Cats in the Cradle Farmhouse Soaps

Cats in the Cradle Farmhouse Soaps

Handcrafted Artisan Soaps, Herbal Skin Care, Beeswax Castings

Welcome to May's offerings from our humble farmhouse at Cats in the Cradle.......

Thanks so much for your patience during a very trying time for me and my hubby.  Back in early March Phil was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  Since then, he has had major abdominal surgery and has been slowly recovering, with chemotherapy scheduled for next month.   He has a long road ahead of him, but with God's grace he will regain his strength and make a full recovery.  We know that everything is in God's hands and we thank Him for guiding the wonderful surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the caring staff both there and here at a local New Hampshire hospital.   They have all played a role in my husband's healing, but ultimately it is through Almighty God and our Lord Jesus that he will be healed.  We are grateful for the many prayers and support of friends and neighbors during this time, and I am happy to once again be able to participate in PHM this month.

  I have been formulating natural botanical soaps and herbal skin care since 1991 but my interest in all things herbal began as a child. My husband and I came to the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire in 1980 and have made our home in an old circa 1835 farmhouse ever since, sharing our home with a bevy of rescued pets that at one time included 28 cats. Today we share our old home with three very spoiled kitties.  I combine my handmade soaps with vintage/antique items whenever possible for that special gift.  Once you try our fine soaps you will find them to be the best handcrafted soaps on the market.  Beautiful vintage packaging is my specialty and samples are included with each order. I also offer antique and vintage items in my Etsy shop.  Learn more about Cats in the Cradle Farmhouse Soaps at:, and  Paypal, checks and money orders accepted.  CUSTOM ORDERS for GIFT BASKETS also offered and WHOLESALE to brick and mortar shops.....please inquire. 




CLICK ON IMAGE FOR ANOTHER VIEW! Sweet old berry basket filled with Cats in the Cradle handmade soaps and hand cream. Basket contains full sized bars of Gardener's Soap, Lily of the Valley Soap, Prairie Soap and Rosehip & Oatmeal Soap along with a 4 oz. jar of my GARDENER'S HAND CREAM, made with shea butter, olive oil and other natural ingredients All of my soaps and creams are made with the finest natural ingredients that are kind and moisturizing to the skin. Check out my website and Etsy site for more information on ingredients, or email me with any questions. This is a great gift basket for anyone who loves to garden or just enjoys handmade soaps of the finest quality! Cost for this basket is $38 plus $10 for shipping. A great price as individually items would cost more. Email me at if you would like to purchase. Only One available.
CLICK ON IMAGE FOR MORE VIEWS Fabulous antique ironstone soap dish holds an 8 oz. piece of my handmade Lard soap. This soap will last you a very long time and will be so useful in the kitchen and laundry. Handmade of lard sourced from midwest farms, spring water and sodium hydroxide. No scent, just a good beefy cake of soap like Grandma used, only better. English Ironstone soap dish is in nice condition with a few chips and flea bits on base, the normal discoloration that ironstone acquires with age (which makes it even more charming!) Looks great in any vintage setting. Soap comes wrapped in plain brown paper, tied with raffia and a bay leaf. Only one available. Cost is $35 plus $8 shipping. Email me at if you would like to purchase.
This is a large and detailed beeswax casting of Saint Ambrosius, the Patron Saint of Beekeepers. I have cast the image in blackened beeswax, dusted with cinnamon for a primitive look and ready to hang. One of my most popular castings and a very unusual mold, the casting measures 8 1/4" by 5.5" and is quite thick, weighing about a pound. Back is covered in vintage music paper. Care tag included. Saint Ambrosius holds a staff and has a beautiful bee skep. He is surrounded by honey bees. I have only one available. Cost is $38 plus $8 shipping. Please email me at if you would like to purchase. He will be carefully packed and shipped to you!
One of my best selling soaps and the finest on the market for drying and healing poison ivy rash. Made from natural botanicals and oils including goldenseal root, colloidal oatmeal, jewel weed, peruvian balsam and more. Wash rash in warm water and pat dry, then make a paste of water and soap and leave on the worse areas overnight. You will find great relief and this soap can also be used for many other skin problems. 4 oz. round cake. I have THREE available at this time. Cost is $8.50 per bar plus $3.50 shipping. Email me at if you would like to purchase one or more bars. I can ship up to 4 bars of soap for $7
Many years ago I formulated a soap that seemed to help me from getting bit while working outdoors.. Thus was born a soap that has been one of my best sellers, with many other soap makers now on board with similar products, but none are as effective as my own! Here in New England we know all too well how horribly annoying (and painful) those pesky flying "dive bombers" known as "black flies" can be. They don't seem to like the scent this soap leaves on the skin. We use it as a shampoo too. Sometimes I rub the moistened cake on my shirt collar and pant cuffs while working outdoors. Made from herbal natural oils and fats, it will not dry out your skin. PERFECT for campers, gardeners, sportsmen and anyone who loves the outdoors. makes a nice refreshing all around shower/bath soap year round. Cost per 4 is $6.50 plus $2.85 shipping I can ship up to FOUR BARS of any soap for a flat rate of $7. I currently have 12 Bug Bar soaps available. Email me at if you would like to purchase.