Sunday, April 5, 2009

Ecostore USA Review & Giveaway!

I have to admit, we are far from being the crunchy granola types. We are, however, working on being green and were really excited when I was approached by ecostore USA to review some products. Founded in New Zealand over 15 years ago (a country close to our hearts as it's Uncle Kiwi's homeland) ecostore NZ is now a well known brand in over 600 retail outlets throughout the country. They export to Australia and the United Kingdom, as well.

Ecostore USA offers over 100 products, each one meeting the most stringent environmental and sustainability standards. The guiding principle of every formulation is and will always be that the end product must not only be good for the user, but good for the planet.

Oh, and did I mention easy on the pocketbook??

The Reviewed Products:

Dishwash Liquid:

Gentle on your skin yet effective on your dishware the Ecostore USA Dish Liquid has great grease cutting power and leaves a light, fresh fragrance. Free of any synthetic chemicals, your family and the planet will appreciate it! (17 fluid ounces)
Palm and coconut based ionic, non-ionic and anionic surfactants
Mineral hydroxide
Natural citrus oil

With 5 of us now in the house we are constantly doing dishes. I was very impressed with the cleaning power, the light fragrance AND that a little bit goes a long way. Love that!

Laundry Liquid:
Ecostore USA uses 100% Certified Organic Eucalyptus oil and plant-based ingredients, making it ideal for washing your children’s clothing. Conventional laundry liquids often leave chemical residue on bedding, clothes and even skin. This product is a wonderful, healthy alternative. (33.8 fluid ounces)
Palm and Coconut based non-ionic and anionic surfactants
Fatty acid derivative
Mineral hydroxide
Certified organic Eucalyptus oil

Another constant in our little village is laundry... it's never ending. Although always trying to budget properly and save where I can, I am very particular about laundry soap. From how clean the clothes actually come out to how they smell. It's something I don't scrimp on. Nantie is also sensitive and can get nasty headaches from certain fragrances. I am pleased to report we both were impressed. I love the fresh, light smell and the clothes were perfectly laundered. Once again, a little went a long way. Most excellent!

Pure Oxygen Whitener:
The Pure Oxygen Whitener contains oil of citrus and Coconut and other plant-based ingredients. Ecomommas will love the way this product brightens and cleans baby’s clothes and does not contain any harsh chemicals that could irritate delicate skin.(35.3 ounce size)
Carbonates (simple mineral salts)
Sodium percarbonate (oxygen producing whitener)
Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda)
Citrates (from citrus)
Highly biodegradable surfactant
Natural citrus oil

No lie.. our whites are whiter (minus eye watering bleach smells) and our colors seemed brighter. Love it!

Vanilla Soap:

Don't be shy about using the Vanilla Soap all over your body. Ecostore created their soaps with vegetable oils and natural essential oils that are great for daily use. (2.9 ounces)
Sodium Palmate (palm oil)
Sodium Cocoate (coconut oil)
Sodium chloride (salt)
Vegetable Glycerine
Tetra Sodium Etidronate and Tetra Sodium EDTA (antioxidants used to preserve the stability of vegetable oils in soap base. Derived from vinegar. Safe for skin).

I must confess, I didn't actually use this soap for several days. I would just open the box and smell it. Oh my goodness, it smells sooo good. I finally put it out for all to use and it's silky smooth. It's schmancy enough to be put in the guest bathroom but will also be used in the shower. By me. And only me. I claim that as a perk.

I was totally impressed with all of the products reviewed and will continue to be a customer of ecostore USA!!


Surf over to ecostore USA and check out all their products. Come back and comment on what you would like to try and why. Next Sunday (April 12th) an entry will be chosen at random for a $25 gift certificate to ecostore USA!

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Have fun and GOOD LUCK!


Angela R. said...

I would love to try the laundry soap! Btw....Ive been following your blog for a long time now,and I love it! I am so let down when I sign on and there is no new posts from
I am a new blogger myself, and I dont think anyone has even looked at my blog yet, I dont really know how to "get out there" any tips?

Liz K. said...

is this stuff in stores yet or just online? with having lupus, we are always looking for more natural products and to be greener of course!

Carolyn G said...

I would love to try the coconut soap. These products look fantastic.

Carolyn G said...

I follow your blog

Carolyn G said...

I stumbled. My user name is carogonza

Melissa said...

Lizzie- No retail shops in the US that I am aware of BUT FREE SHIPPING this month!

Angela- Welcome to the Blogosphere! I highly recommend joining us over at The Classy Closet Jen has a great group called Blogging For Newbies you may be very interested in!!

Michelle said...

I would love to try the baby nappy balm... Melissa.. I have news!!! been too afraid to officially post about it though.. but it's looking GREAT!! :) lets just say, I need the baby nappy balm!!!!!!

Michelle said...

I'm a follower!!

Michelle said...

I have your button!

Emily N. said...

Toilet Cleaner because I've tried a few different brands and I'm still looking for the best eco-friendly toilet cleaner.

Mama Bunny said...

I moved to Portland, Oregon five years ago when I got married. Everybody here is really crunchy. I didn't get it at first. But slowly over time I've been changing my habits one at a time to be more green. Especially with a crawling baby around. I would love to green my dish cleaning department. So it'd be great tp try the auto dish soap and regular dish soap. And of course...the vanilla soap!

Green & Clean Mom said...

Happy Easter! Thought you and your readers might want to become Fans of the Ecostore USA Facebook Page for great discounts, news and deals. We're also on Twitter @ecostoreusa

Lots of cool events this month to check out at the Facebook event page. Also there is FREE shipping this month on orders over $25. Hope you help in spreading the word about this and thanks for the great review!


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