A neighbor kindly gave me some lard she had rendered. Tried it in pie crust last week. But what I really wanted to try it in was soap. I used a bit of elk tallow before and liked it.
So this is the ratio I used: 15% extra virgin olive oil, 15% pomace olive oil, 40% coconut oil, 30% lard. I used Bramble Berry's lye calculator.
When lye solution and oils were about 95°F I mixed. After about 20 minutes of hand-stirring I added the essential oils, lavender, calendula, cedar, and then another teaspoon of Calendula petals. I continued to stir for about 4 more minutes.