Dear Chagrin Valley, I recently purchased a bunch of samples of your complexion and shampoo bars, as well as your Squalane, Whipped Cocoa Butter, and facial oils, and I wanted to share my experience with these products.
I’m 35 with naturally curly (Irish heritage), thick, brown hair that is just now starting to show hints of silver. My skin has been well taken care of (Anthelios sunblock, and unscented Oil of Olay serums and lotions)and is just now sagging a little around the eyes and developing crinkles around the eyes and smile lines.
Growing up, my scalp was pretty oily, and I would wash with harsh clarifying shampoos followed by deep conditioners, every day. I was perplexed how some people managed to skip a day or two between washings as my head would turn into a matted oil slick. I also hated my naturally curly hair, and didn’t quite know what to do with it, so my flat iron was my best friend. Finally in my late 20s, I weaned myself off the harsh shampoos, then the daily washing, and accepted my curly hair for what it was. But in the past few years, I have been trying to detox my life, which brought me to your site to find alternatives to shampoo, soap, and skincare.
My favorite shampoo bar so far has been the Carrot Milk & Honey. After adjusting to using the shampoo bars (I was one of the lucky ones that get the hard water waxy hair if I don’t occasionally use an ACV rinse), the Carrot Milk & Honey leaves my hair shiny and full of body. I love the light scent. My curls are bouncier, and my natural highlights really shine. The Carrot Milk & Honey bar was a little too drying for my skin, so I use either the Coconut Milk or Butter Bar Conditioner as my body soap.
I love the fragrance of the Rosemary Lavender Shampoo Bar. Unfortunately this one left a little too much waxiness in my hair, but I will try it again with a deeper ACV rinse. I’m still learning! With the rinse, it sort of weighed my hair down a bit. On a positive note, my hair was not frizzy at all. I plan on trying this again as I’m more acclimated to shampoo bars now.
The Coconut Milk shampoo bar has been fantastic for my skin, but unfortunately too heavy for my hair. I think this would be fantastic for someone who has dry/brittle hair, but my thick curly hair was weighted down with it. I’ve kept this to use as a body bar because it is so moisturizing and my skin loves it!
I actually haven’t needed the Butter Bar Conditioner for my hair, as it is naturally oil and ACV conditions it well, but this has been a life saver for my dry winter skin! Usually during the winter, my upper legs and back are incredibly itchy from the dry air, but the Butter Bar Conditioner has really helped keep me clean and moisturized.
I am really enjoying your Complexion bars. My skin is combination (oily T-zone, dry everywhere else), mature, and has some tiny red blotches. While the Shea Rose Clay smells wonderful, it was a little too drying for my skin when used in combination with the facial oils, but I might chalk that up to user error and try again. I’m currently using the Rhassoul Yogurt Complexion bar, and really enjoy the spa-like scent. It is not too drying, and my complexion is bright and clean. My favorite has been the Fig & Plum Complexion bar, which has a light citrus scent that I adore, feels hydrating, and really brightens my complexion. I use these in combination with facial oil and Squalane, which had a bit of a learning curve for me, but now that I have a routine down, my face feels soft and hydrated.
I was completely new to facial oil, and based on the descriptions, purchased your Seabuckthorn Tamanu and Pomegranate Argan Tamanu oils. It was a little difficult for me to find the right amount to hydrate my skin, and I’ve found the best method for me has been to use these as cleansing oils rather than dotting them on as moisturizer. I wet my face with warm water, use about a dime’s worth in my palm and rub my hands together, then massage the oil all over my face. If I’m wearing makeup, I concentrate on those areas a little longer. Then I take a warm/hot wash cloth, set it over my face for about 30 seconds, and gently wipe the oil away. One last rinse, and my face is clean, well oiled, and so soft! I normally use a complexion bar first, but if I haven’t worn makeup, this is the entirety of my facial cleansing routine. Since I’ve been doing this, my fine lines have softened, my face is less blotchy and glowing, and I never have to buy “waterproof makeup remover” again! I like both of the oils equally, and alternate between the two. I use a dry brushing method to exfoliate, and this is the perfect finish to that ritual.
After cleansing my face (day or night), I dot your Squalane around my eyes, and anywhere on my face that is extra dry due to this harsh winter. It melts in like a dream. In the mornings, all the crinkles from the previous day’s laughter have smoothed, and my skin overall is so soft. I will never buy expensive “wrinkle” creams again!
My husband has had dandruff since I met him 8 years ago, and I began purchasing a Garnier dandruff shampoo for him way back when. His hair is baby fine, and he often uses product to style it. He also suffers from an occasional flare up of a skin fungus, which he has previously taken medication or used a topical medication for. I purchased samples of the Nettle, Ayurvedic Herb, Seabuckthorn & Tea Tree, and Herb Garden for him. All three have been a success at keeping him dandruff free, with the added benefit of affecting the texture of his hair. Now his baby fine hair has more body, and he doesn’t need any styling product to make it do what he wants. His favorites were the Seabuckthorn & Tea Tree, and Ayurvedic Herb, which was the most soothing for his scalp, and had a refreshing scent. He uses this as a body soap as well, and has had zero flare ups of his fungal issue since use of the Ayurvedic Herb shampoo bar.
I recently purchased your Nipple Balm, Baby Balm, Castile Soap, Lemon Lavender Soap, Baby Me! Tea, and Bamboo Velour Baby Washcloth for a friend’s baby shower. She was very happy to receive these healthy, natural options for baby and personal care! It felt great being able to give a personalized gift that wasn’t on any registry, and to introduce another person to Chagrin Valley Soaps.
I hope these reviews are helpful for others. Thank you so much for creating such wonderful items, I am now a customer for life!
Sarah, North Carolina