I found the perfect (NOT VEGAN/VEGETARIAN) beginner’s soap. 100% lard soap.
You can get a bucket of lye for around $5 and hit up a dollar store for just about everything else. Some dollar stores even carry lye! You pretty much can’t screw up this soap, unless you are me. It is cheap, it is easy, it will let you get the hang of soap making without worrying about a half dozen oils and fats.
For you vegans and vegetarians out there, this is even a good soap for you. It is using a usually trashed part of an animal that would have been slaughtered anyway, thus you are honoring the sacrifice.
Besides, it’s a great soap.
It makes a wonderful hard and white bar of soap that is perfect for cleaning and laundry. There is no major expense in it. It isn’t finicky and in need of a super long curing like castile soap. Once it is saponified, there is no odor.
On another note, lard or tallow is also good in body soaps, adding hardness and good foam to your soap. But it certainly isn’t vegan and far too many people think lard is icky. Well, look on your store bought soaps, kids. Lard is often used in them.
Ok, I should be noveling!