I've made another batch of soap today and I've made 2 alterations. The first is to the recipe itself. I've added honey to it. I added it at a light trace and it's turned the mix bright orange. This should cure out to a beige colour I believe. The second was to the method. We have been mixing the soap with a handheld electric whisk (not bad) and a big kitchenette type (not great) and it has taken hours for the stuff to reach trace. So we finally splashed out and bought a stick blender. My god it hit trace like a rocket!!!
I'll be back with pics of the bright honey soap soon.