our roots

Generations ago, our Great Grandma Stute used to stir up huge batches of soap in an outdoor kettle from all the various fats saved over the course of the year. It took her all day to complete the batch over a wood fire.

After our grandma Stute passed away, “Ma” started making soap too, but Ma made it inside the homestead on the stove and in much smaller batches. She even used thinly shaved soap in her wringer washer. 

Sandy Stapleton, the owner of Door County Soaps was intrigued by her family's tradition of making soap and began combining her artistic talents, with her years as a nutritionist and a background in chemistry as a way to continue the family tradition.

It is a lot different today, although we are still carrying on the tradition, our handmade soaps are pure, gentle and nourishing to your skin. We combine Olive oil to create a natural moisturizer; Organic Coconut oil for an effective cleanser; Organic Shea Butter for skin softening, and sustainable Organic Palm oil for “Genuine Lather”. We hand-make, hand-cut, and hand-package each bar of soap. At Door County Soaps our mission is to provide you with handmade soaps, salts, lotion, gels, and sprays that will pamper you from head to toe.

Learning to “soap” for Sandy has been an evolutionary process ever since. Sandy's goal: using only Natural, (and whenever possible), Organic ingredients from the earth to make the healthiest skincare products possible. Free from Phthalates, Gluten, Petrochemicals, all with the intention of bringing healing to your skin. Over time, her ongoing research and meticulous testing have resulted in an all natural soap line rich in exotic butters, (such as Shea, Coconut, Olive, and Palm), and fragrant essential oils. Sandy has also built a comprehensive All Natural Skin Care line, which likewise uses only the finest possible, natural ingredients.  

Gradually, Sandy has branched out into other key product categories, such as Dead Sea Bath Salts, lip balms,butters, and lotions. She has also recently introduced a new Natural Home Care line, with fragrant Castile Liquid Soaps, and Linen and Room sprays made from Essential Plant Oils. Door County Soaps are made in small batches. The soap batches are carefully mixed, cured, cut and wrapped by hand for your bathing enjoyment. There are no chemical stabilizers added to Door County Soaps. Natural variances in sizes, shapes and colors are part of the uniqueness of handmade soap. 

All Door County Soaps products are created, formulated and handmade for you to enjoy, relax and pamper yourself!