Okay! So its been about 24 hours since I started my batch yesterday, and its been dissolving since roughly 6pm last night. Some chunks remained this morning- no biggie, just strain them out, put them in a smaller container, and pour enough boiled distilled water over the top of the chunks to continue the process.
Your soap will vary in color slightly but should be a golden brown… thats NORMAL and APPROPRIATE for real hand made liquid soap. There are formulas you can use to make a clear soap, but I am more concerned with quality than appearance.
Now that our soap is done we have some options to exercise.
You can add some glycerin or hydrovance to give your liquid soap an even more hydrating quality. I recommend you take about a cup of soap out of the container, microwave it for about 45 seconds until warm, mix in your hydrovance (or glycerin) and then mix that back into the whole batch. (about .75oz pp depending on how thin or thick your soap is. This is a learning curve, so test a small batch first.)
Add color and/or fragrance. I prefer my soaps their natural color, but color can be easily incorporated. Fragrance as well is a great idea. Some fragrances might cloud your soap, so testing is needed… but I tend to stick with the basics… essential oils. Be sure to check with your supplier for usage percentages.
Just have fun with it! Give yourself a wash.. see how you feel. Is it too drying? Experiement with adding those moisture enhancers I mentioned. Is it too thick? dilute a bit more. Too thin? Add some crothix!
Remember that if you intend to give or sell this soap you need to let it cure a full 4-6 weeks, but it is safe to use and test personally right away. Let the soap cure, I promise you will be happy with the results.