I did it. I finally did it. After more than 2 years of thinking about it. I made goat milk soap. And, I didn't burn myself, or anyone else in the process. The only casualty was the stick blender that died in the my effort to achieve the perfect "trace".
I finally got the confidence after watching Martha Stewart (I know, cliche) and Brent Ridge (from the Beekman Boys) make a simple soap recipe. They were quite lackadaisical, and dare I say, careless? about the process. I guess working with lye wasn't that bad. As soon as M went down for her nap, I took all my tools outside and got to work. The bars should be ready around October 20th.