I happen to be an all veggie soap maker as I am a striving vegan, so I can't really offer what I've learned through my personal experience when it comes to lard soap making. I can however, tell you what I've learned from other soap makers and through my own personal research.
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I’ve been making homemade soap for about 10 yrs. I started also by reading Miller Homemade soaps web site. I have used her recipes, only tweaking them a bit to make it my own. I eventually got into making my soap using ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS! Right down to collecting Rain water, & natural
minerals/spices for colorants. I also used several different oils… Olive, palm, palm kerrnel, soy bean, cocoa butter, coconut, grapeseed, vegetable shortening. Tried canola oil, but found that in hotter climates like where I live the canola oil will weep from the soap bar. I also got into fragrances using essential oils & fragrant oils. After a few yrs I started making my soap using the hot process way, but still using cold process recipes. Found that by using hot process my soap was ready to use the next day. I to was making 8 lb batches each time, and my husband made me wooden molds with latches & a lid. I hope you enjoy your journey in homemade soap making.