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Motor City Soap Celebrates Five Years with Soap Share Relaunch

1 Aug

Motor City SoapToday Motor City Soap celebrates¬†five years ūüéČ and we’re glad you’re here for it! Summer favorites like the Gardener, the Farmer and the Herbalist are stocked and¬†now available on Etsy. We’re also so excited to roll out elements of Motor City Soap’s brand refresh (new logo! new labels!), thanks to M1/DTW for their design work and Motor City Match for the technical assistance funds to make it all happen.

To celebrate five years of soap biz, we’re relaunching our¬†monthly soap share with two months of FREE shipping when you sign up by 8/2. Local pick-up options are also available for Detroit-based customers. Email info (at) motorcitysoap (dot) com for details and to sign up!

Thanks for being a part of our history and remember to #washlocal.

Fall DIY workshops with Motor City Soap

16 Sep

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Learn how to make cold process soap, natural deodorant, sugar scrubs and more with Caitlyn at Motor City Soap Company. Keep some for yourself and craft more for the holiday season!

Select from the classes¬†below or email Caitlyn to plan a private event with family and friends. All classes are held at Motor City Soap Company’s studio located in Southwest Detroit.


Intro to Cold Process Soapmaking – Saturday, 9/24

Intro to Cold Process Soapmaking – Saturday, 10/29

Advanced Cold Process Soapmaking – Saturday, 11/5

DIY Bath + Beauty Workshop – Sunday, 11/6

Intro to Cold Process Soapmaking – Thursday, 11/17


Spring Market Schedule

6 May



Hello and happy May! It is officially market season for Motor City Soap Company and I’ve listed my upcoming¬†events below. I’m looking forward to returning to Eastern Market’s growing Sunday Street Market and the lovely Corktown Farmers’ Market next to Detroit Institute of Bagels. This weekend I’m at the Designers’ Show House MarketPlace, which is an annual fundraiser for the Junior League of Detroit. And it’s a perfect place to find¬†your last minute Mother’s Day gifts! I’m also traveling to Cleveland and Grand Rapids and look forward to meeting new vendors and customers.

If you are local and would like to stop by my studio to pick up a customer order, please feel free to contact me. And future soapmakers can find my summer class series here.

Wash on,


Spring Market Schedule

Junior League of Detroit –¬†Designers’ Show House MarketPlace¬†
Saturday, May 7th – Wednesday, May 11th (see website for daily hours)
15500 Windmill Pointe Dr, Grosse Pointe Park, MI

Cleveland Bazaar at The Hooley
Saturday, May 14th | 12 – 8pm
17407 Lorain Ave, Cleveland OH 44111

Made in MI Pop-up Marketplace
Sunday, May 22nd | 10am – 4pm
Downtown Market – 435 Ionia Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Corktown Farmers’ Market
Thursday, May 26th | 4 – 7pm
Detroit Institute of Bagels – 1236 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Eastern Market – Sunday Street Market
Beginning Sunday, June 5th | 10am – 4pm
Eastern Market Sheds 2 & 3 – 2934 Russell St, Detroit MI 48207

Spring Update

16 Mar

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I’m celebrating the beginning of spring by spending¬†time outdoors on my bike, removing plastic from¬†windows at the soap studio (ahhhh) and planning spring crops with fellow growers for our community garden.

In addition, here are several spring-inspired updates from Motor City Soap Company:

Monthly Soap Share

Join Motor City Soap Company’s¬†monthly soap share program and receive a regular supply of healthy, natural¬†soaps at a discounted price! You have the option of selecting the share size that fits your household¬†as well as USPS shipping or a local pick up. Feel free to email me with questions or special requests: caitlyn (at) motorcitysoap (dot) com

New Products on Etsy

Shop¬†new products¬†in my Etsy shop, including the lemony-fresh Nurse soap, lavender and peppermint sugar scrubs and my current favorite: the Soapmaker. This is a bar made with a base of sunflower oil, scented with lemongrass essential oil and sprinkled with dried calendula petals (see photo above, top left). Save $3 on your order with the coupon code SPRING until the summer solstice – that’s through June 20th!

Soapmaking Classes

Learn how to make cold process soap at one of my upcoming classes. It’s a perfect weekend activity to share with family members and friends! Participants receive hands-on instruction, a comprehensive resource guide and soap to take home. Vouchers are also available for purchase to give as gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day or other¬†special occasions. Email caitlyn (at) motorcitysoap (dot) com for details.

I will have my spring/summer market schedule available shortly and hope to see you in person soon!

Wash on,


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.

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.