Help Me Choose:
We receive many questions from customers regarding specific natural soaps for skin type.
Your skin type is genetically determined and unique to you! Your skin condition and needs can change depending on your . . .
- hormone cycles
- exposure to irritants
- the weather
- and other factors
Begin with trial size samples. Make note of the natural soaps that YOUR skin likes or dislikes--remember no two recipes are the same! Read the ingredients and you will often find a pattern.
Some skin likes soaps high in olive oil or shea butter. My skin especially likes soaps high in sunflower or grapeseed oil that are made with coconut milk.
We have compiled recommendations based on information gathered from friends, family, and customers. We hope this will help you make your choices! You will notice product overlaps in the recommendations since everyone's skin is so unique, natural soap bars behave differently for different people.
Please note--because a natural soap is listed under one skin type category does not mean it is bad for other skin types. For example, a number of customers have commented that our Dead Sea Spa soap has helped them with their oily skin problems, yet it is one of my favorite soaps for my dry (aging) facial skin!
Unlike many other natural soap companies who use the same recipe for every soap selection and simply change the scent, each of our soap bars contains a different blend or different proportions of natural plant oils and butters. No two recipes are the same!
One customer who asked for a natural soap recommendation described her skin this way:
"My T zone (across the forehead, nose, and chin) is oily. The skin on my cheeks and around the eyes and neck is dry. My legs and arms are dry. My back is oily and front torso is just right."
I guess most would call this combination skin!!
Dry skin is a result of a decrease in sebum production, the natural skin oil necessary to keep the skin moist and lubricated. Since dry skin has a decreased oil barrier, water easily evaporates through the skin.
Dry skin looks dry, feels tight, may flake, and is more prone to fine lines and wrinkles. Dry skin conditions are exacerbated by detergent soaps, alcohol-based products, chemical ingredients in cosmetic products, and change in seasons.
We have learned from our research and our customers that some types of dry skin love the butters, like shea, mango, and cocoa. Other types love the oils rich in a fatty acid called linoleic acid, such as grapeseed, sunflower, safflower, and hemp. Still others like natural soaps rich in honey or coconut milk!
Learn more about dry skin on our Help Me Choose: Dry Skin page
Oily skin is the result of excessive secretions of sebum. It tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin and may be prone to blackheads and acne.
Oily skin is made worse by skin-drying or alcohol-based products, and harsh soaps or body washes.The chemicals in these products dry out the skin, which then encourages the oil glands to produce more sebum. It becomes a vicious cycle.
Comedogenic ingredients, such as mineral oil and other petroleum based ingredients, block pores and can lead to acne.
If your skin is oily, you do not want a soap that will dry out your skin. You want a natural soap that will clean and help balance skin oils.
How do we decide which soaps seem to work better for oily skin? Most of our recommendations are based on customer feedback.
In general, natural soaps containing citrus essential oils, woodsy oils and rosemary seem to work well for oily skin and exfoliating soaps will help in the removal of bacteria and waxy oils from the pores. Everyone's skin is so unique, natural soap bars behave differently for different people. Try samples to find the best fit for you.
Find out more about oily skin on our Help Me Choose Oily Skin and Acne page.
Psoriasis & Eczema
Eczema is a term for a chronic condition in which the skin becomes inflamed or irritated. The affected area is very dry, almost always itchy with a rash and can appear thickened or scaly. Read more about Eczema . . .
Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder that begins deep within the skin due to changes in the normal process of "skin cell turnover." There are numerous types of psoriasis and the symptoms vary from mild to severe, depending on the type. Read more about Psoriasis . . .
We suggest that people with chronic skin problems begin with mild natural soaps that contain no essential oils. Soaps like the Goat Milk Oatmeal, Carrot & Honey, Marsh Mallow Chickweed, or any of the other soaps listed below that say “no added scent.” Some people have also found the Seabuckthorn and Neem and Tea Tree soaps to be very helpful.
Sea Buckthorn has been used to treat skin disorders in Eastern medicine for centuries. It is also believed to be a natural remedy to help treat periodic flare-ups of psoriasis as well as eczema.
Find out more about Eczema and Psoriasis skin on our Help Me Choose Eczema & Psoriasis page.
Rosacea is a chronic, inflammatory skin condition which principally affects the face. Rosacea symptoms can vary greatly from one individual, but it often begins with a tendency to blush or flush more easily than other people and is often characterized by flare-ups and remissions.
As a skincare company we are not trying to treat the condition, the best we can hope for is to help ease some of the symptoms associated with rosacea.
We recommend our Sea Buckthorn & Tea Tree Natural Soap to help control flare-ups. It contains many of the natural ingredients often recommended to help rosacea.
Be gentle when you wash your skin, especially facial skin. Do not rub or scrub the skin. Using fingertips only, gently massage skin moving in a circular motion. (Save the washcloth for times you want to gently exfoliate only.) Rinse with lukewarm water and blot dry with a clean cotton towel.
Many people tell us they have sensitive skin. The question is...sensitive to what?
Some people truly have thin or fine-textured sensitive skin. Since it reacts quickly to both heat and cold, sensitive skin sunburns and windburns easily. It is often dry, delicate, and prone to allergic reactions.
Other people have skin that is simply sensitive to the environment. Seasonal temperature and humidity changes, very hot water, detergent soaps, synthetic fragrances and colors, preservatives, alcohol (used on the skin), and other common artificial additives cause irritation, which leads to red, blotchy, and itchy skin.
One customer with "sensitive skin" had great results with our Goat Milk Oatmeal natural soap and so decided to try some of the other bars she had bought for her husband. She had no problems with any of our natural soaps and wrote us a note saying... "I guess I am sensitive to every soap but yours!"
To learn more about sensitive skin, see our Help Me Choose Sensitive Skin page.
On average we generate a new layer of skin every two to four weeks. As we age there is a gradual decrease in the rate at which the old dead cells leave the surface of our skin.
These dead skin cells accumulate on the skin surface and are responsible for the appearance of dull, lifeless skin. Although soap will remove dirt and excess oil, soap alone cannot remove all of the excess dead cells.
The natural soaps shown below are the soaps we call "exfoliating" soaps, but we have many soaps that contain ingredients that provide gentle exfoliation.
- Some of our natural soaps contain botanicals (Citrus Woods, Scarborough Fair, Sweet Basil) that add a bit of exfoliation every time you wash.
- Some natural soaps contain oatmeal (Avocado Oats & Shea, Oatmeal Spice, Goat Milk Oatmeal) or clays (Dead Sea) that also aids in sloughing off dead skin cells.
- Natural soaps that contain sugar and/or milk products ( Goat Milk Oatmeal, Carrot & Honey) are high in natural acids that help loosen the glue-like substances that hold the surface skin cells to each other allowing dead skin cells to slough off more easily.
To learn more about exfoliating, visit our Exfoliating Help Me Choose page.
Our natural soaps are mild, gentle, and naturally moisturizing. So what makes a complexion soap? Complexion soaps are superfatted a bit more than body soaps to provide extra moisturization. They are unscented or very lightly scented with pure essential oils known to be good for facial skin.
The natural soaps we recommend as complexion soaps are formulated with facial clays, extra butters, and skin moisturizing and nourishing ingredients that add new life to dull, sluggish complexions.
That being said, I have used all of our natural soaps on my face. My face’s favorites often contain lots of coconut milk, like the Sage Mist and Lavender Rosemary, neither of which are considered complexion soaps. Try different samples, because, in the end, your choice of natural facial soap depends on your unique skin type.
No Added Scent
To make a soap or any skincare item completely "unscented," commercial companies must add scent neutralizing chemicals.
A natural soap bar with "no added scent" does not mean scent-free. It means that we have NOT added essential oils to that recipe.
Our natural soaps with "no added scent" may still have natural aromas due to the unrefined oils and butters, honey, grains, flowers, spices, herbs, or herbal infused oils.
For example, our Castile Soaps have a slight scent of extra virgin olive oil and our Chocolate & Honey soap has the scent of rich cocoa butter. These scents tend to be very mild.
People with severe allergies--please note: If you have severe anaphylactic-type reactions to ANY of the ingredients in ANY of our products, please do not buy our products. We have dedicated soap rooms and product rooms that are kept meticulously clean, but we cannot guarantee against possible cross-contamination of individual ingredients.
Chagrin Valley Soap & Craft is not responsible for any individual reaction to any particular ingredient. Each product description on our website includes a complete list of ingredients. People with sensitivities to any listed ingredient should not use the product. In case you are in doubt always try an allergy patch test and if at any time irritation occurs, discontinue use of the product.
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