Looking for a personalized Christmas gift for friends and family? Well, Gray Duck Soap has your answer.
Be it a Lump of Coal soap to slip in a certain naughty someone’s stocking, or the unscented Duck Naked soap for someone with sensitive skin; this handmade soap is perfect for gift giving during the holiday season
“There is a soap for everyone and everyone needs soap,” owner and artist Michele Picard said. “It’s the perfect gift.”
Currently in her second year of business, Michele got started making these creative soaps as an artistic outlet during a stressful job hunting period. In no time she was consumed with friends and family wanting to buy her soaps, so naturally a business idea was born.
As a Minnesota native, Michele wanted to craft a company that was distinctively Minnesotan.
“One day I heard an adamant argument about the kids’ game ‘Duck, Duck, Gray Duck’ and found out that the whole country except Minnesota plays the game as ‘Duck, Duck, Goose,’” she said. “People were passionate about ‘Gray Duck’ being right, so I had to name my company Gray Duck Soap.”
This year at Holidazzle, Gray Duck Soap will have eight special holiday soaps in addition to the soaps on their website. These include the Border Battle football soaps, classic flower-scented soaps, Twin Cities and Up North themed soaps and their best-selling Drakes men’s soaps.
You betcha, you better bring your Minnesota pride and stop by Gray Duck Soap’s tent the weekend of Dec. 8-11 this year during Holidazzle. Holidazzle’s full run is Thursdays through Sundays from Friday, November 25 through Friday, December 23. It is open Thursdays from 5-9 pm, Fridays from 5-10 pm, Saturdays from 11 am-10 pm and Sundays from 11 am-7 pm.
One thing Michele hopes people learn from her being at Holidazzle is that handmade soaps are truly superior to commercially processed soaps.
“Handmade soap retains all of the natural glycerin that commercial manufacturers extract and sell as hand lotion,” she said. “Handmade soap is much more moisturizing, which is important during our dry winters.”
Michele is extremely excited to be a part of this huge downtown tradition here in Minnesota.
For the love of all things Minnesota, Michele said it perfectly when she described what the holiday season is like here.
“Not every state can say that. Santa sleighs look silly on brown lawns in California and Texas,” she said. “Here, the decorations fit.”
And during the holiday season in Minneapolis, there’s nothing quite like Holidazzle.
“I love Holidazzle,” she said. “Now to be a participant, instead of just a spectator, is very special to me.”