Dead Sea Black Clay
A natural soap made with Mineral rich Dead Sea Mud and Australian Black Clay to stimulate blood circulation, rejuvenate skin, balance and tone skin and deep clean to remove impurities.
Experience a mini-spa treatment for dull, tired skin, with every shower. Dead Sea health spas and mud baths have been popular for decades. Dead Sea Mud stimulates blood circulation, rejuvenates skin, and deep cleans to remove impurities.
The fine, natural grain of the mud softly, yet effectively, sloughs off dead skin cells and leaves the skin looking fresh and radiant. The Dead Sea Mud used in our soap is not a powder, it is a mixture of mineral rich Dead Sea Mud and nourishing mineral water from the Dead Sea. This essential oil blend of this emollient spa bar creates an incredibly refreshing soap.
- The fine, natural grain of the mud and clay softly, yet effectively, sloughs off dead skin cells and leaves skin looking fresh and radiant
- Australian Black Clay clay soothes irritation and draws out impurities from the skin, helping clear blemishes
- Sea Kelp, rich in vitamins and minerals, is believed to remove impurities, re-mineralize, and restore elasticity to the skin
- Enriched with organic virgin shea butter
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.
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?
An Unofficial Label
Although 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, Bamboo 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?"
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 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 Answer
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.
Superfatting: 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 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.
I am writing because I am completely amazed with your products. I had an acne problem that wouldn't go away. When I used the treatment my dermatologist gave me I began to peel and shed my skin, it was embarrassing. I thought I would go natural and use a Lush soap that was highly recommended by the sales lady in Lush. I tried it for two weeks and nothing changed but I decided to continue to use it so that I can finish the bar. I continued using that soap until just last week my husband jokingly said my acne "looks like the warts on a frog!" He was playing but I was very offended so I decided to take action. That very day I ordered the Dead Sea soap and the Neem and Tea Tree soap.
My order arrived within a few days and I began using it as soon as I got it. I rinsed both soaps and stacked them then let them sit overnight to dry. In the morning the two soaps were stuck together so I can use them as one big bar. I have developed a routine: I wash once to remove dirt and makeup then I lather real good and massage the soap lather onto my face for 60 seconds nonstop. I do this in the morning then again at night. I rinse with very warm water so that my pores open up before I wash. Then I rub a very light layer of Mango Multi butter on my face to seal in moisture. Today is my fourth day doing this and I swear to everything I love that I don't have one pimple left on me anymore. My face is smoother than a baby's bottom!!!! I NEVER thought I would get results this fast. I am so grateful for your products. This is way better than the dermatologist treatments, the pharmacy treatments, and TV offers. The best part is the price! The soaps are affordable and they last soooo long. Thank you. Arlene, New York
A customer requested that I make African Black Soap. I explained that I could never recreate the time honored recipe that is so steeped in tradition. The abundance of minerals in the ashes of plantain leaves, palm leaves and cocoa pods, used to make the soap, is the secret to its healing qualities. I suggested our mineral rich Dead Sea Soap--you can read her testimonial below.
Thank you for recommending the dead sea soap. It was very different from the real African black soap I have use in the past and I was doubtful. But it really works. My breakouts are under control again and my skin feels incredibly soft. I have dry skin and soap often makes me look ashy, but not this soap. I have now bought bars for my friends and family and everybody agrees. I also love, love, love your face oils. I think you should put the words "black clay" in the soap name so that people looking for African Black soap can find you. I do want to thank you for being honest about the African black soap. I am upset that companies use the name even though they are not making real African black soap. It's just not right. Many blessings to you all. Tanya, Florida
Just wanted to tell you all that I just love the dead sea soap. It smells so fresh and clean. I use it all over even my face which is very finicky about cleaners. My skin feels so soft and smooth like I had a facial. Jennifer, Indiana