Laura has been interested in all things natural since high school when she discovered Countryside & Small Stock Journal on the secluded shelves of the magazine section at the city library. She also is an avid learner and loves to be productive, and to that end she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Dairy Science and farmed for 15 years, marketing the milk from about 28 grass-fed Jersey cows to Organic Valley. Then she rediscovered a love for human health as her family continued to grow, and she pursued knowledge of acupressure by attending massage school, and she completed extensive studies in herbs, essential oils, and nutrition for a Naturopathic Doctor (ND) credential through the Trinity School of Natural Health. She has established a natural health practice doing mainly massage therapy during the past eight years and has noticed many of her clients having dry hands and other skin health issues have been helped by her creative concoctions.
Laura made her first soaps in high school for fun, made a bar in a college science lab for class, and then got serious about it in 2010 when she started making all the soap her large family needs. For the past two years she’s been building a goat herd, and has found that the goat milk does make a positive difference in the moisturizing qualities of the soap. She continues to research and experiment with products for her family and clients as she prepares them for production with Nagel Soap Works. She also stretches herself by attending business and graphic art classes and being an active member of Toastmasters.