Wonders of Tamanu Oil
November 17, 2017

Wonders of Tamanu Oil

It seems like every day we hear about some new fad super food or age-defying plant. Although Tamanu oil may be new to those of us in the US, it is not a passing fad for the many communities who have been using it for medicinal purposes for centuries.
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The Shelf Life, Color & Scent of an All Natural Soap
October 17, 2017

The Shelf Life, Color & Scent of an All Natural Soap

Although handmade soaps usually get better with age, we recommend using our unscented soaps within 12 months of purchase, and our scented soaps within 6-10 months for best results. Although the soaps will not be "spoiled" after that time, you may notice that some natural colors and the scents from pure natural essential oils will fade over time.
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Ida Feeling Nostalgic
October 9, 2017

Ida Feeling Nostalgic

Lately, I have been looking back to the beginnings of Chagrin Valley Soap--when the business had one real employee (me) and was located in a little space under the deck of my home overlooking the Chagrin River. It is there, amidst the majestic beauty of nature, that I fell in love with our customer community.
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Why Vanilla Beans Are So Expensive?
September 2, 2017

Why Vanilla Beans Are So Expensive?

The labor intensive aspects of growing and harvesting vanilla beans, the effects of bad weather conditions and the consumer demand for natural vanilla bean products has been driving up the price of vanilla beans.
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