I'm not sure yet, they haven't cured, so I'm not sure if I made soap, or just lye-laden fats. ;)
Because these don't go through the gel process that cold and hot process soaps do, it's still pretty much an experiment. Hee.
If it does work, then yes, it's a very easy process.
That said, traditional cold process sounds scarier than it is...it's pretty easy too.
Kathy Miller is the goddess of all things soapy. Here at her page (http://www.millersoap.com/
), she's got recipes and instructions and all kinds of goodies. At the last soapmaker's convention I went to, just about everyone talked about how much they learned from her site. I recommend starting research there.
When you're ready to try a recipe, I'll be glad to share any of mine with you, or resize one of Kathy's down to a test size batch for you. :)
The pink poufs above is a pretty small batch, and you could use the same recipe in a traditional process which would entail the following:
Mix your lye and water together, and let it sit until about room temp.
Heat the hard oils. (If you don't have palm, you can use "healthy start" shortening, it's palm and soybean, and will have the same SAP value, so you don't need to change the lye. Crisco, as long as it doesn't have a "defoaming agent" would also work for the same amount of lye.)
Once the hard oils are melted, remove pot from heat, add soft oils.
Allow the oils to return to about room temp.
When both items are about room temp, you slowly (carefully) pour the lye water into the soap and stir, stir, stir. If you have a stick blender, that will speed up the process, but don't overblend, or it'll be hard to pour. Add essential oils at this stage. If using fragrance oils, I suggest adding those to the oils before adding the lye.
You can use a cardboard box...for instance, this batch should fit in a shoe box...as a temporary mold. Be sure to line it with cling film, then wax paper. Also, tupperware works...anything that can handle temps around 200 degrees will be ok. Just be sure to line whatever it is, so you can get the soap out easily.
Your soap has "traced" when it reaches the consistency of pudding. (That's actually a medium trace.) When you can dribble some off your spoon and it stays on the top of the soap, you're ready to pour.
Pour soap into mold. Cover mold, and insulate by wrapping towels around and over it. Leave it alone for about 24 hours...voila, soap. :)