Why use Chagrin Valley Natural Handmade Shampoo Bars?


Well first of all, it's an all-natural product. Commercial shampoos are NOT. Our shampoo bars only contain the ingredients that they need—not the extra preservatives that liquid shampoos require for their shelf life. Most over the counter shampoos are 97% water! Once water is added to make a liquid shampoo, it is almost impossible to create an all natural product and still keep the bacteria and mold out. That is why we make solid shampoo bars, no need for chemical preservatives. Hair is often damaged and stripped of its natural lipid coating by harsh shampoos, leaving hair dry, brittle and lacking luster


Commercial shampoos are actually made from various detergents, synthetic materials, processed chemicals and cleansers, and stabilizers that are harsh on your hair and scalp and strip it of it's natural protective oils and moisture. In order to compensate for the way in which they strip natural oils from your scalp, you reach for the bottle of conditioner. These conditioners simply coat the hair weighing it down. When that coating is removed your hair has more body.


While copious amounts of lather are not necessary for a shampoo to clean well, consumers often believe that without lots of lather, the product does not clean that well. That is why most commercial shampoos use harsh surfactants or foam boosters such as sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) or members of its family. These foam boosters are used in personal-care products because they are very cheap. A small amount generates a large amount of foam, and when salt is added it thickens to give the illusion of being thick, rich, and expensive. Sodium laurel sulfates were originally designed to clean floors and can be found in items like garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and car wash soaps. It was also used by the military as a defoliant agent during the Vietnam War.  

The strong degreasers in Sodium laurel sulfate dry skin and hair, irritate the scalp, and may cause hair loss. It is used in many so-called "natural" cosmetics, but it is not natural. Our shampoo bars do not contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Benzoin, DEA (diethanolamide) or any other chemicals that are found in most commercial shampoos. Our bars contain only natural ingredients that clean and nourish the hair and scalp.



Commercial shampoos use synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils, preservatives, colorants and other additives that can irritate your scalp."Natural" shampoos often simply add herbal extracts to their synthetic shampoos. Commercial shampoos use fragrance oils that are often heavy and overpowering. Our scented shampoo bars are gently scented with pure botanical essential oils.

At the Chagrin Valley we use 100% pure natural plant oils which are easily absorbed and nourishing to your skin and scalp. Our shampoo bars contain no animal fats, no synthetic oils, no artificial fragrances, no detergents, and no chemical preservatives. Our solid shampoo will not strip the natural oils from your hair, so many people do not even need to use a conditioner.


Shampoo bars are ecofriendly.  Our shampoo bars are biodegradable with no harsh chemicals to contaminate our water supply. They are packaged in little kraft paper bags made of recycled paper with no plastic bottles to pollute our environment.


Our non-liquid solid shampoo bars are great for traveling.  These fluffy lathering shampoo bars can double as body soap and shaving soap, which makes them great for camping, traveling, business trips, and the gym. No need to pack little bottles of soap, shampoo and conditioner. One shampoo bar can do it all.




Olive Babassu Shampoo

No Preservatives


Neem Shampoo

No Detergents


Cafe Moreno Shampoo



Butter Bar Shampoo



Summer Sunshine Shampoo

No Fragrance Oils


Coconut Milk Shampoo

Natural Ingredients


Soapnuts Shampoo

No Plastic



Great for Traveling




We begin each of our shampoo bar recipes with a special blend of hair and scalp nourishing oils combined to create an exceptional all natural hair care product. We make each shampoo bar unique by adding exotic butters and oils, essential oils, and oils infused with botanicals that promote a clean, nourished, and hydrated scalp which insures the proper environment for healthy hair to grow.

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Chagrin Valley Carrot Milk & Honey Shampoo

  • Saponified oils of:
    • carrot infused sunflower
    • coconut
    • organic palm
    • castor bean
    • jojoba
    • virgin shea butter
  • goat milk
  • aloe vera
  • honey
  • essential oils of:
    • carrot seed
    • rosemary
    • lemongrass
    • lemon
    • eucalyptus
  • rosemary oil extract

A Popular Shampoo

  • Water
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate (a detergent and surfactant found in many personal care products like soaps, shampoos, toothpaste etc. It is an inexpensive and very effective foamer)
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (same as above)
  • Cocamide MEA (synthetic foaming agent cationic surfactant in shampoos and bath products, also an emulsifying agents in cosmetics)
  • Zinc Carbonate
  • Glycol Distearate
  • Dimethicone (a type of silicone used to replace natural oils stripped by detergents by coating the hair. The silicone coating makes the hair feel softer and means it is less likely to tangle because the silicone coating separates each hair from another. Dimethicone can be problematic since it can accumulate on the hair.)
  • Fragrance
  • Cetyl Alcohol (a surfactant) Polyquaternium 10 (a polymer used in shampoo to help hair lay flat. Their positive charges also ionically bond them to hair and skin.)
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Sodium Benzoate (synthetic preservative. Shown to damage cellular DNA--there is a whole array of degenerative diseases--the whole process of aging.)
  • Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide
  • Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (same as Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  • Benzyl Alcohol (a bacteriostatic preservative known for its toxic effects including respiratory failure, vasodilation, hypotension, convulsions, and paralysis. Neonatal deaths have been associated with the use of benzyl alcohol as a preservative in saline solutions. Also used as a general solvent for paints.)
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (tea tree)
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone (a synthetic preservative. Like a number of other common cosmetics ingredients, it has been considered to be a carcinogen. It is also an allergen.)
  • Methylisothiazolinone (a synthetic preservative. Studies have shown it to be allergenic and cytotoxic, and this has led to some concern over its use. It affects the ability of young or developing neurons to grow and process.)
  • Sodium Xylenesulfonate (synthetic surfactant added to thicken shampoo, and to help keep some other ingredients in solution thus making the product clear or transparent)
  • Menthol
  • Yellow 5
  • Blue 1

This shampoo states on the label that it is made with Tea Tree Oil and natural herbal extracts. Notice how far down the ingredients list you must go before finding the two (in green) natural ingredients!

Which would you rather use on your skin, scalp and hair?

Indulge your hair with an all natural herbal shampoo and conditioner all in one bar and have fabulous, full, shiny, healthy hair!

When we say NATURAL we mean NATURAL! That is our promise to you!