There were many things my husband and I use to do sans children, and one of those is make our own soap. We loved everything about the entire process: finding the recipes, making the soap while sipping wine and watching reruns of Friends on our computer, and giving the finished soaps as gifts to our family and friends.
Needless to say once we had kids, our soap making and wine sipping days quickly came to a halt. But now that the little ones are getting bigger, we have brought it back! We picked up our oldie but good book, Natural Soapmaking by Marie Browning, gathered a few needed supplies from Brambleberry.com and we were good to go.
Now I must be clear that we have not ventured into the true soap making realm of making our own lye, although we would like to make that jump in the near future. Instead, we start with a natural soap base that we purchase through Brambleberry and go from there.