Retired Nurse Finds New Career with Online Business

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Alice Ensley doesn't buy her soaps at drug stores - she makes them herself. Now, she's giving people the chance to try out her handmade soaps via her webstore, Featuring all natural and locally-made products, Shen Valley Naturals is a welcomed new entry in a business that relies heavily on chemically-made products.

I love to sew, therefore, we have the grocery bags

Once upon a time, Alice Ensley was a registered nurse, helping and caring for those who needed her assistance. Though she's hung up her uniform, she's still helping people through her new website,

Shen Valley Naturals specialize in handmade soaps and body products - all of which are natural and environmentally friendly. Ensley's products are perfect for people who have sensitive skin or who are opposed to using chemically-based products on themselves.

"I've been making soaps for over 12 years," says Ensley. "My inspiration was a matter of necessity and also a passion for my creativity."

Among Ensley's many products are bath teas, handmade laundry detergent, body cream and reusable grocery bags ("I love to sew, therefore, we have the grocery bags," she says).

Shen Valley Naturals has found quite the audience in environmentally aware folks. "I have given her soaps as gifts to my co-workers," says Helen Leavy. "In fact, many of my friends have requested her soap as gifts."

Just in time for the upcoming gift-giving season, Ensley is expanding her catalog, ushering in new products: "I'll be adding more soap formulations, dishwasher detergent and hopefully some quilted pieces and some purses."

Additionally, Ensley has also started a blog ( to keep people informed of the goings on with Shen Valley Naturals, as well as some of her own editorials on certain topics. "I'll be discussing soap-making, natural body products and environmentally friendly products. I'll also be writing about supporting your local economy and agriculture," says Ensley.

Since launching in March 2008,, has found some success, not only from the loyal customers who discovered Ensley's products prior to the website's inception (customers who inhabit a variety of places such as Kenya, Texas and James Madison University), but also some new people who are looking for safe body products that won't cause them any harm.

"This site and the soaps are an endless outlet for my creativity and my passion," says Ensley, "and I like having the opportunity to share that with people."

About the Company:
Shen Valley Naturals ( is a part of Snow Online Enterprises and is owned and operated by Alice Ensley, who hand makes her products. Ensley has been making soaps for over 12 years and had a loyal following of soap enthusiasts prior to launching the website in March 2008.

Contact Information:

Alice Ensley
(540) 879-3844

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