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How To Choose An Exfoliating Soap


Exfoliating Soaps!

Hi again, everybody!  As promised, we’re going to talk in our 4th video blog here about soaps with exfoliants in them. We have three in our line and I’ve set them up here from the most scrubby to the least.

Why exfoliate?

You’re not going to have nice, comfortable, smooth, clear skin unless you get rid of the dead skin. Now our skin naturally exfoliates itself but sometimes it could use some help.

Apricot Scrub Bar

Our scrubbiest exfoliating soap is the Apricot Scrub. The exfoliant in this soap is a combination of apricot seed and walnut shell powder.  Honestly the first time I took it out of the mold, I was a little disappointed, it was smooth.  Then we got it wet! This is definitely the scrubbiest of our exfoliants. This would be great for those bumps on the back of the arm, knees, feet, those problem areas!  The base of this soap is the same formulation as all of our other soaps but with that added apricot seed and walnut shell powder. This would be almost a sandpaper type of scrub.

Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Bar

Following that, an intermediate level would be our oatmeal soap. This has ground oatmeal in it.  As many of you already know, oatmeal is commonly used to alleviate itching, irritations, and that it will do. But we have ground the oatmeal up and put it in this. This is also a very nice, scrubby exfoliating soap, but it is going to be gentler than the apricot scrub.

Mocha Latte Bar

Lastly, we have our Mocha Latte! This is our coffee soap.  This was done by customer request. The exfoliant in this is very light, it’s coffee grounds!  We also put in a chocolatey, coffee and crème brulee fragrance – it smells fantastic. But another benefit to coffee is this: Coffee is a natural deodorizer! So this is a great kitchen soap.  Coffee will remove the smell of fish, garlic, onions, bleach, out of your hands after you’ve been working with them in the kitchen. You can even use it on your cutting boards and your countertops to take out those kinds of odors.

Here they are from most scrubby to least – our three exfoliant soaps – Apricot scrub, Oatmeal Milk and Honey and Mocha Latte.

We’ll see you in our next video!


Apricot Scrub Bar

Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey

Mocha Latte Bar



How To: Use Our Specialty Shampoo Bars

In our last Vlog, you learned how to use any of our bar soaps as a shampoo.  Did you know that we also sell specialty shampoo bars for different kinds of hair?  Here’s Richelle to take you through them!  (Let her know in the comments if you have any questions!)

Here’s Richelle to talk about specialty shampoo bars from VA Soaps!


Hi everybody!  I’m back again and as promised we’re going to discuss our specialty soaps that we’ve got here.  Now, in our first video, we explained how and why you can use our soap line as a shampoo/shower/shave bar.  Now, I’m going to deal with a couple of our specialty soaps here.  We have our Rosemary and Mint and our Tangerine Grapefruit.  The Rosemary & Mint is an olive backboned soap.  Olive oil is a conditioning oil. So the Rosemary and Mint might be a little bit better for those of you who are dealing with really dry hair or skin. Not just hair!  You can use these head to foot!

Then we also have the Tangerine Grapefruit.  Tangerine Grapefruit has a coconut backbone.  That’s a deep cleaning oil.  That makes this Tangerine Grapefruit better for your fine or oily hair that tends to be weighted down.  Also for hair that has product in it!  If you use mousse, hair spray, sculpting waxes in your hair and you need to clarify your hair every few shampoos, the Tangerine Grapefruit might be a good option for that.  Not just for hair, but also for oily skin.

I also tell everyone who comes to our booth that if you normally use conditioner in your hair you are still going to want to condition your hair if you use the solids.  It just so happens that we make a solid conditioner bar!  Conditioner is nothing but lotion for hair!  It’s just an advanced lotion. Once again, ours is solid, it has no water in it.  All you do is, you’ve got your nice clean hair, you take the bar and rub it directly on your wet hair and work it through to the ends.  You’ll get that nice slippery lotion feel that you’ll get from any conditioner.  You can use it as a rinse out or leave in!  Also, because it really is a solid lotion, use it as a shaving bar, especially for underarms and legs.  It makes a fantastic wet lotion in the shower for your skin.  Especially right now when it’s so dry.  It’s one of our most versatile products.

That’s our specialty shampoo line!


How To: Solid Soaps As Shampoo

How To Use Our Solid Bars as Shampoo!


Richelle, here!

We are going to start doing some video blogs here, to answer the most frequently asked questions that we get at our shows. Gabriel and I pretty much hear the same questions over and over again. So, we’re here to answer those.

Let’s Start!

What we’re going to do is we’re going to start with our number one product, and that’s our soap.  We market our soap as a total body bar. Or sometimes at shows you’ll hear us call it a shampoo/shower/shave bar.  What do we mean by that? By total body bar?

Exactly what it sounds like.  You can use our soap from head to foot. Why? Because we’re putting a very high level of castor oil in that soap.  The castor oil, which I originally put in just to make a nice hard bar of soap, also is what makes the soap conditioning enough for hair, gives you razor-slip for shaving, it’s great for inflammatory skin conditions, and like I said it makes a really hard bar of soap with a great lather.

A Solid Shampoo??

But how do you use a solid for these things?  This is how:

You take your bar of soap in the shower: that’s you’re start.  Get your hair really wet. Good and wet!  Now girls often want to soap up in their hands. No!  😊  Do this the way the boys do it!

You’ve got your hair good and wet, you take that bar of soap, you go directly on your hair with it. Just a few rubs!  That’s all you need.  You’re going to have tons of suds – You’re great! That is how you use a bar as a shampoo.  It’s extremely simple.


Why Choose To Use A Solid Shampoo Bar?

Well number one: Most of your liquids are 80% water! If you use a solid, you’re not paying for water.  Pure product! The bars are long lasting, once again, because of that castor oil. You should get at least 4 – 6 weeks in the shower, or as many uses as what you would normally get out of a big economy 32-ounce bottle of liquid.

We do have some specialty shampoos, but we’re going to deal with them in our second vlog. But this was the simple instructions on how to use any of our soaps as a shampoo!

Tell Us In The Comments (We Read Them ALL!)  –>>

Have you ever used our solids as a shampoo?  Are you planning on trying now that you’ve seen this?  Which scent are you going to try first?


DIY Gel Laundry Soap for 4 Cents Per Load!

If you’re used to washing laundry with liquids or gels, this recipe is for you.  You’ll spend just four cents per load of laundry! And there’s nothing quite as satisfying as doing it yourself.

Basic 2-Gallon Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe

Grate one Virginia Soaps & Scents Hogwash Bar.

  • Add soap to 6 cups of water in a pot and melt over medium heat until smooth and clear.
  • Remove mixture from heat and stir in ½ cup of borax and ½ cup of washing soda.
  • Pour hot mixture into a bucket and add 22 cups (1 ½ gallons) of water. Stir.
  • The mixture can be used immediately but will cool to a heavy gel.
  • Use ½ cup for top loading machines and ¼ cup for high-efficiency machines.
  • For High-Efficiency machines place soap directly into the drum and not through the detergent dispenser.

* Optional – to fragrance add 1-2 Tablespoons of Virginia Soaps & Scents Laundry Fragrance Oil to the hot mixture.

Love this idea, but need it to be a little easier?  Try out our Laundry Soap Kits!

From Conditioner Bar to Cream, Spray, or Detangler!

Our Conditioner Bar has been a customer favorite for a long time.  It’s a long-lasting solid bar that works equally well as a rinse-out or a leave-in conditioner for your hair. But what if you want a cream or spray instead of a solid? What if you need a spray-in detangler?

Here’s how to turn your HoneySilk Conditioner Bar into a conditioning cream or spray!

-Pour 3 cups of water into a small saucepan.
-Thinly slice the conditioner bar into the water.
-Over medium heat, whisk as the bar melts.
-The mixture will quickly become a thick fluffy cream as the bar becomes completely incorporated into the water.

-Transfer the cream into any clean container
-If you prefer a thinner more “pourable” mixture, slowly add water in small amounts until you reach the desired consistency.
-For a spray detangler/conditioner, mix some of your prepared cream conditioner with an equal amount of water and funnel into a spray bottle.
This procedure will make almost a quart of rich, long lasting, cream conditioner. We love the versatility of our solid Honeysilk conditioner bar….and you don’t have to pay for packaging or water!

Frequently Asked Question:

Can I do this same thing with a solid soap or shampoo bar to create a liquid soap?

Sorry! The answer to that is a big no. You’ll just end up with a very sloppy mess of soapy goo.