1800-1900's. Is it possible to make a hard, conditioning, bubbly bar with only those oils? I have limited experience with adding sugar to soap for bubbles and it seem to work for me, and is a possible additive that would have been available, along with blackstrap and sorghum molasses, and honey. I've got a while to play with ratios, and know that more liquid oils takes a longer cure time and could possibly yield a softer bar. I also know that the fats, oils and additives used can cause slight variations in color and scent in the finished product. I'm open to suggestions for percentages, colors, molds, and scents. The names of the soaps will be Backwoods Witchery, Appalachian Voodoo, Tommy Knocker, and Moonshiners Majick (though that one is still debatable). BW- definitely some lilac and rose in this, and thistle and blackberry? Mold ideas anyone? AV- I'm thinking fallish scents for this one? Apples, sassafras, and mulberry maybe? Still working on it. I have skull molds for this one. TK- earthy, like coffee, leather, tobacco, and pine. Still working on this one too. Thought about doing those gem-looking soaps that have gradient colors... then I remembered this doesn't start as a clear glycerin soap. ~_~ MM- no real idea for this one. I was thinking about the area where stills would be located (close to water), maybe mint, birch, and wintergreen? Thought about doing just a regular bar and stamping XXX into it. Thanks for any help!