Weigh lye into a plastic disposable bag. Weigh water in a plastic bowl. Go outside with ingredients and large spoon. Wearing gloves and charcoal mask and long sleeve shirt, add lye to water and stir until lye is dissolved. Allow to cool to 90-100 degrees Fahrenheit.
4.6 oucnes lye, 9 ounces water
Prepare 3lb mold by lining with wax paper if needed.
Pour lye water into pot of oils and stir with a hand mixer for 1-3 minutes. Repeat until soap begins to thicken to light to medium trace (See: What is trace).
Add essential oils of choice and cranberry juice and mix well. Separate half of soap into a separate bowl.