I made the liquid part for the lye solution differently, too. I put calendula petals into a container and poured distilled water over them. I warmed up the petals and water in the microwave, gave a good stir, then poured through a strainer. Once strained, I measured out my "calendula water"...is that a term?
The next day, this is what the loaf looked like unmolded....it was gray and snowing out, which is why the pic looks a little dark.
And finally, the cut bars. It was still gray and snowing out, but you can see the soft yellow color a little better. Can't wait for this batch to cure and compare to my usual recipes...I'm mostly curious about how the lather is going to be (since I left out the castor oil)!