Facial Cleansing Scrub: Citrus & Sugar
Facial Cleansing Scrub: Citrus & Sugar

Facial Scrub: Citrus & Sugar Cleansing Facial Scrub

Nourishing oils whipped with organic sugar and organic aloe soap create a facial cleansing cream, moisturizer, and sugar scrub in one great product.

Product Overview

When we created this awesome all-in-one facial cleansing cream and scrub, facial cleansers containing plastic microbeads were the craze. Besides their heavy toll on our planet, plastic microbeads would scratch the skin causing tiny abrasions that damaged the skin's surface. In 2010, we created our cleansing scrubs because we knew there had to be a better way to cleanse and exfoliate in one easy step.

Once the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015 prohibited cosmetics from containing plastic microbeads, many companies switched from plastic to other more natural exfoliants like ground nuts, ground nut shells, ground fruit pits, seeds, and salt (think walnut shells and apricot seeds). The problem is that salt and pulverized shells etc. have sharp edges that can still tear delicate facial skin. 

We chose sugar since its granules exfoliate the skin, but unlike ground shells and seeds, the sugar naturally dissolves during use, creating gentle polish that sloughs away dead cells for a more radiant complexion.

Our exfoliating cleansing scrub contains nourishing plant oils and butters whipped with organic, fair trade fine-grain organic cane sugar and a touch of our Organic Aloe Soap to create a natural, organic facial cleansing cream and sugar scrub in one great product.

  • Exfoliates dead skin and stimulates circulation
  • Sugar brightens tired, dull-looking skin
  • Removing dead skin cells allows natural oils to penetrate and moisturize better
  • Hydrates, while gently cleansing
  • Evening Primrose Oil and Virgin Shea Butter are excellent for dry, aging or irritated skin
  • Skin will feel smooth, soft, and moisturized

We often recommend this scrub for acne-prone skin.

  • The organic citrus essential blend helps balance skin oil production
  • Fine grains of sugar gently exfoliate the skin (do NOT rub vigorously)
  • Our aloe soap is good for oily complexions

The essential oil blend helps balance skin oil production and the light lemony aroma is clean and refreshing.

Sugar scrubs exfoliate in two ways: the physical "scrubbiness" of the sugar plus the chemical composition of the sugar's AHAs (Alpha hydroxy acids). AHAs loosen the glue-like substances that hold surface skin cells to each other, allowing the dead cells to slough off more easily.

How To Use

An exfoliating facial cleanser removes dead skin cells and other grime from the skin’s surface. If left unchecked, pollutants can build up on your skin’s surface, dulling your complexion and clogging pores which not only leads to breakouts, but also interferes with the absorption of moisturizing skin care products. 

Exfoliating the top layer of dead skin cells triggers the skin’s natural renewal process, revitalizes your complexion, and helps skin look more radiant and healthy.


  • Use several times a week in place of regular soap (start slowly and gradually increase if desired)
  • Wet face thoroughly with warm water
  • Using a small amount, massage your face in gentle, wide, circular upstrokes with fingertips
  • Add more water to fingertips
  • Massage again creating a fine creamy lather
  • Allow moisturizing scrub to sit on skin for a minute or two for deeper hydration
  • Rinse with warm water and pat dry

Be extra careful when using scrubs on facial acne. Massage gently and do NOT scrub the product into the facial skin. Although it seems like vigorous scrubbing would keep the pores unclogged thereby decreasing blackheads and pimples, the blockages that cause blemishes often occur deeper in the follicle, and excess surface scrubbing will simply irritate the skin. 

This is a preservative-free product! To extend shelf-life . . .

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!

Featured Ingredients

Organic Cane Sugar (Fair Trade)
Organic Cane Sugar*
Organic Mango Butter
Organic Mango Butter
Organic Evening Primrose Oil
Organic Evening Primrose Oil
All Ingredients:
Organic Palm Oil (Sustainable)
Organic Cane Sugar*
Organic Evening Primrose Oil
Organic Mango Butter
Organic Virgin Shea Butter*
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil*
Organic Jojoba Oil
Organic Lemon Essential Oil
Organic Bergamot Essential Oil
Organic Lavender Essential Oil
Organic Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Organic Rosemary Oil Extract (ROE)

All of our sugars are organic, fair trade, and vegan (bone-char free).

*Ingredient is Fair Trade Certified

The ingredients above are blended with our Organic Aloe Soap, which is USDA Certified "Made with Organic Ingredients" by OEFFA

Ingredients in Aloe Soap: Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil; Organic Coconut Oil*; Organic Castor Oil; Organic Aloe Vera; Sodium Hydroxide^; Water; Organic Essential Oils Of Lemon, Bergamot, Lavender, Eucalyptus; Organic Parsley; Organic Cornstarch; Organic Rosemary Oil Extract

^Used in the saponification process to turn oil into soap. None remains in the finished product.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are Chagrin Valley Ingredients & Products USDA Certified Organic?

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic Company

Certified Organic Skin Care

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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Why Did We Become a Certified Organic Company?

What Do All of the Organic Labels Mean?

Organic Soap Labeling

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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.

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What Are Essential Oils (Much more detail)

How Essential Oils Are Extracted

Why We Use Only Real Plant Essential Oils?

What is Aromatherapy?

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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I Have Allergies What Natural Skincare Products Are Safe For Me?

Help! I Have Allergies

Trying to choose the right natural soaps or skincare products can be a bit overwhelming especially when you have allergies and/or skin sensitivities.

Since we proudly list every ingredient in all of our products, reading the ingredient list will help to eliminate ingredients that may cause you problems.

We always recommend doing a patch test before using any new products especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies.

We receive so many emails asking for help with allergies, we created categories in our “Help Me Choose” section to provide information for those with allergies or sensitivities to nuts, coconut, shea butter and gluten.

Check out our help me choose pages!!

If you are allergic or sensitive to any of the ingredients in our products, they may cause skin irritation. Even natural ingredients may cause sensitivities.

People with severe allergies--please note: If you have severe anaphylactic-type reactions to ANY of the ingredients in ANY of our products, please do not buy our products. We have dedicated soap rooms and product rooms that are kept meticulously clean, but we cannot guarantee against possible cross-contamination of individual ingredients.

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Is There an Expiration Date On My Natural Skincare Product?

Product Expiration Dates

Natural Organic Skin Care ProductsWe hand make all of our own products in small batches to ensure freshness, consistency, and perfection.

Our products are not made to sit on store shelves for years and years.

Although there are natural preservatives within the chemical structure of many natural ingredients, they not as potent as the synthetic preservatives used in commercial products to prolong shelf-life.

Other than soap, our products are remade every few weeks and none are very old when they are sold. Our non-soap products should be opened within 6 months of purchase.

Since we use no preservatives or chemical stabilizers, the more important question is, "how long will the product last once it has been opened?

Once opened, skin care products become exposed to dirt and microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts, and molds) that are found in the air and on the skin.

As soon as you open and begin to use any product, simply the way in which you use it will affect its lifespan.

So, we use the PAO (period-after-opening) symbol. These symbols are already available on the product pages of our website and we are in the process of adding them to all of our labels.

The POA symbol is a standard symbol that identifies the useful lifetime of a skin care product after it has been opened for the first time.

Natural Skin Care Use within 9 months after opening logoAs you can see from the picture, the symbol is an open jar with a written number and the letter "M" for the word "months."

A product with a "9M" would mean that it is good for 9 months after opening.

Tip: write the date you open a product for the first time on its label so you can keep track of the period after opening.

Our POA number represents our best suggestion. There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of a product. If a product is discolored, has an unpleasant smell or looks odd, the product should not be used and should be discarded.

  • Each time you place your warm fingers into a tin or jar, you melt some of the butter which can change the consistency of the product.
  • Fingers also introduce bacteria and other contaminants into the product.
  • If a product has not been stored properly, for example, if the lid has been left off for long periods of time, the product may ‘go off’ before the period after opening has passed.
  • As scented products age, some of the natural essential oil scent may be lost. Pure essential oils just do not have the staying power of synthetic fragrance oils.
  • Over time, natural colors may also fade.

If you’re like me, and you find an old dusty product hiding in a drawer, makeup bag, or even a suitcase from your last trip, you can call us with the lot number and we can verify its age. Obviously, if it seems off in any way, toss it!

Please note: This PAO symbol is widely used in Europe to recommend the length of time a product remains usable after opening, for products that have a shelf-life of at least 30 months. Our products do NOT have a shelf-life of 30 months before opening.

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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.

 Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve has been Leaping Bunny Certified since 2013. 

Natural Organic Skin Care Cruelty-Free Leaping Bunny LogoThe 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 agreement 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 any of the 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 that are renewed on an annual basis.

This annual renewal is a key requirement that sets the Leaping Bunny Program apart from other cruelty-free certification programs. Companies that manufacture products, as well as their ingredient suppliers, must annually recommit to upholding their promise to not conduct animal testing on any finished products, ingredients, or formulations.

Why is this annual commitment renewal important? "Because product formulations change, suppliers come and go, and manufacturers develop innovative lines to meet consumer needs. But we know that compassionate consumers need to be confident that no animal testing is involved in the products they use."

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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