R Scott wrote:For what purpose? laundry? hands? body? all of the above?
All you need is lye, water, and some kind of oil (could be lard, tallow, vegetable of any kind). Google "soap lye calculator" to get the right quantities. Too much lye is DANGEROUS!!! respect it.
Basic tallow is great for laundry or getting heavy dirt or oil off your hands, but can be too harsh for using in the bath.
There is an alchemy to mixing oils and superfatting (putting in more oil than the lye can convert so it stays as a moisturizer in the soap). Some science, some art but mostly personal preference.
Coconut oil can be drying
You have to let it age 6 months though.
R Scott wrote:Coconut oil makes the soap lather really well, and makes one of the hardest soap of any veggie oil. But too much makes it too good of a cleaner and it removes too much natural oils.
The perfect soap would remove any dirt and external oils but leave the natural oils that are on the skin. Nothing in this world is perfect, though, and no two people have the same natural oils--so you get as close as you can.
Alder Burns wrote:A really simple option for things like dishes, especially in a camp or outdoor situation, is wood ashes!