Back on page 6 I mentioned my first batch made with canola and olive oil. It seemed to take forever to trace, I fried my mixer, etc. Well, I still have a few bars of that soap and I love it! We just switched bars to some fancy fair trade stuff from Sweden and it's not nearly as nice as my homemade soap. It is a bit soft and oily (slimy, one could say, when it gets wet), but it lathers up nice and quick if you rub it in a loofah and feels great on the skin.
The second batch I did was much smaller and traced quickly. I think I did 100% olive oil and I added oats and honey. That one is sooo nice, but I wish I would've ground up the oats a bit finer.
I plan to do another batch this weekend. I'm thinking simple oils and ground hops pellets.
About oils - I stick to vegetable oils, since I don't eat meat and all. The problem is, it's hard to find hydrogenated vegetable oil in these parts that doesn't have anti-foaming agents. So, my soap is a little soft. Oh well.