OK I like making soap. First did it at about 7 years old. Plain old lard and lye. It was magical. Just mix this drain cleaner with some lard, and you get soap. ( I used a simplified method that IIRC was on the back of the Red Devil Lye container. No cooking involved, just mix the concentrated lye, stir it into a hard fat that was warmed to liquid, and let it set up.)
Why? Well, partly it was likely the Amish traditions being encouraged. If I’d ask something like “where does soap come from?” instead of getting the answer “the grocery store”, I’d get “you make it from lard and lye”. If I’d ask how, odds were I’d get a description of how. “Mix lye with lard and wait”… If I asked to do it, generally speaking I was encouraged to try it. (whatever ‘it’ was. Heck, they gave me a chemistry set with full selection of reagents about that age. Including a couple clearly marked as ‘poison’. Times were different then…)
At any rate, I enjoyed the ’empowerment’ of being able to make soap. Eventually I even found a book on making detergents and gave that a try. The result worked, sort of, but has unacceptable aesthetics. (Gooey dark liquid that had a chemical smell).
But my artistic side was not as advanced as my industrial. So I never got into the decorative and ornamental side of things. Besides, one of the attractions was just that I could make UN-scented soaps. Since my tendency to allergies was pleased by that, I liked the simple soaps best. ( I use a basic lye soap for my shaving mug to this day. Yes, I use a mug of soap and pig bristle brush…)
So I’m looking at space alien videos, and run into these on making soaps. I find it amazing what they do with soap. Jelly Soap? Really? Yes… And a loaf of “faux turkey” that’s soap? Yup.
What I find most interesting is the selection of materials used. Who knew you could use gelatin in soap…
Clearly I’m not creative enough with soap… But maybe I can learn. Perhaps I’ll actually try making a ‘funny soap’ this year… Just not one with ‘scent’ in it ;-)