Natural carrot juice, carrot root oil, goat’s milk, raw honey, and skin nourishing oils & butters are packed into this nutritious complexion bar. Packed with vitamins, protein, antioxidants, and beta-carotene, the wonderful silky lather has great skin-care qualities. We make our own carrot root oil by infusing organic sunflower oil with organic carrots.
- A gentle, unscented soap great for irritated skin
- Organic carrot juice and carrot root oil, high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, have antioxidant and soothing properties
- Carrot seed oil is found in many cosmetic formulas dealing with rejuvenating mature skin, wrinkles, scars, eczema, and aging
- Goat Milk is one of nature's finest moisturizers and skin softeners due to its high butterfat content
- Alpha-hydroxy acids found naturally in Goat milk are believed to have rejuvenating effects on skin's cells
- Organic honey, used as an emollient for centuries to rehydrate dried-out skin, moisturizes and soothes
- Jojoba oil and unrefined shea nut butter, excellent for maturing skin, penetrate deep into your skin and are excellent moisturizers
- An excellent choice for babies and folks with sensitive skin
I began making soap in 2001 with ingredients that I believed in, for the people that I loved. After all these years, that goal has never changed.
The Sunflower oil is infused with the Organic Carrots
Made with Organic Oils, Honey and Carrots
Certified Organic By OEFFA
A USDA Accredited Organic Certifying Agent
How to Use
How Should I Use Natural Soap to Clean My Face?
We believe in simple, effective cleansing for your complexion and that is accomplished with natural soap and water. The purpose of soap is to combine with oil and dirt on the body, which allows water to wash it away. The method you use to cleanse your skin, especially your face, is really personal preference. We thought we would share just a few examples.
Hand Lathering is usually the suggested method for cleansing delicate facial skin.
- Use lukewarm water to create a creamy lather in your clean hands.
- Gently massage the lather over your face using circular motions with your fingers.
- Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
Washcloth Washers: A washcloth can help remove dead cells and invigorate your skin. A gentle massage with a soft washcloth can help keep facial skin smooth and clean.
- Rub the bar on a soft, clean, wet cloth to create a creamy lather.
- Apply to your face by a gentle massage using circular motions.
- Rinse with cool water and pat dry.
If you are using a washcloth:
- Exfoliating or scrubbing too hard may cause the skin to become red and irritated.
- Use a clean washcloth, especially if you are prone to acne. Washcloths can re-deposit dirt and grime right back onto your skin.
- Washcloths can have soft or rough fibers. You want to use soft, NOT rough fibers on your face.
Never share washcloths or other accessories and replace or clean them often.
A Few Other Pointers:
- Use warm, not hot, water to wash your face.
- Use cool water as a final rinse to close your pores.
- Avoid products made with synthetic ingredients that can irritate facial skin.
- Avoid products that contain alcohol which can cause skin to become tight and dry.
- Apply a moisturizer immediately after washing your face while skin is still damp.
Aren't all handmade soaps the same? . . .
The answer is NO!
Saying a soap is "handmade" says nothing about quality of the ingredients or the knowledge and skill of the soapmaker!
Chagrin Valley is not just another soap and skin care company. We are committed to healthy skin, healthy people and a healthy planet.
We are a USDA Certified Organic Company specializing in luxurious, organic, handmade soaps rich in natural glycerin for healthier skin.
It's all about the ingredients! Inspired by our love of nature, we use organic herbs, seeds, flowers, vegetables, fragrant spices, fruits, pure essential oils and purifying clays for their exceptional skin care benefits and to provide natural color, aromatherapy, texture, or gentle exfoliation. Nothing artificial, nothing synthetic, no GMO’s, just natural wholesome ingredients.
Chagrin Valley's Natural Soap & Shampoo Bars Are...
- all natural
- made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients
- handcrafted in small batches using the old-fashioned Cold Process Method
- made with sustainable and fair trade ingredients
- certified cruelty-free
- free of detergents
- free of synthetic fragrances
- free of synthetic colors
- free of artificial preservatives
- free of artificial foam boosters
- free of alcohol and petroleum products
- free of synthetic additives
- free of GMOs
- mild and nourishing
- rich in natural glycerin
- magnificent long-lasting lather
- cured for 8 to 10 weeks
Our soap making process uses only natural and organic ingredients. Why add artificial ingredients to a handmade product?
Some people tell me that they would love to switch to a natural soap to get rid of the chemicals and the plastic bottles.
So what is stopping them? They often believe that bars of soap are less hygienic than liquid soap.
My answer, of course, is that liquid soaps are NOT more hygienic than solid soap bars!
According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word hygienic means, "Conducive to maintaining health and preventing disease, especially by being clean; sanitary."
It may seem like an odd question to ask whether something specifically created to help make you clean is hygienic, but actually, it is a very good question.
Human skin has a natural microbiome that contains thousands of different bacteria, fungi, and viruses that do not cause negative health consequences for those with an intact immune system because they are part of our bodies. As a matter of fact, this microbiome helps keeps our skin healthy.
It makes sense that the microbes of your natural microbiome plus the oils and dead skin cells on your hands will get passed on to everything you touch. Numerous studies have shown that we transfer this bacteria to our cell phones, keyboards, remote controls, doorknobs, faucets, liquid soap dispensers, light switches, showerheads, washcloths, towels and yes even our soap bars.
The bacteria on your soap bar are less of a problem than the bacteria you pick up from other places on your hands.
The germs on the bar of soap that you use in your home have no negative health effects because they are coming from you. Your body has adapted to live with its natural microbial environment.
Even if you are sharing a soap bar with a family member that lives in your home, your bodies have most likely adapted because you share many of the same microorganisms.
Numerous studies have shown that although bacteria levels on a used bar of soap are slightly higher than on unused soaps, there are no detectable levels of bacteria left on the skin's surface after using a bar of soap.
Bacteria do not like to live in the actual soap bar, they are attracted to water that sits on top of the soap after use. So if you are still concerned, doing a couple of simple things will help your bar soap harbor fewer germs.
- Allow Your Soap to Dry: Store soap out of the water and allow it to dry between uses to get rid of the moist environment that germs enjoy. If you take lots of showers consider using a couple of soap bars and alternating them to allow enough drying time between each use.
- Rinse Your Soap: If your soap is not dry, rinse it under running water before lathering up to get rid of the wet outer surface.
So it seems that when considering "soap" the choice is between a bar and a liquid in a bottle. So my question is . . . how hygienic is liquid soap? And how often do you clean the top of your liquid soap dispenser?
For a more detailed discussion (especially about liquid soap) please read our blog, "Are Bar Soaps Hygienic?"
The Short Answer
NO! Adding antibacterial chemicals to soap does not keep your family safe from germs.
I understand why folks (especially those with children) are choosing products labeled “Antibacterial,” hoping to keep their family safe in the war against germs.
"Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water," said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.”
Simply washing your hands with old-fashioned natural soap and water rids your skin of most fungi, bacteria, and viruses. Soap does not kill germs, it surrounds them and carries them away.
The Long Answer
Please read our blog: Antibacterials: More Harm Than Good!
How long a bar will last depends on:
- how many people are using it
- how often you bathe or shower
- how you use the bar
For one person showering every day, a well-drained bar should last for about one month.
Natural soaps are normally softer than commercial soaps because they retain their natural glycerin (which is removed in commercial soap production) and contain no artificial hardening chemicals, synthetic waxes or free alkali.
We also superfat our soaps (add extra oils or butters) and use "softer" oils so that Chagrin Valley natural soaps are more emollient and soothe, soften and leave skin feeling moisturized.
Different oils impart different qualities to soap. Some add lathering qualities, some moisturizing, some hardness, and so on. Compared to other natural bars, we use a larger percentage of extra moisturizing and conditioning oils in our soaps and shampoo bars. These oils produce a bar that may not be as hard as bars with less conditioning oils.
How you use the bar will also affect its lifespan. For example, do you use a washcloth, an exfoliating accessory or only the bar? Although exfoliating loofahs and sponges are great they will use up the soap much faster than a washcloth or the "only the bar" purists.
Our Natural Soap Will Last A Long Time With Proper Care
- Don't let your soap sit in water
- Store soap on a well-drained soap dish
- Allow soap plenty of fresh air to dry between uses
- Never place soap where shower water can continuously hit it
- If your bar ever gets waterlogged and becomes gooey, simply set it on a draining soap dish or stand it on its edge for a few days and let it dry out thoroughly
How long a bar will last depends on how many people are using it, how often you bathe or shower and how you use the bar. For one person showering every day, a well-drained bar should last for about one month.
Cute Story: A customer called to say she loved our soaps but could not buy them anymore because they did not last as long as other soaps. A week later she called to place an order and apologize. Her husband, who would NEVER use her natural soaps before, fell in love with her new Scarborough Fair soap . . . and he showered twice a day!
To maximize the life of your soap, keep it in a well-drained soap dish so it can dry between uses.
We sell a handcrafted solid white oak soap dish. The deep ridges are perfect for keeping your all natural handcrafted soap dry between uses. White Oak is the wood used in shipbuilding.
A tip passed on by one of our customers whose kids always leave the soap in a water puddle: cut the large bars in halves. Then alternate the halves, allowing a longer drying time between uses.
The Short Answer
Yes And No!
Although handmade soaps usually get better with age, we recommend using our soaps within 12 months of purchase. Our scented soaps should be used within 3 months after removing them from the box.
Although the soaps will not be "spoiled" after that time, you may notice some changes as natural soap ages.
- some natural colors may fade over time
- the scents from pure natural essential oil scents will fade over time
The changes in color and scent happen even more quickly in our sample size bars.
These bars have a much greater surface area to volume ratio which allows essential oils to evaporate from the surface more quickly. However, the scent may still be there when you lather up.
I have found some ancient bars hiding in my closet that years old. The scents were gone, but the lather was incredible!
The Long Answer
For a more detailed discussion please read our blog, "The Shelf Life, Color & Scent of an All Natural Soap."
How You Can Help Prolong Shelf-Life
- Natural soaps need to breathe. Exposure to air promotes hardening of your soap and contributes to longer-lasting quality. Soap should be left unwrapped in their boxes or wrapped with breathable materials. Tight wrappers cause humid conditions by preventing evaporation of moisture.
- Our soaps are packaged in breathable, recyclable, sustainable packaging! Keep your natural handmade soaps in a dry, cool place away from sunlight, excessive heat and humidity.
- Our scented soaps, like Lavender Rosemary, can be placed in a muslin bag or wrapped in a piece of cloth and put in your linen closet or dresser drawer to give a delightful fragrance to your linens and clothes while waiting to be used.
Chagrin Valley Soaps Are Made Using Natural Ingredients and Are Biodegradable!
What Does Biodegradable Mean?
By definition, biodegradable means capable of being broken down by the action of living things, like natural bacteria, into simple substances that are not harmful to the environment.
If You Are A Camper Or Backpacker, Please Read On...
There are many soap makers out there with good intentions who are claiming that their biodegradable soap or shampoo is safe to use in rivers and streams.
Even biodegradable soap can eventually pollute lakes and streams if it is not used sparingly.
The bacteria that break down soap are present mostly in soil. That means that when you wash, please be sure that your soapy rinse water ends up in the soil away from fresh water sources like lakes, rivers, and streams.
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.
The carrot complexion soap is the face wash I use every other day in conjunction with the butter cream face wash. I cannot believe how silky and smooth this feels when I lather it between my hands! Especially for a soap bar! This cleans the face amazingly, like all Chagrin Valley soap bars (best makeup remover EVER) and it leaves the skin not feeling tight but clean and smooth. I will definitely be making use of this face wash year round! Absolutely obsessed. Kiana, Canada
Hello Chagrin Valley Soap Makers, I want to send a huge thank you to everyone there that makes Chagrin Valley Soap possible and especially to the recipe maker or makers who have created such wonderful concoctions. I also want to thank Amy the Chagrin Fan who has a review on the Carrot & Honey Complexion Soap page. Her story inspired me to give you guys a try.
I tested the Rhassoul Clay bar first and found while I liked it the clay was a bit to irritating for my skin. I also have such terrible problem skin and haven't been able to find a single drug store product that works. My next step was visiting the dermatologist, but I will admit I am cheap and figured that could lead toward more expensive and harsh products. You were my last and final shot and clearing my acne up before I finally broke down to visit the doctor. I am only 25 but I have battled acne since jr. high and it continues to be as bad if not worse than my younger years. So after the clay soap I opted to try the neem soap & tea tree and the carrot & honey. I should have known the neem would be a bit too harsh for my everyday soap. The Carrot & Honey complexion soap was the PERFECT soap for me. I use it twice daily combined with your whipped squalane creme twice daily. My face has cleared up. I go 3- 3 1/2 weeks without a break out and only get one minor blemish and my worst time of the month. It is seriously a miracle! I wont dare adventure into different soap options but I have tried and will be trying a few other products. I am loving the adzuki bean micrograin a TON. I really love a good exfoliant but often find them too harsh, especially in harsh NY winters. This one I use a few times a week either mixed with the carrot soap and water or straight honey and a bit of water. It shrinks my pores and leaves very smooth looking skin. I got a sample of the problem skin tea for Christmas and look forward to testing that out! Sorry this is so long winded and a bit detailed.
I am just so thankful for Amy's review and the quality and affordable products you provide. You have completely changed my view on my appearance and skin. You have given me the opportunity to tell my boyfriend that my skin looks good- the first time I have said that in 4 years. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Please feel free to use any portion of this on your site! I would love to help someone else find clear skin. I tell everyone I know about your products! Happy New Year!! Your Very Happy and Life Long Customer. Katie, New York
Ida, I just love the Carrot and Honey Complexion Soap as a shampoo. It seem to work wonders in our soft Oregon water. It smells wonderful and leave hair and body silky and healthy. All of the soap sample I have purchased from you worked great as shampoo bars. Lisa, Oregon
Dear Ida, I wanted to tell you that I LOVE the Squalane Face & Eye Mousse and Carrot and Honey Complexion Soap. This is going to sound completely ridiculous but my face has NEVER been this smooth or acne-free. As a 33 yr old mom, I was about ready to give up and head to the dermatologist in search of prescription acne medicine. Prior to using a combination of the Carrot and Honey complexion soap and the Mousse twice a day, I had drying skin and oily skin in patches everywhere and acne like crazy. I've given it a solid month now, and I am astonished at the results. I've tried so many things. Every product I could find that was not only "safe" but for "sensitive" skin. NOTHING has ever worked like this combination, and I am indebted. My only fear is that you will give up making soap & mousse one day and I will have to search all over again. In fact, I'm slightly obsessive now and if it weren't for the fact that you have to use the mousse in a timely manner, I'd be stocking up for the rest of my life. Unbelievable. Your work is truly something amazing.
Thank you for offering your wonderful products at affordable prices! I am quite willing to be a repeat customer because I KNOW it's worth it. Amy, Pennsylvania