This super soothing organic salve contains the healing herbs of Calendula, Chamomile, and Lavender.
Calendula petals, rich in compounds that moisturize, nourish, and encourage healing, have been the secret ingredient in many healing balms and skin care products for centuries. Its powerful anti-inflammatory properties make it a potent remedy for all kinds of inflammatory, issues like diaper rash, dermatitis, burns, cuts, insect bites, rashes, and eczema. Since calendula helps increase blood flow and oxygen to irritated skin and wounds, it helps the healing process.
But you don’t need a cut, scrape or irritated skin to use it--it is a great handy moisturizer.
- Great all-purpose salve
- Helps relieve skin irritations (such as eczema), skin rashes, extra dry skin and minor burns
- Great for infants and children. Use on baby's bottom or to soothe dry, chafed, irritated and sensitive skin
- Soothes chapped cheeks from cold winter wind or summer sun!
- Soothes chapped lips
- A soothing, natural vaginal lubricant (Note: Oil-based lubricants should not be used with latex condoms.)
- We also make a soothing natural oil lubricant for vaginal dryness called Intimate Oil!
This salve makes a great tattoo butter ointment
Tattoo aftercare is extremely important. Moisturizing and nourishing herbal-infused olive oil will help soothe and heal your new body art.
A salve means simple, effective, natural healing. Organic herbal salves rely on the medicinal properties of nature, not synthetic chemicals. How did we heal and soothe our skin before synthetic products?
We looked to nature!
How to Use
General Directions: Apply liberally as often as needed. Within minutes bring the healing qualities of herbs directly to your skin.
A Tattoo Aftercare Salve: All that you are trying to do is to moisturize your skin and keep it clean. Our Calendula Salve is a made with simple, organic healing and moisturizing ingredients.
- Wash your hands before applying the salve
- To help heal your new tattoo, apply a very thin layer three times a day for about a week
- More is not better:
- Do not apply a thick coat
- Your only want your tattoo to have a slight sheen
- Your skin needs to breathe to heal properly
- You are better off applying a thin coat more often if skin feels dry
- Use after your tattoo session and for the healing weeks after
We handcraft our Herbal Salves in small batches using organic oils and organic botanicals to ensure the highest quality and freshness. As a result, our organic salves have a natural shelf life. There are steps you can take to preserve the freshness of your salve.
- To prevent contamination use clean hands for application, avoid introducing moisture to the salve, and always keep the lid closed between uses.
- To ensure the best efficacy, our salves should be used within 6 months after opening.
- Always keep the salve in a temperature-stable environment.
We often receive questions as to whether our soaps, shampoos, and other items are safe to use on young children.
A baby’s skin, so thin and delicate, is no place for harmful synthetic chemicals. Sadly, even some of the most trusted baby brands add nasty chemicals to their products.
Read the label on a bar of commercial baby soap or shampoo. Read the label on a bottle of commercial baby oil. Now read the ingredients in Chagrin Valley products.
We recommend starting with our Milk & Honey Baby Soap. We also recommend our three Castile soaps and Carrot & Honey Soap. They contain no artificial colors or fragrances.
They also make a great baby shampoo--just keep the soap away from their eyes, we do not add any chemicals that anesthetize your baby's eyes.
When you think your child is ready, try some new soaps.
As with all new products, it is best to do a skin patch test prior to full usage to test for any skin allergies or sensitivities. If you have any questions or concerns always check with your doctor or health care professional.
It is best to add only one new soap at a time and use it for a while before switching to a new soap.
Please do not ask us to diagnose your child's skin problems, we are not health care professionals. Our recommendations are based on what our customers have shared.
We often receive questions as to whether our soaps, shampoos, and other natural products are safe to use during pregnancy.
We recommend that expectant and nursing mothers check with their midwife or physician before changing a skincare routine with our organic products, or any other line of products.
Read the label on a bar of commercial soap. Read the label on your jar of moisturizer.
Now read the ingredients in a Chagrin Valley product.
We use quality natural and USDA Certified Organic ingredients. No synthetic additives, colorants, fragrances, preservatives, or chemical derivatives are used.
There is nothing in our all-natural basic soap or other products that could cause a problem in pregnancy.
Topically applying the herbs present in many of our soaps is also not a problem. Your skin will absorb much less herb from the soap than if you would sprinkle them on your food.
The issue that seems to be of most concern is the use of essential oils during pregnancy.
There is a lot of confusing, ambiguous, and inaccurate information concerning the use of essential oils in pregnancy.
The question of safety and safety testing has a lot to do with several factors.
The type and composition of the specific essential oil. Essential oils differ greatly in strength and composition.
The quality of the essential oil. Many "cheap essential oils" are not pure and maybe cut with synthetic chemicals.
The actual “dose” of herb/essential oils. Most of the clinical research on essential oil safety is based on information for internal (actually ingesting) large doses of herbs, essential oils, or herbal "medicines." Obviously there have been no tests done on pregnant women.
How the essential oil is being used. The concentration of essential oils that are absorbed through inhalation, as in aromatherapy, and massage is much lower than if you were actually ingesting the oil.
Also, aromatherapy and massage therapy use much higher concentrations of essential oils than you find in soap or even in eating the herb. With aromatherapy, you are inhaling the high concentrations which get absorbed via the lungs and in massage therapy, the essential oils remain on your skin and are absorbed.
Our scented soaps are gently scented with essential oils, but the choice is between you and your health care professional. The most critical time is the first trimester.
Soap does not remain on your skin very long and the percentage of essential oils used in our products is low. Remember we sell many soaps that have no added scent.
Just about every one of our products, like lip balms, whipped butters and deodorants has a "no added scent" version.
When there is a growing baby to consider, if you are at all uncertain as to the safety of an essential-oil containing product, or any ingredient, please consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional!
When it comes to safety during pregnancy it is understandable that many massage therapists and aromatherapists decide to err on the side of caution in recommending the avoidance of certain essential oils.
Some Herbalists and Aromatherapist believe that essential oils that are normally safe to use, are safe during pregnancy, while others will recommend avoiding all essential oils during pregnancy.
Some essential oils that are normally quite safe have hormone-like effects and some even stimulate uterine muscles, both of which would be contraindicated during pregnancy.
Please do not ask us if one of our products is safe to use during pregnancy--we will simply refer you to this page.
We do not provide a list of essential oils considered safe during pregnancy because the information available is very contradictory. One aromatherapy source will list an essential oil as problematic while another one states it is fine. The information is changing constantly. Please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional for the most up-to-date information.
Sensitive Skin Can Strike During Pregnancy
Even if you have never had sensitive skin in the past, you may notice that a product you have been using for several years now irritates your skin.
The stretching belly is often the most sensitive spot. Other potential problem areas include the hips, thighs, and bottom where the skin may become dry and flaky.
Although the exact cause is not known, raging hormones do make you more sensitive to a wide range of things, and also your skin is thinning and stretching as you, and your baby, grow.
These changes can behave in unpredictable ways. For example, if you have eczema you may suffer from major flare-ups or complete remission during pregnancy.
Keep your body well moisturized and avoid products that contain synthetic additives, colorants, fragrances, or preservatives. Any of these can exacerbate sensitive skin problems.
Before trying a new product, you can always do a patch test to test for sensitivity.
And again, we recommend that expectant and nursing mothers check with their midwife or physician before changing a skincare routine with our products, or any other line of products.
Pregnancy & Children: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during Pregnancy or for use in Children because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy or with young children please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.
Trying to choose the right natural soap and skin care products can be a bit overwhelming especially when you have allergies and/or skin sensitivities.
Since we proudly list every ingredient in all of our products, reading the ingredient list will help to eliminate ingredients that may cause you problems.
We receive so many emails asking for help with allergies, we created categories in our “Help Me Choose” section to provide information for those with allergies or sensitivities to nuts, coconut, shea butter and gluten.
The answer is, YES!
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic company.
The most important consideration in any business is its customers. Today's world of misleading claims, false advertising, and simple deception, often leaves consumers trying to discover the truth about personal products and their ingredients.
- We want our customers to know that we are committed to transparency in everything we do.
- We want our customers to know that when we say "organic," we mean it.
- We believe that in becoming a USDA Certified Organic company, our customers do not have to wonder if we really use certified organic ingredients or if our organic products are truly organic.
- So we choose to be a certified organic company and abide by the strict standards required for organic certification.
NO! Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve
does not use raw materials that contain
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic company.
We are required to submit documentation that ALL of our ingredients, even our "non-organic ingredients," were produced without the use GMOs.
Since the U.S. National Organics Program forbids the use of genetic modification in products to be certified as organic, purchasing organic is a great way to lower your exposure to GMO’s.
Genetically Modified Organisms refers to any animal, plant or microorganism that has been changed in a lab at the gene level. It is also known as “genetic engineering."
All of Chagrin Valley's natural soap, shampoo bars, and personal care products are certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny.
The Leaping Bunny Program was developed in 1996, by The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), to identify and support companies that are doing their part to help eliminate the unnecessary use and mistreatment of animals to test cosmetic products and ingredients. The CCIC is made up of eight animal protection groups including the Humane Society of the U.S., as well as groups from Canada and Europe.
At Chagrin Valley we obviously do not test our finished products on animals (other than human volunteers), but what about the raw materials, the ingredients we use? Many products display labels claiming that their finished product is ‘not tested on animals’ but this does not guarantee that the product ingredients are actually free from animal testing.
The CCIC Standard is a pledge that a company makes to remove animal testing from all stages of product development. Our pledge to buy ingredients that are cruelty-free is integrated into the purchase order contract for all of our suppliers.
Personal care products displaying the “real” Leaping Bunny logo are certified ‘cruelty-free' using the internationally recognized Humane Cosmetics Standards. These rigorous standards require that no animal testing is performed or authorized for finished products or ingredients in any stage of product development by the company, its laboratories or its suppliers after a fixed cut-off date. All Leaping Bunny companies are subject to independent audits and pledge commitments are renewed on an annual basis.
At Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve . . .
- we do NOT test our products on animals
- we do NOT use ingredients tested on animals
- we do NOT sell into markets that require animal testing
The Leaping Bunny Program provides
the best assurance to consumers
that they are making compassionate shopping choices
by purchasing Cruelty-Free skin care!
"Wow...thank you again Sam & Co.! After just 3 days my eczema is almost gone. Like the biblical 10th leper I say THANK YOU!!! I talked with Sam at Cleveland Flea on Sunday. Bought the Goat Milk Oatmeal & Honey soap and some Calendula salve...today WEDNESDAY my skin is almost clear. It is nothing short of miraculous! And it's winter time...with dry cold air outside and dry hot air inside. Since childhood, I have been prescribed steroidal cremes, soaking in blue-chemicals, detergent, and ultraviolet light. I have taken fish pills. No more!!! No more itch! No more scratching! No more eczema! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!" Jack, Ohio
I just wanted to thank you! Your Calendula salve healed my mother’s hand, that for over a year nothing, not even Rx medications could heal. She has severely damaged and cracked skin due to chemicals she uses for her work and lately it has been so painful that she couldn’t completely bend or straighten her fingers anymore. She has been using the salve for only 3 weeks and her hand is almost completely healed and pain free. Again, thank you so so much for the wonderful products! They can really make a difference! Judit, California
Dear Ida, I am writing for two reasons. Thank you for sharing your feelings about breast cancer. I just went for my one year mammogram and I am cancer free. This has been a difficult year I don’t need to tell you about the emotional ups and downs and you have been so helpful. Most important I would like to share a story that I hope you post on your website. I am sure there are other woman experiencing the same thing. I have been married for 30 years. My darling husband and I have always enjoyed a beautiful sex life. The Arimidex pill that I take for the breast cancer really decreased my libido, but sharing your life with a loving man with a bit more cuddling we were able to overcome that hurdle. The biggest problem was discomfort from vaginal dryness. I tried some of the things suggested by the doctors and hated the way they felt plus they did not work. We started using the Calendula salve and I cannot even tell you what a difference. No more pain. We even have some fun with it (I will not go into details). As a breast cancer survivor I have become more conscious of the ingredients in everything. It is so great to have a natural product that actually works. You are a special lady Ida. I think it is your genuine love for people that makes you so creative. Please know that you are always in my prayers. Katie, Pennsylvania
I have to tell you my story. First off, this might be a bit personal, but hey from your name, I gather you are a woman, so I guess I can tell you this. My fiancee and I have tried so many personal lubricants out there and they were all horrible. Either too sticky, too greasy, they would burn, they would not last long enough, etc... Finally I saw that one of your salves could be used as a vaginal lubricant and we tried it and I have to tell you that the 2 ounce tin is almost empty after 1 month. (we are going thru this phase where we have fallen in love all over again like when we first met. LOL) but it works incredibly and I will never ever used anything again. It does not burn, does not irritate and is very easy to remove. All I do is use baby wipes and it comes right off if I don't shower right away and it beats spending 15 dollars on some bottle of god knows what that is supposed to be self heating, which is nonsense. Sylvia, Connecticut