Saturday, February 4, 2012

Natural beauty giveaway!

Please welcome one of our newest sponsors, Chagrin Valley Soap and Salve!

Chagrin Valley all natural soaps and all natural shampoo bars are handmade from scratch, one small batch at a time.  The recipes are meticulously developed to produce a mild, rich, soothing soap that feels creamy in your hands, offers a magnificent long-lasting lather, and leaves your skin and hair feeling clean, soft, silky, and radiantly healthy.  Every bath and shower will become a relaxing, enjoyable experience.  

Inspired by the love of nature and gardening, CV Handcrafted Soaps are made with herbs, seeds, flowers, vegetables, fruits, and natural botanical essential oils to provide natural color, aromatherapy, texture, and gentle exfoliation.  Many of the bars are enriched with natural emollients such as Shea, Mango, and Cocoa Butters and then "superfatted" with high quality exotic oils. 

Sounds good, doesn't it?
But here's my favorite part!

The Chagrin Valley Soap Pledge to our customers
Our products are always natural and will NEVER contain . . .

  • detergents
  • sulfates
  • petroleum products
  • parabens
  • pthalates
  • synthetic preservatives
  • artificial colors
  • artificial fragrances
  • foam boosters
  • propylene glycol
We do lots of homework to ensure that every ingredient that we use to formulate our recipes will be kind to your skin and not do harm to you or to our planet.  We proudly list EVERY ingredient in our products, because we believe that you, the consumer, has the right to know!

  I found out about CV soaps through a website for long hair care which I visit often. I decided to order a sample of their Ayurvedic Shampoo bar, (info about shampoo bars here) which I wasn't sure  if I loved upon trying it. Truth is, it takes your hair a week or two to adjust. After this time, I couldn't be happier. I ended up ordering another bar with chamomille to bring out natural blonde highlights and I'm very satisfied.

 I had the awesome and lucky opportunity to sample many of CV's products.
 I enjoyed all  of the products, but here are my top 3 which I would recommend to the natural beauty enthusiast...

(the *best* under eye cream I've ever tried!)
#2. Chamomille and Citrus Shampoo Bar
(great for lighter hair)

#3. Ayurvedic Herb Shampoo Bar

Alright, friends!
Now for the giveaway!

The lucky winner will receive one of CV's very nourishing and truly awesome Ayurvedic Herb Shampoo Bars!
Lucky you!

Here's 3 ways to enter:

*Leave a comment  telling us about your favorite natural skin/body care product
*"Like" CV Soap and Salve on Facebook here
*Become a dear follower of Bending Birches via Google Friend Connect :) 

Get your comments in by FEBRUARY 11th:)

Best of luck!

Be sure to check out Chagrin Valley's website here!


  1. I like coconut oil! It has so many uses and is edible. I have heard of Chagrin Valley on other blogs, I will go check out their site.

  2. Would love to try this! I've liked their fb page.


  3. I am working with pure honey at the moment, but would love to give these products a try!

  4. I will love to try it. I can tell that my hair is becoming dry since I got pregnant. i went to their site and i think i may like to order thecarrot milk and honey shampoo bar.
    thanks for the chance

  5. Im already a follower of your wonderful blog.

  6. I love coconut oil! Great moisturiser and even better on a diapered bum. Thanks for the chance.

  7. What a small, small world. My husband grew up in Chagrin Falls. (:

    My favorite skin care product? Does sleep count? Coconut oil, then. We use it for *everything*

  8. What a great giveaway! I would love to give these products a try and so glad to know about them! My favorite natural skin care product is witch hazel toner (I get one that is alcohol and fragrance free)for keeping my skin clear, clean, and making mosquito bites disappear!

    Love your blog! It is such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

    Sarah Jane

  9. Wonderful giveaway. :) My favorite natural skin care product is Burt's Bees night cream with Royal Jelly. I usually have dry, patchy skin in the winter with the fun added bonus of hormonal acne. This stuff is deeply moisturizing without feeling greasy. I love it, and I use it day and night.

    justsuzie_s at hotmail dot com

  10. I am a fan of Chagrin Valley on facebook.

  11. I'm a follower of Bending Birches.

  12. Hello, this is so cool. I already use their Ayurvedic Herb Shampoo Bar! Yes they are a wonderful company. I already am following you but was happy to go and Like this wonderful company on FB. This bar has made my hair healthier, softer, and since my last trim I've noticed that the split ends are not returning as quickly. GREAT product! In fact Bear and I loved this bar so much that we actually started making our own soaps, more about that later, this is so neat that you use the same thing. Take care and have a blessed day.

  13. I liked Chagrin Valley's Facebook page! :)

  14. My favorite natural skin care product is extra virgin olive oil! We use it in place of lotion. The ph balance is so similar to our own skin and it is so gentle that it does wonders on a sensitive newborn baby's body.

  15. Oh, I'd love to try that Ayurvedic Shampoo Bar. Sounds intriguing.

  16. Looks like a neat company! My favorite natural beauty "product" is a mask I make sometimes with egg white, ground oat meal, and honey. It is lovely and calming, and leaves my skin feeling super clean!

  17. I love pure coconut oil - it is very moisturizing plus smells tropical!

  18. I am also a fan of coconut oil as well... my husband is Guatemalan and they use it for lots of things down there too. I also use pure tea tree oil in the wash (my daughter was a lice magnet for a couple years straight and when washing bedding it is a big help)

  19. I now like CV soap and salve on FB as michele pineda
    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  20. new GFC follower Michele P
    micaela6955 at msn dot com

  21. I love using vinegar and water in a spray bottle for detangler, I spray it on in the shower and when I get out, a comb just zings right thru my hair, I also love my homemade calendula salve for dry skin and chapped cheeks for my little guy.

  22. Love! Please pic me ;) I'm trying to add more natural products to my routine.

    1. I use baking soda and lemon juice for almost everything! (oops...forgot to add my tip!)

  23. I love lavender for boo boos and coconut oil for moisturizing dry skin.
    - Bonnie

  24. The Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve products are really great. Ida, the brains of the company, uses her Master's degree in biology to make all natural products and they are moving to all organic over the year. The salves are great for "stretch marks". Customer service can't be beat.

  25. Oh how lovely!!
    My favorite natural body care items are: baking soda, coconut oil, calendula, and oats. :)

  26. That sounds lovely! I have been looking for a new way to care for my hair.

  27. I love lavender! Anything with lavender makes me happy.:)

  28. I like aloe from my houseplant! Nothing beats it.


  29. extra virgin olive oil is a wonderful hair conditioner
    bethnaf at hotmail dot com

  30. I follow via GFC and I like their FB as Novi Riandini.
    my favorite natural body care is absolutely EVOO (exra virgin olive oil)! It's so versatile and really good for anti aging :)

  31. I love to use tea bags on my eyes to relieve puffiness. I hope I win! ;)

  32. I'd love to try a coconut oil shampoo.

  33. I'd love to try a coconut oil shampoo.


I love to hear from you! I read and appreciate all feedback.. Thanks for stopping by!