Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars: Natural Hair Care and More
Sifting through natural hair and skin care products can be tricky and time consuming. So if you're feeling confused about where to start, I suggest chagrinvalleysoapandsalve. This small family-owned business specializes in USDA certified organic, sustainably-produced, ethically-traded and cruelty-free personal care at a reasonable price. Also, their packaging is planet friendly. Chagrin Valley shampoo bars are part of a full line of natural hair and skin care options. Last updated May 19, 2017
Natural Hair care
Chagrin Valley shampoo bars
Chagrin Valley shampoo bars are by far some of my favorites, and they offer a large selection to choose from. To get started, I suggest the Help Me Choose section, here, where shampoo bars are organized according to hair type with the caveat that it might take several tries before you find a good match. That's why the Chagrin website suggests that customers try the sample-sized bars, first. And I agree. That being said, though, my favorite Chagrin Valley shampoo bar is Extra Honey Beer. But your hair might prefer a different variety. So, in my opinion, it's well worth the effort to peruse their site for natural hair care tips before placing your first order.
Although I love shampoo bars, I usually need to follow-up with a vinegar rinse (vinegar plus water) because my hair tangles easily and looks frizzy after washing. This page on the chagrinvalleysoapandsalve website is my favorite resource for making and using vinegar rinses. Recently, they created their own vinegar rinse, which I'm eager to try. I strongly recommend reading about shampoo bars and vinegar rinses 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, but I have to be careful with oils and conditioners—a little goes a long way. Often, I use them as a pre-shampoo treatment. To be honest, though, most of the time I don't use a conditioner at all. I've discovered that a dab of the Three Butter Lotion Bar doubles nicely as a conditioner and pomade.
Of the four dry shampoo varieties, so far, I've only 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.
One additional natural hair care category at Chagrin Valley is beard oil. But I can't help you with this one! My son, however, did try one of these oils and loved it. These work wonders for pesky, flaky skin, a common problem with beards.
But natural hair care is just one part of Chagrin Valley. Their natural skin care products are also 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 just like Chagrin Valley shampoo bars, their soaps are formulated for a variety of skin types too. So you might also want to experiment with these.
For moisturizing, I like Whipped Squalane Face & Eye Mousse, which is both versatile and effective. But, again, you have many other moisturizers to choose from. I've even used one of the body balms on my face, especially in winter. I found that it added an extra layer of protection against cold, dry air.
Beards and no beards
In addition to beard oil, mentioned above, chagrinvalleysoapandsalve also sells shaving soap, after shave balm and hand-turned, wooden shaving brushes made by the proprietor's husband.
Chagrin Valley's enticing line of moisturizers are among the most effective I've tried. 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.
Even though I've used almost all of Chagrin Valley's products, there's always something new to discover. My latest find is Shower Butter Bar: Mint Berry. Shower butter bars are so convenient and effective. And because they're solid, rather than liquid, I imagine they would also travel well. You can even work a small amount through your hair, starting at the ends.
Deodorants, powders, scrubs and other skin-care products
Of the remaining skin-care options, I've only tried the deodorants. But Coconut Stick Deodorant is the one I most frequently use. 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 line of skin care products 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 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 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 it in his backpack on the days he goes to the 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.
A convenient way to try Chagrin Valley Soap is by purchasing 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 I started with Chagrin Valley shampoo bars, I've grown to appreciate other Chagrin Valley products, which have become, for my family, necessities. And what's even better is that they add new products all the time, so there's always something new to love!
I think I need to take a bath or wash my hair, now :)
*Please note: I obtained all information in this post 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.