Hey everyone, I'm a soaper newbie. I made it once with my aunt a year ago and she has since passed away from breast cancer. She photo copied me all of her notes before she passed, so sad! It's been almost a year now and I am ready to try to make it on my own with her notes but I have a few questions. First, since I'm on a pretty tight budget, can I use one of the really cheap-o scales to begin with and then buy a nicer one later on? I see this guy using one here and I saw them at Target for $5 the other day:
Also, does anyone have the "plans" written out for a DIY wooden mold? I really like the flat ones that make it easy for swirling. Lastly, my aunt's basic recipe calls for vegetable shortening, coconut oil, olive oil, lye and rainwater. Does this sound like a good combination to you more experienced soapers? I don't know how fond I am of the vegetable shortening!