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Good Earth Beauty's Bentonite Clay Detox

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Smells great and moisturizes, too!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Non-toxic ingredients, soap comes cardboard recyclable box.
Value: 
5
Pricier than other soaps, but high quality soap in eco-friendly packaging
Overall Rating: 
4

good earth beauty soapMy whole family really loves this soap!  It has a mild, fresh, smell, instead of being overly fragrant.   The essential oils include avender, litsea, and patchouli, making for a really pleasant and clean smell.

The soap isn't drying and does a good job moisturizing - even during winter months where my skin usually gets dry.  The bentonite clay is detoxing and great for you skin!... read more

Bodifresh

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Better for your plumbing than flushable wipes
Greenness Rating: 
5
Greener than flushable wipes
Value: 
5
A little goes a long way!
Overall Rating: 
5

bodifreshLots of us, especially those of us with little kids, rely on flushable wet wipes.   When I was potty training my son, I went and bought some flushable wet wipes from CVS, only to find out that they're not so flushable after all.   I learned that wet wipes don't break down the way that toilet paper does.   Not only does it clog toilets, they can also damage plumbing and sewage systems.    Not so good for the environment.

When I found out about Bodifresh, I was excited to find out about a safer, greener option than the not-so-flushable wet wipes.  It comes in a little recyclable pump, which is good for 120 wipes.   They come in a variety of scents.  My son much prefers BodiFresh over wet wipes...I wish I knew about these sooner because this would even work in place of baby wipes!... read more

Good Earth Beauty's Exfoliating Shower Whip Coconut Lime

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Smells great, exfoliates, and feels good on my skin
Greenness Rating: 
5
No synthetic scents, short ingredient list
Value: 
5
A little goes a long way
Overall Rating: 
5

Good Earth beauty shower whipI love the shower whip from Good Earth Beauty!  It smells fresh, without being overly strong.  It exfoliates, but gently so my dry and sensitive skin doesn't feel irritated afterwards.  I even use it on my 3 year old's little feet after he plays in the dirt because he likes the way it feels and it cleans his feet better than regular soap!... read more

Brush with Bamboo: An Eco-Friendly Toothbrush

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
A toothbrush made from bamboo
Greenness Rating: 
5
Made from untreated bamboo, not plastic
Value: 
4
2-pack for $11/99
Overall Rating: 
4

bamboo toothbrushI recently had the opportunity to try a bamboo toothbrush made by Brush with Bamboo.  Previously, I never really gave much thought to my toothbrush, but did you know that each toothbrush will take over 1,000 years to degrade in a landfill?   With over 2 billion toothbrushes thrown out every year worldwide, that is a lot of toothbrushes sitting in a landfill.   Plus, the plastic packaging for most toothbrushes will contribute to even MORE waste.

In comes Brush with Bamboo.  Brush with Bamboo makes quality bamboo toothbrushes using 100% compostable bamboo packaging.  The bristles are BPA-free.... read more

Andalou Naturals Clementine Toner

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Works great on my combination skin
Greenness Rating: 
5
70% organic, company has a commitment to sustainability
Value: 
5
$12.95 for 6 oz, but the bottle will last you a long time.
Overall Rating: 
5

all natural skin tonerI love the Clementine + C Toner from Andalou Naturals.  I have acne-prone combination skin, and this toner works well on both dry and greasy patches on my face without overdoing it or irritating my skin.  It also gives my skin a much needed "boost" and helps it look fresher and clearer.

I love the clementine scent.  It reminds me of one of my favorite fruits (who doesn't love a clementine?) and it's not artifical or too heavy smelling.... read more

EO Products: Organic Lavender Lip Balm

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Lip balm that tastes good and works!
Greenness Rating: 
4
Certified organic!
Value: 
5
Better deal than most organic lip balms
Overall Rating: 
5

I am a lip balm junkie.  I've been a lip balm junkie since I was in kindergarten, and I imagine I will be for the rest of my life.  Luckily, there are a lot more lip balm options than when I was a kid, and I don't have to resort to artifical-tasting and lip-drying Lip Smackers and Chapstick.  

EO's lavender lip balm tastes natural and not overly perfumey, as it is made with a blend of essential oils instead of a concotion of mystery fragrances.  It goes on smooth and helps even very chapped lips.  It's definitely one of my favorite lip balms, and it's cheaper than many other certified organic lip balms that I've found.... read more

EO Products: Foaming Hand Soap - Lavender and Aloe

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Nice smell, doesn't dry my hands
Greenness Rating: 
5
Biodegradable, some organic ingredients
Value: 
3
A little expensive - $8.99 for 8.5 oz.
Overall Rating: 
4

This is great hand soap.  I love foaming soaps, and this one smells really good.  It smells like good old fashioned essential oils, not weird "fragrances" or anything like that.   Because of the aloe, it doesn't dry my skin out like many other types of soaps do.  

The ingredients include many essential oils, organic herbs, organic tea, and organic aloe vera, and no sodium lauryl sulfate.  ... read more

EO Products: Coconut Hibiscus Shampoo and Conditioner

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Smells awesome, makes my hair look and feel nicer
Greenness Rating: 
5
Made with essential oils and organic ingredients, sulfate-free
Value: 
4
More expensive than some shampoos, but a good, eco-friendly brand
Overall Rating: 
5

eo products shampooLast week I reviewed a detangler by EO Products.  Like I mentioned in that review, I have difficult, unmanageable hair and the detangler helped a lot.  EO's shampoo and conditioner also helped tame the unruliness.  My hair feels uncharacterstically soft, easy to brush, and it's less of a frizzy mess.  And I even see a little bit of a shine to it!... read more

EO Products: French Lavender Detangler Spray

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Wonderful detangler!
Greenness Rating: 
5
Made with essential oils and organic ingredients
Value: 
5
At $9.99 a bottle, cheaper than many other brands, natural or not
Overall Rating: 
5

eo products detanglerI love this stuff!  My hair is thick, wavy, frizzy, unruly, and often VERY hard to brush.  It's also dry, so I don't wash it every day.  

On the days I don't wash my hair, this detangler helps a great deal.  It helps get the brush through my hair in the morning.  It also helps smooth out the frizz and makes my hair look a little less unruly for at least a few hours.  The lavender scent is pleasant, but not overwhelming or artificial smelling.  ... read more

Pacific Shaving Company All Natural Shaving Cream

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Works great, gentle on skin
Greenness Rating: 
5
Green ingredients, some organic ingredients, too!
Value: 
4
Expensive, but a little goes a long way
Overall Rating: 
5

I've been using Pacific Shaving Company's All Natural Shaving Cream on my legs and it's been great.  You really don't need to use a lot of it to get a good lather and Pacific Shaving Company said that the little 3 ounce jar will last for up to 40 shaves.  ... read more

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