Soap making: OVER!, Soup making: poised
Data suggests that soap making peaked in late 2004 and has steadily declined. It had a good run. Hipsters love making old-world practices new again and soap making is a classic. Unfortunately just way too many people got into for a while and it is no-longer something that you can try to impress somebody with because they will know several people who make soap and have a bar of it in their antique shaving kit box.
Meanwhile, soup making appears to the an up and comer, so get out your hand-carved local artisan BPA-free organic rosewood soup ladles and buy this book: Soup of the Day Make sure that several people see you reading it (preferably on some sort of public transport) and be prepared to tell them all about lentils and how they are nitrogen-fixing which is good for local natural organic sustainable agricultural practices that don’t involve Monsanto.
Never speak of soap making again. I don’t care if you have a batch setting right now. Throw it away.