Cats Paw Soapery & Sentiments

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Cats Paw products are designed for those who are choosy about what goes on their skin and the skin of those you care about. 

My products are different in that I do not use cheap, potentially harmful ingredients such as Palm Oil, Parabens, and Phthalate laden fragrance. I care about what goes on our skin. If you're still reading then I have a feeling you care about it too.

There are thousands of soapmakers out there and you have the choice to shop with any of us. Even if you don't choose to shop with me I hope you will take a look at the ingredients being used where you do choose to shop and ask Qs if something seems "off". I welcome Qs about my ingredients and will always be straight up about why I do or do not use a particular ingredient in my formulations.

I'm R'Chel - I have sensitive skin and 45 years of experience and formal education formulating soaps, skin care, and hair care for myself and others with sensitivity issues. Let me earn the opportunity to help you achieve the skin you crave! 

Why Cats Paw?

I left a very lucrative science career to return to my roots and help people one-on-one. Cats Paw came from the old adage that cats land on their feet, and I trusted that I would too. Nearly a thousand women and men have found the solution to healthy softer skin through the products I formulate and craft. 

How is Cats Paw Different from other handmade beauty products?

The answer starts with a little backstory on me...Cats Paw Soapery & Sentiments is the culmination of a lifetime of experience and education. 

I started my journey at the side of incredible grandmothers. Seeing that I experienced horrible rashes, burning, and peeling skin when exposed to synthetic detergents, they armed me at an early age with the ability to create natural soap. As I entered my teen years I was increasingly envious of friends who could use any beauty product while I struggled with an increasing number of ingredient sensitivities.  I started formulating natural lotions, moisturizers, skin care, and hair care. 

In between then and now I've completed several degrees in the scientific field to ensure an understanding of ingredients, formulating,  skin and hair. 

I've worked in corporate settings and hospitals, but working with  women and men looking for beauty and skin care products that are earth friendly, toxin-free, and effective is my passion. 

I've been formulating skin care, soaps, and culinary products for over 45 years now. Take a look through the website, and please let me know how I can help you natural skin care journey!

100% Natural Handcrafted Small-Batch, Artisan-Crafted

My Ingredients are sourced Organic whenever humanly possible, and as close to the source of origin as I can get. 

All of my goat milk comes from dairy goats local to me. I source my oils as close to the source as possible from ethical companies who have high standards and take their stewardship seriously. 

Specialty ingredients in my soaps such as beer, coffee, or tea are brewed, roasted, and grown by people I have a direct relationship with. 

I cure each batch under a watchful eye to ensure a beautiful, hard, long-lasting bar of soap. 

Clean Beauty/Green Beauty...what?

Clean beauty products are made without ingredients that are shown or suspected to harm human health.

The governing body for the cosmetics and skincare industry is okay with  substances such as parabens, phalates, formaldehyde, lead and more to be used in products I use on myself and family each day. And, while they allow this - I Do NOT!

My dedication to Clean Beauty means that a product is safe, non-toxic, effective, and has transparent labeling of ingredients - generally at a fraction of the cost of unclean beauty products, too. I source Organic and Sustainable Ingredients. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes from Clean Beauty products from Cats Paw. You are worth it.

And it extends to my Packaging

Is sustainable packaging important to you? Here's what I'm doing on my end!

The ability to reuse and recycle isn't a new thing. I remember volunteering at recycling centers with my family as a child. We smashed cans, and broke bottles and helped prepare the metal and glass to be given new life. Plastic packaging wasn't really a thing back then, and yes I may be dating myself and that's ok. I remember when plastic wasn't prevalent, and it saddens me to have watched it become mainstream. It gives me hope that a few companies are finding new ways to give plastic a new life. But, there is just so much of it....

When I first packaged my products I too opted for the cute plastic bottles that were common for beauty and skin care products. There really wasn't a lot of choice to do otherwise. And seemingly overnight, the beauty industry became one of the biggest sources of plastic container waste. 

So, many years ago I made the decision to change that in my company. 

Cats Paw products are packaged in glass and metal containers that are infinitely recyclable. Every recycling center accepts metal and glass. 

My soap packaging uses NO plastic. There is no plastic overwrap or shrink wrap. I use a paper label with light adhesive that is affixed to a handcrafted sheet of seed paper. 

The seed paper is created by a small company in the US and contains a blend of 12 non-invasive wildflowers that bees and butterflies love. 

This paper is plantable indoors and out and grows some really nice garden plants that will draw pollinators to your space and sustain them. Soap labels are held on with leftover yarn from my family's knitting projects (much of that yarn is hand-dyed here and comes from animals local to me!) 

What about those caps?...

I admit that I do have to use plastic pumps and sprayers as glass bottles are not "squeeze" friendly, and I have sourced companies who are using recycled plastic for these. I have many customers who ship back empty bottles for sterilization, keep their pump, and order refills (which I can ship with a small cap - just mention at checkout you still have your pump/sprayer.)

I am proud to be part of the Clean Beauty/Green Beauty movement, and to also be part of the solution to the beauty industry waste issue. 

Handcrafted Greeting Cards

I relax with papercrafting. This is something I used to enjoy with my great grandmother. 

I got away from it for decades and then found myself drawn to cardcrafting again. I eventually became a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator because I discovered as a customer that their card stock and ink were superior. I teach card tutorials via FB Live on my business page, and a couple times a month I lead a Craft-along (there are still some past kits available you can catch the Live with, too.)  

I'll be starting a Twitch artisan channel soon too so stay tuned for that!

Did You Know?

You can have your cards sent directly to your recipient and I'll include a handwritten message from you if you'd like, just specify it on the order page for each card. Happy Card Shopping!!

Thank you for trusting me to be looking out for you, your family, and the future of our planet! I don't believe in just selling you something and washing my hands of you (pun intended!) I consider you part of my little farm family and I LOVE spoiling my family. So take a peek inside my store and let me know if you need any help or recommendations! I'm happy to help. :)

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