About Us


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PLACES is a premier manufacturer of luxury artisan soap, skin care and home fragrance products. Our luxury soap collection offers an upscale, contemporary line of travel-themed soaps that are visually stunning and uniquely scented to evoke your favorite places and treasured moments. Our line is easily recognizable by its unique visual appeal, custom scent blends and eye-catching colors that imbue every bar with a sense of place.


What Our Customers Are Saying

“Sand Dune love
Great soap, great scent! Reminds me of the sand dunes on the Big Lake (Lake Michigan) and fun family summers! “

“Lovely Lilac
This soap brings me back to spring and summer on Mackinac Island  when the lilacs are in bloom and that unmistakable scent is all around! Great soap! “

“Soap, beautiful soap!
I purchased several soaps, the Mackinac Lilac , Lake Michigan Sand Dunes, and Northern Lights. They are visually beautiful as well as having lovely scents. I live in Florida but was born in the great state of Michigan and this brings me a little bit of home. And there was a super nice handwritten note thanking me for my purchase from Sharon- now…that’s personalized service! I recommend this company and these products and I will be purchasing more! Thank you! “DSC_0144_01

A First Class Experience

Every product is handmade from start to finish using top grade vegetable oils such as Olive and Coconut then enriched with luxurious butters like Shea, Mango and Cocoa butter. We strive to deliver superior craftsmanship while sourcing the finest materials. Every soap is a unique work of art that is also practical and beautiful. We are committed to bringing you more than just clean – we will bring you a first-class experience.

We pay attention to every detail, from choosing quality ingredients to delivering customer service of the kind you just don’t find anymore. You can feel good about using our products and gifting them to your loved ones.

Meet Sharonvirginia-0100-resized

Sharon Czekala established The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company in 2004 in the Great Lakes State. Inspired by her own travels, her herb garden and her own need for products that treat sensitive skin gently, Sharon began creating the products she wanted (and needed) in her own life.

We offer a variety of wonderful ways to escape for the over-worked and over-stressed friend, relative, caregiver, significant other, or even yourself. We are confident you will enjoy this unique experience. Browse our site and order your own special getaway. Begin a journey to take both the mind and body a million miles away. Come join us on a first class trip to your own private paradise!

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We are 100% dedicated to maintaining the best possible level of quality for both our products and your customer experience. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about your order at any time. We want your travels with us to always be a first class experience.

We look forward to having you along on our journeys near and far.

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