Over a month ago I earned an EveryMove reward to Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve for 20% off my online purchase. If you're not familiar with EveryMove, it's an app that rewards you for moving your body. I linked up my Fitbit flex and can work towards earning rewards. Who doesn't want to be rewarded for getting healthy?
With my 20% coupon I bought everything below for under 40 bucks.
When I received my order in the mail even the box smelled lovely. I was so happy when I unwrapped everything.
Here are some quick reviews of the products I ordered:
- Herb Garden Shampoo: This scent is light and herbal but doesn't lather too much.
- Rosemary Mint Shampoo: I LOVE this bar- I literally have a sliver left of it and it has made my hair feel so lovely. Lathers nicely and I will be ordering a normal size of it soon. The rosemary mint smell is invigorating.
- Cafe Moreno: Smells divine of clove and coffee. I'm hoping this will help me get more weeks out of my hair dye.
- Neem & Tree Tea Oil: I gave it to a friend and she loves it! Smelled so yummy!
I have always loved natural soaps and was thrilled that I earned this reward. While browsing over Chagrin Valley's website I came across shampoo bars. I figured shampoo in a bar form would be soap right? Kinda. The bars are formulated differently for the shampoo bars but the process is the same as making soap.
I've heard a lot about this "No 'Poo" idea on the interwebs. For those of you who are unfamiliar to the term- "no 'poo" means washing hair without any commercial products. After reading this post as well as this one- I did not want to use commercial shampoos/conditioners ever again.
I was thrilled that Chagrin Valley had sample shampoo bars. They cost under three dollars, that's so cheap especially compared to commercial shampoo/conditioner in a bottle.
I currently dye my hair but learned that these natural shampoo bars will actually help your dyed hair and not strip it. Score! Chagrin Valley explains everything you need to know about shampoo bars here. There are a lot of people who have done reviews on youtube about Chagrin Valley and I particularly loved this one.
The first time I used a shampoo bar I have to admit I felt a little peculiar rubbing a bar on my hair. However, once I worked up a lather, I felt like I was washing my hair for the first time. Real suds and cleanliness. I followed shampooing with an apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse.
After towel drying my hair I was amazed how my hair was halfway dry and barely had any tangles. When I used commercial shampoos, my hair was so tangly and it would take at least 45 minutes to dry with a blowdryer.
I have been using shampoo bars for about a month now. My hair is more manageable, dries in half the time, no more tangles, smells amazing, natural waves, not stripped of it's natural oils and more. I have said goodbye to commercial shampoo and hello to the no 'poo idea with shampoo bars.
note: Once my hair had adjusted to the shampoo bars, I stopped using the ACV rinse. I would randomly get a whiff of my hair and felt like I was smelling like a salad. However, I will use the ACV rinse once or twice a month to keep my hair healthy and shiny.
- Honey Butter: I thought that I would love this smell but have used this more as a hand soap than a body soap.
- Dead Sea Spa: Gave this one to the viking-man and haven't heard any complaints.
- Adzuki Bean Complexion: I have been using this at night after removing my makeup with coconut oil and have noticed less acne. yay!
Whipped Squalane Mousse: I use this moisturizer at night and have noticed that my face isn't half as dry as it was before. The whipped feeling is so light and lovely on your skin.
Minty Feet Salve: This is a lifesaver for tired feet. Highly recommend this!
Lemongrass Clay Silk Deodorant: I have found that I am sensitive to sodium benzoate, i.e. baking soda. This one is baking soda free and I love the lemongrass scent but feel like this wears off mid-day. I would like to find one that doesn't have to be reapplied. The search continues.
If you have been thinking about trying out some natural soaps, shampoo bars or the like, I highly suggest giving Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve a go. I am in love with this company and their products.
Have you ever ordered from Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve? Do you have any favorites? Have you gone no 'poo?
»» All of the opinions of this review are my own. I was not paid to do this review. I paid for everything on my own and received the 20% discount from EveryMove by moving my body to earn points towards the reward. ««