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 2020, we opened Science + Lyes, a unique DIY soap lab, to provide a fun and educational experience for anyone interested in soap and cosmetic formulating.
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.