Lauren Osipow, a senior at Shepaug Valley School in Washington, is creating a new line of organic and natural beauty and bath products.

The work is part of her high school senior project.

Lauren is familiar with the philosophy behind organic and natural products through her employment with New Morning Market in Woodbury.

She and her technical adviser, staff member Kaitlin Clark, have created and are beginning to market products such as shampoo, bath balms, body scrubs, body butters, bath salts and face masks.

Lauren's journey is coming full circle as she finishes up her investigation and creations, and begins marketing her products this spring.

The senior project has been a distinctive requirement for Shepaug Valley School seniors for more than 20 years.

The project is a full-credit, yearlong course that engages seniors in a self-directed project.

Students practice important life skills such as initiative, leadership and organization.

Shepaug has received accolades for its senior projects from the Connecticut Business and Industries Association and the state Department of Education, which named Shepaug a "Lighthouse School," one of only six in the state.

"Senior project is an excellent tool to prepare students for the real world," Shepaug principal Kim Gallo said. "They are required to independently define, plan, execute and present their yearlong project.

"It is an experience that elevates the skill level of Shepaug graduates, and gives them a unique advantage for any career or post-high school educational plan," she said.