My name is Deb Langley. I'm a Registered Nurse by profession since 2003 and in June of 2017 I completed my Clinical Aromatherapy Certification through the Institute of Integrative Aromatherapy to become a Clinical Nurse Aromatherapist.
My small home based business started as a hobby in 2013. I started making and using handcrafted products like soap, lotion, and bath scrubs that are made with natural, simple, and nourishing ingredients. I found that I truly loved the feel of these products over commercially manufactured ones, and as I shared what I made, my family, friends, and co-workers also loved my products and encouraged me to make and share more. I started to sell my products at seasonal craft fairs and eventually via my website and by consignment. I am constantly researching and investing in additional education on how natural ingredients can be used to complement a healthy lifestyle.
I use only high quality ingredients and I formulate all of my own recipes, making sure they will be gentle on the skin. I hope if you are new to the idea of using natural soap and body products you will try these products and love them as much as I do. Thank you for shopping Nurse's Remedy!
I get a lot of questions about my hand crafted soap, so read on for some information about lye soap!
Lye soap has come a long way since the days of old when people made it from ash and rendered fats. It is no longer harsh because it can be specifically formulated to be a gentle cleansing bar. Soap makers, similar to chemists, started determining how each type of oil used in the process has different qualities it brings to the soap, and how much lye is required for each type of oil to undergo the reaction that makes it into soap. Today soap is made by calculating a recipe based on the ingredients which avoids any lye being leftover in the final product. Soap can be formulated to have different qualities by the types and amounts of oils used for each batch, from extremely cleansing laundry soap to extra gentle soap for the body. They can be scented with essential oils or fragrance oils which makes using them a luxurious experience.
One of the most common questions I get is "Why is soap made with lye?". Lye is needed to make soap, although you may see the ingredient listed by it's chemical name "sodium hydroxide", or "potassium hydroxide". You may at times see lye listed as an ingredient in the form of "saponified oils of ". Saponification is the name of the process that makes soap. Lye causes saponification to happen when mixed with oils, butters, or other fats. A saponified oil is one that has been changed to soap by using lye. There should be no actual lye left in the finished product, because it is used up in the process of saponification. Sometimes manufacturers use synthetic detergents to make bars that are mistakenly referred to as soap, but they are actually termed a "beauty bar". So you can get a bar of true soap that was made by using the saponification process, or you can get a synthetically made beauty bar. Both are cleansing and safe for use on skin.
Some people prefer natural soap as opposed to manufactured beauty bars or shower gels because they feel as if their skin is more moisturized when using soap. Soap tends to be more gentle and doesn't strip the natural oils out of the skin like some synthetic manufactured components of beauty bars. Most users of natural soap feel it results in less dryness and a more moisturized feeling skin. Go ahead and try it to see for yourself!