jillybeans- if you ever do get the chance to try out soapmaking, I have found http://www.soapqueen.com/ and http://www.teachsoap.com/forum/ to have lots of useful information about the process and how to be safe when making soap. Another great alternative is Melt and Pour soap because you don't have to handle the caustic ingredient for making soap from scratch!
Wow, thanks for sites and the information! I really appreciate it! ^_^ It is something I really want to try! Maybe I will give it a try this fall for Christmas presents! OOooo!