You know I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE me some shampoo bars :o)
I just get SO excited about soaps! It’s so weird to me lol I just LOVE them! I have been using NOTHING but shampoo bars for almost a year now and I will always use them, they just get the job done so much better than liquids, to me. They don’t strip the moisture from your hair and offer more conditioning. The ingredients are always purer. Just an all around win :o)
I will always be a fan of Henna Sooq’s shampoo bars but I wanted to expand my soap horizons :o) I heard about Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve from another natural hair blogger awhile back (I can’t remember her name though) and it’s been on my “to buy” list for quite some time now but I have been waiting so I could use up the other bars I still have (which I still haven’t finished but I just got impatient and gave in lol)
**SIDEBAR— This company makes me happy because they are a family-owned company that was created by the owner because she started making soaps as a hobby. They really make it a family affair (i.e. mom, dad, son, daughter, grandma, etc.!) and offer GREAT customer service, you can really tell they love what they do. I dunno, it just made me smile and I got good vibes from them :o)
Any who, so I stalked their website for awhile lol reading about all the different varieties and I selected five that struck my fancy the most! Here’s the ones I bought:
- Ayurvedic herb
- Carrot Milk & Honey
- Honey Beer & Egg
- Mud & Clay
- Babassu & Marsh Mallow
Luckily they offer sample size for just $2.70!!! . So I was like YESSSSS I might as well buy them all!! (or just 5 lol) Let me tell you, the sample size is actually a GREAT deal because they are quite large, larger than I expected! They are 1.5 oz. The full size bars are 7oz for $8.25 so I imagine they are HUUUUGE and will last you an extremely long time. So if you find a sample you like, go head and get the full size and you’ll have it forever lol :o)
***NOTE: I bought these back in December and Chagrin Valley temporarily increased their prices this month :o( due to the cost of their high quality ingredients and hope to reduce them back once costs go down. The increase is very minor so no big deal to me. The samples are now $2.70 (I paid $2.50) and full sizes $8.25 (they were $7.80 I believe).
Check out the size comparison of the sample size with a standard size bar of Dove soap so you can gauge how much product you actually get:
Ok so now that I have the introduction over, I’ll move into the first review. Not sure if I will review all of the bars but I decided to try the Carrot Milk & Honey shampoo bar first. I chose this bar because I used to use Carrot Oil back in my relaxer days to help with strengthen my brittle hair and help stop breakage (it worked well too!). The beta carotene is what really strengthens the hair shaft so I figured this would be beneficial.
Natural carrot juice, carrot oil, goat milk and raw honey are packed into in this nutritious shampoo bar. Beta carotene in the carrot juice and oil drenches thirsty hair with vitamin A to help rejuvenate hair shafts. Goat milk and honey moisturize and revitalize. Carrot seed essential oil penetrates the hair shaft to strengthen and moisturize damaged hair.
Saponified oils of organic carrot infused sunflower, coconut, organic palm, jojoba, organic virgin palm, castor bean, virgin shea butter; goat milk; organic carrot juice; aloe vera; raw honey; essential oils of lavender, carrot seed, rosemary, lemon; rosemary oil extract
I was really please with this soap. It cleaned my hair REALLY well, I didn’t even have to do a second wash like I normally do! I find that if I have butter and oil buildup on my strands I have to lather up twice to get all the residue off, and I didn’t have to this time! It’s like it cut through the oils/butters with ease. For me, this means LESS time in the shower and LESS water running which is always good. It also lathered well and rinsed clean.
My hair DEFINITELY felt a lot stronger just after one use, I totally forgot how AWESOME carrots are for the hair! I could tell my hair was stronger because I let my hair completely dry without putting any product in and I could easily manipulate my hair without ANY hair breaking, that kind of amazed me lol because I usually get a few snaps, crackles and pops when I do anything to my hair, especially when I am parting my hair.
The only semi-negative thing I can say about this bar is that it didn’t provide as much conditioning as I am used to but that’s ok because I know to just use a good conditioner (or DC) after I wash with this. I just used a regular old rinse-out conditioner and didn’t leave it on long.
This is a great shampoo bar…it’s definitely got me excited to try the rest of the soaps!
***BONUS: I also received a couple complimentary complexion soap bars from Chagrin Valley so I will tack on the reviews of these soaps along with the shampoo bars so keep reading! :o) (remember I said I may expand the content of La Coco Bella? Hmm… I wonder if this is a new beginning hehehe)
So a little about my skin, I have REALLY oily skin which means I am prone to acne, blackheads, large pores, acne scars, etc. I have suffered acne pretty much my whole frickin life and its really annoying lol. I’ve tried pretty much everything, every brand, every system there is on the market. Since I have really gotten into natural, holistic healthcare over the past year I truly believe I can control my skin without having to spend a grip of money at a dermatologist, prescribed medications, etc. ***SIDEBAR— I am guilty, I have Photoshopped a pimple or two out of my pics on my blog lol!!!! Hey don’t be mad, I’m a graphic designer, I get paid to do these types of things haha. My skin also tends to get used to products so I have to switch up my routine 1-2 a month.
Ok so now you know about my skin, I wanted to share my experience with the Grapeseed Tomato Complexion from Chagrin Valley. Their complexion bars come in the same sizes as their shampoos (1.5 & 7oz) and are the same prices ($2.70 & $7.80).
Fresh organic tomato juice, loads of shea butter and white China clay, create a fabulous complexion bar. Tomatoes help balance oily skin, help refine enlarged pores, tighten skin and provide soothing relief for troubled complexions. The mildest of the clays, white China is the choice for dry and sensitive skin as it gently clears clogged pores.
Saponified oils of grapeseed, organic palm, virgin shea butter, babassu, olive, sunflower, castor bean, canola (non GMO); water; organic tomato juice; white china clay; organic tomato paste; essential oils of lavender, geranium, palmarosa, ylang ylang
I selected the Grapeseed Tomato bar because the description basically states it’s for my exact skin type–”oily”, “large pores”, “troubled complexion” lol perfect right?! I’ve been using this for a week straight in both the morning and at night with my beloved Clarisonic Mia that I got for my birthday (I will make a post about this GODSEND!!!!) and I have noticed a drastic decrease in the size of my pores which made me very happy! I love that is contains clay because clays have always worked for my skin.
I am not sure it helped much with my oiliness because my face is/has always been /probably always will be slick by the end of the day. I think it’s my genetics (thanks dad) and I am just learning to be ok with a lil shimmer! (hey and it’s a proven fact that people with oily skin will have significantly less wrinkles in old age!! and black don’t crack soooo heeeeyyyy I’ll be good when I’m 70! lol #GodWilling :o) ) Plus I keep powder and blotting papers(a.k.a. the brown napkins from Chipotle lol) handy so I just use those throughout the day.
Overall, I really can say this bar cleansed well, removed eye makeup and helped minimize my pores. I know with skincare you have to be very patient and be consistent with your routine so I will continue to use this complexion bar for another week or so and then I will move on to the next bar :o)