Bath & Body Oil: Sore Muscle
Bath & Body Oil: Sore Muscle
Don’t let mind and body fatigue slow you down. Nourishing oils soften your skin while aromatherapeutic essential oils energize your spirit, soothe achy joints and muscles, and help relieve stuffiness from summer allergies and dry winter air.
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Don’t let fatigue or sore muscles slow you down. Step into an energizing aromatherapeutic experience.
Our organic body oil is formulated with a blend of nourishing plant oils infused with skin-loving organic botanicals and a crisp, stimulating scent that helps promote deep breathing to clear your mind and reawaken your mind and body when you are feeling run down.
A warm bath has long been known as a helpful tool for people who lead active lives but whether you add the oil to your warm bath or massage it directly on your skin, the synergistic blend of essential oils will stimulate to awaken and revitalize senses, energize to help relieve exhaustion and mind and body fatigue, invigorate to help enhance focus during the day, soothe sore overworked muscles and joints and help ease stuffiness from summer allergies, dry winter air, or mild congestion.
- Nutrient-rich Organic Sunflower Seed Oil is an easily absorbed, light, and highly moisturizing oil that helps soothe irritated skin conditions, promotes smoother skin, and is good for all skin types.
- A rich source of fatty acids, Organic Unrefined Evening Primrose Oil is a soothing, moisturizing, and nourishing oil, especially for a massage that helps ease irritated skin conditions like eczema and is exceptional for dry, aging skin.
- One of nature's most effective natural moisturizers, Organic Jojoba Oil is a natural liquid wax with a chemical structure similar to that of our natural skin oil and is a good choice for all skin types. Its anti-inflammatory properties help ease irritated skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
- Moisturizing Organic Unrefined Sweet Almond Oil, a soothing, lightweight oil, is easily absorbed leaving the skin soft and smooth. This slippery oil is popular for massage since it allows hands to glide easily over the skin.
Each of the infused organic botanicals adds its own unique properties to this relaxing oil. For more information on each botanical, click on the name in the ingredients list!
- Aromatherapy: The woodsy, clean scent of Juniper has a calming effect, lifts the spirit, helps relieve anxiety, nervous tension, and mental fatigue. It has a warming effect that may help ease the discomfort of muscle and joint pain. Skin Care: Juniper a mild astringent with skin toning properties, is useful for acne and oily skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties may help ease symptoms of irritated skin conditions.
- Aromatherapy: Spearmint essential oil helps alleviate fatigue, headaches, migraines, and nervousness. The fresh, restorative fragrance helps to lift your spirits, comfort emotional stress and induce positive feelings and thoughts. Skin Care:Spearmint helps cleanse and close pores and tighten skin. It controls oil production but is gentle enough to use for combination skin. Its cooling properties can help soothe aching muscles and joints.
- Aromatherapy: Rosemary essential oil can be both energizing and relaxing. The scent of rosemary is associated with feelings of contentment which can help reduce stress levels and nervous tension, eliminate negative moods and clear the mind. Skin Care:Rosemary helps balance oily or problem skin and soothe dry skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties make it helpful for irritated skin conditions. Its soothing and pain-relieving properties can help alleviate aches and pains from sore muscles and joints.
- Aromatherapy: Lime helps stimulate positive energy and promote feelings of joy and happiness. Skin Care: Great skin tonics, citrus oils like Lime, stimulate microcirculation, balance skin oil production, and are wonderful for dull skin.
- Aromatherapy: Warming Ginger increases circulation and may be helpful for inflammatory conditions such as joint pain. The spicy, stimulating aroma helps sharpen the senses, reduce drowsiness, and ease feelings of stress, sadness, anxiety, irritability, and fatigue. Skin Care: Ginger essential oil, a warming stimulating oil, increases circulation to help brighten a dull complexion and soothe irritated skin.
- Aromatherapy: The fresh, camphoraceous scent of Eucalyptus awakens the senses, decreases mental fatigue, eases stress, and has a soothing and calming effect on the whole body. It can also help ease stuffiness from colds or allergies. Skin Care:There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that the antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of Eucalyptus can decrease acne-causing bacteria to help to reduce the frequency of outbreaks and soothe irritated skin conditions.
Each of the infused organic botanicals adds its own unique properties to this invigorating oil. For more information on each botanical, click on the name in the ingredients list!
Use this energizing natural organic body oil as a bath oil, an all-over body massage, or an after-shower moisturizer.
- All Natural, Certified Organic, Vegan, Cruelty-Free, Non-GMO
- Moisturize and nourish skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth and radiant
- Energize your spirit
- Soothe sore muscles and joints
- Help relieve mind and body fatigue
- Help relieve stuffiness from summer allergies and dry winter air
- Use as a spot treatment by gently rubbing into sore muscles or joints
For a moisturizing after-shower treat, add a sprayer available on our Accessories page!
How To Use
Skin nourishing and aromatic oils help soothe achy muscles, stimulate circulation, open respiratory passages, promote relaxation, and pamper your skin.
Simply put, a body oil is an oil used to soothe, nourish, and hydrate the skin on the body. But as you read more about how to use it, you will realize that a natural body oil is one the most versatile products you can include in your skin care arsenal.
As a Bath Oil
For a skin-softening fragrant bathing experience you can make any bath time feel like a day at the spa by adding a bath oil to your warm bath. Soaking in warm water helps make the skin more pliable and opens the pores by loosening the dirt and debris which is easily washed away.
A warm water bath also helps skin better absorb moisture, helps relax your body and mind, ease stress, calm the soul, balance emotions, arouse your senses, relieve fatigue and soothe sore muscles.
Bathtub sizes vary, but we usually recommend adding 1 to 2 tablespoon of oil to warm bath water. Then slide into the tub, relax and allow the oils work their magic. Be careful because the oils can make the bath slippery.
Some suggestions from our bath-loving customers and family:
- Add the oils while water is still running in order to distribute the product more evenly.
- Run the bath first and add the oil to the still water, creating a little puddle of aromatic oil to slide into. You can then rub some bath oil into your skin.
- Rather than placing the oil in the tub, pour a bit into your hands and massage it gently onto the skin before getting into the tub. Focus on areas that may need extra care, such as dry elbows and knees.
- If using an aromatherapy bath oil be sure to take some deep breaths in order to reap the benefits from the essential oils.
- After a bath remember to pat (not rub) the skin dry.
A bath before bed is one of most effective ways to slow down your mind and unwind. Soaking in warm scented water helps muscles release tension. When you step out of your oil-infused bath, you will notice a difference in your skin, your body and your mind. If your skin is very dry or irritated, pat your skin dry a bit and follow up your bath with a light massage of oil on damp skin.
For The Shower
No time to bathe or don't have a bath tub? No worries! A body oil can be used before your shower, in your shower, or after your shower. Always be cautious of slippery shower tubs!
Before the Shower: If you suffer from very dry or irritated skin, pour a bit of oil into your hands and massage it gently into the skin. Allow it to sink in a minute or two before stepping into the shower. Focus on areas that may need extra care, such as dry elbows and knees. Cleanse your body as normal.
The oil creates a barrier between your skin, the water, and the soap to help mitigate some of the moisture loss. If using an aromatherapy oil, cup your hands, bring them close to your face and take a deep breath in and out before stepping into the shower. If desired you can follow up with a bit of oil after your shower.
In the Shower: Apply the body oil right in the shower as the last step in your routine. For ease of use, I suggest placing some bath oil into a spray or squirt bottle. After cleansing your skin, squirt a bit of oil into your hands or spray it directly on your body. Massage it gently into the skin. Allow the oil to sink in a minute or two. You can then give your body a quick rinse or just step out of the shower. Pat skin dry.
After the Shower: One of the most common and highly recommended ways to use a body oil (or any moisturizer) is to apply it immediately after a shower or bath. Since our skin absorbs some water during a shower, it is important to take advantage of the small window of opportunity after cleansing, about 15 minutes, to seal that moisture into the skin.
Simply put a few drops in the palm of your hand (a little goes a long way), rub your hands together to warm the oil, and massage it into your warm, damp skin. Allow a minute for the oils to penetrate. Gently pat skin dry so as not to rub off the moisturizing oils.
As a Body Oil
Technically all of the methods discussed in this blog are ways to use a natural oil on your body. While typically the best time to apply body oil is when the skin is warm and slightly damp, you can apply body oil at any time of the day to add a targeted boost of hydration to the skin whenever needed.
Give those extra dry places, like dry elbow, heels, and knees a bit of extra TLC by massaging in a few drops of body oil on dried skin.
When applying body oil to dried skin, some people like to mist skin with a bit of warm water and then apply the oil. You can also moisten your hands.
As a Massage Oil
I cannot say enough about the benefits of massage. Massage can boost circulation, ease away tension, and works wonders on sore or tired muscles. If using an aromatherapy body oil you will experience the benefits of both topical and inhalation aromatherapy.
Whether you are massaging yourself or someone else, pour a small amount of oil into clean hands and allow it to warm up between your palms. You can also place the bottle in some warm water before dispensing.
Massage into skin using long, slow, gentle movements in circular pattern. Take a few deep breaths as you apply the oils and feel the tension slip away.
A warm massage oil feels amazing.
- a warm massage oil containing essential oils will have an increased rate of penetration of those oils most likely due to the increased blood flow caused by an increase in temperature
- massaging the area where the oil is to be applied can boost circulation and increase absorption
Even More Ways To Use a Bath & Body Oil
- Apply body oil before you shave anywhere. It protects the skin against razor burn and allows for a closer, smoother shave.
- Use a moisturizer after you shave.
- If using body oils scented with pure essential oils, take advantage of their aromatherapeutic healing powers. Special blends can ease stress, relieve headache, help with mind and body fatigue and much more. Rub a drop of aromatherapeutic oil on your temples, neck or other pulse points. Place some on your wrist to use as a "sniffing" spot.
- Use a few drops to revive and smooth dry or frizzy hair.
When using in bath or shower, always take care as your bath may become slippery.
If you have very sensitive skin or are simply trying a new product for the first time, we always recommend doing a patch test.
For external use only. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Best if used within 6 months of opening.
Effective, Feel Good Ingredients
The goal is simple: to Harness the Power & Simplicity of Nature® to cleanse, soothe, heal, and protect your skin and hair!
Our unique formulas rely on moisturizing oils and butters, healing botanicals, and pure essential oils. We choose every ingredient with one end-result in mind….the BEST possible natural skin care for YOU!
Organic Ginger Essential Oil
Organic Juniper Berry Essential Oil
Organic Sunflower Oil infused with Organic Botanicals Rosemary, Devil’s Claw, Juniper Berries, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, and Thyme
Frequently Asked Questions
What are essential oils?
What Are Pure Essential Oils?
Have you ever enjoyed the scent of a fragrant flower or herb? The fragrance comes from potent, aromatic compounds called essential oils found in the flowers, stems, seeds, bark, roots, fruits, and other parts of plants. It often requires several pounds of a plant to produce a single bottle of essential oil.
Essential oils not only give plants their unique scents but also help lure plant pollinators and protect plants from insects and other predators.
The chemical composition of essential oils may provide valuable psychological and physical aromatherapeutic benefits for some people.
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 will provide any aromatherapeutic benefits.
What Are Essential Oils (Much more detail)
If you are pregnant or under a doctor's care for any medical condition, please consult your healthcare provider before using essential oils.
Pregnancy & Children: We do not provide information on the safety of essential oils during Pregnancy or for use in Children because the available information is very ambiguous and often contradictory. If you’re interested in using essential oils during pregnancy or with young children please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional before use.
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Are Chagrin Valley Ingredients & Products USDA Certified Organic?
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.
Some of my favorite products are made with ingredients that just do not exist as certified organic. Why? At this time there are no standards created for ingredients specifically used in the personal care product industry. Organic certification of personal care products is based on the organic food standards set by the National Organic Program of the USDA.
But since we are a certified organic company, we are required to submit documentation that even our "non-organic ingredients" were produced without the use of toxic pesticides, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), sewage sludge, or irradiation.
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Do Your Natural Soap And Shampoo Bars Have An Expiration Date?
The Short Answer
Yes And No!
Although handmade natural 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 small natural soap 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, old clean sock, 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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Are Chagrin Valley Natural Skincare Products Vegan?
Are Your Products Vegan?
All of our products are made with simple, natural, and organic ingredients. They are never tested on animals (except our human volunteers). We are certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny!
However, not all of our products are vegan because some are made with goat milk, yogurt, honey, eggs, or beeswax.
Our soaps and body care products contain no animal fats; we use a vegan base of natural plant oils and butters.
At Chagrin Valley Soap, we provide a full list of ingredients for each of our products. In this way, you can make an informed choice about a product that is right for your lifestyle.
Look for the symbol (shown on the right) on our packaging and on the product pages of our website to indicate vegan products.
Please check out this page for a list of our vegan products.
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Are Your Products and Ingredients Cruelty Free?
All of Chagrin Valley's natural soap, shampoo bars, and personal care products are 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 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 ingredients 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 . . .
- 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!
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