an Honest review

Thursday, October 24, 2013

I have mentioned my use of Honest products a few times on here and since then I’ve received numerous emails and messages asking how I like their products and the company.  So my sweet friends, here it is.  What I think of my Honest experience…
I've always been a pretty health-conscious person.  I like eating things that are good for my body and help me feel my best.  I’ve learned in my 27 (almost 28) years of life that my choices as to what I put into my body have an immense effect on my mind too.  Now that isn’t to say I don’t loooooove my sweets.  Because I do.  I have chocolate every day and usually ice cream too.  It’s part of a food group somewhere I swear.  But overall, I make healthy choices for myself and my family. 

When I became pregnant last December, I became even more aware of the choices I was making.  All of a sudden I felt responsible for a little life.  A life that was not my own.  An innocent little life that depended on me for its every need and well-being.  I wanted to be the best vessel I could while carrying this precious gift.  So I became even more aware of what I was eating and kicked my walks into a consistent stride.
But there was more.  I am a big believer in eating organic whenever possible.  My college roommate used to say, “You will either pay the grocer or the doctor.  You choose.”  And I couldn’t agree more.  Now we don’t eat everything organic over here, and trust me, my pantry is full of all of the inorganic necessities like pop tarts, popcorn and chips.  But we try to stick with organic fruits and veggies when possible since those are the hot ticket items when it comes to pesticides.

But unfortunately pesticides and nasty chemicals don’t just spend their days latching on to your fruits and veggies.  They can weasel their way into almost all of your every day home ingredients as well.  I mean the chemicals in our lotions and detergent can irritate our skin on contact - ew.  That knowledge left me feeling overwhelmed and kind of hopeless.  I mean, how can I protect myself and my baby from all of these nasty chemicals?  Well I bought Jessica Alba’s book, The Honest Life, and really related to her approach.  Do what you can when you can.  She recommended started small but starting somewhere.  So that’s what I did.  I was stricter about buying organic fruit and veggies and even started using some organic face products.  But still, I wanted to do more.  So I researched The Honest Company and decided to give it a whirl. 
I just tried a few of their cleaning products to see if I liked them first and now I’m hooked and on a regular 6 week delivery system.  I love them.  Their plant-based ingredients left me feeling more comfortable about what was touching my body, what I was inhaling and ultimately what I was putting into my body and my growing baby. 



Now before I continue with some of my favorite products, I want to say this.  I feel like so many people think “organic living” is too expensive.  In this day and time, with the economy like it is, you need to cut costs wherever possible.  I fully understand that.  But I think what a lot of people don’t realize is, when planning ahead and shopping smart, organic foods and products really aren’t that much more.  And I believe in making sacrifices in other places to be able to afford in others.  I mean what’s more important than your well-being?  I think that’s worth the investment.  I’ve also found that Honest products are not that much more than my other regular household products either.  And you can pick and choose what you need, when you need it, and how often you get it.  So if you spend 30 bucks one month on 6 cleaning supplies, chances are you won’t need more of them for at least a few more months.  That’s another thing I love about this company.  Some of my friends shy away because of the automatic thing.  They think that once you enroll, you’re “stuck” like a lot of other automatic shipping companies.  But Honest is different.  You can pause your shipments at any time, change the dates for your deliveries and change the length between your auto-shipments if you want.  I currently do not need anything from Honest so I changed my next shipment date to December 1.  Then about a week before that I will get an email reminding me to go online and update my shipment with the products I need.  So at that time, I’ll reassess if I need anything and if so, what I need.  If I still don’t need anything, I’ll reset my shipment date for February 1 and re-evaluate again then.  So the automatic-shipping thing is %100 in my control. 

So to answer all of the emails and messages I’ve gotten since mentioning these products on here, yes.  Yes I love Honest products and yes I love the company.  I think it’s an affordable and convenient way for families to eliminate the nasty chemicals in their home, while still getting quality, affordable products.  I’ve listed my three favorite products below for ya’ll to check out and I’m excited because we just started using Honest Diapers so I’ll let ya’ll know what I think of those soon!  Interested in checking out Honest? CLICK HERE.

Detergent – I love this.  So so so much.  I washed all of G’s clothes in it before she arrived and not only does it smell amazing, it does the trick of other, harsher, detergents.  I do wish the bottle wasn’t so tall though because it doesn’t fit in my laundry cabinet, but hey -  I pick my battles. – OH and the stain remover is amaze too!  But in an effort to only highlight 3 of my faves, I’ll move on.

All Purpose Cleaner – I use this alllllllllll the time.  I wipe down my kitchen counters nightly with this.  I also use it to quickly clean bathroom sinks and bedside tables.  It smells yummy too.

Bug Spray – I know this isn’t cleaner or anything, but I love this stuff.  It smells good and isn’t sticky.  I haaaaaaaaaate bugs.  Ew.  Gross.  We live close to the water and mosquitos are a real problem around here.  I even got G a mosquito net for her stroller.  Paranoid?  Maybe.  But I also loooooooooooove being outside.  Enter bug spray.  It is a safe and smell-good way for my family to enjoy life outside without pesky bugs!


So friends those are my favorite three!  But truth be told – there are so many I didn’t mention.  The fruit and veggie wash?  Yes yes yes.  The toilet cleaner?  Amaze.  Hand sanitizer?  I have it at my sink, in my car and in all of my bags.  So go check out their other products HERE.  And no I wasn’t paid or given anything in return for this post.  Although I do wish Jessica Alba would shoot me an email every now and then… Jess play date soon?  Haven and Georgia would be the best of friends I just know it!




5 comments :

Natalie | Mrs. Janney | said...

I have been going back and forth for MONTHS literally trying to decide if I want to do the cleaning bundle. My husband keeps telling me to do it. Mostly I want the laundry detergent because I read that you can use it for cloth diapers. But I know I would use the all-purpose cleaner every day as well. You've convinced me (AGAIN). I am going to do it.

I love the reviews you've given lately. The Mrs. Patel's Mother Milk tea is SO YUMMY! I am really glad you blogged about it. :)

Katie Cook said...

This is so cool! A friend of mine works for their company in LA! SOooo cool!!! Love you

Chelsea Mac said...

We love Honest and ALL of their products! I was so stoked they launched right before our little peanut was born. Happy to have found your little space on the internet!!

Britt R said...

Oh I loved your review and agreed with every single word! We love honest, too! And it is only a matter of time when I get the cleaning products. I guess we are just kind of used to seventh generation for that stuff, so I am hoping to get on the subscription for that too.
And, I couldn't agree more with making sacrifices in other areas to be able to afford organic. well said!
great review girl :) Jessica would be proud ;)

Britt R said...

Oh I loved your review and agreed with every single word! We love honest, too! And it is only a matter of time when I get the cleaning products. I guess we are just kind of used to seventh generation for that stuff, so I am hoping to get on the subscription for that too.
And, I couldn't agree more with making sacrifices in other areas to be able to afford organic. well said!
great review girl :) Jessica would be proud ;)

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