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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!

Powdered Laundry Soap DIY – A Years Supply for under $25!

A Year’s Worth of Super Concentrated Powdered Laundry Soap for less than $25!

You will need:
(4) Virginia Soaps & Scents Hogwash Bars.
(1) box of washing soda 3 lb. 7 oz. ( Arm & Hammer)
(1) 4 lb. box of baking soda ( 5 lb. bags available at Sam’s Club)
(1) container of Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb. or any other store brand color safe
bleach or oxygen cleaner such as Purex or Clorox.

Optional – to fragrance add a few drops of Virginia Soaps & Scents Laundry and Linen Fragrance Oil


      • Finely grate the soap bars. You can use a blender or food processor for this but add some of the

powdered ingredients to keep from gumming up the works!


  • Mix grated soap with the remaining ingredients and store in a covered container.
  • Use only 1-2 Tablespoons per load
  • For High-Efficiency machines place soap directly into the drum and not through the detergent dispenser.


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.

Transparent Soaps – Oily Skins Best Friend!

Glycerin Soap?

Most of us have heard transparent soaps referred to as “glycerin soap”.  This is not really accurate as glycerin is a natural byproduct of all soap making.

What is Transparent Soap?

Transparent soaps must be made by hot processing or literally “cooking” the soap as opposed to our opaque bars which are made by cold process with no external heat applied to the soap, even though opaque soaps can also be produced by hot process.  At a particular point in either method, the mixture begins to form long crystals which will produce an opaque soap. To prevent those crystals from forming, the soapmaker adds grain alcohol, glycerin, and table sugar and voila! Transparent soap!

Transparent soap, or glycerin soap, is excellent for oily or acne prone skin!

Beautiful transparent soap by Virginia Soaps and Scents.

This soap is great for crafting some visually stunning effects that can’t be achieved with a cold process, such as these Glitter Balls and Loofa Soaps!

Benefits of Transparent Soaps:

Because transparent soap is not superfatted with excess oils as our opaque soap is, it will not be as moisturizing.

But… the alcohol process both neutralizes the soap and causes it to be very effective on acne and oily skin.  Transparent soap has a very slippery lather and lends itself well to shaving.

The REAL Scoop On Soaps

About our soap…

Most of us have grown up calling the rectangular thing in the shower stall soap when most likely it’s not – it’s probably detergent.

You see, during World War II the glycerin in fats was needed to make armaments. Women turned in their scrap cooking fats to support the war effort and they learned to use oleo margarine and detergent instead of butter and soap. Their patriotism was truly remarkable and inspiring, but after the war, butter and soap had to contend with those new, yet firmly entrenched products developed during wartime. Many of these products could be mass produced for much lower prices.

But sometimes we do get what we pay for – like acne, dry stripped hair, suds that won’t rinse out of clothes, and phosphates polluting the water – and oh, yeah – TRANS FATS!!

So what’s in real soap?

Oil and water bound together with sodium hydroxide. That’s it. Basically, a fatty acid (the oil) combined with an alkali (the sodium hydroxide) creates a salt (the soap.) The alkali is neutralized in the reaction, leaving a cleansing, moisturizing compound we call “soap.”

We’ve experienced unbelievable results since we began using our own soaps, which, by the way, we wouldn’t ask you to pay money for if we weren’t willing to use it ourselves. Two of our teenagers are off oral medications for acne. We’ve heard several similar testimonials from others, too. One customer canceled a dermatology appointment for acne after just three days of using our soap. The more “senior” members of the family have experienced a decrease of lines and dryness.

Plus – we try to make it look and smell good.

We won’t claim it’s a cure-all for everything that ails you, but it’s a great shower companion.


All of our bath and body bars and shaving bars are made with palm oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. Shampoo bars are made with palm oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and castor oil.