Salve: Goldenseal & Myrrh
Salve: Goldenseal & Myrrh
Salve: Goldenseal & Myrrh
Salve: Goldenseal & Myrrh

Salve: Goldenseal & Myrrh

Organic, biodynamic herbs, organic olive oil and beeswax, and organic tea tree oil help create this natural healing antiseptic ointment.

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Product Overview
Best Uses:
  • Healing antiseptic ointment
  • Minor cuts
  • Fungal and bacterial infections
  • Minor burns
  • Contains Tea Tree oil - - known as the "first aid kit in a bottle"

This organic salve harnesses the healing powers of goldenseal root, myrrh and other biodynamic plants. By allowing these plants to slowly infuse in oil, we are able to extract many of their healing properties and incorporate them into our natural antiseptic ointment. Made with only organic herbs, organic extra virgin olive oil and beeswax, our salve contains no petrolatum or other petroleum-based ingredients.


Why these herbs?

Goldenseal roots and leaves contain the chemical berberine which has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties make it useful in the treatment of inflammatory or irritated skin disorders. Goldenseal salve is great for just about any skin issue from minor cuts and scrapes to chapped or rough skin. 

Myrrh is a dried sap-like substance (gum-resin) extracted from the bark of a number of small, shrub-like, thorny trees native to northeastern Africa and southwest Asia. Myrrh has been used as a cleansing and purifying agent for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Today, because of its antiseptic, disinfectant, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, myrrh is used topically for cuts, scrapes, scratches, abrasions, minor wounds and may help fungal infections such as athlete's foot. 

Echinacea is known for its herbal, antibiotic, antibacterial, and healing properties, Native Americans have used echinacea as a topical medicine for centuries to treat infections and heal wounds, insect stings, and snake bites. Its skin soothing and healing properties make it great for people with irritated skin conditions such as eczema by decreasing skin inflammation and redness which helps ease the discomfort.

Black Walnut, one of the best-known remedies for fungal infections, has long been valued in folk medicine for its healing qualities. The leaf is rich in astringent compounds called tannins. Tannins tighten and constrict tissues which aid in controlling inflammation as well as healing, treating, and easing itching from eczema, allergic rashes, and athlete's foot.

Also contains Tea Tree Oil - - known as the "first aid kit in a bottle." Tea tree helps treat minor burns, acne, cuts, eczema, and fungal and bacterial infections

For More Information read: How To Choose A Salve

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


New Packaging

We are introducing a colorful, fresh, new look. For over a year we have been working on a packaging re-design that truly represents how we feel about our magnificent products. We are super excited to finally share it with you on this product.

The packaging change will occur very gradually in the coming months (we don’t like to waste). During this transition there will be a mix of current and new packaging in your order and on store shelves. We hope you enjoy our new look!


Looking for a different healing salve? We've got you covered. 

How To Use

Directions: Apply liberally to the affected area as often as needed. Within minutes bring the healing qualities of herbs directly to your skin.

 

We handcraft our Herbal Salves in small batches using organic oils, organic botanicals, and organic essential oils to ensure the highest quality and freshness. As a result, our organic salves have a natural shelf life. There are steps you can take to preserve the freshness of your salve.

  • To prevent contamination use clean hands for application, avoid introducing moisture to the salve, and always keep the lid closed between uses.
  • To ensure the best efficacy, our salves should be used within 6 months after opening. 
  • Always keep the salve in a temperature-stable environment.

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!

Featured Ingredients

Organic Myrrh
Organic Myrrh
Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
Organic Echinacea Root
Organic Echinacea Root
All Ingredients:
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Organic Beeswax
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Organic Echinacea Root
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Organic Goldenseal Leaf
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Organic Calendula
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Organic Eucalyptus
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Organic Myrrh
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Organic Black Walnut Leaf
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Organic Goldenseal Root
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Organic Tea Tree Essential Oil
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Organic Lavender Essential Oil
,
Organic Rosemary Oil Extract (ROE)

Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil infused with Organic Botanicals Goldenseal Root, Echinacea Root, Black Walnut Leaf, Calendula, Goldenseal Leaf, Eucalyptus and Myrrh

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Choose A Salve

Help Me Choose An Herbal Salve

What Is a Salve?

 

A salve is a topical ointment used to nourish dry skin and soothe and help heal minor irritations. It is semi-solid at room temperature but softens once applied to the skin.

Breathe Easy Organic SalveChagrin Valley salves are made with USDA Certified Organic ingredients. There are no artificial ingredients, no petroleum products, no synthetic preservatives or emulsifiers, and no synthetic fragrances. Organic herbal salves work because they rely on the medicinal properties of nature.

The magical part of our salve comes from the healing oils and/or the herbal infused oils we use to make them.

As a skincare company we are not trying to treat medical conditions, the best we can hope for is to help ease some of the symptoms associated with them. Our recommendations are based on customer experience--not everything works for everyone and what works well for one person might be ineffective for someone else.

If you have sensitive skin or are new to salves we recommend a patch test before general use.

Chagrin Valley organic salves are combinations of healing herbs, botanicals, and therapeutic soothing oils. Some salves contain pure essential oils for their healing and/or aromatherapeutic properties.

We use our organic salves externally for minor skin irritations, insect bites, cuts, abrasions, healing scars, muscle and joint pain, stuffiness, chest congestion, stress relief, and more.

Although it is not a salve, we have included our Healing Herbs Oil in this section. It is basically a salve without the beeswax.


All Purpose Healing Salves

Calendula Salve

Calendula salve is a super soothing organic salve contains the healing herbs of Calendula, Chamomile, and Lavender.

Sea Buckthorn Salve

Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil Cream SalveSea Buckthorn Rosehips Salve is an organic salve, made with antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological Sea Buckthorn, oil helps encourage tissue regeneration.

Healing Herbs Oil

Healing Herbs Oil is a combination of two incredible oils that promote healing The oils plus the infused healing botanicals are highly emollient, chocked full of antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties.


Salves for Rashes

Tamanu Salve

Natural Organic Unrefined Healing Tamanu OilTamanu Oil Salve uses the healing powers of Tamanu Oil that were discovered thousands of years ago when native Polynesians learned how to extract the thick green oil from the tamanu nut and called it a “sacred” gift of nature.

Chickweed Salve

Chickweed Salve is a great organic salve for itchy skin containing the healing herbs of Chickweed and Plantain.

Best Uses:

  • Relieves itching**
  • Soothe and calm itchy, inflamed and irritated skin conditions
  • Helps dry skin and healing skin
  • First aid for relief from insect bites and stings

**Salves and ointments should not be used on open or weeping skin with Poison Ivy or Poison Oak. The irritating oil (urushiol) in Poison Ivy and Poison Oak can be spread by oil based products.

Once the area has dried, salves can be used to aid healing or relieve itching.


Salve for Itching & Bug Bites

Chickweed Salve

Natural Chickweed Anti-itch SalveChickweed Salve is a great organic salve for itchy skin containing the healing herbs of Chickweed and Plantain.

    **Salves and ointments should not be used on open or weeping skin with Poison Ivy or Poison Oak. The irritating oil (urushiol) in Poison Ivyand Poison Oak can be spread by oil based products.

    Once the area has dried, salves can be used to aid healing or relieve itching.


    Antibacterial, Antifungal Salve

    Goldenseal & Myrrh Salve

    Goldenseal and Myrrh Salve uses the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties of lavender, goldenseal and myrrh to aid the healing process


    Salves for Minor Burns

    St. Johns Wort Salve

    St. John's Wort Salve is a rich organic salve, containing the healing and soothing herbs of St John's Wort, Calendula, Chickweed, and Plantain, to help dry and damaged skin. Ida developed this salve to use during her radiation treatments for breast cancer.

    Organic Healing Herbs Oil

    Sea Buckthorn Salve

    Sea Buckthorn Rosehips Salve is an organic salve, made with antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological Sea Buckthorn, oil helps encourage tissue regeneration.

    Tamanu Oil Salve

    Tamanu Oil Salve uses the healing powers of Tamanu Oil that were discovered thousands of years ago when native Polynesians learned how to extract the thick green oil from the tamanu nut and called it a “sacred” gift of nature.

    Healing Herbs Oil

    Healing Herbs Oil is a combination of two incredible oils that promote healing The oils plus the infused healing botanicals are highly emollient, chocked full of antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties.


      Salves for Rosacea

      Sea Buckthorn Salve

      Sea Buckthorn Rosehips Salve is an organic salve, made with antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbiological Sea Buckthorn, oil helps encourage tissue regeneration.

      Healing Herbs Oil

      Healing Herbs Oil is a combination of two incredible oils that promote healing. The oils plus the infused healing botanicals are highly emollient, chocked full of antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties.

        See more products for Rosacea


        Salves for Scars

        Tamanu Oil Salve

        Tamanu Oil Salve uses the healing powers of Tamanu Oil that were discovered thousands of years ago when native Polynesians learned how to extract the thick green oil from the tamanu nut and called it a “sacred” gift of nature.

          If using Tamanu for fresh surgical scars please check with your healthcare provider.

          Sea Buckthorn Salve

          Sea Buckthorn Rosehips Salve is an organic salve, made with antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological Sea Buckthorn, oil helps encourage tissue regeneration.

          Healing Herbs Oil

          Healing Herbs Oil is a combination of two incredible oils that promote healing The oils plus the infused healing botanicals are highly emollient, chocked full of antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory properties.


            Salves for Eczema & Psoriasis

            Tamanu Oil Salve

            Tamanu Oil Salve uses the healing powers of Tamanu Oil that were discovered thousands of years ago. Over the years, it oil has been recommended for various skin issues such as eczema, acne, psoriasis, burns and dried cracked skin.

              Organic Calendula Salve Cream

              Sea Buckthorn Salve

              Sea Buckthorn Rosehips Salve is an organic salve, made with antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological Sea Buckthorn, oil helps encourage tissue regeneration. 

              Calendula Salve

              Calendula salve is a super soothing organic salve contains the healing herbs of Calendula, Chamomile, and Lavender.

              See more products for Eczema & Psoriasis


              Salves for Muscle & Joint Pain

              Warming Muscle Salve

              Cayenne Pepper Muscle SalveWarming Muscle Salve is a penetrating organic salve made with pain relieving arnica, healing St. John’s wort and warming cayenne pepper.

              Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, a natural anti-inflammatory that blocks a neurotransmitter that transmits pain signals from the nerves to the central nervous system.

              When choosing which sore muscle salve to use, Warming Cayenne or Cooling Menthol, it is simply trial and error. The best question to ask yourself is... what helps alleviate your pain better, heat or cold.

                When choosing which sore muscle salve is best for you, Warming Muscle with cayenne or Cooling Menthol, the best question to ask yourself is... what helps alleviate your pain better, Heat or Cold.

                 

                Cool Menthol Salve

                Cool Menthol Salve is a great multipurpose organic salve that may help with heavy congestion, aching muscles and joints or mind and body fatigue. Menthol stimulates cold sense receptors in the skin and nose causing a cooling sensation when applied topically or inhaled.

                  Also try these organic products!

                  Sore Muscle Congestion Blend Bath Salt

                  Sore Muscle Congestion Blend Bath & Massage Oil

                  Sore Muscle Warming Lotion Body Candle


                  Salves for Cold, Sinus, Congestion & Energize

                  Breathe Easy Salve

                  Eucalyptus Congestion SalveBreathe Easy Salve has carefully selected organic essential oils that provide aromatherapy for stuffiness from dry heat, colds or allergies.

                  Cool Menthol Salve

                  Cool Menthol Salve is a great multipurpose organic salve that may help with heavy congestion, aching muscles and joints or mind and body fatigue. Menthol stimulates cold sense receptors in the skin and nose causing a cooling sensation when applied topically or inhaled.

                    Also try these organic products!

                    Breathe Easy Shower Mist

                    Breathe Easy Aromatherapy Essential Oil Roll On

                    Congestion Relief Bath & Facial Tea

                    Sore Muscle Congestion Blend Bath Salt

                    Sore Muscle Congestion Blend Bath & Massage Oil


                    Salve for Tattoo Care

                    Calendula Salve

                    Calendula salve is a super soothing organic salve contains the healing herbs of Calendula, Chamomile, and Lavender.


                    Salves for Cuts & Scrapes

                    Goldenseal & Myrrh Salve

                    Goldenseal & Myrrh Salve uses the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties of lavender, goldenseal and myrrh to aid the healing process


                      Sea Buckthorn Salve

                      Sea Buckthorn Rosehips Salve is an organic salve, made with antioxidant rich, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbiological Sea Buckthorn, oil helps encourage tissue regeneration.


                        Baby Me! Baby Bum Salve

                        Baby Me! Baby Bum Salve gentle healing herbs, antifungal wildharvested myrrh, and anti-inflammatory evening primrose oil provide effective gentle protection and help soothe and calm baby's sensitive skin.


                          Salve for Relaxation

                          Sweet Dreams Salve

                          Sweet Dream Relaxation LavenderSweet Dreams Salve is an organic salve with tranquil organic aromatherapy and an infusion of comforting herbs to soothe your nerves and calm your thoughts. 

                          Here are a few more organic products that help promote relaxation:

                          Tranquil Spirit Aromatherapy Essential Oil Roll On

                          Lavender Rosemary Shower Mist

                          Tranquil Spirit Bath Salt

                          Sweet Dreams Stress Relief Bath Tea

                          Tranquil Spirit Bath & Massage Oil


                          Salve for Diaper Rash & Cradle Cap


                          Baby Me! Baby Bum Salve

                          Natural Organic Myrrh Baby SalveBaby Me! Baby Bum Salve gentle healing herbs, antifungal wildharvested myrrh, and anti-inflammatory evening primrose oil provide effective gentle protection and help soothe and calm baby's sensitive skin.

                          Best For:

                          • Our "go-to" salve to help with diaper rash
                          • Cloth diaper safe
                          • May help with cradle cap
                          • Great for minor cuts and scrapes

                          Also try our organic Baby Me! Baby Body Balm

                          Discover More Read Help Me Choose Organic Baby Skin Care

                          See our whole line of Organic Baby Skin Care Products


                          Salve for Sore Nipples 

                          Nipple Balm Salve

                          Nipple Balm Salve is a safe, soothing organic breastfeeding balm for mom. The skin on your nipples is very sensitive and the early days of breastfeeding can sometimes mean sore, chapped or cracked nipples.

                          Also great for runner's (jogger's) nipples. Both women and men can experience sore or uncomfortable nipples due to chafing or repetitive friction from contact between skin and clothing, especially during prolonged periods of exercise. Nipple salve can be applied before exercising to help decrease friction and after to help soothe irritation. 


                            Salve for Dry Cracked Feet

                            Minty Feet Salve

                            Minty Feet Salve rejuvenates sore, tired, dry feet and helps soothe and help heal dry, rough, cracked heels and feet.

                            Other Organic Foot Products to try:

                            Coconut Lime Hand & Foot Polish

                            Salts & Herbs Foot Soak

                            Fresh Feet Foot Powder

                            Loofah Pumice Foot Soap

                             

                            *Statements concerning the use and effectiveness of our salves have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


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                            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.

                            View related natural skin care blogs

                            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.

                            View related natural skin care blogs

                            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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                            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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                            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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                            Do Chagrin Valley Natural Skincare Products Contain GMO's?
                            Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve is a USDA Certified Organic company.

                            We are required to submit documentation that ALL of our ingredients, even our "non-organic ingredients," were produced without the use GMOs.

                            Since the U.S. National Organics Program forbids the use of genetic modification in products to be certified as organic, purchasing organic is a great way to lower your exposure to GMO’s.

                            Genetically Modified Organisms refers to any animal, plant or microorganism that has been changed in a lab at the gene level. It is also known as “genetic engineering."

                            Read more about "Non-GMO Skin Care Ingredients"


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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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                            Can I Use Your Natural Skincare Products While Pregnant or Nursing?

                            Natural Organic Skin Care for Babies & InfantsWe often receive questions as to whether our soaps, shampoos, and other natural products are safe to use during pregnancy.

                            We recommend that expectant and nursing mothers check with their midwife or physician before changing a skincare routine with our organic products, or any other line of products.

                            Read the label on a bar of commercial soap. Read the label on your jar of moisturizer.

                            Now read the ingredients in a Chagrin Valley product.

                            We use quality natural and USDA Certified Organic ingredients. No synthetic additives, colorants, fragrances, preservatives, or chemical derivatives are used.

                            There is nothing in our all-natural basic soap or other products that could cause a problem in pregnancy.

                            Topically applying the herbs present in many of our soaps is also not a problem. Your skin will absorb much less herb from the soap than if you would sprinkle them on your food.

                            Essential Oils

                            The issue that seems to be of most concern is the use of essential oils during pregnancy.

                            There is a lot of confusing, ambiguous, and inaccurate information concerning the use of essential oils in pregnancy.

                            The question of safety and safety testing has a lot to do with several factors.

                            • The type and composition of the specific essential oil. Essential oils differ greatly in strength and composition.

                            • The quality of the essential oil. Many "cheap essential oils" are not pure and maybe cut with synthetic chemicals.

                            • The actual “dose” of herb/essential oils. Most of the clinical research on essential oil safety is based on information for internal (actually ingesting) large doses of herbs, essential oils, or herbal "medicines." Obviously there have been no tests done on pregnant women.

                            • How the essential oil is being used. The concentration of essential oils that are absorbed through inhalation, as in aromatherapy, and massage is much lower than if you were actually ingesting the oil.

                            But also, aromatherapy and massage therapy use much higher concentrations of essential oils than you find in soap or even in eating the herb. With aromatherapy, you are inhaling the high concentrations which get absorbed via the lungs and in massage therapy, the essential oils remain on your skin and are absorbed.

                            Our scented soaps are gently scented with essential oils, but the choice is between you and your health care professional. The most critical time is the first trimester.

                            Just about every one of our products, like lip balms, whipped butters, soaps, shampoos, and deodorants has a "no added scent" version.

                            When there is a growing baby to consider, if you are at all uncertain as to the safety of an essential-oil containing product, or any ingredient, please consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional!

                            When it comes to safety during pregnancy it is understandable that many massage therapists and aromatherapists decide to err on the side of caution in recommending the avoidance of certain essential oils.

                            Some Herbalists and Aromatherapist believe that essential oils that are normally safe to use, are safe during pregnancy, while others will recommend avoiding all essential oils during pregnancy.

                            Some essential oils that are normally quite safe have hormone-like effects and some even stimulate uterine muscles, both of which would be contraindicated during pregnancy.

                            Please do not ask us if one of our products is safe to use during pregnancy--we will simply refer you to this page.

                            We do not provide a list of essential oils considered safe during pregnancy because the information available is very contradictory. One aromatherapy source will list an essential oil as problematic while another one states it is fine.

                            The information is also changing constantly. Please do your own research and consult your doctor, midwife, or health care professional for the most up-to-date information.

                            Sensitive Skin Can Strike During Pregnancy

                            Even if you have never had sensitive skin in the past, you may notice that a product you have been using for several years now irritates your skin.

                            The stretching belly is often the most sensitive spot. Other potential problem areas include the hips, thighs, and bottom where the skin may become dry and flaky.

                            Although the exact cause is not known, raging hormones do make you more sensitive to a wide range of things, and also your skin is thinning and stretching as you, and your baby, grow.

                            These changes can behave in unpredictable ways. For example, if you have eczema you may suffer from major flare-ups or complete remission during pregnancy.

                            Keep your body well moisturized and avoid products that contain synthetic additives, colorants, fragrances, or preservatives. Any of these can exacerbate sensitive skin problems.

                            Before trying a new product, you can always do a patch test to test for sensitivity.

                            And again, we recommend that expectant and nursing mothers check with their midwife or physician before changing a skincare routine with our products, or any other line of products.

                            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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