Motor City Soap Raising Funds for First Hire

29 Jan

Caitlyn at Motor City Soap is raising funds through Kiva Zip to help fund her first hire. This is Motor City Soap’s second Kiva Zip campaign. In 2013 the company received a $2,000 loan to purchase carrier and essential oils in bulk to increase soap production. After paying back this loan in full last month, Caitlyn was offered the opportunity to pursue a second loan and continue growing:

Business has more than doubled since my last loan. I sold at Eastern Market’s Sunday Street Market throughout the summer, which increased my exposure to new customers and connected me to other like-minded businesses. I also wrapped up an incredibly successful holiday season last month and look forward to using this momentum as a springboard into 2015.

This second loan for $5,000 will help finance Motor City Soap’s first employee, who will work in production and sales starting this spring. An employee will help double Motor City Soap’s production and increase retail presence at local markets in and around the City of Detroit. Click here to read the full story and lend as little as $5.

Holiday Market Schedule

28 Nov

Holiday Gift IdeasHappy holidays to you and your loved ones!

Motor City Soap is making your holiday shopping easy this year with healthy, handmade body care products for everyone on your list. Browse our product page and Etsy shop for available stock or contact us directly to place a custom order.

You can also find Motor City Soap at the following Detroit holiday markets:

Saturday, November 29 – Shop Detroit BUILD Bazaar @ D:Hive Welcome Center

Sunday, November 30 – Sunday Street Market @ Eastern Market

Friday, December 5 – Market Day @ Live Coal Gallery

Saturday, December 6 – Noel Night @ Yoga Shelter Midtown Detroit 

Sunday, December 7 – Sunday Street Market @ Eastern Market Shed 3

Friday, December 12 – Market Day @ Live Coal Gallery

Friday, December 12 – Holiday Merriment & Makers Market @ Ponyride

Saturday + Sunday, December 13 + 14 – Merry Market @ Detroit Mercantile Company

Sunday, December 14 – Sunday Street Market @ Eastern Market

Motor City Soap is American Made

7 Sep

Motor City Soap Company recently entered Martha Stewart’s American Made competition! This American Made contest recognizes the “ingenuity and excellence in the fields of craft, design, food and style” with a grand prize of $10,000 and a chance to have lunch with Martha Stewart herself in New York City!

How It Works: Judges will select 800 finalists from the pool of nominees until September 8th. Then another 200 wild-card finalists will be selected based on the nominees’ social shares via their American Made profiles. Of the 1,000 finalists, the judges will select 9 American Made Award Winners and the audience will choose one Audience Choice Award Winner.

View Motor City Soap’s nomination here and share on Twitter and Facebook to help Motor City Soap Company advance to a finalist spot.

Thanks for your support!

Join the 2014 Motor City Soap Collective

26 Jan

Monthly soap share

Join The Collective and receive a regular supply of small batch, handmade, vegan soaps for an entire year. This year members can select a full share, a half share or just subscribe to the monthly newsletter. Click here to view the details for each level of membership and to purchase yours today!

Why join The Collective? Full and half share members receive a regular supply of soap for the entire year at only $5 per bar. All members receive a monthly newsletter and 10% off additional purchases. As a Collective member, you will also be the first to know about new products and business developments.

Collective memberships also make perfect gifts! Click here to learn more about this option and send some handmade goodness to your loved ones.

Motor City Soap Company Approved for Kiva Zip Fundraising

21 Dec

Last month Motor City Soap Company applied to Kiva Zip as a potential borrower through their micro lending program. I am excited to announce that as of yesterday evening, the application was approved, and my business is now accepting person-to-person loans!

The purpose of this loan is to purchase enough carrier oils (olive, sunflower, coconut and palm) and essential oils to increase my soapmaking production in 2014. I currently produce between two and three batches per month and I plan to double production next year to meet the increasing demand for my soaps. My customer base (customers like you!) grows weekly and I am beginning to seek retail outlets with wholesale opportunities so I will need to build an inventory to sustain these sales.

Click here to learn more about the lending process and consider becoming a lender today!

Small Business Saturday

30 Nov

Small Business Saturday logoMost people have heard of Black Friday but what about Small Business Saturday? While this official day is only a few years old, it already has a powerful following. Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 by American Express to support small businesses across the country. This day falls on the Saturday after Black Friday (today!) and promotes shopping “small” to support the local stores that add to the fabric of tight-knit communities. In 2011 the U.S. Senate officially recognized Small Business Saturday and millions of shoppers participated in the movement. And by 2012, one study estimated that consumer spending on Small Business Saturday reached $5.5 billion!

Look for the above logo at participating stores this holiday season. Maybe even try to trace your dollar as you spend your earnings at various shops. Is this money going into the pockets of people in your own community? How is your dollar impacting the lives of people you interact with on a daily, weekly or monthly basis?

Introducing the Motor City Soap Collective

5 May

I am excited to announce the inaugural season of the Motor City Soap Collective. The Collective is a unique opportunity to receive a steady supply of soap from June through November at a discounted price. A membership to The Collective includes four bars of soap each month, a printed newsletter and 10% off all additional purchases, including classes. Select either local pick up for $120 or home delivery for $156.

Visit this page to learn more about The Collective and to place your order. The last day to join The Collective is Friday, May 24. Feel free to comment below or email caitlyn (a) with any questions!

Slowing into a new year

1 Feb

I’ve had quite the break from reality and regiment this holiday season – first, a lovely week at the end of December in Wisconsin and then an incredible trip to Thailand right after ringing in the new year here in Detroit.  Now it’s back to it (“it” being all sorts of business and pleasure quickly filling up my calendar). There’s a desire to do more and to do things better. But maybe the best thing to do is to slow down and do less. Finding myself in the depths of winter, I realize that this may be the perfect time to do just that. This is the natural time to reflect and regroup. While I look forward to the first signs of spring and all that comes with the changing of seasons, it’s also reassuring to have nature’s permission (more like a mandate in Michigan) to finally relax.

Upon reflection, 2012 was a good year. A really good year. A small part of that goodness included founding Motor City Soap Company in August. I was so grateful for the supportive environment I stumbled upon as I began navigating my way around “small business land.” Special thanks are in order to my very first customers – my family and close friends who were ready to buy my soaps before they were even out of the molds! Now with one busy gift-giving season behind me, I have a better idea of where I’d like to go this year. These next few months will include building up new inventory with some of my best-selling bars as well as trying out a few new ones like The Traveler and The Cyclist. I’d also like to see my product in a few stores around the city. But like I said – I’m trying to slow down and do less. Perhaps making a few batches of soap is enough for now.

Moving forward, I am actively seeking ways to slow down and truly enjoy the work I do. Thank you for joining me in this new year.


1 Sep

Welcome to Motor City Soap Company’s website! Motor City Soap Company is a Detroit-based small business creating simply natural, vegan soaps for the common worker. The soapmaker is currently busy dreaming up new batches, acquiring  quality ingredients and rearranging living spaces to accommodate an influx of curing bars of soap. Come back soon to find out about soaps available for purchase. Better yet – sign up below and have updates delivered directly to your inbox!

In the meantime, enjoy the work in your life and don’t be afraid to get dirty.