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Natural Organic Juniper Berry and Spearmint Soap

Juniper Spearmint

Herbalists praise the healing powers of organic comfrey and aloe vera. We bring them together, with skin loving oils and butters to create this natural, refreshing minty soap.

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Herbalists praise the healing powers of comfrey and aloe vera. We bring them together with the fabulous scent of juniper berry and spearmint, to create this skin comforting, and refreshing soap. The active agent in comfrey, allantoin, has been used for centuries as a natural way to heal rashes, inflammation and other skin problems. Doctors in ancient China called aloe the "the harmonic remedy" because of its healing properties.

This bar is loaded with skin loving oils and butters. Juniper berry tones the skin and has been used to treat eczema. The toning action of green clay stimulates the skin bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion while tightening pores. This clay is great for oily skin and helps to clear problem skin. The essential oil blend provides a warm, woodsy spearmint scent that energizes the mind, yet calms the spirit. Great for an invigorating and refreshing shower!

  • Nourishing organic shea and cocoa butters moisturize
  • Aloe is prized for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
  • French Green Clay has great absorbent powers and literally "drinks" oils, toxins and impurities from your skin
  • Juniper essential oil has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial abilities, making helpful for acne prone skin
  • The scent blend of juniper berry and spearmint will lift your spirits on cold winter days and leave you refreshed in the hot summer months

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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

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

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!


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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?"

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Short Answer

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.

 


 

Longer Answer

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.

Organic Shea Butter

 

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 waterNatural Dead Sea Mud Soap
  • 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!

Natural White Oak Soap Dish

 

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

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!

The Short Answer

Natural Organic Soap

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, 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 

Natural Soap Samples
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-LifeNatural Organic Soap

  • 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.  

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If you are asking the question: 

Is there lye in a bar of Chagrin Valley soap or shampoo?

The answer is "No."

 

If you are asking the question:

Do you use lye (sodium hydroxide) to make Chagrin Valley soap?

The answer is -- of course.
No lye -- No soap!
All REAL soap is made with lye (sodium hydroxide mixed with liquid).

Any skin or hair cleansing product made without sodium hydroxide is not soap, it is detergent.

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The chemical reaction of making soap, called saponification, is complete, the lye and oil molecules have combined and chemically changed into soap and glycerin.

If the soap is made properly, the lye is used up in the saponification process to turn oil into soap.

There is no lye present in the finished bars of soap or shampoo. While all real soap must be made with lye, no lye remains in our finished product after saponification (described below).

 

But, It Doesn't Say "Lye" on My Soap Ingredients

If it is real soap or contains read soap, it is made with lye!

Commercial "soap" bars and handmade soap bars are also made with lye even though the words "sodium hydroxide" or "lye" do not appear on the labels. Does your bar of "soap" contain ingredients such as...

  • saponified oils: oils and butters are mixed with sodium hydroxide and a liquid (usually water).
  • sodium cocoate: the generic name for the mixture of coconut oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium palmate: the generic name for the mixture of palm oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium palm kernelate: the generic name for the mixture of palm kernel oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium tallowate: the generic name for the mixture of beef fat (tallow) with sodium hydroxide (lye).
  • sodium olivate: the generic name for the mixture of olive oil with sodium hydroxide (lye).

These words are not usually used to deceive consumers. But soap makers know that consumers are afraid of the word "lye."

At Chagrin Valley we believe that today's consumers are pretty savvy and the best practice is to educate.

BLOG: "Is There Lye Your My Soap? Won't it Harm My Skin?

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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.

 

What Are Essential Oils?

Natural Essential Oil Skin Care

Have you ever enjoyed the scent of a fragrant flower or herb? The fragrance comes from potent, aromatic compounds called essential oils.

These natural compounds are found in the flowers, stems, seeds, bark, roots, fruits and other parts of plants.

Essential oils not only give plants their unique scents, they also help lure plant pollinators and protect plants from insects and other predators.

 

The chemical composition of essential oils can provide valuable psychological and physical aromatherapeutic benefits.

Pure Essential Oil Skin Care

 

It is important to note that to be a true essential oil, the oil must be isolated from the plant material by physical means only. Essential oils are NEVER extracted using solvents.

Although synthetic fragrances or "nature identical" oils are available at a much lower cost, only natural plant essential oils to will provide the botanical benefits.

 

 

If you are pregnant or under a doctor's care for any medical condition, please consult your healthcare provider before using essential oils. 

 

What Are Essential Oils? (Much more detail)

Go to our Blog Pages and click "Essential Oils" in the category section on the left to read a lot more information on essential oils. 

 

 

Product Reviews

This bar is loaded with skin loving oils and butters. Juniper berry tones the skin and has been used to treat eczema. The toning action of green clay stimulates the skin bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion while tightening pores. This clay is great for oily skin and helps to clear problem skin. The essential oil blend provides a warm, woodsy spearmint scent that energizes the mind, yet calms the spirit. Great for an invigorating and refreshing shower!

  • Nourishing organic shea and cocoa butters moisturize
  • Aloe is prized for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties
  • French Green Clay has great absorbent powers and literally "drinks" oils, toxins and impurities from your skin
  • Juniper essential oil has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial abilities, making helpful for acne prone skin
  • The scent blend of juniper berry and spearmint will lift your spirits on cold winter days and leave you refreshed in the hot summer months
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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

I've been using your products for a few months now - and I'm thrilled with the results! I had read that comfrey contains allantoin and is good for healing scars, so I've been using your juniper mint soap twice a day, and using the whipped shea butter with comfrey powder mixed in at night. My skin is now silky and satiny with absolutely no evidence of old acne scars. Heretofore, I had tried numerous natural remedies to smooth out old scars, but only your products did the trick. I will absolutely be using your products for life. Thank you for creating such a beautiful company with high quality healing products. Love and blessings! P.S. I am 50 years old, so the scars are not recent. Deborah,  New York

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