I made my own soap several years ago, and I totally wsnt to get back to it. I moved into a smaller place and took on more work,had kids,e tc., but now I am in a spot that I can start branching back into my interests instead of feeling like I am in survival mode.
My favorite for personal use was to add lavender and peppermint oil. for Christmas presents I would make a Frankincense and myrrh scented soap and wrap it in gold tissue paper for gifts - it was an idea I got from a website I can't remember the name of. Very awesome hobby, so much fun and practical!