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It’s sure nice to have a weekend to work on brilliant ideas. Yesterday I whipped up some lotion sticks! We are super excited to bring you this great new product and it is en-route to our favorite skin experts for the stamp of approval! As soon as we get several thumbs up you will find it right here in our catalog! The lotion stick is completely natural. The unique balance of oils and beeswax soaks into your skin leaving it soft and touchable.  I think it puts a nice polish on my old ink too.



Lotion stick


I seized this rainy Sunday to try a new scent I have been thinking about. I made our cocoa butter soap recipe (Chocoholics Revenge) scented it with vanilla and a hint of tangerine and for a earthy surprise I put chunks of Straight Up Patchouli in there too. I can’t wait to uncover it – I think it will be a nice blend of sweet and earthy, and chocoholic’s revenge lather is always awesome! Keep in mind that freshly poured soap is not soap until it has cured for 4-6 weeks. So save us to your favorites to keep up with our expanding product line!

We have nearly completed a display case for Autonomy Tattoo and body piercing – find out here when The Great Soap Company soap is available in Rochester at Autonomy!  

Fresh Ink

26 January, 2013 1 comment Leave a comment


I got another kick ass Brian Grover tattoo on Monday. Jon gave me an Autonomy Tattoo gift certificate for Christmas. Thankfully, I scheduled a January 21st appointment last August. Worth the wait, I assure you. I love this tattoo! The colors pop and the lines are super solid – it hurt like a bitch, also worth the pain. Brian is an interesting cat to talk to, thank god because it distracts you from the discomfort. I have a great deal of respect for this talented local artist and am so glad that most of my right arm is covered with his work.  This time he did a fly reel and flower Mandala inside the state of MN. Brian’s got some great ideas to finish a ¾ sleeve. Maybe he can disguise my stretch marks. This bright, lovely new blessing is the perfect time to tell you about tattoo after care. Always ask your tattoo artist what they recommend for aftercare. I like to use Hiker bar on my fresh ink. This soap is made with a relatively large percentage of castor oil which has both conditioning and moisturizing qualities. The Avocado and apricot kernel oils contain vitamins A, D and E which are healing and moisturizing. The cocoa butter olive oil and beeswax contribute to the hardness of the bar, contain antioxidants and give this soap that great slippery feel, which feels pretty awesome on fresh ink. I might love this soap more than my tattoo (no offense Brian). I'm all about  pampering my art investment and Hiker bar totally fits the bill.   The Great Soap Company’s Hiker bar is also awesome shampoo, it gets your hair squeaky clean and contains no chemicals or preservatives, it's all natural. The guys at autonomy encourage you to leave the bandage on until you want to start dealing with the after care. My bandages typically don’t last long as I always have to show someone ASAP. Try to resist the urge to take off your banddage though, everything I have read indicates that you should leave it covered for at least 2 hours.  I like to keep mine clean with Hiker bar and wash it every 2-3 hours. I wet the new tattoo with warm water, work up a good lather in my hands, gently wash, rinse and repeat (use your hand, no washclothes allowed) and gently pat it dry with a paper towel. I apply Aquaphor (a Eucerin product) with a rubber glove and am able to use a very small amount to create a thin even layer. I carry around my little tattoo pampering pouch for about 4-5 days and then just switch over to lotion instead of Aquaphor.  Hiker bar is scented with some power packed essential oils too. Tea tree oil is anti-bacterial and antiseptic and Clary sage, peppermint and rosemary are super clean and refreshing. I highly recommend this awesome product to care for fresh ink investments. I saw Brian Thursday and he said my tattoo is healing beautifully.


Brian Grover Tattoo

My Creative Confidant

13 January, 2013 2 comments Leave a comment


Hope you like our new site, save us to your favorites and check back often. I am digging the new blog, it’s much nicer to use than the old one. We would still welcome your dirty adventure stories. Just email me at if you want to share. You can be notified of new posts by email by subscribing to our feed in the upper right corner of this page.

Last March my brother and co-owner of Minnesota Joe’s, Jeff Austin, had his tired tiger tattoo covered up with a gorgeous white tiger at Autonomy Tattoo & body piercing. It’s easier not to focus on the pain of getting a tattoo when someone is with you, I think, personally. So, I asked Jeff if I could tag along. While Brian Grover was using his mad tattoo gun skills we got to talking about the then just established Great Soap Company. We had started producing our soap and were building an inventory but had not thought of a logo for our company. Brian suggested I find inspiration from some pages of an old book of script lettering and he allowed me to bring the pages home.  The gifted artist Mr. Grover was correct and I came up with a sketch which got two thumbs up from Jon and Zoe. We were jazzed to have a company logo that we all loved. We knew we had a great idea and I knew exactly who could execute it perfectly.  Geek artist, Lori Reynolds has been my friend for over 30 years and I knew that Lori could work her Mac magic to create the perfect logo for The Great Soap Company. Lori didn’t stop there, she created beautiful graphics for our web site, business cards and our fabulous soap labels. Affectionately referred to as Long Haired Lori by the Janet family (as not to be confused with Short Haired Lori) this GSC founder has gone above and beyond to help the Great Soap Company. I am so grateful that Lori is still such an important part of my life after all these years. I admire Lori’s confidence, she has never seemed afraid to be her wonderful unique self. This creative, positive, strong, independent woman has been an excellent example for my daughters and I am so proud to be her friend. Thank you for all your help with The Great Soap Company and thank you for adding so much value to all of our lives. We love you Long Haired Lori!

Bring it on 2013!

07 January, 2013 2 comments Leave a comment


2012 was quite a year. In March 2012 The Great Soap Company was established, we are so proud of our product and thrilled to share it with you. GSC soap is available on our new web site (with a pick up option for locals), Adourn {furniture rehab}in Chatfield and Minnesota Joe’s in Spring Valley. We are excited to bring you more awesome products in 2013. Save us to your favorites and check back often to find out where you can pick up Great Soap.

In 2012 some folks I love experienced several life changing events. Most recently, my little brother lost two of his best friends. In light of all that has happened in the past year, (I typically resolve not to resolve...due to my rebellious nature) in 2013 I resolve to be mindfully grateful for all my gifts. I will spend more time with family and make sure they always know how much they are loved. Life is fleeting and I want to leave nothing unsaid. That being said, for my first official blog post on our new web site I want to share how grateful I am for my sister and member of The GSC Founders club, Kathy Akerson. We could not bring you this awesome product without the help of Katie. She has been a cornerstone in starting The GSC and an endless source of cut wax paper and brown paper bands. I am grateful for the time we spend together creating beautiful soap boxes and cutting circles out of cellophane. We used to pull each other’s hair out and I am so grateful that now in our 40’s we are laughing our asses off waddling with the ducks in her yard instead.  Cheers to Katie – for making this Company so awesome and for being such an important part of who I am. I love you and I really can’t thank you enough for the joy you add to my life.

Collage by Zoe Janet

Welcome to Our New Store!

03 October, 2012 0 comments Leave a comment

We are super pumped to introduce our brand new web site! We love the clean new design and easy to use format and can't wait for you to check it out and let us know what you think.