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Natural Organic Pumpkin Pie Soap

Pumpkin Spice

Our autumn seasonal favorite a natural soap with with real nourishing pumpkin and the delicious aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie.

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Product Description

Our autumn seasonal favorite . . . a natural soap with the delicious aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie will have you daydreaming about harvest hayrides and campfires. 

  • Made with REAL nourishing pumpkin, not pumpkin fragrance
  • Pumpkin, rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene, soothes sore rough skin
  • Natural pumpkin enzymes help exfoliate dead skin leaving skin soft and bright
  • Pumpkin adds natural orange color, a sweet aroma, and creamy texture
  • Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil, highly nourishing and emollient, is rich in natural vitamin E

 

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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

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.  

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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.

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We often receive emails from concerned customers that have read about the devastating effects that palm plantations can have on tropical forests.

Natural Organic Certified Sustainable SoapAt Chagrin Valley Soap we treasure our planet and its inhabitants. We know that although we play a very small part, we must always make choices that are ecologically and socially responsible.

As the global demand for palm oil continues to increase we want to be part of the global initiative that changes how that palm oil tree is grown.

Our Palm Oil is grown and manufactured according to standards for sustainable practices set forth by Rainforest Alliance.

Chagrin Valley’s Palm Oil 

Over 30 years ago large tracts of rainforest in South America were cleared via “slash and burn” with a promise to indigenous people that they would have fresh farm and grazing lands.

The top soil in the rainforest is very thin and with the trees gone there were no roots to serve as temporary water storage and no protection from the tree canopies to prevent soil runoff. As a result, all of the soil nutrients were washed away creating areas of barren land. (Picture to the right from Wikipedia)

The palm oil that we purchase comes from plantations that have been grown on these once barren lands in a region of the Amazon that was cleared 30-40 years ago. The palm plantation has reintroduced a new forest crop which has brought back many species of birds and other plants and animals and preserves forests surrounding the plantation. While not as diverse as native Rainforest, it is a huge improvement over barren grasslands.

As the global demand for palm oil continues to increase, we believe that if both manufacturers and consumers demand Certified Sustainable palm oil, producers will grow Certified Sustainable palm oil. That is the only way to really protect our rainforests.

If there is no demand, growers will continue the cheaper unsustainable practices, because no one is paying them for a sustainable product. (If you build it, they will come!)

So instead of eliminating palm oil, at Chagrin Valley we use certified organic, certified sustainable palm oil. Our palm oil is either Rainforest Alliance certified sustainable or Friend of the Earth certified sustainable.

Please read our blog, "Will A Palm Oil Boycott Really Help?"

 

What Are Essential Oils?

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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.

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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. 

 

 

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is 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 ingredieCruelty Free Natural Skin Carents 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 . . .Cruelty-Free Natural Skin Care

  • 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!

Product Reviews

Testimonials

I wait for this soap every year and then stock up! The lather is really nice and the scent is just delicious. I really love spicey scent soaps but most are made with fragrance oils that itch my skin. Can't believe you guys use real pumpkin. Jamie, Oklahoma

Dear Ida, I just wanted to let you know how much I love everything you make! Your shampoo bars are my hair's best friends now. Pumpkin Spice is the most wonderful soap I've ever used! It looks so delicious and I love the scent! My skin is happy with it, too. Yesterday I used Hemp Mango Mint lotion bar for my legs after shaving them. It's been 24 hours and I still feel the moisture on my legs! Amazing! I will never go back to commercial lotions. It's also the best hand cream I've ever tried. Oh and I'm totally hooked on the Mocha Java lip balm!

Your website is also so lovely that I come back there all the time! And with every visit I find something new I must try... :) So thank you for making such wonderful products! I really appreciate your work. Satu, Finland

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