Howdy y’all!! My name is Loran, I am a dude(thanks mom and dad). I am 38 years old, grew up in Arizona and moved to Mississippi for a change of scenery. My interest in soap making recently sparked when I remembered a childhood moment when I was visiting my grandmas house in Kansas. I was exploring in her basement and came across these big square blocks of homemade soap(didn’t know that at the time, was probably 8 years old). I distinctly remember smelling the dirty yellow looking blocks, and they had this unique smell to them! It wasn’t a scented smell, but that natural, almost pungent yet slightly soft and mesmerizing. I to this day haven’t been able to locate that specific scent, but it is my lifelong goal to recreate this bar of soap with that same scent that has intrigued my childhood and left me longing for answers all these years. And I look forward to meeting all of you and exploring this vast world of soap making and learning all I can!