That's great! I hope you enjoy the Chagrin Valley products as much as I do. I have a bar of their patchouli soap in my dresser. Smells so good I can't bear to use it up!
The soap and shampoo bars are awesome. I got the lavenders. I got the only shampoo bar and one of their bar lotion. If their customet service comes close to TB's, they will have a customer for life!
Thanks for the tip about them.
I'd never heard of Chagrin Valley but now you guys have piqued my curiosity. I'm looking at their website, and they've got some nice things. I may just have to try them out! :)
My Chagrin Valley order arrived. It all smells so good and none of it made my eyes water. I'm excited to try the shampoo bars and solid lotion.
Walker - I'm so sorry about the meltdown! I guess this can happen when a product isn't chemically stabilized. Glad you are getting it resolved quickly. Can you use the leftover box to make your basement/garage/whatever smell good?
The shampoo bars and solid lotion are both so great for travel. I was a little worried when I took a lotion bar to Turkey, because it was really hot. It definitely softened, but held together just fine. I wouldn't recommend leaving the tin sitting in the sun, though! for the shampoo bars, it is good to have a way to let them dry out between uses, or they disappear quickly. I saw they sell little mesh bags to hang your soap or shampoo up to dry...think I will get one.
I love, love, love the soap, shampoo, hair conditioner and lotion I purchased from Chagrin Valley. I cut the first 3 items in half because they are just too wide for my small hands + short fingers. They area easy to cut with a kitchen knife.
I am guessing that the package sat under the sun for an extended period during its journey. I am very sad that all I have left of the coconut primrose hair balm is a box of shredded paper with an amazing fragrance. I put the box in my bedroom. I have not heard from Chagrin Valley as of yet.
Oh, I did write in the comments box in my order that I read about them in the TB forum :).
Sheesh - add me to the list of folks who ordered from Chagrin Valley. Perfumes and herbs (such as lavender) can trigger my asthma. If the samples I ordered won't work for me, at least I know several folks here who will want them.
And now you've got me ordering from Chagrin Valley, too. (I was born near Chagrin Falls, Ohio; I just love those names.) Thankfully, I don't have any allergies (though my dog does, so he's getting a bar of the cedarwood soap); but my skin is getting more and more sensitive, so I have to watch what I put on it. The soaps and shampoo bars won't help with this, but I too am having trouble finding a sunblock for my face; Neutrogena's Visibly Even daily moisturizer, which is SPF30, just triggered a breakout. It has a several different active ingredients: avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, and oxybenzone. Lani, I may try the other Neutrogena products you mentioned.
ncb4, I like the Aveeno sunblock for your face! This is the one I use:
Buy Aveeno Sunblock Lotion, Continuous Protection, SPF 70 & More | drugstore.com
*knock on wood* I haven't had any breakouts from it and it doesn't leave you super greasy feeling either. It does have a crap ton of not so natural sounding ingredients so take a look at those first. I've used it 2 summers now without any problems.
I use the Neutrogena Sensitive Skin" SPF 60+ PureScreen for my face. It usually doesn't bother me.
Aveeno moisturizer seems pretty benign (although I have one that's only 15SPF). A dermatologist once insisted that Purpose was the best, and it never caused any problems for me. Like Aveeno, available in places like Target, though a bit harder to find these days.
Hey tavapeak and ncb: glad you jumped on the bandwagon! I can't believe I now "know" someone from Chagrin Falls! What was the high school mascot, one wonders ...
Sam of Chagrin Valley Soap sent me email & they refunded the cost of the hair balm. Per Sam's email, they are aware the product could melt when the weather heats up, usually after May. So it is too early in the year, the hair balm should have made it to me fine. I hope to try the balm products again in the future.
I am loving the rest of the products from them.
I am still on the lookout for facial sunblock. I tried different versions of the neutrogena, find them greasy & my face "itches ucomfortably" from them. I don't wear make-up, so I am not used to "stuff" applied on my face.
I have super-sensitive skin and I use either Badger or John Masters Organics on my face and Soleo Organics on arms, etc. Yes, they are more expensive than drugstore brands, but on me they don't itch or cause other nasty responses. They are all mineral sunscreens, but in organic skincare lotions.