Chagrin Valley shampoo bars sealed my commitment to natural hair care because of their excellent products and informative website. Although I had tried shampoo bars in the past, I didn’t know how to make them work for my finicky hair. Fortunately, I stumbled upon this innovative, family-owned company. Offering far more than shampoo bars and natural hair care, though, Chagrin Valley products have become staples in our household.
Last updated March 26, 2017
Chagrin Valley shampoo bars—part of a full line of natural, personal care products
Sifting through natural hair and skin care products can be tricky and time consuming. So, if you’re feeling stuck, I suggest checking out chagrinvalleysoapandsalve. This small family-owned business specializes in USDA certified organic, sustainably-produced, ethically-traded and cruelty-free personal care products at a reasonable price. Also, their packaging is planet friendly.
Natural Hair care
Chagrin Valley shampoo bars
Chagrin Valley shampoo bars come in many different varieties. To get started, I suggest taking a look at the Help Me Choose section, here. The Chagrin Valley Soap website lists shampoo bars according to hair type with the caveat that it might take several tries before you find a good match. That’s why they suggest customers try the sample-sized bars, first. And I agree. That being said, though, I’ll tell you straight up that my favorite shampoo bar is Extra Honey Beer. But your hair might appreciate a different option, so making the effort to peruse their website for helpful advice and natural hair care tips could be time well spent, in my opinion.
Although I love shampoo bars, I usually need to follow-up with a vinegar rinse (vinegar plus water) because my hair tangles easily. This page on the chagrinvalleysoapandsalve website has been my go to source for how to make and use a vinegar rinse. Recently, they created their own vinegar rinse, which I look forward to trying. I strongly recommend reading about shampoo bars and vinegar rinses on their website before diving into Chagrin Valley shampoo bars, or any shampoo bars, for that matter.
Conditioners, oils and dry shampoo
In addition to shampoo bars, however, chagrinvalleysoapandsalve also offers conditioners, hair oils and four dry shampoo options, depending on hair color and scent. I’ve tried most of these options, but I have to be careful with oils and conditioners—a small amount goes a long way. Often, I use them as a pre-shampoo treatment. To be honest, most of the time I don’t use a conditioner at all. I’ve discovered that a dab of the Three Butter Lotion Bar works as a conditioner and pomade in one. The only dry shampoo I’ve tried, so far, is the Fresh Locks Light Hair: Lavender Rosemary. I love the silky feel and subtle fragrance. But most of all, it extends the time between shampooing and seems to add texture.
One additional natural hair care category at Chagrin Valley is beard oil. But I can’t help you with this one! However, my son did try one of the oils and loved it. These work wonders for pesky, flaky skin, a common occurrence with beards.
But natural hair care is just the beginning. Chagrin’s natural skin care products continue to be some of my favorites. Because I have mature, dry skin, I use Buttercream Face Wash for cleansing and Adzuki Micrograin Facial Scrub for exfoliating. But like the Chagrin Valley shampoo bars, their soaps also come in many different options to suit a variety of skin types. My favorite post-cleansing moisturizer is Whipped Squalane Face & Eye Mousse, which is both versatile and effective.
Beards and no beards
In addition to beard oil, mentioned above in the natural hair care section, chagrinvalleysoapandsalve features shaving soap, after shave balm and hand-turned, wooden shaving brushes made by the proprietor’s husband.
Chagrin Valley Soap also carries an enticing line of body-care products. In addition to soaps for different skin types, they have a wonderful selection of oils, lotion bars, body butters, body balms and body lotion candles. Two of my favorites are the Vanilla Bean Whipped Shea and, believe it or not, Baby Me! Baby Body Balm. I use the Hemp Mango Mint Lotion Bar when I travel because it fits nicely in my purse—instant relief for dry hands. But lotion bars work well as hair pomade and foot balm too. Yet, even though I’ve tried most of the Chagrin Valley products, Shower Butter Bar: Mint Berry has become one of my newest well-loved products. These are so convenient and effective. And because they are solid, rather than liquid, I imagine they would also travel well.
Deodorants, powders, scrubs and other skin-care products
Out of the remaining skin-care products, I’ve only tried the deodorants. But Coconut Stick Deodorant has become one of my favorite and most frequently used options. I love it because it works, and I don’t have to get deodorant all over my fingers. Also, it’s one of the few natural stick deodorants packaged in a recyclable container.
Our family has developed a fondness for many of the Chagrin Valley salves. Cool Menthol, Calendula and Sweet Dreams are three of our favorites. My mom and I swear by Salve: Cool Menthol when we have sinus trouble or colds. Remember, though, I’m not giving out medical advice by recommending these!
Moms and babies
For moms and babies, there’s a dedicated line of soaps, salves, oil and even a natural powder. However, unlike many store bought options, these are mild enough for babies’ sensitive skin. I wish I had known about Nipple Balm during my nursing years, not to mention the creams and balms for minimizing stretch marks.
No personal care line would be complete without foot care. And chagrinvalleysoapandsalve delivers with foot soaks, salves, powder and Coconut Lime Hand and Foot Polish. There’s even a special soap containing shredded loofah and finely ground pumice for smoothing rough feet. Most of these products are available in the “Fabulous Feet” gift set—hint, hint.
Other products and gift sets
It’s beyond the scope of this post to mention every single item. But in addition to the products mentioned above, Chagrin Valley Soap also features bath products, bug repellent and soap, pet care, accessories and seasonal skin care products. A nice option for the great outdoors is Don’t Bug Me!, an insect repellent alternative. My son keeps this in his backpack on the days he takes classes at a local ranch. But please always check with your local health department for serious diseases spread by insects. You may need to use a product recommended by the CDC in those instances.
A convenient way to try Chagrin Valley Soap is in their eco-friendly packaged gift sets. I can’t think of a better way to introduce friends and family members to this special company—one that places a high value on family, sustainability and the environment.
Although Chagrin Valley shampoo bars began my relationship with this company’s line of deligthful personal care products, I’ve only just begun to experience their wealth of choices.
I think I need to take a bath or wash my hair, now 🙂
*Please note: I obtained all information in this post was from personal experience and the chagrinvalleysoapandsalve website. I received no monetary or product compensation for writing this article. I simply love the company and use their products.
*None of this information is intended as medical advice, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Any comments or information on this blog should not be substituted for medical care.