Whipped Shea Butter Vanilla Bean
Organic virgin shea butter and skin nourishing organic oils are infused with loads of organic vanilla beans. Vanilla is more than just a pretty scent. The major constituent of vanilla beans, vanillin, is a powerful antioxidant that helps skin repair cell damage. A delicious treat for your skin!
- Penetrates deep to soothe, heal and pamper skin
- Virgin Shea Butter helps calm inflamed skin and soothe dry, cracked skin
- A sensual aroma of real vanilla beans and the natural smoky, nutty scent of unrefined shea butter
Our virgin shea butter is Fair Trade and produced by a woman owned company in Ghana
No added scent. Just the decadent aroma of natural vanilla beans!
*We apologize for the price increase. The price of vanilla beans rose by nearly 200% over last year due to a vanilla bean shortage. Please see the FAQ below, "Why Are The Prices of Vanilla Bean Products Always Increasing?"
Organic Oils and butters are infused with Organic Vanilla Beans
How to Use
- Very concentrated, you will be surprised how far a tiny little dollop will go
- Especially effective if used when skin is still warm and damp after bathing or showering
- Our whipped butters are a preservative-free product, always use clean, dry hands to remove butter from the jar
- Try a bamboo spoon to scoop out our natural butters
International Customers: If you order a 4-ounce jar in the International Flat Rate Envelope, it will be shipped in a plastic jar with delayed shipping. Click here for more information!
The labor intensive aspects of growing and harvesting vanilla beans, the effects of bad weather conditions and the consumer demand for natural vanilla bean products have been driving up the price of vanilla beans.
Why Are Vanilla Beans So Expensive?
Growing & Harvesting Vanilla Beans is Labor Intensive
Each vanilla bean blossom will only produce one fruit or bean pod. The blossom, which opens for only one day must be hand-pollinated within a few hours after it opens, otherwise, it wilts and dies.
The curing process is very time consuming.
After the seed pods are harvested the seed pods, each one is soaked in hot water, then laid out in the Sun during the day and then, while warm, are wrapped in blankets and allowed to sweat overnight.
Since growing vanilla beans is so labor-intensive, it is the second most expensive spice after saffron.
Weather & Poor Crops
The price of Madagascan vanilla rose by nearly 150 per cent after a poor harvest in 2015.
The in March 2017, Cyclone Enawo hit Madagascar. Since about 80% of the world’s vanilla fields are in Madagascar, the price of vanilla beans soared even higher.
The demand for vanilla beans has been steadily increasing, not only due to poor crops and weather but also due to consumer demand for natural foods that are free of artificial ingredients.
Consumers now want real vanilla, not imitation flavoring. Vanilla is not only used in vanilla flavored products, it is also added to other products like chocolate to counter the bitterness of genuine cocoa.
For more detail read our blog, "Why Vanilla Beans Are So Expensive?"
Remember, the skin is the body's largest organ
and it needs to breathe as part of its
important role in maintaining overall health!
Well, first of all, it's an all-natural product. Commercial lotions are NOT. Our Whipped Shea Butters only contain the ingredients that they need. Creams and lotions created in a lab often clog pores, aggravate acne, trigger allergic reactions, and make skin feels heavy and greasy.
The organic oils and butters we use do NOT contain petroleum based chemicals (Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Paraffin), chemical emulsifiers (DEA, MEA, TEA), chemical preservatives (Parabens, Urea), Propylene Glycol, artificial colors, or synthetic fragrances.
Lotions have a very high water content. Once water is added to make a lotion, it is almost impossible to create an all natural product and still keep the bacteria and mold out.
No Alcohol or Petroleum Ingredients
Have you ever noticed that when you use your body lotion your skin never stays moist and you find yourself going back to the lotion bottle over and over?
Look at the ingredients. Often times water is the main ingredient. Commercial lotions often contain isopropyl alcohol and/or mineral oil. Both of these actually are very drying to your skin. The alcohol gives a temporary sense of coolness due to evaporation.
Mineral oil is found in lotions, soaps, baby oil, cosmetics, and motor oil. Mineral oil is a clear, liquid oil with no scent and will not spoil. It is very inexpensive because it is produced as a byproduct of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. It is great for oiling your wooden cutting boards--but not your skin. Mineral oil does not penetrate to soften. It is difficult to absorb, coats your skin and clogs the pores. If you would like to have healthy skin, stay away from mineral oils, animal fat, petroleum, and synthetic oil based skincare.
No Propylene Glycol
Commercial creams and lotion often contain propylene glycol, which acts as a “humectant, preservative or stabilizer. Commercial skin-care products are stored and shipped and must have a very long shelf-life. Propylene glycol helps the fragrance, consistency and product appearance to remain attractive throughout its long life.
While the FDA has categorized propylene glycol as "Generally Recognized as Safe," and some say that
Your Natural Cream Has So Many Uses
We know that natural body butters make great moisturizing body creams. But here are some other ways we have used these balms and butters:
- Get rid of those cracked heels
- Gently massage into very dry areas on your face
- Soothe and smooth skin after shaving
- Add a dollop to your hot bath water instead of using synthetic bath oils
- Massage some into your cuticles to soften them
- Massage into your lips for a great all natural lip balm
We do not use synthetic stabilizers or waxes, so our delicate natural products packaged in glass jars and metal tins are sensitive to temperature changes.
While shipping during warm weather seasons presents a real challenge to our natural skin care company, we accept the challenge in order to maintain our standard of natural and nourishing skin care. We hope you agree.
During warm weather, products may soften or even melt as they sit in warm mail trucks, mailboxes, or on front porches.
The quality and healing properties of our products are not affected by melting.
On sunny or warm days, BEFORE opening the jars or tins, place the items in your refrigerator for a few hours to allow them to harden, just in case they have melted in transit. If you open items, especially those in tins, to check if melting has occurred, they may spill and make a mess!
What is most important is that neither the healing properties of the product nor the usability will be affected by the melting.
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.
*We apologize for the price increase. The price of vanilla beans rose by nearly 200% over last year due to a vanilla bean shortage. Please see the FAQ below, "Why Are The Prices of Vanilla Bean Products Always Increasing?"">
Thank you for making your vanilla products with real vanilla beans. Most vanilla products are made with some kind of vanilla fragrance and not the real deal. Those fragrance things smell fake and make my skin itch. I am going to try your other vanilla products as well because I love real vanilla. Rose, New York
OK, I’ve written before about my love for your products. Well, here I go again! This morning after my shower (in which I lathered my hair up with Extra Honey Beer shampoo/soap and my bod with the winter bar… can’t remember the name of it but I love the scent!), I was wondering which product to put in my hair to calm the frizzies. I’ve got very gray hair and it’s wavy and coarse as a result, plus I color it. Sheesh, the poor stuff just needed some love. Ya know? I looked at the bottles of products I have (leave-in conditioners, argan oil, etc.) but I felt like it just needed a little something extra. After moisturizing my face with a teeny bit of your vanilla bean whipped shea butter, I thought, “Hmm… what if I just put a dab into my hair?” I was nervous at first because I thought it might make it greasy looking. I decided, though, that I could always put it up in a scrunchy if that happened.
I was more than pleasantly surprised with the results, though! I used just a little bit and started at the ends, working up toward the roots. Then I scrunched it up to boost the curls and off I went to work. It’s so smooth and silky now! I’m psyched! Yet another great use for one of your amazing products! Thanks so much! Suzanne, Massachusetts
I just wanted to tell you I love the whipped shea vanilla bean! It's very moisturizing without being greasy and I love the scent. To me it smells like a yummy vanilla cocoa butter! I just wished I had ordered the full size instead of the trial size. I will be getting the bigger one next time for sure! I also wanted to tell you my husband loves your shampoo bars, he hasn't used regular shampoo in many months. Keep up the great work! Joy, Oregon
Wow a company that actually listens to its patrons you guys are the greatest. This stuff is incredible. The vanilla scent is sooooooo delicious. I rub it on my arms that aren't even dry just so I can keep sniffing it. And talk about ending dry skin, I have never used anything this good. I thought it was going to be greasy because its seems kind of heavy. But it just melts right into my skin. I think you should change the name to Vanilla Skin Frosting. YUM! Caroline, California
Hey Ida! I really love the new Vanilla shea butter. My skin is very sensitive and I cannot use any essential oils and it is so nice to be able to use a fragranced product that has no added fragrance (if you know what I mean). I would like to know if you can make the vanilla scent a bit stronger. I know that you use a great unrefined shea butter, but the shea butter scent is overpowering to the subtle vanilla. If you can't I understand and I will still buy it. Thank you for your great products that have saved my skin. Lindsey, New York
Ida's note: Thank you, Lindsey, for your feedback! Our Vanilla Bean Whipped Shea is now infused with more Vanilla Beans! The rich scent of pure unrefined virgin shea is one of the reasons why so many skin care companies use refined shea butter in their products. Unfortunately, the wonderful properties of shea butter are lost in the refining process. Read our Shea Butter Tutorial