I make hot process in a crock pot very easy to do! I do buy lye though, while you can make it its not as reliable but hey I’ve done the whole sheering to a finished product things before too and I nw know I don’t want to sheer, skirt fleece and don’t really find anything cathartic about the processing portion lol I prefer to buy a cleaned fleece at a min! So I think everyone has their start and stop points in a process and why not try it sometime right?
But a second hand crock pot, stick blender, old mason jar and some inexpensive spatulas/wooden spoons and you can make soap! I usually source large qty of oils at restaurant supplies or bulk food supplies when on sale. I use Bulk apothecary a lot for lye and other oils and butters. Discount places are great for large qtys of coconut oil. I used old bread tins to start and lined them with parchment paper, they were my molds for years!