Soap: Adzuki Bean Complexion
Soap: Adzuki Bean Complexion

Natural Soap: Adzuki Bean Complexion

A moisturizing face and body soap made with adzuki bean powder and kaolin clay to clean pores, gently exfoliate, and promote circulation for a fresh, bright, smooth complexion. Enriched with cocoa butter and coconut milk to help soothe and soften skin.

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Product Overview

Good For: All Skin Types, Gentle Exfoliation

A moisturizing, natural complexion soap made with organic Adzuki Bean powder used in Japanese skincare regimens for centuries and French Pink Kaolin Clay. 

French Pink Kaolin Clay (AKA Rose Kaolin), the mildest of the natural clays, encourages circulation and provides the ideal balance for those with sensitive skin that has a bit of excess oil and needs gentle exfoliation.

Adzuki beans have been used for centuries as a staple in Japanese beauty routines. They gently polish away dulling dead skin cells without damaging the skin's surface, leaving a soft, radiant glow.

  • Adzuki beans contain saponin, a natural foaming agent, that helps cleanse pores by removing dirt and dead skin cells
  • Exfoliation helps draw out impurities and promotes circulation for a fresh, bright, smooth complexion

Moisturizing unrefined cocoa butter soothes and softens dry, itchy skin.

Coconut milk, used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years, is known to have soothing and moisturizing properties that leave skin feeling soft and supple. It is widely used in spas in India to soothe dry skin and scalps.


Our organic adzuki beans are ground at an Amish mill right here in Ohio!

Learn more about Cosmetic Clays in Skincare

Learn more about Adzuki Beans

How To Use

How Should I Use Natural Soap to Clean My Face?

We believe in simple, effective cleansing for your complexion and that is accomplished with natural soap and water. The purpose of soap is to combine with oil and dirt on the body, which allows water to wash it away. The method you use to cleanse your skin, especially your face, is really personal preference. We thought we would share just a few examples.  Natural Organic Face Soap

Hand Lathering is usually the suggested method for cleansing delicate facial skin.

  • Use lukewarm water to create a creamy lather in your clean hands.
  • Gently massage the lather over your face using circular motions with your fingers.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry. 

Washcloth Washers: A washcloth can help remove dead cells and invigorate your skin. A gentle massage with a soft washcloth can help keep facial skin smooth and clean.

  • Rub the bar on a soft, clean, wet cloth to create a creamy lather.
  • Apply to your face by a gentle massage using circular motions.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry. Organic Cotton Washcloth

    If you are using a washcloth:

  • Exfoliating or scrubbing too hard may cause the skin to become red and irritated. 
  • Use a clean washcloth, especially if you are prone to acne. Washcloths can re-deposit dirt and grime right back onto your skin.
  • Washcloths can have soft or rough fibers. You want to use soft, NOT rough fibers on your face. 

 Never share washcloths or other accessories and replace or clean them often. 

A Few Other Pointers:

  • Use warm, not hot, water to wash your face.
  • Use cool water as a final rinse to close your pores.
  • Avoid products made with synthetic ingredients that can irritate facial skin.
  • Avoid products that contain alcohol which can cause skin to become tight and dry.
  • Apply a moisturizer immediately after washing your face while skin is still damp.

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 Adzuki Beans
Organic Adzuki Beans
Kaolin Clay
Kaolin Clay
Organic Coconut Milk
Organic Coconut Milk
All Ingredients:
Organic Coconut Oil*
,
Organic Palm Oil (Sustainable)
,
Organic Canola Oil
,
Organic Sunflower Oil
,
Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
,
Distilled Water
,
Sodium Hydroxide^
,
Organic Castor Bean Oil
,
Organic Cocoa Butter*
,
Organic Lavender Essential Oil
,
Organic Coconut Milk
,
Organic Adzuki Beans
,
Organic Orange Essential Oil
,
Organic Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
,
Kaolin Clay
,
Organic Rosemary Oil Extract (ROE)

*Ingredient is Fair Trade Certified

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

Made with Organic Oils, Cocoa Butter & Adzuki Beans
Certified Organic By OEFFA  
A USDA Accredited Organic Certifying Agent

Frequently Asked Questions

What is My Skin Type?
Your skin is as unique as you are.

If you think about it, your skin type is not even the same for all of the areas of your body.

The skin on your face is different from the skin on your hands, which is different from the skin on your back which is different from the skin on your feet ...etc.

Although your skin type is determined by genetics, it will also be affected by other factors and can change with time.

Understanding your skin type is a good starting point before trying or switching to natural products.

There are typically five types of healthy skin: normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive.

NORMAL SKIN

This skin is balanced, neither too dry nor too oily. It has regular texture, no imperfections and a clean, soft appearance, and does not need special care.

OILY SKIN

Oily skin is the result of excessive secretions of sebum, an oily secretion of the sebaceous glands. Oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin and may be prone to blackheads, acne, and excessive shine. It is frequent in adolescents and often seen with acne or blemish-prone skin. 

DRY SKIN

For some people dry skin is caused by external factors such as the weather, low air humidity, sun, or hot showers, and it is often temporary.

However, for others it may be a lifelong condition. Dry skin is a result of a decrease in natural oil production which often results in skin that is flaky and has a rough appearance. Dry, cracked skin is often prone to skin disorders, such as eczema.

Choosing Natural Skin Care Based on Skin TypeSENSITIVE SKIN

Truly sensitive skin easily reacts to external stimuli. The skin is often fragile, thin or fine-textured, dry, and prone to allergic reactions. 

Sensitive skin often feels uncomfortable, tight, red or itchy. It is a delicate skin that needs a lot of TLC. 

COMBINATION SKIN

Combination skin is just what is sounds like, it has characteristics of both dry and oily skin. The area with more oil is usually the T- zone (forehead, nose, and chin), while the skin on the cheeks is normal or dry.

For more information on skin type and help with product recommendations for your individual needs, please read our blog, What's Your Skin Type?


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12 Reasons to Use Handmade Natural Soap

After all these years in business, the most often asked question we hear remains, “Why is natural soap better?”

I have been using only natural soap on my face and body for over 20 years. It is the first product I learned to make.

Natural Organic Bamboo Charcoal Soap for Oily Skin

My skin has become so accustomed to the benefits of these lovely bars, that everything else makes my skin itch.

Our soap bars travel with me everywhere I go. I even keep one-time-use scraps in my purse to use in public restrooms!

While I believe that many of the "reasons" listed below may apply to some natural handmade soap companies, I will focus on the one company with which I have intimate knowledge and experience--CHAGRIN VALLEY.

1. Handmade Soap is Actually Soap

Most of the soap you purchase today is a commercially manufactured chemical cocktail of ingredients. It is not natural and is not even really “soap.” They are nothing more than detergents in disguise.

Here is what the FDA has to say:

“Today there are very few true soaps on the market. Most body cleansers, both liquid and solid, are actually synthetic detergent products. Detergent cleansers are popular because they make suds easily in water and don't form gummy deposits. Some of these detergent products are actually marketed as "soap" but are not true soap according to the regulatory definition of the word.” Source

2. Natural Soap is Made With Natural Ingredients

The very best reason to use natural soap is the ingredients. A product is only as good as the ingredients used to make it. 

OUR skin-nourishing ingredients are USDA Certified Organic, sustainably produced, cruelty-free, and ethically traded.

Harnessing the Power of Nature we make each soap bar unique by adding a variety of organic butters, purifying natural clays, organic herbs, seeds, grains, spices, flowers, vegetables, fruits, chocolate, and pure botanical essential oils to provide natural color, aromatherapy, texture, and gentle exfoliation.

3. Natural Soap Is NOT Made With...

  • synthetic ingredients
  • artificial fragrances or perfumes
  • artificial colors
  • detergents
  • synthetic preservatives

Our soap bars contain only the ingredients that they need—no extra preservatives that liquid body washes or commercial bar "soaps" require to increase their shelf life to years, and no foam boosters to make them lather.

4. Natural Soaps Are Moisturizing

Organic Jojoba & Coconut Oils

Sadly many people have the misguided perception that all bar soaps will dry your skin. The problem is that most commercial bar “soaps” are detergents and not real soap.

So why are natural soaps so moisturizing? Of course, it's the ingredients! Natural soap made of pure ingredients derived directly from nature is a rare find these days. Here are a few other reasons. 

Superfatting

Superfatting is the process of adding extra fats (oils or butters) when formulating a soap recipe so there is more fat in the mixture than the lye can react with during the chemical reaction. This process creates a more hydrating bar with superior moisturizing and emollient qualities.

Our soap bars are formulated with lots of extra plant oils and butters. We superfat our bars at a higher rate than most soapmakers.

Natural Glycerin

Glycerin is not added to a natural handmade soap recipe – it is created during the natural soap making process called saponification. Once saponification is complete, the ingredients have combined and chemically changed into soap, glycerin, and a bit of water.

Glycerin, a precious and gentle emollient, is a humectant that draws moisture from the air to the skin creating a moisturizing protective layer.

Commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin from their soaps because excess glycerin decreases the shelf-life of soap and they can sell the glycerin or use it in products that command a higher price like the lotion.

Think about it! Commercial soap companies remove the moisturizing ingredient (the glycerin) which in turn creates a soap that dries your skin and then they use the glycerin they removed to sell you a skin-moisturizing lotion. Quite an ingenious profit-making strategy!

Thus skin-nourishing ingredients, plus superfatting and natural saponification create a soap bar full of moisturizing, natural oils, and natural glycerin.

 

5. Scented Natural Soap Provides Real Aromatherapy

Natural Organic Aromatherapy Lavender Soap

Our scented natural soaps are made with pure essential oils, not fragrance oils, and offer aromatherapeutic benefits.

Fragrance oils, whether artificially created or derived from natural components, may duplicate the smell of a flower or herb, but they do not offer the therapeutic advantages of essential oils. 

Furthermore, the generic term, “fragrance” or “parfum” on a label can indicate the presence of up to 3,000 separate ingredients and the FDA does not require companies to disclose what is in a “fragrance,” because it is considered a “trade secret.”

BLOG: Why We Use Only Real Plant Essential Oils

6. Natural Soap Helps Maintain Healthy Skin

The body’s largest organ, our skin, is incredibly porous and absorbent. How we treat our skin can have a major impact on our overall health as well as the look and feel of our skin.

Everyone wants healthy skin and our skin is not a fan of synthetic chemicals. I cannot count how many times customers have told us that our natural soap has not only helped improve their skin but has improved their lives by relieving itchiness and dryness, and easing irritated skin conditions such as eczema and acne.

7. Natural Soap Provides Rich Lather Without Synthetic Foam Boosters

People absolutely love bubbly lather. The foam, bubbles, and lather we know and love from commercial liquid and bar soaps are produced by surfactants--synthetic foam boosters, lathering agents, and detergents.

A properly formulated and cured bar of natural soap needs no synthetic additives to create a lather or to clean because natural soap is a natural surfactant. So it not only makes great bubbles and lather, but it also helps clean oily dirt from your skin--naturally!

BLOG: "How Does Natural Soap Create Lather?"

 

8. Natural Soap is Economical

Some consumers are put off by the cost of handmade soap. You probably look at a bar of natural soap and wonder why it costs more. I mean, soap is soap, right? Both bars clean your skin, right?

While I may agree that both bars clean the skin, the similarity goes no further. Simply put, commercial soaps contain synthetic ingredients that are very cheap to produce in a lab.

If you use a liquid body wash the main ingredient is water. You pay for water. A properly cured soap bar has very little water remaining, meaning you are getting exactly what you pay for.

I believe that old saying, "You get what you pay for," rings true when comparing a handmade bar of a natural soap to a commercial brand!

BLOG: "The True Cost of Commercial Soap"

 

9. Natural Soap Has a Smaller Environmental Impact

It may seem odd that a product we use to keep our bodies clean is doing quite the opposite for our environment.

If you are not using a natural soap, as you take a bath or shower you coat your skin with synthetic compounds like fragrances, dyes, preservatives, and detergents. These synthetic ingredients wash down our drains into our septic fields or water treatment facilities. Now imagine the millions of people who use these soaps each day.

Also, if you use a liquid body wash, how many plastic bottles and pumps do you dispose of in a single year?

10. Natural Soaps are Unique

Natural Organic Soap Chocolate Honey

I make handmade natural soap. I did not invent anything new.

But what I know is that our natural soap is made in small batches by people who have a passion as well as a mission for making natural products.

For me, soapmaking is a synergy of science and art that took years to perfect. It is a labor of love. I take the time to create wholesome soap recipes that do not sacrifice beauty or scent while incorporating amazing natural and organic ingredients.

11. A Natural Soap Company Has Social Consciousness

While I am sure there are some large commercial soap companies with a social conscience, natural soapmakers tend to have the utmost respect for the earth and all its creatures.

Environmental stewardship is not a buzzword for us. It is not a talking point, not a political stance nor is it about optics!

At Chagrin Valley it is our practice to use raw materials that are sourced in an environmentally and ethically responsible manner.

  • We use organic ingredients which supports organic farming
  • We are Leaping Bunny Certified--Cruelty-Free
  • Our palm oil and other ingredients are certified sustainable
  • We buy Fair Trade whenever possible
  • Our products are biodegradable and minimally packaged with recycled and recyclable materials
  • Our packaging is over 99% plastic-free
  • Our natural ingredients will not add synthetic chemicals to our ecosystems

 Dedication to a kinder and gentler way of living is a big part of why we do what we do.

 

12. You Are Supporting A Small Business

Chagrin Valley Soap a Small Family BusinessIf you are holding this soap in your hand, I probably don't need to convince you that shopping small business is important. Your purchase really does make a difference.

When you buy a handmade bar of natural soap, you are supporting a small business that truly cares about and believes in the products they make.

Small businesses are run by people - not by boards or stockholders. They are often entrepreneurs who bring a creative freshness into an otherwise regimented world.

 

We do it all ourselves--from start to finish--from our hands to your hands--from our family to yours! Thank you!

 

Before I conclude I would like to add one final reason to the question of "Why You Should Switch To Natural Soap Bars."

The simplest answer is, Why Not?


From its composition to its benefits for the skin and health, to its impact on the environment, natural soap is very different from commercial liquid “soap,” bar “soap,” or syndet bars.

 

This list is a scaled-down version of a blog I wrote that shares the same name. For more detail please read our blog, “12 Reasons to Use Natural Soap"

 


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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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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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