I'd never heard of Chagrin Valley Soap but blog reader 'chickadee' left a suggestion in a comment on another soap review post, mentioning this company. I looked at their site several times before deciding to go ahead and order. There are so many soaps from this place that I want to try! This is an all natural company, using a lot of foodie ingredients like honey, carrots, cucumber, and using essential oils, and natural colorants. I had a hard time trying to decide on just one bar to order, not to mention all the other things available. I was thrilled to find they offer sample sizes. This allowed me to pick a few different things to try.
So what did I get?
If a soap maker has an Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey soap I am most likely going to start with that one. Whether it's just a fragrance oil scented version, or the real deal with actual milk and honey and oatmeal, it just seems to be a favorite of mine. So of course when I saw this Goat Milk, Oatmeal, and Honey at Chagrin Valley, I knew this was the one I'd be starting with. Even though there is no added scent, there IS still a very nice, sweet, almost floral natural scent from the honey and other ingredients.
I ordered the sample size bar, and even being a sample, it was huge. It was thin, yeah, but it was like a big paddle of a bar in my hand. And even though it was big, I quite liked it. Because it was thin, it felt like I had great control, like I was just scrubbing with my hand. Of course, if you prefer to cut your bars (I don't), it would be so easy to do with this. I didn't actually weigh it so I don't know how many ounces it was.
It arrived in a small paper bag with a sticker label on it. I thought this was cute and practical. I'm not sure how the full sized bars are packaged.
I really liked this soap! As always, I used this in the shower with a mesh bath puff, and my water is very hard (country well water) so results may vary for you. This soap exploded into an immediate big bubbled froth in the first moments of using it on my body. It then settled down into a thicker, creamier lather that easily lasted until the end of my shower. The scent was noticeable, even for being an 'un'scented soap. It rinsed easily and left me feeling very soft and moisturized.
There is oatmeal in this soap, quite a lot of oatmeal. I really liked it when the bar was large, it felt like a really nice soft-scratch rub down (if that makes any sense?!), but as the bar got smaller the oatmeal felt scratchier and did become uncomfortable. I ended up throwing the bar away before the end because it just got too rough, and that's too bad because I loved this soap.
As I do with all soaps I buy, I tried it on my face to test for dryness or tightness. I had to be careful because of the oatmeal, and ended up lathering it on my little face scrubbie instead. I did notice some extreme itchiness around my nose afterwards but I'm not ready to blame the soap. I had also tried a different lotion that morning and may have had some left on my hands when I applied my regular face cream after washing.
Even with those minor setbacks, I loved this soap. I'm looking forward to trying some other varieties next time. The website says their bars are 6.5-7.5oz, and sell for around $7.35, depending on ingredients. The sample bars are $2.60 each, and it looks like you can get a sample bar in any of the soaps they have in stock, not just limited to a few choices.
There are many other products on the Chagrin Valley website . . . shampoo bars, lip balms, scrubs, butters, dog soaps, and others. It took me a while to decide what else I wanted to try.
Although it lists lemon, bergamot, lavender and eucalyptus essential oils in the ingredients, I really couldn't tell you about the scent of this scrub. I thought it was unscented so I didn't pay much attention, although there was a subtle, lemony scent while using it.
I would order this product again. A full jar is 10oz and sells for $12.95, but there are 1oz sample jars available for $3.00. I used my entire sample jar in one shower but that might have been overkill. I was just gungho to be trying something new. The prices may seem high but remember, these are preservative free, all natural products.
Let me say though, this product works great. Why don't I like it then? Well not only is it the slightly hard consistency that I don't prefer, but it is also the type that leaves you greasy for a short time until it finally absorbs. Once the greasy is gone, the skin wherever you've applied it super soft and moisturized but if you're like me and just don't prefer this TYPE, then you won't like this product. I thought maybe I could use it up on my feet and knees in the mornings after my showers, not have to worry about the greasy feeling there, but no because it's still greasy on my hands afterwards. I'm going to try using it just to dab on my cuticles, see how that goes. Again, not a bad product . . . just be aware of the type of product it is.
I had ordered the unscented version but there is still a natural almost nutty aroma that comes from the unrefined shea butter. You can also order scented versions. A full jar is 4oz and sells for $15.00/scented or $14.85/unscented. There are .5oz sample size jars available for $4.75/scented or $4.50 unscented.
Shipping was fast, I had my order within days of ordering. There were no samples or anything in the package. I don't know if they just don't send samples or if it was because I'd only bought sample sizes to begin with. I can't say anything about customer service because I haven't contacted them for anything, just placed my order without any questions.
In the end, I think I will order from Chagrin Valley again because there are so many other soaps on their site that I want to try. And I thank blog reader 'chickadee' for the suggestion!
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