Chagrin Valley Soap: Shampoo Bars and So Much More
Last updated August 15, 2018
Sifting through natural hair care and skin care products can be tricky and time consuming. So, if you're overwhelmed by the options, take a look at chagrinvalleysoapandsalve. This family-owned business specializes in USDA certified organic, sustainably produced, ethically traded and cruelty-free personal care at a reasonable price. And their packaging is planet friendly, too! Read on to learn about Chagrin Valley shampoo bars and so much more.
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Chagrin Valley shampoo bars
My quest for a wider selection of shampoo bars is what first led me to Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve. It was time to venture off the beaten path—search for the unfamiliar because shampoo bars weren't working for me at all. I was also missing the "how to" part. And I'm glad I found this family-owned company because Chagrin Valley shampoo bars have become favorites. Chagrin Valley Soap not only makes shampoo bars for all types of hair but also educates customers on how to use them.
To get started, I suggest the Help Me Choose section, here, which organizes shampoo bars according to hair type, with the caveat that it might take several tries before you find a good match. That's why their website suggests customers purchase sample-sized bars, first. And I agree. That being said, though, my favorite shampoo bar is Extra Honey Beer. But your hair might like something else. So, in my opinion, it's a good idea to peruse their site for natural hair care tips before placing your first order.
Conditioners, vinegar rinses and dry shampoos
Through trial and error, I've learned that shampoo bars work best, at least for me, if I follow-up with a vinegar rinse (vinegar plus water) because my hair is thick and tangles easily. This page on the Chagrin Valley Soap website is my favorite resource on how to use vinegar rinses. What's more, they recently added three varieties of Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse to their product line. I hope to try these soon!
Conditioners, oils and dry shampoos
But I also enjoy Chagrin Valley's conditioners, hair oils and dry shampoo. And unlike conventional hair care products, the oils and conditioners contain no fillers, so you only need to use a small amount. Most often, I use hair oil as a pre-shampoo treatment. To be honest, though, I seldom use a conditioner at all. I learned through trial and error that a dab of Three Butter Lotion Bar or one of Chagrin's shower bars doubles nicely as a conditioner and pomade.
Of the four dry shampoo varieties, I've tried the Fresh Locks Light Hair: Lavender Rosemary. I love the silky feel and subtle fragrance. But even better, it extends the time between shampooing while adding texture.
I began using Chagrin Valley Soap's line of natural skin care products shortly after discovering their shampoo bars. Who could resist? Because I have mature, dry skin, I started with Buttercream Face Wash for cleansing and Adzuki Micrograin Facial Scrub for exfoliating. Though I recently switched to one of their facial soaps, which I use with a face cloth for gentle exfoliation.
After cleansing, I use Whipped Squalane Face & Eye Mousse. But the facial oils and Whipped Shea are also good options. I've even used the body balms on my face, especially in winter. If you're not sure where to start, this Help Me Choose page has tips on finding the right facial moisturizer for your skin type.
When choosing body moisturizers, you'll find an extensive selection of oils, lotion bars, body butters, body balms and body lotion candles. Two of my favorites are 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 make excellent hair pomade and foot balm, too.
My latest find is Shower Butter Bar: Mint Berry, which is actually a Shower Lotion Bar. These are so easy to use and melt on contact with your skin. And since they're solid—but not quite as solid as a regular lotion bar—I imagine they would also travel well. Sometimes I use them as hair conditioner, on wet or dry hair. It only takes a small amount, though!
Deodorants, powders, scrubs and other skin-care products
The only products in this category I've sampled are the deodorants. And the Coconut Stick deodorants are my favorites because they work, and I don't get deodorant all over my fingers! Also, the container is compostable. All five varieties are made with organic oils, butters, powders and essential oils. Another thing I like about them is that even though they contain baking soda, these don't irritate my skin.
Chagrin Valley Soap's line of salves are well-loved in my family, and Cool Menthol, Calendula and Sweet Dreams are three of our favorites. My mom and I use a dab of Salve: Cool Menthol during cold season to help relieve congestion. Remember, though, I'm not giving out medical advice by recommending these! Always consult your doctor, especially when using on children.
Moms and babies
For moms and babies, there's a dedicated line of soaps, salves, oil and even a natural powder, all 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.
beard Care and shaving products for men
Men who shop at Chagrin Valley Soap appreciate the special line of products created with their needs in mind, such as beard oil, shaving soap, after shave balm and hand-turned wooden shaving brushes crafted by the owner's husband. My son purchased one of the beard oils and loved it!
Beard oils condition skin and help alleviate the flaky skin problem associated with facial hair. Also, the soaps and beard oils are made with scents (essential oils) that we most often associate with men's skin care products. And the men's section includes gift sets, too.
Please note: Information in this post is based on personal experience and the Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve website. I received no monetary or product compensation for writing this article. I simply enjoy using Chagrin Valley products. information on this website is not to be used as medical advice or to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any diseases. blog posts and comments should not be substituted for medical care.
But no line of skin care would be complete without foot care. And Chagrin Valley 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 are available in the "Fabulous Feet" gift set—hint, hint. I keep waiting for someone to give the owl one of these!
Other products and gift sets
Additional products you might want to try are the bath and skin care accessories, bug repellent and soap, pet care products and seasonal skin care items. We haven't tried all these, but my son uses Don't Bug Me!, an insect repellent alternative, when he hangs out at a local ranch. But always check with your local health department for diseases spread by ticks and mosquitoes. You may need to use a product recommended by the CDC, depending on the season and where you live.
getting started and gift bags
A good way to sample Chagrin Valley Soap's products is to purchase their eco-friendly-packaged gift sets. These make thoughtful gifts for friends, family members and co-workers while introducing them to this special company—one that values sustainability, family and the environment. But it's also a great way to treat yourself !
There's always something new to love ...
So even though it all began with Chagrin Valley shampoo bars, I've grown to love Chagrin Valley Soap's other products, too, which are now family favorites. We also appreciate the glass, metal and cardboard packaging. And because Chagrin Valley Soap continues to develop new products, there's always something new to love!
I have a sudden urge to take a bath and wash my hair. —Laura
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