Our Story

Our soaps are made by hand on Cape Cod in small batches using fresh, local, and natural ingredients.

Summer House Natural Soaps has been making exquisite natural soap and body care products since 2000, when the business was founded by Ann Miller, a passionate gardener, designer, cook, and tinkerer. All our products are proudly crafted on Cape Cod, where the sea, sand dunes, and fresh salt air inspire our beautiful packaging and luscious scents. While the scale of our production has increased since our beginning, all our soaps, lotions, balms, and salts are still made by hand in small batches, using premium natural ingredients. 

Using food-grade olive, coconut, palm, and castor oils, we mix our batters by hand and pour them into molds, where the alchemy of saponification takes place. Once the soap sets, the bars are cut, cured for three weeks to further develop mildness, and then beautifully wrapped in handmade papers.

What makes our soap so special? Many people never go back to commercial soap once they experience the sensation of hand-made soap. It is truly a different, and dare we say, a more sensual product. To understand why, just compare the list of ingredients on a bar of commercially-made soap with our own ingredients. No detergents, preservatives, artificial colors, sodium lauryl sulfate...just clean natural soap that's gentle and nourishing to the skin.

To our base oils, we add a whole range of additions, including oatmeal, honey, buttermilk, cocoa butter, shea butter, healing herbs and botanical oils, exfoliants, mineral colors and more. The finished bar contains 25% glycerin, a humectant that attracts moisture to the skin. (Glycerin is what gives your skin that satiny feeling after you bathe.) The result is a face and body soap that's luxurious, long lasting, mild, and deliciously scented.