Liquid Soap - Does anyone have experience?

Dammeron Valley, UT(Zone 6b)

I have been making cold process bar soap (and hot process occasionally) for several years, but just recently decided to try liquid soap. I have found that there is not a lot of information about it. I have read Catherine Failor's book, found instructions at snowdriftfarm (http://www.snowdriftfarm.com/formulary.html), and found one other site with details.

Last week I made a recipe from snowdriftfarm and after an entire day of babysitting the double boiler, I finally put it in a crock pot and left it alone for about an hour. It finally became transluscent, so I added the dilution water and left it overnight (turned off, but insulated with a towel). I had liquid soap in the morning! (I had to wait a week for my ph tester to come, but hey - I had soap!)

Today I am making shampoo - also using a recipe from snowdriftfarms, but making it in the crock pot from the beginning. My concern at this point comes from the "stages" the soap is supposed to go through before it's done. According to http://candleandsoap.about.com/od/liquidsoap/ss/basicliquidsoap.htm there are several stages. I haven't seen these yet, but my shampoo/soap seems to be nearing transluscency, which I think means it's done.

Has anyone had any experience the making liquid soap? I would love to know if anyone makes it regularly and/or successfully. Thanks!

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