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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

Lunchopolis

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
Really cute insulated lunch box
Greenness Rating: 
4
Helps create a waste-free lunch
Value: 
5
Only $20 for lunch box, beverage container, and four food containers
Overall Rating: 
4

lunchopolisThe Lunchopolis, by New Wave Enviro Products, is awesome.   For only twenty bucks, you get an insulated lunch box, a beverage container, two small snack containers, and two larger containers which are good for sandwiches and whatnot.  

While not as green as stainless steel food containers, they are BPA-free and reusable.  They're also a lot cheaper than stainless steel options.  They're sturdier than most inexpensive plastic containers and without a BPA plasticky smell.... 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

Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Sacks

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Reusable produce bags
Greenness Rating: 
5
Can replace plastic produce bags at the grocery store
Value: 
5
$1.99 for a 3 pack!
Overall Rating: 
5

reusable produce bags

These reusable produce bags are awesome.  I had been on the look-out for mesh produce bags for a while, and I was so excited to find them at my local Star Market.  

A lot of people -- even greenies -- don't think about purchasing reusable bags specifically for produce.   In an effort to reduce plastic use in our lives, reusable produce bags can make a big difference.  ... read more

Tots Bots Easy Fit Cloth Diapers

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
4
Great diaper after double stuffing with an extra insert
Greenness Rating: 
5
Eco-friendly fabrics, including bamboo
Value: 
3
Runs at about $24 and you'll probably need to buy extra soakers
Overall Rating: 
4

tots bots easy fit

We recently got our first Easy Fit Diaper by Tots Bots from ThanksMama.com.  I loved the cute star pattern and how trim it was compared to most of our other cloth diapers.  I also thought that it was very cool that the liner was attached to the diaper, so you just need to stuff it right in.

Unfortunately, within a half hour, my son was absolutely drenched.  It had leaked like crazy.  I thought maybe it was a fluke, but it happened a few more times.  Then I started stuffing it with an extra soaker...and it now works great.   Leaks less than our old BumGeniuses (which are not holding up so well after a year and a half of use, btw) and Smartipants, too.  Even with the extra soaker, it's far less bulky than most cloth diapers.  ... read more

Clean + Green Furniture Refresher

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
Works great, no weird smell
Greenness Rating: 
5
Recyclable can, ozone safe, non-toxic
Value: 
4
Reasonably priced
Overall Rating: 
5

clean + green seayuClean + Green's Furniture Refresher works very well.   It helps remove those pet smells as well as pet stains.  I love that it gets rid of pet odors without any gross overpowering artificial smells.  (I'm looking at you, Febreeze!!! You're gross!)  

You can use it on pet beds, pillows, plastic, leather, etc.  I used it on my leather sofa and it didn't leave a residue or didn't discolor the couch.  You don't need to scrub or rinse anything afterwards, so it's incredibly easy to use.

The can is recyclable and ozone safe.  The ingredients are non-toxic, biodegradable, and non-carcinogenic, unlike many of the alternatives.  ... read more

Best Dog Poop Bags: Biodegradable Pet Waste Bags from BioBag Make the Job Easy and Earth-Friendly

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
These Dog Waste Bags make clean up super easy and are a sanitary on-the-go option.
Greenness Rating: 
5
The bags are 100% biodegradable, BPI Certified, and meet ASTM Specifications (read: They are very green)
Value: 
5
They are pretty much exactly the same price as non-biodegradable competitors.
Overall Rating: 
5

Dog Poop Bag Review biodegradable

Few things irritate me more than seeing a dog owner look the other way when their pooch does his business. As a responsible Golden Retriever owner, I believe it is my duty to respect my neighbors by picking up the poop. And believe me, my 80 pound dog's business is not small...... 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

Fair Trade T-Shirt Review: Green 3 USA-Made Tee

Review Summary
Keeness Rating: 
5
A cute, soft shirt that washes very well.
Greenness Rating: 
5
It's made 100% in the USA.
Value: 
4
At $34.95, it is a bit more than what you might get at your local megastore. But it washes well and will last a long time.
Overall Rating: 
5

Fair Trade T-Shirt

FairIndigo.com is a clothing and gift store dedicated to organic and fair trade production.  They carry several products from their own brand, as well as others, such as this Green3 Apparel super-soft T-shirt. ... read more