Wednesday, May 15, 2013

[Going Green] An Honest Review

It's been quite a while since I posted about my efforts and finds for creating a greener home and life.  I received a few questions about my satisfaction with The Honest Company and since I just received my first bundle delivery in months, I thought I'd post about my experience so far.

I previously posted about my experience with their adorable diapers, however, once we started cloth diapering, I canceled that portion of our delivery service.  When we sold our house and moved in with my in laws, I put cloth diapering on hold and just ordered a case of disposables from diapers.com (another favorite site of mine, can't beat the two day shipping!).  And that's been my go to for diapers at the moment.

I also placed our Family Essentials Bundles on hold until we would be settled in the new house.  I got my first reminder email in March that my delivery would be coming and since at the time I wasn't in need of any products, I just delayed my shipment another month.  That has to be one of the greatest perks of the service.  While they tote it as a monthly delivery service, it can be as frequently or sparse as you like.  I do believe the limit is close to 8 weeks, but once you are due for products you can edit your cart and delay it further if needed.  I like to wait until I actually need enough products so I feel as if I'm getting my money's worth.


This bundle I had hand soap, baby balm, bubble bath, body wash, and wipes delivered.  I wasn't a fan of the original wipes, but I know they redesigned them and I'm looking forwarding to comparing them to my current go to, Earth's Best.  While I was sent an old Healing Balm, it was also recently reformulated and the new version will be available next month, along with new and improved Body Oil and Face and Body Lotion.  I use the healing balm mainly for diaper rash, but it's also great for eczema flares, chaffing from new shoes rubbing, or even on myself for cuts.

I've been using the Shampoo + Body Wash on A almost exclusively since birth.  I occasionally switch to Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy when she's particularly dry or having a flare, which she hasn't since the temps started to rise.  I also use the lotion, but it's definitely more "summer weight" as I prefer to use a heavier cream on her during the winter months.  I'm looking forward to trying the Bubble Bath.

I've been pretty loyal to their hand soap, because well, it's hand soap.  I don't have a preference for Mrs. Meyers or Jergens or any other bigger store brand, this gets the job done and, bonus, is free of harsh chemicals. (Great for sticky toddler hands that still find ways into their mouth).  I also have their hand sanitizers, but don't find myself using them very frequently as the consistency is pretty gel like and it takes a while to dry. The bonus is that it isn't drying or have a strong smell, but give and take on that one.

As for the household and cleaning items, I used the Detergent exclusively on A's clothes from birth up until recently because I ran out.  She never showed signs of irritation and her clothes always came out clean.  I also have the Spot Treatment, but have rarely used it.  I'm sure as we hit the summer months with a toddler - think mud puddles, grass stains and popsicle drips, it'll come in handy.   The Multi Surface Cleaner I use almost daily on Ashlynn's highchair and our counter tops.  I am planning on switching to a DIY solution of water, baking soda, and vinegar, but have no problem using this for now as it's free of harsh chemicals and doesn't leave behind any toxic residues.


Products I haven't used to much are the Dish Soap, Fruit and Veggie Wash, and Dishwasher Gel.  Unfortunately, the dishwasher gel was my biggest disappointment with the brand.  It just didn't clean our dishes.  The dish soap I haven't had a chance to use as our sink pump of Dawn is never ending.  When it finally runs out I plan on switching, but that day might be next year as I've had the dish soap under our sink since last summer waiting.  The fruit and veggie wash is basically me being lazy.  I pulled it out and placed it at the sink as a reminder to use it!

So far, I've been pleased with the service and their commitment to constantly evaluating their products and consumer feedback.  It seems like they are frequently adding new items to their shop or reformulating their products.


Have you tried Honest Company?  Feel free to leave any questions I may not have covered!

Interested in joining, sign up HERE!


8 comments:

  1. I keep seeing this on blogs and I am wanting to check them out now. I love finding ways to clean around the house in a greener way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm really wary of companies that "greenwash" (make claims that they are green, when in fact they are full of chemicals - like Tide Free & Clear detergent, its worse than the Original!), and while I don't think Honest is perfect, for the price and effectiveness they are win for me! It seems like the greenest brands are hard to find and cost a fortune, so this is a happy medium.

      Delete
  2. I've been interested in Honest for a while and have been waiting to read a review like this. I'm glad to hear about the diaper balm--I've been looking for a new one.

    The back splash in your kitchen is so pretty, by the way!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The balm is definitely a balm, and not a cream (its more like an ointment than an A&D diaper cream) But it's full of good stuff and has so many uses!

      Delete
  3. Your review came just in time as I have a coupon that expires today!! Xo!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for your review; I've been trying a few of their products and was wondering about the home products too. I'm in love with the baby wash shampoo and have been using that too since my son was born. One thing I would also recommend looking into that is very "green" and completely natural... coconut oil. I use that as my baby's lotion and it is wonderful because not only does he smell great, but if he puts his hands in his mouth or you kiss him, you know that it is completely free of chemicals.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes! We love coconut oil! I use on diaper rash when it doesn't need something heavier duty like the healing balm and I use it to lotion her up after bath time too! She smells like a pina colada ;)

      Delete

I love hearing from my readers! Be sure to check back as I try to respond to all comments and questions here in the comment form :)