Sea Buckthorn & Tea Tree
A natural soap made with antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn oil and soothing botanicals that have been shown to be helpful as topical remedies to calm inflammatory skin problems.
Antioxidant-rich sea buckthorn oil is combined with natural skin soothing botanicals to create a moisturizing soap that helps protect skin as it cleans.
Sea buckthorn oil has healing and softening properties and anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological activity that help strengthen capillaries and promote healing by encouraging tissue regeneration.
In addition to the healing sea buckthorn oil, we add other natural ingredients that have been shown to be helpful as topical remedies to soothe inflammatory skin problems.
- Sea buckthorn oil has healing and softening fatty acids
- has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological properties that help strengthen capillaries
- promotes healing by encouraging tissue regeneration to protect skin as it cleans
- is believed to be a natural remedy to help treat periodic flare-ups of Psoriasis and Rosacea
- Tea tree helps heal infections and inflammation and fights acne without causing dryness or other side effects of modern day acne treatments
- Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin, a potent natural anti-inflammatory agent that soothes skin and helps reduce inflammation and calm facial redness from Rosacea and other inflammatory skin problems
- Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing inflamed skin
- Turmeric, contains circumin, the compound responsible for the yellow pigment. Circumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties that help calm inflammation
- Lavender essential oil eases inflammation and shrinks facial blood vessels
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.
Made with Certified Sea Buckthorn Oil, Shea Butter and Herbs
Certified Organic By OEFFA
A USDA Accredited Organic Certifying Agent
How to Use
Use The Bar: Wet the bar and massage gently on the skin to create lather and wash. Rinse well and pat dry.
Hand Latherer: Create lather in your hands and massage gently on the skin to wash. Rinse well and pat dry.
Washcloth Washers: A very gentle massage with a soft washcloth can help remove dead cells associated with eczema. Be sure washcloths are laundered and dried often.
Sea buckthorn oil is very expensive! But if we do not use a good amount, then what is the point of a sea buckthorn oil soap?
Our recipe contains the highest percentage of Sea buckthorn oil that could be used without compromising the chemistry of soapmaking in our formulas.
We know that a soap containing sea buckthorn can not have the same effect as a concentrated salve like our Sea Buckthorn Salve.
Our hope was to formulate a moisturizing soap that would allow people with irritated skin conditions, like rosacea, to enjoy a bath or shower without triggering a flare-up or exacerbating an already existing problem. Every person is unique and so are the triggers for rosacea and other inflammatory skin problems. This soap may not be for everyone! Try a sample!
Please Note: The deep beta carotene color may cause staining on light colored washcloths. Stains should disappear after laundering, but we make no promises.
We often receive emails and phone calls from customers with chronic irritated or inflamed skin problems.
We have learned that for some people simply switching to a natural product may help.
We believe that natural ingredients are milder, healthier and gentler on the skin. I often say that it’s what's NOT in our products, that is often the most helpful.
While we cannot promise that our products will help heal your inflamed or irritated skin conditions, we have received a lot of feedback from customers telling us that our products have helped soothe irritated skin problems.
We have used this feedback to create "Help Me Choose" pages for a variety of skin issues.
Pure essential oils, herbs, and other natural ingredients have been used for centuries. Their folklore and uses have been passed down through generations.
Please note that our products are NOT drugs or medicines meant to treat or cure illness, which would require FDA testing and approval. Our products are intended to help soothe irritated skin.
If you have sensitive skin issues, always try an allergy patch test before using a new product.
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?"
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 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 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.
What Are Essential Oils?
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.
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.
We often receive emails from concerned customers that have read about the devastating effects that palm plantations can have on tropical forests.
At 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?"
Hi... Trying to keep this short enough that people who could be helped by the information would finish to the end...I want to tell you about my niece and the experience using the Sea Buckthorn soap on her one-and-a-half year old daughter. My niece (the mom) had been taking her toddler to the dermatologist about the flaky, irritated, and rough skin mostly on the baby's arms and legs. My sister told me the baby would sometimes even cry at bath-time as if her baths were uncomfortable due to the irritated skin. The dermatologist already had her on a steroid cream to treat the condition, but sometimes those things quit working in time and a stronger dose ends up being needed. So "mom" took baby to the dermatologist and told that what had been prescribed had quit working for some time. The dermatologist said because of the baby's age, there was no stronger cream she could prescribe for her. That's the point where the story got to me. I had tried a Chagrin Valley hair tea for myself and liked it, so I searched the website and figured to try a natural product in an effort to avoid the skin irritation my baby niece was having vs just treat an existing problem as had been done with the prescription cream.
After reading the product information I ended up sending the Sea Buckthorn soap to my niece to use on the baby as a replacement for any other products she had been using and to then see what occurred. When I checked in three weeks by phone my niece said "It's working wonders". In two more weeks when I saw my grandniece in person she had perfectly soft, clear, non-irritated baby skin (And this is without using the steroid cream anymore.)
So...I'm really happy that my baby niece isn't using a steroid cream anymore.It's far better that the need for treatment is no longer there because switching to the Sea Buckthorn soap which is a natural product has prevented the problem skin from occurring in the first place. Hope this helps someone... Andi, Michigan
My husband has psoriasis and this is the first product that has helped. I am speaking of your seabuckthorn and tea tree soap. All the prescriptions have never worked. Thanks. Patricia, Ohio
I needed to respond to you about the product, Sea Buckthorn Soap & Tee Tree Oil.
I have used sea buckthorne soap for about 5 years as a treatment for Rosacea, of course from another source. In the last months, the problem began returning with a vengeance.
I noticed your add and was encouraged by your formula. I ordered your product and used it immediately. Within 24 hours, I experienced positive results for which I send my thanks. Without your product, I would be using antibiotics once again. Thank you again, Dan, New York
A few months ago I spent $25.00 for this suposedly healing bar of seabuckthorn soap. It was pure white and very small and did absolutely nothing for my skin except make it very dry and flaky. Been using yours for about a month and my rosacea is under control, my skin looks so nice. and I could not be happier. Thank you. Melanie, California
Hello! I've been a customer for a few years, trying out a few bars here & there. I was diagnosed with Lupus last summer, and have been having some problems with redness on my face ever since. I've tried expensive brands such as Clinique and Eucerin. In fact, they both made it worse! I wanted a new body bar so I was browsing your site when I came across this new soap. I read the testimonials and bought the sample size, which is perfect for a face bar! I have noticed a dramatic decrease in redness on my face--people no longer say "Are you sunburnt?" So happy to have found it!! Wendi, Ohio
Hi there, I've written before about your Goldenseal and Myrrh Salve, and now I'm writing again to rave about your Seabuckthorn Soap and Salve. I have very reactive, mildly rosasea'd skin that is often too dry in the winter and somewhat oily in the summer. I thought I had it more or less under control but I decided to switch from your Grapeseed soap to the Seabuckthorn and Tea Tree soap. I've really enjoyed the change, the soap is so mild and gentle it never strips my skin (Just what I've come to expect from you!) and the addition of tea tree oil seems to help with my occasionally clogged pores.
The real stunner is the Seabuckthorn salve though. I rub it all over my face after my usual wash and moisturize routine before bed and my skin always feels so calm and nourished in the morning. My rosasea flush is minimized and even though I was afraid it would be too heavy for my pores, they are doing better even with the summer heat coming on. And that's not all! My Fiance recently had a broken collarbone and elbow surgically repaired and I used the salve on his surgical scars after the staples were removed and we got the OK from the Dr. I was so worried he'd have these big raised "train tracks" from the staples but they are so smooth and soft now. I've also used the salve on my irritated bikini line after waxing and it settled down overnight, no chicken bumps here! It's truly a great product and I'll be keeping it on hand for years to come, I don't even mind the orange color! Danielle, California