Saturday, February 28th, 2009 | Author:

If you are looking for an amazing variety of shampoo bars, and an incredible wealth of information about them as well, look no further than Chagrin Valley Soap and Craft Company. Ida has created 16 different shampoo bars, along with a general guide for which ones work best for what type of hair here. Seriously, there is so much information on this site, that you could spend hours happily reading about shampoo bars.

I purchased four sample bars, and will be reviewing my current favorite, the Summer Sunshine bar.

Ingredients: Saponified oils of castor bean, coconut, palm kernel, wheat germ, sunflower, babassu, jojoba, palm, and expeller pressed canola; filtered rainwater; coconut milk; essential oils of lavender, sweet orange, pink grapefruit, lime, rosemary, and ylang ylang; sea kelp; vitamin E oil; and rosemary oil extract.

Smell: I truly love the smell of this shampoo bar. First of all, I’m a sucker for citrus. And it also turns out that I *love* ylang ylang. I never knew that about myself. This scent is such a nice blend of the fruity and the floral — it really makes me feel pampered and lingers lightly in my hair for most of the day.

Texture: This is a medium-hard bar that lathers really nicely. I get lots of rich lather which enhances the spa-feeling I’m already getting from the scent.

Did it clean my hair and scalp? Absolutely! I find it is a balanced clean, not too dry or stripping. I have read on other boards that many people find this to be a cleansing and drying bar, so your mileage may definitely vary.

How does my hair look and feel? So soft, silky and shiny!

Price plus shipping: $6.60 + $5.70 flat-rate shipping (for orders up to $41.00) for a 6-7 oz bar

Verdict: Huge double thumbs up! This is quickly becoming one of my favorite bars :)

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5 Responses

  1. 1

    I have been following your shampoo bar series, your reviews have helped me alot. I never knew there were so many awesome poo bars out there. I started out using CV shampoo bars! My favorite is Cafe Moreno. I have a Summer Sunshine bar on the way and I can’t wait to try that out.

    I bought a shampoo from Sweet Creek Herbs after reading your review, and I loved it so much!

    A question: How does the shampoo bar from Dreamseeds Organics compare to the ones from Sweet Creek Herbs? Which one do you like better? Thanks!

  2. 2

    Chagrin Valley Shampoo bars have been on my wish list ever since I first saw their site! Looking at their photos make me go starry-eyed ;) Do you think you could make a table of all the bars you’ve reviewed and how they did in different areas? That would be really cool :)

  3. 3

    These three are my favorite so far: Summer Sunshine, Dreamseeds Organics, and Sweet Creek Herbs. All of them are wonderful and so far, I like them all equally.

    I don’t have a table set up, but on the shampoo bar reviews site I made, you can do a search and it summarizes some of the scores all in one view: You can also search on ingredients, etc. :)

  4. 4

    I am super excited because I am ordering some Chagrin Valley bars this evening :D Summer Sunshine is on my list. I will be doing reviews on my blog if you click my name. Can’t wait! ;)

  5. 5

    I have been using shampoo bars for several months. Some are good, but there are also some which do not work for me. I haven’t tried any CV shampoo bars though. I will give them a try later.
    May I know whether you give your hair any special treatments since you converted to shampoo bars? Something like hair conditioner, deep conditioning such as hot oil treatment, hair mask, etc?
    Thank you.