I started making soap around 23 years ago. The idea of soap making entered my mind while teaching school to my daughters. I thought it would be a cool idea to take some soap scraps and let them dissolve in water and then shape them and dehydrate them again and give them away as presents. Pretty tacky idea though, and it didn't work.
I got a book that had some primitive ideas on soap making, and I thought I would try to make a recipe for a basic bar of soap. The measurements weren't clear and when I made my first batch and I ended up making a batch of lye heavy soap that my toddler put on her lips. Ouch! I learned to be more careful after that!
After making a couple of batches, and trying to find molds for soap (which was almost impossible), I didn't make too much more, at least for a while. But after the internet came out, I found a soap making emailing list and joined it. I was back to soap making once again, and now I had a place to go with my questions.
I made soap for a while, but, I was too busy to keep up with trying to sell it, so I only made it on occasion. Soap molds at this point, were still hard to find. I was using candle molds, but the soap was either way too large, or too small. Cute shapes though, but not near the right sizes.
As time went on, soap molds began to be made by soap making companies that weren't available prior to the internet. I made soap, but only to give away during Christmas caroling or for presents.
A friend on Facebook saw a picture of the soap that I posted and was interested in the possibility of making goat's milk-oatmeal soap to help support her ministry. I knew there were a lot of people who had made goat's milk-oatmeal soap, but I had never made this myself. I gave it a try, and it turned out nice. I was impressed and decided to start making soap again.
My soap making skills have improved over time, and now there are a lot more options we didn't have available before. I have several new molds and also make some rectangular, round, and oval soaps as well. As time goes on, I will experiment with different soap products. I want to make a shampoo bar, and other types of facial soap bars. Perhaps I will make something for the furred friends in our families too.