Legend Has It
Grandpa’s “Wonder” Pine Tar Soap has been manufactured and sold continuously since 1878. This is Our Story as it has been told to us and passed down through the family generation after generation. Today, you can find a whole line of soaps that have been thoughtfully crafted with the same attention to detail and respect for ingredients as Jess Hoffman in 1878.
The Beaver Soap Company Merges
In the early 1900's, the Beaver Soap Company merges and becomes Beaver-Remmers-Graham Co. In 1928 Beaver-Remers’ Graham Co. becomes a subsidiary of The Cincinnati Soap Co.
Grandpa Soap Company
The Cincinnati Soap Company is sold to Proctor & Gamble. The former Vice President of The Cincinnati Soap Co., retains the right to manufacture and sell “Grandpa’s Wonder Pine Tar Soap”. Grandpa Brands Company is incorporated on July 16, 1936.
C. S. Dent was established in 1888 and was purchased by Grandpa Brands Company. An ad from 1899 depicts the picture of a girl with a scarf around her face, and a knot on top of her head, and tears in her eyes – called “A Swell Affair”, got relief with Dent’s Toothache Gum.
Thylox is Developed
For over 60 years, Thylox has proven that acne treatment doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective.
Grandpa Moves Headquarters
Grandpa moves headquarters to a 6 story factory at 317-321 E. Eighth St. built in 1904 with over 58,000 square feet. The facility had age worn wood floors and tall windows that scanned the front and the back of the building. The one downfall, if anything, was the freight elevator that was needed to move soap from one floor to the other.
One Last Move
Grandpa moves across the Ohio River into Northern Kentucky and sets up headquarters. Talk about a job – we had to sift through old paperwork (some dated back to 1928). We threw out a lot of stuff but also saved some really nostalgic pieces as well. We’ve kept the old safes, vintage glass encased balance scales and, of course, our old signage.
It was a good year to be Grandpa, as Grandpa got a “face lift” with new packaging! His new look was fresh, fun and full of color.
Grandpa Soap Company
Katherine Oliver Jarnigo and Molly Oliver recruited Home to help run the family business with their father Richard Oliver.
From Our Family to Yours
We’ve changed our look but kept our favorite products and made some additions to bring you the best line of natural soaps. Our new family of products uses hardworking, simple and pure, ingredients at the heart of our soapmaking tradition. With our new look, we celebrate our history and embrace our future.
The sodium palmate in our bar soaps is made with palm oil from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms. Please see individual products for certifications.
Many of our products are certified gluten-free by the Celiac Support Association. Please see individual products for certifications.
The packaging of our bar soaps is FSC® certified, ensuring it meets the highest standard of responsible forestry. Please see individual products for certifications.
The Grandpa Soap Company is Leaping Bunny certified. This program provides the best assurance that no animal testing or animal cruelty is used in any phase of manufacturing.
The Grandpa Soap Company makes a conscious effort in our everyday work to recycle, re-use and reduce waste. All of our packaging is recyclable and we encourage you to do your part to be green.
The Grandpa Soap Company has been family owned and operated since 1936. Our family and its employees stand behind the quality of our products and believe in our traditions. We find joy in sharing the love of great soaps with you and yours.
The Grandpa Soap Company prides itself on supporting local initiatives and keeping our time-honored soap-making tradition here in the USA. You can be assured that all our products are manufactured in the USA.
Jack Passion, two-time World Beard Champion and author of The Facial Hair Handbook says, “There simply is no better way to cleanse your beard. Grandpa’s Pine Tar is amazing on the skin, and won’t strip your beard’s natural oils.”