Originally Posted by TowsonTiger22
Would there be a big difference if you used lard vs. olive oil?
I just saw this question, so sorry I didn't answer. The answer is "yes. And no". What I mean is, the saponification amounts are different and the lard is harder in soap at least initially. But lard makes a lovely soap, so as long as you adjust the amount of lye (use a soaping calculator!), it should be great.
I made a batch of bastille soap today (bastardized castille). I have a friend in Texas with extremely sensitive skin, so I made up some "baby soap" without color or fragrance, and I will give it to him in February when I see him. I also have a friend with scleroderma, and I'm not sure what she can tolerate so I'll see if this works for her as well.
I'm making soap with different recipes, and finding what I like best. I really like the tallow soaps, it turns out. I only have 6 ounces of rendered tallow left, so I hope I either get a deer soon with my bow, or I get some extra fat when I pick up my side of grass-fed beef in a week or so.