About US

About Us

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.


Our Process

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.

Our Family of Companies

PLACES was founded in 2016, to bring our customers unique soaps that evoke their favorite Places. PLACES is wholly owned by The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company. Great Lakes is and has been Michigan’s premier provider of natural soap and skin care for over 15 years. In 2019, we are opening Science + Lyes, a unique DIY soap lab, to provide a fun and educational experience for anyone interested in soap and cosmetic formulating.


Meet Sharon

PLACES was founded by Owner and Founder of The Great Lakes Natural Soap Company, Sharon Czekala. Sharon is an Advanced Certified Professional Soapmaker in Cold Process, Hot Process and Melt & Pour Soapmaking, a Certified Soapmaking Teacher, a Certified Cosmetic Maker and a long-standing member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild. Sharon currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors of the HSCG and is a former President of the Great Lakes Local Chapter.


Science + Lyes Opening in December 2019

The Studio

Opening in December 2019

Visit us at the Village Arts Factory in Cherry Hill Village, Canton, MI. We are part of an historic, restored factory, now a center for the arts. Take a soap class at Science + Lyes, our DIY soapmaking studio, or stop in the boutique and pick up a soap for yourself or as a gift.

Experience pure bathing bliss, and be transported to an amazing destination. Our luxurious soaps are crafted by hand, inspired by beautiful places and filled with good-for-you ingredients. Choose from our Luxury collection, or from one of our Limited Editions while they last.

"and into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul."

John Muir