Like many of you, I do my best to try to live natural and green. I’ll admit, I’m not the most crunchy or green person out there, but I do my best. I purchase natural when possible, and I try not to waste anything that could be used for something else! One of the biggest challenges I’ve faced when it comes to finding natural products for my home, is that some of the natural ones don’t seem to work that well, or if they do, the smell can be offensive. Or if you do find one you like, it costs an arm and a leg! For me, this has been especially true when it comes to cleaning agents, such as body soaps, laundry and dish soaps, as well as household cleaners! It gets frustrating, because I don’t like forking out money, trying brand after brand of every product imaginable! It gets rather time-consuming and not to mention, wallet-draining!
I was thrilled when I was offered the chance to try a couple products from the EcoStore.
Needless to say, I made a beeline right for the laundry powder and baby wash! These are two of the products on my “hard-to-find” list. Now for those of you looking, you can find EcoStore products at Meijer and Duane Reade stores…
Plant Based All Natural Laundry Powder
I cloth diaper (just in case anyone missed that memo!) so, as you can imagine, I end up with a LOT of laundry… And I’m not like a lot of people… I have about 1-2 dozen diapers, so with two kids, I have to wash mine every day… And at the very least, every other day, depending how well Maddi does in her big girl undies during the day. Personally, it’s a great motivator. Before we switched to cloth, I was horrible about keeping up with laundry. It’d pile and pile, but now, it always gets done. Why? Because it has to. It isn’t optional anymore. We won’t use disposables, and even if we would, I’m not spending the money on them. So, as a result, laundry gets done quite often. Call it gross, but I rinse the diapers and just wash them with my clothes, and I never have any issues. But, alas, I am going off on a tangent…
Back to the main point… We do a lot of laundry, and we’ve tried a lot of different soaps. I try to bargain hunt when it comes to laundry detergents, and I like the get as many loads out of a package as I can, especially with as much laundry as we do.
The EcoStore has two different versions of the laundry powder available; one version for a top loader and another version for a front loader. Unfortunately, I’m still rocking a toploader, so I got to try that version.
One of the first things I noticed when I opened the laundry powder, was that the smell wasn’t overwhelming. It was very mild, and almost refreshing. And even though it’s made with coconut, it didn’t smell of coconut. (Sorry to all of you coconut fans! I can’t stand it!)
You use it just like any other laundry powder, measure, drop into the washer, and cycle! I loved it. My clothes came out smelling clean, but not scented. So many detergents make your clothes smell scented with fragrances and perfumes, rather than just clean.
Want to know one of the coolest parts? You can actually understand the ingredient list!
Palm and coconut based non-ionic and anionic surfactants
Silicates and carbonates (simple mineral salts)
Citrates (from citrus)
Cellulose (plant based)
Natural lemon verbena oil
Baby Body Wash
This one was fun! As you can imagine, I have two little ones, and they’re constantly making messes. I’m the type of mom who says “Forget the bibs,” and just strips the kid down and lets them eat naked and take a bath afterward. This is often the beginning of most baby-related messes in our house, believe it or not.
We stopped using typical commercial baby washes and shampoos awhile ago, when we read about some of the chemicals they contained. We also didn’t like the idea of “no tear” formulas in baby washes, considering that they aren’t truly 100% gentle and mild, but rather that they contain anesthetizing properties that make it so that the baby can’t cry when it gets into their eyes.
The Baby Body Wash from the EcoStore was much like the laundry detergent… No, it won’t clean clothes… But the smell was mild. It wasn’t overbearing and strong. It had a soft, gentle, clean smell. Baby wash and shampoos make all of the difference, especially when you consider that the soap you use on them, is what you’ll smell later when you’re cuddling up together!
My Overall Review
Based on five factors, each ranging from one star to five stars which are then averaged out, the Coddlelife baby bottle received 4.6 stars!
Fulfills Purpose Well – 5 Stars
I was able to get my filthy little munchins cleaner than a whistle with the baby wash, and my clothes came out clean and fresh smelling! I even used it on my cloth diaper laundry, and they came out clean and smelling nice! That says something, because the diapers are usually the tougher ones to wash!
Design & Visual Appeal – 4 Stars
The product works well, and I loved the design of the laundry soap box, but the baby wash bottle was a little difficult to graph because of the shape.
Ease of Use – 5 Stars
Easy-cheesy-lemon-peesy! Simply wash your clothes or baby as normal… However, you can’t blame EcoStore if your babies squirm and wiggle and throw a fit getting washed like Danny did!
Affordability – 4 Stars
The prices were about average for the products being offered, and were comparable to most others in the same market. Earth-Friendliness – 5 Stars
Thumbs up on this one! All EcoStore products are made with natural, safe and “nasty checmical free” ingredients! They’re biodegradable, and safe for you, your home, your family, and the planet! Way to go, EcoStore!