Different oils have different value when producing soap. Olive oil is a gentle moisturizer, coconut oil adds lather, and palm oil hardens well. Once you’ve tried your hand at the process, you can begin to explore adjusting oils or adding scents or texture with herbs or essential oils. Bear in mind that soapmaking is both art and science, and straying too far from the balance of fat to alkali may lead to undesired results. Inexperienced soapmakers should become comfortable with proven recipes before experimentation.