Why Use A Natural Shampoo Bar?


Shampoo Bars Are NaturalNatural Organic Shampoo Bars

Commercial shampoos are NOT.

Our natural 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 like parabens. Parabens are not only problematic for humans, but they are also bad for the environment.

Hair is often damaged and stripped of its natural lipid coating by harsh chemicals in commercial shampoos, leaving hair dry, brittle, and lacking luster.

At the Chagrin Valley, we use 100% pure natural plant oils which are easily absorbed and nourishing to your hair and scalp. Our natural 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.


No Detergents

Natural Organic Shampoo BarsCommercial shampoos are made from various detergents, synthetic materials, processed chemicals and cleansers, and stabilizers that are harsh on your hair and scalp and strip it of its 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.

Although lather has little to do with how well a shampoo works, consumers often judge a shampoo on how well it lathers. That is why most commercial shampoos use harsh surfactants or foam boosters such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or members of its family. These cheap foam boosters generate a large amount of foam, and when salt is added it thickens to give the illusion of being thick, rich, and expensive.

Sodium lauryl sulfates, which were originally designed to clean floors and can be found in items like garage floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and car wash soaps, are known skin irritants. Do not be fooled by companies that claim "no SLS" on their labels. They have usually simply substituted one of its close relatives.

The strong detergents in commercial shampoos can dry the skin and hair and may contribute to hair loss, dandruff, dermatitis or an irritated scalp.

Our shampoo bars do not contain Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Benzoin, DEA (diethanolamine) or any other synthetic ingredients that are found in most commercial shampoos.

Although foamy lather is not necessary for cleaning, most people agree that any shampoo MUST have lots of lather. Made with lathering oils like coconut, babassu, and castor bean, our solid shampoo bars have a fabulous, fluffy lather.

Our organic shampoo bars contain only natural ingredients that clean and nourish the hair and scalp.


No Synthetic Fragrances or ColorsNatural Organic Shampoo Bars

Commercial shampoos use synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils, colorants and other additives that can irritate your skin, scalp, and hair. Thousands of ingredients are used to create a synthetic scent. These ingredients come in powder or crystalline form and need solvents in order to be dissolved.

A common solvent that has been used for over 50 years is DEP (Di Ethyl Phthalate). Phthalates, known to cause birth defects in animals, are used to create synthetic fragrances and are also added to cosmetics to extend their shelf life. They are used in the production of plastics to increase their durability and flexibility.

Some companies reduce the strength of their fragrance oils by cutting them with chemicals like (Di Propylene Glycol). The sad fact--since "fragrance" blends are usually proprietary, the consumer never sees the list of chemicals used to create them.

Scented with pure botanical essential oils and colored with organic botanicals and natural clays, Chagrin Valley shampoo bars contain only natural and organic ingredients.


Natural Shampoo Bars Are Environmentally Friendly

Natural Organic Shampoo BarsOrganic shampoo bars are eco-friendly. Our shampoo bars are biodegradable with no harsh chemicals to contaminate our water supply.

Many of the synthetic chemicals found in commercial shampoo do not naturally break down. Instead, they wash down our drains and accumulate in our ecosystems. These chemicals infiltrate our lakes, streams, rivers, and public water systems.

Our shampoo bars are made with organic ingredients. Organic ingredients mean organic farming and organic farming is better for the environment. It improves the quality of our environment by protecting our land and groundwater from contamination and by promoting the use of sustainable resources and the conservation of soil and water.

Also, our shampoo bars are packaged in recyclable cardboard which means no plastic bottles to pollute our environment. According to an article written by Trevor Nace, a Ph.D. geologist, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute and 91% of all plastic is not recycled. 



Our non-liquid solid shampoo bars are TSA-friendly and great for traveling. These fluffy lathering shampoo bars Natural Organic Lavender Shampoocan 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.

Read "Insider Tips: Places We Take Our Natural Soap"


Special Recipes

Natural Organic Carrot Goat Milk Shampoo Bar


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 a variety of butters and oils, essential oils, and oils infused with botanicals that promote a naturally clean scalp to ensure the proper environment for healthy hair to grow.


Grab your nearest bottle of shampoo and check out the ingredients. If your scalp reacts to any of the ingredients listed, the results could be hair loss, dandruff, dermatitis or an irritated scalp.  

Compare for Yourself!

Chagrin Valley Carrot Milk & Honey Shampoo

  • organic carrot infused sunflower oil
  • organic coconut oil
  • organic sustainable palm
  • organic castor bean oil
  • organic jojoba oil
  • organic virgin shea butter
  • organic virgin palm oil
  • goat milk
  • organic carrot juice
  • water
  • organic honey
  • sodium hydroxide*
  • essential oils of:
    • carrot seed
    • rosemary
    • lemongrass
    • lemon
    • lavender
  • rosemary oil extract

    * Used during saponification Process to turn oil into soap. None remains in the finished product. All real shampoo bars are made with saponified oils.









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 agent 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!

Why do commercial soap companies add these undesirable chemicals to their soap? They are cheap (which of course means more profit) and they provide the soaps with a very long shelf life (if they don't lose soap they don't lose money).

Natural-Organic-Activated-Charcoal-ShampooAfter comparing ingredients ask yourself . . . 

What do you want to put on your scalp, and hair?
So in conclusion -- Why Use A Natural Shampoo Bar?
  • Made in small batches with high-quality natural and organic ingredients
  • No synthetic detergents
  • No synthetic fragrances or colors
  • Environmentally friendly
  • No plastic
  • Travel-friendly

And last, but not least . . . When you purchase a handmade natural soap or shampoo bar, you are supporting a small business that truly cares about and believes in the products they make--rather than a huge corporation.

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