I'm new to soap making. I have made 3 batches now using recipes I found in a book that I bought. First I tried a hot process soap, I colored it with some orange coloring that I bought in the craft store, but I soon as I added Orange and cinnamon essential oils it seized up. I left it in the crock pot for several hours till it softened up enough to mold it. The end result was usable but ugly. The 2nd batch was cold process, I decided to use lavender and no colors. My lavender flowers all turned brown, so my soap looks like it is full of dead moths. I use it, but it's ugly. Make my 3rd batch today, another cold process. I used lavender infused water which I colored purple. As soon as I added the lye it turned brown, so I added more purple and it ended up a really weird shade of pea green. Another ugly batch. Thinking I should go back to buying soap at craft markets.