good job LaLa!
I am proud of you. I was scared of homemade soap the first, like, 40 times I read through the instructions. But now I am hooked. It takes a few batches to get the hang of it.
Larger batches might help, but it really is best to make a test batch first IMO. I am saving for a new scale as mine is not as accurate as I would like.
I really like being able to make all the natural soap products from my homemade soap and knowing exactly what is in it.
You said it doesn't look very pretty. How long has it cured? Some fats don't get that "pretty" homemade soap look for a month.
Sometimes the best thing to do with soap that doesn't look like something you want to display is to make soap jelly. Grate 1# soap and add 1 gal. water. Boil for 5 minutes and pour into a large container. When it cools (overnight usually) you have a creamy, jelly-like goo that works for everything.