Organic Soap Labeling
January 5, 2014

Organic Soap Labeling

Are you looking for natural soaps made with real organic ingredients? Sadly, reading labels provides little help and can be very confusing. Soap is a special case when it comes to labeling—it seems there are no rules. The FDA does not require the ingredients to be listed on a bar of soap and these days the word “natural” has little meaning and the word “organic” has been hijacked as a marketing tool. So how can you make good choices?
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A Few Words About Organic Soap And Shampoo
December 12, 2013

A Few Words About Organic Soap And Shampoo

Truth in labeling is important to Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve. Educated, informed consumers make the best choices. We Make Our "Organic" Soap and Shampoo as Organic as Possible. Since it is impossible to make real soap without lye and organic lye does not exist, there is no such thing as a "100% organic" soap or even "organic" soap based on the three tier system of the USDA National Organic Program.
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Herbal Basics: Fresh vs Dried Herbs
October 8, 2013

Herbal Basics: Fresh vs Dried Herbs

When using herbs for culinary or therapeutic use, one of the most common questions is . . . which is better, dried herbs or fresh herbs? When using herbs to make skin care products, I recommend that beginners use dried herbs for the best results and longest shelf life. The moisture content of fresh herbs may cause mold to form in infusions, especially oils.
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Skin Care from the Garden
October 1, 2013

Skin Care from the Garden

People have harnessed the power and simplicity of nature's plants for centuries to enhance the skin’s appearance, help treat skin problems and improve skin quality. If you are looking for an alternative to the harsh chemicals found in commercial skin care, naturally therapeutic herbs and herbal products may be your answer.
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