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Natural Organic Coffee Clove Anise Soap

Coffee & Clove Scrubby Soap

A scrubby, exfoliating soap with three great natural deodorizers, activated bamboo charcoal, coffee and anise essential oil, to remove cooking and workroom odors.

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Product Description

This natural scrubby, exfoliating soap contains three great natural deodorizers, activated bamboo charcoal, organic coffee and anise essential oil, to remove the scents of onion, garlic, fish and even gasoline. A great soap for gardeners, cooks, carpenters, mechanics, potters, or anyone with "hands that do work!"

This rich-lathering soap, made with triple-strength freshly brewed coffee, fresh ground coffee beans, ground eucalyptus leaves, bamboo charcoal and a spicy essential oil blend, naturally cleans and deodorizes your hands and body. The coffee beans provide light abrasion, making this soap perfect for those extra dirty "hands that do work!"

  • Great kitchen and workshop soap
  • Enriched with organic cocoa and shea butters to leave skin moisturized and soft
  • Coffee grounds exfoliate dried skin leaving a soft, radiant glow
  • Bamboo charcoal deep cleans and deodorizes
  • The scent is spicy with top notes of anise and clove

We use coffee from Rising Star Coffee Roasters. Read more about Rising Star in the FAQs on this page.

This soap is formerly known as Java Spice and you may receive it in its old box until we use them up. The ingredients have not changed. 

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Watch Sam on the "New Day Cleveland" show demonstrating how we use local coffee beans from Rising Star Coffee Roasters to create awesome handmade, organic skin and hair care products!

How to Use

What Should I Use With My Soap to Clean My Body?

The purpose of soap is to combine with oil and dirt on the body, which allows water to wash it away, but you need to use something to get that soap onto your skin. The method you use to cleanse your skin is really personal preference. We thought we would share just a few examples.  

The Bar Buffer rubs the bar directly on their skin to create lather and wash. This is definitely the best way to use exfoliating soaps and some believe they get the best moisturizing using this direct bar method.

The Hand Latherer creates lather in their clean hands and uses the lather to wash. This gentle, mild cleansing method may be good for those with sensitive skin. 

Organic Cotton WashclothWashcloth Washers: Washcloths, made out of lots of different textile textures, from soft cotton to agave fibers, can provide very gentle to intense exfoliation. Be sure washcloths are laundered and dried often.

The Nylon Puffer uses a mesh puff that works up a foamy, bubbly lather, even with hard water, to wash and gently exfoliate the skin. Poofs make natural soap last longer but can harbor bacteria, so rinse thoroughly after use and replace every few weeks or clean per manufacturer's instructions.

Loofah Latherers: Some people love their loofahs that exfoliate and help increase circulation. Whole loofahs can be breeding grounds for bacteria, so be sure they dry out properly after use and replace them every two months. Nylon Soap Sack

Soap Sackers place their soap into a nylon soap bag. The fibers can have a smooth texture for gentle cleansing, like cotton muslin, or a rougher texture for exfoliation, like sisal or ramie. Soap sacks can be used for whole bars of soap or scraps that would normally be thrown away.

There is a large variety of bathing accessories available. If using any accessory, never share them with others and replace or clean them often. 

FAQs

Natural Organic Coffee Skin CareRising Star Coffee is an amazing oasis in the heart of a thriving urban area of Downtown Cleveland known as the Ohio City district. Located in the old Ohio City Firehouse, Kim Jenkins is the visionary who decided to begin the operation they refer to as "progressive coffee roasting." 

We like their simple philosophy about coffee. "Buy dang good coffee and pay the farmer and the producer enough money to live and maybe even enjoy life." They develop direct trade relationships with all of their producing partners and coffee farmers. They call it "Relationship Coffee."

For a long time, all farmers in producing countries were paid slave wages and huge corporations benefited from their labor. We are proud to have a collaboration with a company like Rising Star Coffee Roasters that works directly with the coffee producers. As a result, they have not only improved the quality of the coffee, but also the quality of life for farmers that are fairly compensated for their superior beans.

At Chagrin Valley Soap we believe in the power of small businesses and know they are the engine that drives our country. Small business owners and employees have expertise in their industry, passion for the products they manufacture and sell, value their customers and take a special pride in their trade.

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!


Natural Organic Dead Sea Mud Soap

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 Natural Organic Lemon Lavender Soap
  • 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
  • biodegradable
  • 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?


BLOG:  "Are All Handmade Soaps The Same?"

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," Natural Organic Soap Best For Germssaid 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!

An Unofficial Label 

Natural Organic Skin CareAlthough not official labels, we use the label on the left on our website and the label on the right on our packaging. We use them for products, like the Dead Sea Black Clay, All Natural Skin CareBamboo Charcoal, Rhassoul Clay & Yogurt and Loofah Pumice Foot Soaps and our Mud & Clay and Rosemary Mint Charcoal Shampoo Bars because although they are made with organic ingredients, they do not fit the criteria for the USDA Certified Organic Label. 

The USDA standard states that a product must be made of 95-100% organic ingredients in order to bear the USDA Certified Organic seal. The remaining 5% must be nonagricultural ingredients that are on the NOP (National Organic Products) list. Since this list was devised solely for the food industry, there are ingredients like Bamboo Charcoal, Rhassoul Clay, etc. that do not appear on this list. 

Even though we can't label this product organic, if you read the ingredient list you will see that we still use USDA Certified Organic ingredients whenever possible.

For more detailed information, please read our blog, "What Do All of the Organic Labels Mean?" 

We use three different organic/natural symbols on our website.

Each symbol has a unique definition!

 

Organic Labels

The "certified organic" labeling has been developed by the USDA and refers to organic claims and labeling on food and personal care products in the United States. The USDA has very strict guidelines for the percentage of organic ingredients necessary to receive organic certification. Other countries have their own certification procedures, requirements, and standards. Labeling criteria and allowable ingredients differ from those in the US.

USDA Certified Organic Skin Care

The USDA Organic Logo Label can be used on products that meet the standards of the first two tiers of the organic labeling system in which 95 - 100% of the ingredients are certified organic.

Most of our non-soap products fall into this category and display the USDA logo!

 

 

Certified Organic Skin Care

 

The Certified Organic by OEFFA label is used in our company for two reasons . . .

Soaps and Shampoos: These products contain at least 8% of the sodium hydroxide due to the process of soapmaking. Our "organic" soap is about 87% to 92% organic, but the USDA standard states that a product must be made of 95-100% organic ingredients in order to bear the USDA Certified Organic seal shown above. We are also not allowed to use the words "organic soap" on the label.

Wildharvested Ingredients: When using any agricultural ingredient (any ingredient that has a biological origin) that is not certified organic the same labeling rules we use for soap apply.

The USDA rules for proper labeling state that the products may display the certifying agent's logo but not the USDA organic logo. Our USDA certifying agency is OEFFA (The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association). Their logo is displayed on our "organic" soaps and shampoos. 

Why do some soap companies use the word "organic" on their labels--even though it is against the rules? Click Here to Read More about Rules for Organic Labeling of Soap!

 

An Unofficial Label 

Natural Organic Skin CareAlthough not official labels, we use the label on the left on our website and the label on the right on our packaging. We use them for products, like the Dead Sea Black Clay, All Natural Skin CareBamboo Charcoal, Rhassoul Clay & Yogurt and Loofah Pumice Foot Soaps and our Mud & Clay and Rosemary Mint Charcoal Shampoo Bars because although they are made with organic ingredients, they do not fit the criteria for either label category described above.

 

Organic certification is based on organic farming and agriculture standards. As a result, the list of allowable non-agricultural ingredients (like clay, salt, mud etc) is based on raw materials used in agriculture or food production. Unfortunately, ingredients like Rhassoul Clay, Pumice, Dead Sea Mud and Bamboo Charcoal are not used in farming or food production and thus do not appear on the list.

Although it may seem long, this is really a very brief description. For more detailed information please read, "What Do All Of The Organic Labels Mean?"

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...

Biodegradable Skin Care

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 Biodegradable Natural Skin Carewash, please be sure that your soapy rinse water eBiodegradable Natural Skin Carends up in the soil away from fresh water sources like lakes, rivers, and streams.

 

The Short Answer

Yes And No!

Natural Organic Goat Milk SoapAlthough handmade soaps usually get better with age, we recommend using our unscented soaps within 12 months of purchase, and our scented soaps within 6-10 months for best results. 

Although the soaps will not be "spoiled" after that time, as the soaps age, the natural colors may fade.

Also, as you take a sniff you will notice that the pure scents from essential oils are lost from the soap surface, however, they may still be there when you lather up. 

I have found some ancient bars hiding in my closet that were years old. The scents were gone, but the lather was incredible!

 


The Long AnswerNatural Organic Handmade Soap

Just like fine wine, Chagrin Valley Handcrafted Soaps get better with age. Left to cure for several months, moisture will evaporate out of your bar of handmade soap and the soap will become slightly smaller, harder, longer lasting, and even gentler on your skin. The harder (older) the soap, the longer it lasts and the more lather it produces.

We allow our soaps and shampoos to cure for 8 to 10 weeks. This resting process assures a fine quality product. You simply cannot rush a good thing. 

 

What Factors Affect The Shelf-Life of Soap or Shampoo Bars?

The way in which soap is formulated has an effect of shelf-life. Chagrin Valley Handcrafted Soaps contain all natural fresh ingredients and no artificial preservatives. 

Natural Organic Skin Care OilsSuperfatting: Superfat is the amount of oils left over after the soapmaking process is complete. The method we chose to superfat our soaps creates a bar with a high percentage of unincorporated oils. 

These oils are not consumed in the soap making process and remain to nourish your skin. These unreacted oils result in a soap that is more emollient, more moisturizing, and gentler on your skin, but it decreases the shelf-life.

We do not use synthetic stabilizers or preservatives to prolong shelf life. These ingredients can be skin irritants and are usually found in commercial soaps to extend their shelf life for up to 10 years. We use natural antioxidants, such as rosemary oil extract, to help prolong the shelf life of our superfatted soaps.

Ingredients: Different oils impart different qualities to soap. Some add lathering qualities, some moisturizing, some hardness, and so on. We use a larger percentage of extra moisturizing and conditioning oils in our soaps and shampoo bars than many other soapmakers. As a result, you may notice our bar soaps tend to be softer than those of other soapmakers, especially our shampoo bars which contain a large percentage of castor oil. These "softer" oils may also decrease the shelf-life. 

Commercial soaps are made with synthetic preservatives that can extend the soap’s shelf-life, yet harm your skin. Natural organic soaps are made with wholesome ingredients and essential oils.

 

How You Can Help Prolong Shelf-Life
  • Natural soaps need to breathe. Exposure to air promotes hardening of your soap and Natural Organic Handmade Soapcontributes 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.  

Product Reviews

This rich-lathering soap, made with triple-strength freshly brewed coffee, fresh ground coffee beans, ground eucalyptus leaves, bamboo charcoal and a spicy essential oil blend, naturally cleans and deodorizes your hands and body. The coffee beans provide light abrasion, making this soap perfect for those extra dirty "hands that do work!"

  • Great kitchen and workshop soap
  • Enriched with organic cocoa and shea butters to leave skin moisturized and soft
  • Coffee grounds exfoliate dried skin leaving a soft, radiant glow
  • Bamboo charcoal deep cleans and deodorizes
  • The scent is spicy with top notes of anise and clove

We use coffee from Rising Star Coffee Roasters. Read more about Rising Star in the FAQs on this page.

This soap is formerly known as Java Spice and you may receive it in its old box until we use them up. The ingredients have not changed. 

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Testimonials

I am writing about your soap. I have always used antibacterial soap like Lever 2000. My wife has been using your stuff on herself and our kids for quite a while. I was unwilling to switch firmly believing that a soap mild enough for my kids could never get me clean. Well I hate to admit it but I was wrong. I am now loving the coffee soap and the juniper one. One problem though, I take longer showers so I can keep smelling the soap. Great job guys. Kevin, Florida

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