Ok I have a question. I promise I will try one batch of regular soap before I add any fancy ingredients to it. But I have absolutely no use, zero, zilch, nada, nil, for unscented, uncolored soap bars.
So for my second batch if I want to make it pretty, what would you recommend for an easy beginner additive? It's been said that florals are some of the worst, what's the easiest, least problematic scent I can add? And what about coloring, is it safe to just add a bit of food coloring? Exfoliants like poppy seeds or ground oatmeal? I would appreciate the advice of the experts giving me a list of "Safe for relative beginners" ingredients, and also "Stay away from these until later" ingredients.
That doesn't sound unreasonable as a starting point, but then again you haven't said how you plan to spin it. For a pound of bulky, you'd be getting paid well, but for a pound of laceweight, you'd be getting less than sweatshop wages.