My 1st order from Chagrin Valley arrived a few months ago. It consists of 3 soap bars, 3 shampoo bars & a 0.5 oz whipped shea butter.
I have read so many raving reviews on the soap & shampoo bars that I just had to try it for myself!
I used their flat rate envelopes that can carry 7 bars of soap or the equivalent. 1 bar of soap costs about SGD$11 to SGD$11.50 (inclusive of shipping costs). It is a little pricey for a soap that melts so quickly.
Note: The soap bars melt quicker than the shampoo bars.
On the brown paper bag, it stated that The Chagrin Valley bar is 6.2 to 7.2 oz which is quite a huge chunk. I find it quite hard to handle in the shower, so I decided to chop it up into 4 portions.
Like I mentioned, the soap bars melt quicker & is rather soft compared to the shampoo bars. 1 portion of a soap bar can last me about 1 week, so I am guessing that 1 whole bar can probably last about 4 weeks for me.
I do like the fact that they are using organic olive oil that is cold-pressed & organic shea butter that is unrefined. When an oil is cold-pressed, it retains all its nutrients as they are not lost thru heat.
Unrefined shea butter has high Vitamins A & E with fatty acids that can help to nourish & moisturize your skin. It can help with the treatment of rashes, dry skin, eczema, stretch marks, wrinkles, scars, burns & even the dry frizzy ends of your hair! Just take note that there are a lot of cosmetic grade shea butter out there that has been refined, processed & treated with chemicals, so they do not retain much of the natural properties that are good for your skin.
Virgin Unrefined Shea Butter
– photo extracted from Chagrin Valley
As I have cut 1 bar into 4 portions, I gave 1 portion to my bf for him to try out. He has been skeptical about natural products all these while, even after I told him how my eczema & cold sores got better from using natural/organic skincare, he just seems unconvinced.
Since I have read so many reviews about how Chagrin Valley soaps can treat rashes, eczema, acne, dry skin, etc, my bf would be the perfect candidate for testing out the soaps because he has a persistent problem with his back rashes.
On to those soaps!
Coconut & Shea Soap Bar
This is the 1st soap that we tried out.
I am very very very amazed to say that in just 3 days, my bf’s rashes have reduced SIGNIFICANTLY. I will not say that they are permanently gone, but I can tell you that it has reduced to only a few dots of rashes. His back is practically this |—-| close to being smooth! Amazing. Truely amazing. We never expected the results to be so fast, so we did not take notice of the rashes until I realized that my bf did not ask me to help him to apply the rashes cream. So I pointed it out & he was actually surprised that his back does not itch anymore.
As for myself, I do not have much of a body skin issue except for dry skin, but I have been applying body lotion after every shower so it is hard for me to tell if there is any improvement in that area. Still, I do have some ugly tiny spots on my chest. If I use my fingernail to pick at them, whiteheads will come off. =\ Gross, right.
After using this coconut soap, even my unsightly whiteheads have gone away after a week. And I mean, completely gone. I no longer have to be self-conscious whenever I wear a lower-cut top & constantly wondering if my whiteheads are peeking out, saying hello to everyone.
This soap is scentless & really really soft as it melts quickly in the shower. It lathers gently, rinses off quickly & leaves behind a waxy kind of film, but my bf identifies that feeling as ‘squeeky clean’. I just know that it is not one of my favorite feeling.
I tried using this Coconut Cream & Shea soap bar on my face, but it seems a little too dry so I stopped. And as it was too dry for my face, I did not bother to try it on my hair.
But among the 3 soap bars, this one cleared up my bf’s back rashes the quickest! Same for the gross whiteheads on my chest.
So I am torn between the waxy film feeling & the quick results… hmmm.
Rating: 3.5/5 (minus points for waxy feeling)
Cornmeal & Honey Soap Bar
I like the scent of this bar a lot! I can’t describe it, but looking at its ingredient list, I would guess that it is the rosemary & lemongrass that dominates the scent?
This is a very exfoliating bar with finely ground cornmeal. I rub the soap directly on my body & it is really very scrubby, so I paid more attention to those hard rough areas like the soles of my feet, elbows & knees.
I used this right after I finished the Coconut & Shea soap & I can feel the strong difference! This Cornmeal & Honey soap lathers more than the Coconut & Shea. It rinses off with a smooth moisturizing feel. No waxy film. I love it!
I tried to be brave & washed my face with the soap, and yes, it is a little too painful if you use it directly on the skin. So I tried to rub it between my palms first to create a lather. It feels nice, but I still will not use this that often on my face as it is still a little drying. What’s up with my dry U-zone, right???
It also helps to get rid of the chest whiteheads but not as quickly as the Coconut & Shea. Hmmmm.
Rating: 4/5 (plus points for its moisturizing feel & might still buy this in future)
Shea Rose Clay Soap Bar
As this is for the face, I cut it up into even smaller potions. I leave a tiny bar at work so I can wash my face with it before I head out to meet my friends for dinner. I bring one in my handbag for just in case.
I like the gentle scent of rose on this bar.
This Shea Rose Clay is listed as one of the complexion soap bars from Chagrin Valley. So I used this on my face & on some days, I think it cleanses just nice, but on certain days when my face feels super duper dry, I felt that it was a tiny bit drying around my mouth area, but I’ll just apply 1 drop of rosehip oil & it’ll still be ok.
In the end, I ended up using this as a body soap & it leaves me feeling all girlish & smooth. I like the texture of this soap. Very smooth & slippery. LOL.
Nettle Shampoo Bar
I don’t know how to describe this scent. I think it’s a combination of Nettle & Rosemary??? The first whiff left me feeling so confused, but then it grew on me after a while & now I kind of like it.
The only thing is I have to get used to that odd feeling of using a bar on my hair. It is rather difficult to work this bar into a foamy lather. What I do is rub the soap on my palm to get as much foam as possible, then massage the foam onto my scalp. A little too troublesome for me.
After I rinse off the foam, my hair feels dry. I could not even run my fingers thru my long hair. It felt like I desperately need conditioner.
HOWEVER, I do not use a conditioner because the whole point of using the shampoo bar is to get rid of the residue in your hair. So I did that Apple Cider Vinegar rinse that people talk about on the internet, but it stinks so bad. So so bad. I used Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar which others claim that it is the best because it has ‘The Mother’ in it. But it not only stink up my hair for about 3 hours, but it made the whole bathroom stinky too.
Despite the smell, I am loving the results that the Nettle bar gave me. It made my hair light & airy & surprisingly smooth after it dries. Even my permed curls are loving it & they twirl around my face beautifully.
But! But if I use this bar a few days in a row, it makes my hair feel drier & drier so I tend to alternative this with the Summer Sunshine Shampoo Bar.
This Nettle bar is probably more suitable for people for limp, flat or oily hair.
Rating: 3.5/5 (minus points for dry feeling with continuous usage)
Summer Sunshine Shampoo Bar
This bar smells like… … … F&N Sarsi. LOL!
This is the 2nd shampoo bar which I tried after the Nettle one. The difference between the Summer Sunshine & Nettle is that this SS bar is more moisturizing, which is perfect when I alternate it with the Nettle bar. And it has more foam which is great for a good scrubbing on the scalp.
When I use this SS bar alone for a continuous of a few days, my hair feels thick & full, but also a bit heavy. Whenever I use this bar, my hair takes a longer time to dry. The end result is that I have a head full of thick hair, but my curls are not bouncy like when I used the Nettle bar. It weighs down my curls.
Rating: 3.5/5 (I might try another shampoo, but if I do get this again, I will still alternate it with the Nettle bar)
Mud & Clay Shampoo Bar
This doesn’t smell like mud at all because of all the essential oils. BUT, it is the most soggy / mushy bar of all the 6 that I bought!
After just one usage, the whole bar becomes super soft & it really does resemble mud. =\ I didn’t like this on my hair at all because it somehow made my hair a little too oily, but my bf loved it & said that it rinses squeaky clean.
I think the magic is in the foam. Somehow I can never make the shampoo bars foam enough for my hair so I apply it directly on my head. But my bf has really short hair, so he was able to rub until it was super foamy.
Rating: 2/5 (least favorite among the 3 shampoo bars)
Whipped Unrefined Shea Butter
A nice lavender + rose scented butter! Sometimes I open the container just to breathe in its scent. So so relaxing… ~~~ ahhhhh…
I saw from the Chagrin Valley website that its whipped shea butter is fluffy & soft.
looks exactly like cream!
photo extracted from Chagrin Valley
But when it reached me & it looks like a block of margarine. I guess it is the changes in temperature that changed the consistency of the whipped shea butter? *shrugs*
Even so, I think this works great on my dry body skin. The after feel is so so so smooth & I smell wonderful, like I just got out of a Cleopatra flower bath.
The only problem is I can’t use this on my face. It broke me out around my ultra-sensitive area which is around my lips. Tiny pus-like zits foamed around that area whenever I applied this shea butter. =( *HORRORS*…
I guess it works better on my body than my face.
I probably will still try out other soap / shampoo bars from Chagrin Valley. So far, the soap bars are leaving a better impression than the shampoo bars. Or maybe I just prefer shampoos that foam & are easy to apply onto the hair.