our story

ďIt was shortly after my baby sister started kindergarten that my mother began making soap in our kitchen. At first it was just a hobby - with molds, mixers, and cutters all made by my dad. But it soon took hold of my mother and, before too long, of all of us. When her workspace expanded from the kitchen to include the garage and closets of my childhood home it was clear that my motherís passion for making soap had become more than about the product. It had become about the ingredients. Just as we do today, my mother insisted on using only the highest quality blend of skin moisturizing ingredients to not only cleanse the skin but also improve its health and vitality Ė free of the chemicals, detergents, mineral oils, surfactants, and parabens that harm our bodies and our planet.

Soap for my family, was a craft Ė one that required inspiration and dedication. In 2000, my mother and I acted on these feelings and expanded her home business into a small retail store, where she continued to make each bar by hand and where I learned how to run our growing business. In a yearís time, we had outgrown our little shop and decided to move to our current location in downtown Melbourne.

We began to expand our recipes and our product line as customers confirmed our beliefs that people crave naturally derived health and beauty products that they can trust on their skin and for their families. Our name grew as the results came in Ė people simply loved what our products could do for their skin.

Soap was now a pivotal part of my life, as well, and when demand began to grow faster than mom could supply, my husband Corey became an apprentice Ė learning from my mother with the same tools how to make the same fabulous soaps and bath products.

Today, Corey and I are thrilled to be continuing what my mother started so many years ago in our kitchen. We now have three retail stores where we sell a wonderful selection of bath products, as well as the many varieties of bar soap that Corey continues to make by hand. We are very proud of all of our products - each of which is still created by us with health and wellbeing in mind.

As the next generation of our family comes along and Corey and I have the opportunity to teach our children our passion, Iím constantly reminded of my motherís belief that what is good for our bodies is and should always be good for the earth. That is why our products are and will always be made by hand, in small batches, using only renewable resources with ingredients that are beneficial to your skin and safe for your family.Ē

Enjoy!!
Shoshanna and Corey Walker

our commitment

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At Nourish, we are proud to be doing our part to keep the planet clean while reducing our carbon footprint. We have operated as a green company since the 1990's, providing environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable products that are good for our bodies and the earth. We make recycling a priority and invest in every effort to minimize the environmental impact of our daily routine. We only package in recyclable, reusable and/or biodegradable containers.

As always, Nourish products contain:
  • no parabens
  • no sodium lauryl sulphate or sodium laureth sulfate
  • no animal products
  • no petroleum
  • no harsh detergents
  • no mineral oil

our ingredients

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Maple Sugar
Does it surprise you that a sugar is full of immune-boosting qualities? Maple sugar is! Itís also chock full of essential fatty acidsónot to mention iron, magnesium, phosphorus, B vitamins, biotin and more. Since itís all natural, your skin knows exactly how to access all these delicious and healthy benefits.

Oatmeal
Did your mom ever give you an oatmeal bath when you had chicken pox or poison ivy? The same soothing quality can restore and calm skin at any time. Thatís why itís a popular ingredient in so many natural products. Itís also a great exfoliator, providing a gentle but effective scrub that removes layers of dirt and dead skin.

Olive Oil
Itís been prized for centuries for its benefits on the body both inside and out, and research now backs up olive oilís upstanding reputation. Itís full of polyphenols, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and vitamin E. It naturally decreases the signs of aging while restoring skinís vitality and promoting an even, bright complexion. If you have skin conditions, olive oil might be for you; itís been shown to soothe problems like eczema and psoriasis. It also makes for a particularly long-lasting bar, which is always a benefit in a slow economy!

Optiphen
Optiphen is a non-paraben, non-formaldehyde preservative which prevents molds, fungi, bacteria and other invaders from setting up shop in our products.

Palm Oil
Did you know there are several different kinds of vitamin E? Theyíre called toctrienols, and theyíre hard to find gathered together in one place, but palm oil is full of them! Toctrienols are even more effective than the common form of vitamin E at fighting aging and penetrating to the deepest layers of skin. Theyíre also free radical fighters, and are even known to defend against cancer.

Palma Christi Oil
This oil has so many healing properties itís known as Palma Christi, or ďthe hand of Christ,Ē but you may also know it as castor oil. Natural ricinoleic acids fight microorganisms, which means that this oil helps heal acne as it restores cell damage and evens out complexion. It has the unique ability to penetrate skin more deeply than almost any other oil, and fights free radicals on all fronts. Itís often used in alternative healing applications.

Phosphate Sodium (PCA)
Sodium derived from phosphate is one of the most studied additives to food and body products, and also one of the safest. This is an excellent emulsifier, adding thickness and texture to make luxurious body products.

Preservative (Potassium Sorbate)
Potassium sorbate is a salt derived from sorbic acid, and is one of the safest, most natural preservatives available. It actively fights germs, molds, fungi and other microbes so our products stay fresh and safe for a long time.

Rice Bran Oil
Are you a ďrice bran beauty?Ē Generations of women in Japan and other Asian countries have earned that title after using rice bran to lighten and smooth their complexions (that would be the effect of the naturally occurring oryzanol). It also puts off signs of aging, which never hurts, and when exposed to sunlight becomes a UV barrier. A luxuriously rich, moisturizing oil full of several kinds of B and E vitamins, rice bran oils gives your skin a complex treat.

Rosehips Oil
Research is starting to show what folk healers have long knownóthat rosehip oil can replenish moisture and put off premature aging. Itís high in vitamin C, which boosts cellular immunity, and by soaking into the skinís lipid barrier, it even boosts cellular regeneration.

Safflower Oil
Safflower oil comes from the sunflower family. Rich in vitamin E to nourish skin on deep, vital levels, it repairs damaged cells, restores elasticity and fights aging. Skin drinks in the high concentration of omega-6 fatty acids, which protect skin from environmental damage.

Shea Butter
Shea butter is a rich, creamy fat derived from the nut of the African shea tree. Over half of its weight is comprised of essential fatty acids, like omega-6 and omega-9, and it is a natural source of retinol, which is widely used to restore skinís elasticity and reduce signs of aging. Youíll find retinol in many conventional cosmetics and wrinkle reducers (often alongside unwanted chemicals). Shea butter absorbs easily into the skin without leaving a greasy, oily feeling. Itís so health-promoting that in Africa itís consumed as food. We like to think all this is why the shea treeís French name, ďkarite,Ē translates as ďlife.Ē

Sorbitan Stearate
Like sorbitol, sorbitan stearate comes from berries and other fruits. Itís an emulsifier, which means it allows substances that normally wouldnít stick together (like oil and water) to do so.

Sorbitol
Sorbitol is a 100% natural humectant derived from berries. It attracts moisture, and it lends a pretty translucent quality to our soaps.

Soy Wax
Soy wax comes from soybeans. It has a much cleaner burn than paraffin and other waxes derived from petroleum, so when you light up a soy candle, you get very little black smoke or soot. It also burns longer and more evenly than other waxes. Since soybeans are a natural renewable resource, soy wax is eco-friendly and biodegradable. And if you happen to spill a little? Clean up with warm, soapy waterómuch simpler than with paraffin.

Stearic Acid
Stearic acid is found in shea butter and cocoa butter. Itís got a lot of uses, acting as an emulsifier (to bind substances like oil and water together), a lubricant and a hardening agent.

Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is a favorite with massage therapists for the way it restores and revitalizes thirsty, stressed out skin. (If you ask us, it lends a ďspa therapyĒ quality to our products!) Itís extremely rich in vitamins, including E, A, B6, B1 and B2. People with skin conditions like psoriasis, eczema and even sunburn can benefit from this oilís soothing, anti-inflammatory properties. Itís also been effective when it comes to smoothing out skin tone and reducing dark spots. However, it is derived from nuts, so if you have nut allergies you might want to look at our products that donít contain sweet almond oil.

Vitamin A
Pores are designed to flush out toxins and dead skin cells, but sometimes they need a little help. Vitamin A to the rescue! Itís ideal for acne sufferers, as well as those with chronic issues like psoriasis and eczema. As though that werenít enough to earn it a place in our products, vitamin A evens out complexion, reduces signs of scarring, and fights aging with active retinoids.

Vitamin D
Vitamin D is naturally produced by your body as a positive, healthy reaction to sunlight, but most of us donít get enough of it these days. Its benefits donít stop there, either. It boosts immunity, enhances the absorption of other vitamins, promotes healthy sleeping patterns, fights free radicals and cancerous cells, and inspires an all over optimism that will leave you feeling as good as your skin.

Vitamin E
Vitamin E is quintessential for skincare! This little vitamin reduces signs of age and wrinkles, lightens dark spots and smoothes complexion, restores cell damage, reduces the appearance of scars and infuses moisture into skin. Itís perfect for chronic conditions and irritations. Sounds like a thorough spa treatment for skin, right? We think so, too.

Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat germ oil is full of vitamins, like A, E, B2, B3 and B6, and is also rich in essential fatty acids. Mature skin loves this oil, as the antioxidants and minerals are absorbed to restore elasticity, reduce signs of damage and aging, and protect cells from degradation. It also perks up your circulation, so it spruces up skin from the inside out.

Wild Strawberry Extract
Wild strawberry extract is famous for its naturally astringent, toning qualities. It destroys microorganisms while high concentrations of antioxidants boost skinís immunity against infection and cell irregularities. At the same time, itís also busy soothing skin by reducing inflammation. Howís that for multi-tasking?

Witch Hazel Extract
Think nature has no alternative to commercial astringents and toners? Then you havenít experienced witch hazel extract! Witch hazel fights microorganisms and acne, while tightening and toning pores. Itís also anti-inflammatory and soothing, so itís great for super-sensitive and problem-prone skin.
100% Pure Jojoba Oil
Jojoba is one of natureís compounds that comes closest to resembling the skinís natural oils. Itís full of antioxidants and balances skinís pH, so itís great for acne sufferers. It can even be applied to dry, damaged hair to restore moisture, or be used as a natural make-up remover. This one is a favorite among customers and staff alike who prefer their products pure, unscented and as simple as they come.

100% Pure Shea Butter
Why do we include shea butter in so many of our ingredients, from our soaps to our bath fizzies and beyond? Because shea butter is one of natureís finest, richest moisturizers, full of vitamins and antioxidants your skin lovesólike omega essential fatty acids. It can even reduce fine lines and wrinkles with naturally present retinol. It makes a perfect base for most of our product line, but we love it all by itself just as much. This is as pure as it gets!

Aloe Vera
Aloe is one of the oldest skincare and health promoting substances in the world. Alexander the Great coveted it, the Romans loved it and so do we! It soothes irritation in conditions from sunburn to psoriasis, restores elasticity, reduces inflammation and fights acne by warding off infection. Packed with vitamins (A, C, E, B2, B6 and B12, to name a few) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, iron and more), it heals damaged DNA and protects from future damage. While your skin soaks in all this goodness, youíll feel soothed and moisturized.

Avocado Oil
Avocados are so good for the skin, you can even slice one open and apply the soft, creamy pulp for a quick, DIY facial. Your skin will know exactly what to do with it! Avocado oil is full of antioxidants that fight free radicals, vitamins (like vitamin E) and fatty acids. Itís also rich in sterolins, which enhance immune system performance. Skin cells are restored, complexion is evened out, and youíre protected from UV damage.

Baking Soda
Baking soda has so many uses, we couldnít list them all here! Letís stick to its skincare benefits, which include gentle exfoliation, and calming dry, irritated spots (ever use it to take the pain out of a sting or bite?) Combine it with citric acid and a pleasing, skin-soothing fizz that fills the tub.

Beeswax
Beeswax is a great multitasker. It softens your skin, creates a barrier to seal in moisture, and makes sure pores can still breathe. This sets it in a class above petroleum derivatives like mineral oils or paraffin oils (the main component of Vaseline), which clog pores. We love the way beeswax creates rich, luxurious products that never feel oily or greasy. Research is also starting to note some antibacterial qualities, tooówe canít say weíre surprised!

Calendula Extract
Calendula is gentle enough to use on the thinnest, most delicate skinóeven right around the eyesóand strong enough to destroy microorganisms. Naturally anti-inflammatory, itís excellent for the treatment of rashes and chronic skin conditions. We bet youíll love that bright glow your skin has after using it, too.

Caprillic / Capric Triglyceride
This triglyceride comes from coconut oil. Itís an emollient that aids in the skinís absorption of vitamins and nutrients, and also provides a smooth, gliding lubrication for skincare products.

Cetyl Alcohol
Cetyl alcohol used to be derived from whale oil (hence the name), but now it comes from vegetable oils like coconut and palm. We use it as an emollient and a thickening agent to lend our products a rich, luxurious quality.

Citric Acid
If you read ingredient lists, youíll notice citric acid in too many products to name! Itís naturally found in fruits, and is so popular because of its vitamin C content. This means it fights free radicals and stimulates your immune system, making for healthy skin from the outside in. Put it together with baking soda, and you get a fizz that makes our bath fizzies fun!

Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is rich in a variety of antioxidants which combat a variety of skin problemsófrom free radicals to wrinkles and even cell damage. Itís chock full (or should we say ďchocolate full?Ē) of cocoa mass polyphenol, which slows T-cell activity in the immune system. This makes it perfect for people with overactive immune systems resulting in conditions like psoriasis. It infuses dry skin with luxurious, non-greasy moisture, and many people report that cocoa butter has played a key role in reducing their scars and stretch marks.

Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is one of our favorites, so beneficial and versatile itís perfect for most of what we make. It naturally destroys bacteria and microorganisms. Itís also full of antioxidants that enhance your bodyís first line of defense: your skin. As it heals skinís outer layers, it penetrates deeply to fortify inner layers. Signs of aging are reduced as connecting tissues are strengthened and elasticity is restored. It even works as a make-up remover! We could go on forever about our love for coconut oil, but weíll just let you find out how fantastic it is when you experience it in our products.

Corn Starch
We like thick, rich body products, which is why we use corn starch to give some of our stuff a wonderful, viscous quality. Itís all natural and is even used in many cooking recipes.

Cyclomethicone
Think of cyclomethicone as a carrier for some of our more fun ingredients, like natural scents, and for promoting a silky glide in our skincare products. Itís silicone based, and canít be absorbed by the skinóthe molecules are too big and anyway, it evaporates too quickly.

Dead Sea Salt
The Dead Sea contains a wider variety of salts than any other body of water on earth, and their therapeutic benefits have been mined since ancient times. The chemical salt balance includes magnesium (which slows aging), calcium (which stimulates circulation), potassium (which balances skinís natural moisture content) and bromides (which ease sore and stiff muscles). All in all, itís excellent for balancing skinís metabolismónot to mention the gentle, thorough exfoliation as it rubs away layers of dead, tired cells.

Emulsifier
Try putting some oil and water together in a jar and shaking it up. See how it becomes a blend of tiny bubbles? Keep watching, and youíll see the water and oil naturally separating. A little emulsifier stops that process, allowing us to make products that are rich in both pure water and natural oils.

Glycerin
Glycerin, found in all our soaps, is naturally created during the saponification process. Itís humectant, which means it attracts moisture. This makes it ideal for softening and moisturizing skin without any chemicals. As traces of it linger on your skin, it can actually attract moisture from the air! Itís great for people with sensitive or problem skin, even those with eczema or psoriasis.

Glyceryl Monosterate
This is an emulsifier which helps bind our ingredients together. Itís an organic molecule that occurs naturally in the body, so you can trust that your body understands it.

Green Tea Extract
Does a cup of green tea leave you feeling healthy and energized? Green tea can do the same thing for your skin. Itís like a shot of energy that restores elasticity and firmness. Itís also a famous fighter of free radicals, and is even said to destroy cancer cells with its high concentration of polyphenols. As if this werenít enough to sell us on this little leaf, it also neutralizes UV light to protect against premature aging, and infuses new life into dying cells. Pour yourself another cup!

Honeysuckle Extract
If you thought those pretty little flowers were only sweet on your tongue, think again! Honeysuckle is also a perfect skincare ingredient, working as a natural toner and astringent to fight acne. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it soothes irritations like rashes, cuts, burns and chronic skin conditions.

Horsetail Extract
No, itís not derived from actual horse tails! Itís extracted from the horsetail plant, which has existed for millions of years (so we think it has something to teach us). Itís a natural astringent and toner, and soothes irritations like burns or bites. It also restores collagen and elasticity, which makes it excellent for mature skin.

Hydroxyethyl Cetyldimonium
We use this ammonium salt to give an extra conditioning quality to our products. It enhances smoothness, silkiness and lubrication.

Isopropyl Palmitate
Palmitate is a naturally occurring substance in plants, and isopropyl palmitate is a derivative of it. Itís known for its ability to lubricate skin and emulsify (bind ingredients together), creating more luxurious, cohesive products.

Jojoba Oil
Thereís a reason we sell pure jojoba oil, and why we include it in so many of our products. Itís a natural compound that closely resembles the oils already produced by your skin. Thatís how it balances skinís pH. Itís great for body, face and even to shine up your hair.
 

testimonials

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Bar Soaps

Donít Bug my Dog
I have a white Bull Terrier with horrible skin problems, she is constantly scratching herself. We have spent hundreds of dollars on allergy testing and injections for this and nothing has worked. When we returned home I bathed her with the soap and wow what a difference, she doesn't scratch or lick nearly as much! Her skin is so much better after using the soap. Finally we found something that actually works. Thank you so much, it has made such a difference in her skin and coat!

T.D., Port St Lucie, FL


Unscented Oats
I have been advised by my dermatologist in the past to use unscented products to keep a skin condition that I have in check, but even with using those products my skin never felt good. I use Nourish's Unscented Oats and Bare Shea Body Lotion every day, along with the body scrub weekly, and my skin has never felt better. Thanks for these great skin friendly products!

S.C.


Tea Tree
I love the tee tree, and the citrus scented soaps, they smell so fresh. The great thing about your soap is there is no need to apply lotion to your skin after you shower; your skin feels soft and hydrated but not oily. I recommend it to everyone and have given the soaps as gifts and now they are hooked too!

P. M., Indialantic, FL


Sea Weed Sauna
Since moving to Florida I have had HORRIBLE eczema and problems with folliculitis. I've spent excessive amounts of money to see allergists and dermatologists without success. Finally, I just decided to treat the issue myself. I've been using your soap for about 2 years now. I no longer have any issues with folliculitis, and very rarely have problems with eczema. And to top off the good news, I LOVE the scents and the fact that I can use them on my sensitive skin. They're wonderful, and I'm so very grateful that I found you guys. Thanks again,

D. J., Melbourne, FL


Nourish Baby

Shampoo & Body Wash
Can I just tell you that, as cheesy as it sounds, using your baby wash on him makes me feel like a better mom.

E.O., MA


Salt Scrubs

Ginger Lime
I have been using your wonderful soaps & scrubs for several years. Always take jars of the salt scrub to daughters & granddaughters when I visit------hum, wonder if I would be welcome without the scrub?!? Donít think I will chance it!

M.C., Melbourne, FL


Island Mango
I have had a skin condition called keratosis pilaris (little bumps on my arms) since I was a little girl. Nothing I have ever tried-- over-the-counter or prescription-- has ever made a difference. After I used the body scrub and soap, I got out of the shower, looked at my arms and I was overjoyed! For the first time ever, my arms looked better: less rough, less dry, less red. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your products make a difference in my life every single day!

E. F., Connersville, IN


Vanilla Raspberry
Your Sea Salt Scrubs were the best I have ever use!. That is why I bought 4 to last me a long time!

B.R. Blooming Grove, TX


Letters


Great Soap. We love how clean we feel (and refreshed) after using them. Look forward to stopping by every time we are in the area.

Keith and Brenda Y., Fredericksburg, VA



This is my way to pamper myself. Every shower is a mini-spa.

C Nelson, Melbourne Beach, FL



My skin tends to be dry and sensitive, especially living the Florida sun for so many years. I've been using Indian River soaps for about a year now and refuse to ever use store/major brands again. When I'm on my last bar, I make a "soap run" and stock up again. Indian River soaps are moisturizing without being greasy and the scents are delicious!

Tina B., Melbourne Beach, FL



Why do I love Indian River Soaps? The fragrance, the feel, the look, I'm hooked. It started with marquesas islands, and my husband and I can't get enough. Our shower is never without it. I've been buying the travel bundles lately and they're wonderful for so many reasons. The size, the surprise, and the price, is so nice. Oh and the soy candles are wonderful and neat, what a treat. I give them as gifts and tell everyone I know how wonderful your products are. See you real soon, 'cuz I always need more soap!

Cheryl M., Palm Bay, FL



How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee for the length of time a bar lasts, for the depth of aroma of said bar and for the soothing of my soul when completing a shower with Hippie Chick!

This stuff is good! It lathers down to the very last morsel. It makes the entire bathroom smell great and the varieties are endless.

What is my favorite soap? Oh its Tropical Fruit Salad, no I mean Tropical Beach, no wait I think it is Cinnamon Peach, but then again, I really like Clove. Rosemary has been a good stand-by over the years, and we go back to the beginning of time, oh that would make us older than dirt, so maybe my favorite is Gardener's Scrub!

Well, I meant the beginning of Indian River Soap Company before we all needed Fountain of Youth to be our favorite. I'm using Hibiscus right now - that's my favorite. If I don't have the one I love, I love the one I have.

Isn't there a country song like that?

S. Arnold, Melbourne, FL



I love using the all natural Liquid Soap from Indian River Soap Company. As a result of years of sun-bathing, my skin was left dry and blemished. About two months ago I made the switch from anti-bacterial soap and now my skin is softer and smoother. I not only use it at the sink, but also in the shower daily. Try the Dead Sea Salt Body Buffers too, it makes for a great pedicure. The Island Mango is my favorite!

Janice, Melbourne, FL



I first stumbled upon the Indian River Soap Company when I visited St. Croix five years ago. I bought a bar of Rain Forest soap and was totally hooked. As my bar of soap got smaller I got sadder and sadder. What would I do? Imagine my relief when I was able to locate you on the web. I have used Rain Forest soap religiously since that time. There is something about it that keeps my skin feeling moisturized Ė unlike any soap Iíve ever used.

Elaine L. , Wellesley, MA


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