I have made 5 batches so far. I love them all equally. Actually, only 1 is fully cured but I have cheated and used a sliver from each one already.
millersoap is where I did most of my reading, along with www.thesoapdishforum.com
I like a decently hard bar, but I'm not too particular about having big fluffy lather. I prefer a mild soap, so I use no more than 15-20% coconut oil. Let's see... maybe..
35% olive (or a combo or olive and safflower/canola/other)
My first batch was vegan and it's a great bar of soap, mostly olive with coconut and castor and canola. But all the others have lard and they're great. And that stuff is cheeaaaappp!
I'm still a beginner soaper but I feel fairly knowledgeable for a newbie, so ask any questions you want.