About Greenstone Soap Company
Greenstone Soap Company was established in 1996 with a very simple philosophy of life and work ... “have faith, do what you love, don't make a bigger mess then you can clean up, use tools rather than machines, and laugh often.” We still live by these ideals.
Over the years, Greenstone Soap Company has grown into a premier manufacturer of handmade herbal soaps and natural body care products. We use only pure essential oils and other all natural ingredients from the plant kingdom, making our all natural herbal soaps and bath care products some of the best found anywhere.
Shortly after launching Greenstone, we (Kate and Bruce Rodgers) made a decision to expand the company into a full-time business. We also decided to move out of the city and relocate in the north Georgia Mountains. In the early fall of 1996 we quit our full-time professional careers, packed up, and headed out of town to pursue the ancient arts of small business and herbal soap making.
It is often noted that no business grows without facing challenges. Our first year was an exciting time of learning to snatch success from the jaws of defeat. However, the thought that we would not succeed never entered our minds, and we plowed ahead believing in ourselves, our products, and our future. As a result, our little company began to grow, as we created many new products and unique packaging.
In our second year, we made what to many of our friends and family seemed like a foolish, crazy decision. We bought a Tipi and went looking for a place to set it up. We also needed a building where we could make our all natural handmade herbal soaps and other body care products.
In the spring of 1997, we found what we were looking for. For a time, our home and corporate headquarters for Greenstone Soap Company, was a Tipi set in a beautiful grove of young Pin Oaks, overlooking a grassy field on the property of a friend (we made soap in a small garage also on the property). This is certainly not the path to growth for most companies, but to this day we look back on that experience as one of the most profitable and creative times in the life of Greenstone; with no television, no newspapers, and almost nothing to dust (hence no distractions). All our energy and creativity was freely focused on the business at hand - and if the truth be told, it was sheer fun ... and, go figure, the business continued to grow.
Time moves on and so did we. Greenstone soon outgrew that setting ... and three others and in 2006 we settled into our current location. If you are ever in our area, we extend to you an invitation to come visit our retail store. We are located in Sautee, in the beautiful north Georgia mountains in White County, on Hwy. 17 in the Sautee Junction shopping area. We are open most days 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Our winter hours, January through March, sometimes change, so it is a good idea to call ahead during those winter months - 706-878-5901.
Hope to see ya’ll soon!