Weigh separately the sodium hydroxide (in a small dry container) and water (in the pyrex beaker)
Slowly pour the sodium hydroxide into the water in a well ventilated place and mix with the whisk until the sodium hydroxide is completely dissolved (this solution is called lye). Be careful, as this will become quite hot while dissolving! Set aside to cool down.
Weigh the solid fats (coconut oil and shea butter) and slowly melt them in the cooking pot over low heat.
Weigh the olive and neem oil in the plastic bowl.
Weigh neem powder in a small container and reetha and hibiscus powders in another container.