Greetings and thank you for visiting my shop. My name is Lois Outten, a.k.a. GrammaLouie, and I love soap!
My interest in soap began many years ago when I was a student in junior high school and attended my first class in Home Economics. You see, back in my day, public schools were still in the business of teaching girls to become proper ladies. One day we had a session all about soap...how it’s made, types of soap, and various qualities of soap. I was fascinated.
Over the years, soap continued to be a special commodity for me. I would often give luxury soap as a gift and it was always well received. I vowed that someday I would learn how to make my own soap.
After retirement, I attended a soapmaking demonstration and my original fascination with soap was recharged. I started reading extensively about soapmaking and then began experimenting with different formulas. My family and friends were my guinea pigs and they were all reporting good results after using my products. I was giving away a lot of soap and decided it was time to start a business.
In 2015, I put together my business plan and launched GrammaLouie’s Handcrafted Soap. I joined the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and received my Soapmaker Certification in 2016.
In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic closed the local gift shops and most of my soap inventory was sitting behind locked doors. That situation prompted me to launch my online store. I hope you will enjoy shopping here. Feel free to contact me with questions or special needs. I’m always willing to try something new.