Homemade soap is satisfying to use because it's so rich, colourful & delightfully smelly! But more than the end-result, I love making soap because the process is so fun. 4 of us make soap a few times a year at a friend's house. D. takes care of the dangerous bits (lye), and provides other supplies.
Twice a year, she transforms her dining-room into a Soapmaking Magic Kingdom filled with magical scents & colourful combinations. There are always many scents to choose from, as well as natural scratchy bits which add texture & colour to soaps. My favourite add-ins include nori & black sesame seeds while favourite scents so far have been Peppermint and also Blackberry.
Her soaps are no match for commercial or other handmade soaps available at small markets.