You may have seen me post a little once in awhile about promotions/giveaways ecoSTORE USA was running on their Facebook page. (Have I mentioned how much I love Facebook? That seems to be how I find out about a lot of great companies.) They have a huge variety of
eco friendly products! Anyway, their slogan "No Nasty Chemicals" immediately intrigued me, so I decided to contact ecoSTORE USA about a product review during Earth Month. They were wonderfully generous, and offered two products of my choice to review. Since I have a little one who still fits in his baby bath tub (we don't have a real tub in our house), I chose the Sleepytime Bath. I had also recently seen that ecoSTORE USA released a new line of shampoo products, so I went with the Pear Shampoo.
"We've spent more than 15 years perfecting plant based products which are better for your health and the health of the planet." ~ecoSTORE USA
ecoSTORE USA's ingredients are 100% plant based. "No Nasty Chemicals" for the Sleepytime Bath means that it is free of toxic petrochemicals, lauryl or laureth sulphates, propylene glycol, dyes, artificial perfumes, parabens, cocamide DEA, and cocomidopropyl betaine. That is a huge list of bad chemicals that I was already aware of, so I'm really glad to see that this product is completely free of them. Based on some previous research I had done on chemicals (plant based or not) found in a lot of bath and beauty products, I have to say that I was disappointed that the Sleepytime Bath contains Polysorbate 20, and Phenoxyethanol.
I did it again, and made an assumption before I received the product of what it would be like. I immediately assumed "Sleepytime" meant lavender, and that it would be a type of lathering soap. I was partially right, but mostly wrong. The ecoSTORE Sleepytime Bath does contain Lavandula Officinalis (lavender essential oil), in addition to Geranium Maculatum Oil, and Eucalyptus Globulus Oil. The scent of the product is nothing like I expected, and works specifically to soothe, calm and relax by aromatherapy. This is not a soap, and it doesn't lather. Guess I need to learn to read instructions before using a product. To use the Sleepytime Bath, you simply pour a cap-full of it into warm water and swish around to make sure it's equally distributed in the water. That's it. The scent does all of the work. This product is designed to use on babies, however I think (if I had a tub) I would use it as well. My son seemed to be quite a bit more relaxed afterward, and although I didn't use it right before putting him to bed, he slept really well that afternoon during his nap. I'll have to make it a point to use it in the evening sometime, but bedtime in my house is a hectic adventure, so baths generally happen earlier in the day. I was hoping a little that it was more of a soap, so I could use it on my daughter who thinks it's fun to get up in the middle of the night.
"Our shampoos are plant and mineral-based with select natural oils to gently cleanse, soften and replenish your hair without removing its natural protective oils." ~ecoSTORE USA
The Pear Shampoo is a sulfate free shampoo. It is also free of Parabens, synthetic perfumes, dyes, and toxic petrochemicals. This is a 3 in 1 shampoo and is formulated to moisturize, volumize, and it is also color safe. The scent of the Pear Shampoo was great! It smelled like a fruit cup. I think it is one of my favorite shampoo scents I've had the pleasure of trying. However, I was hoping for a little more lather since the bottle instructs users to "Work into a rich lather." Keep in mind this is just personal preference, and doesn't mean that this is in any way a defect of the product. I just like more suds. I thought overall the Pear Shampoo is a good substitute to the shampoos out there that contain those "nasty chemicals". My hair felt clean, and smooth, which is exactly what I'm looking for. I'm not super picky about volumizing because it's really pointless with my hair. I have the straightest hair and nothing helps give it any amount of "oomph". As long as the shampoo doesn't make my hair greasy, which this didn't, I'm a happy camper.
I really like that ecoSTORE USA does not participate in animal testing, their products are GE (genetically engineered) free, and the shampoo bottle is #2 recyclable. I also am fond of a company when they manufacture their products in the USA. Although there were a few ingredients I personally didn't like, I really do appreciate ecoSTORE USA's transparency when it comes to listing all of their ingredients. I think this is a great quality, and not something every company willingly practices. I also appreciate their efforts when it comes to limiting harmful chemical exposure to their customers.
Take the time to find ecoSTORE USA on Facebook and on Twitter. They often have some fun giveaways going on. Also, for Earth Day they are offering a coupon code for 22% off purchases on their web site. Use code EARTH22.
*I received these products for free from ecoSTORE USA in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are 100% mine. See Disclosure Policy.