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Grove Collaborative [Review]

It’s only fortuitous that I stumbled upon Grove Collaborative during my prime nesting time. Just ask Robb. I don’t really like cleaning but all of a sudden, I found myself excited about cleaning products and getting our house spotless before Lil Bean arrived. Ever since we started dating, I would occasionally get bitten by the organization bug (typically when he’s out of town so that he doesn’t see what I’m tossing as I’m cleaning the pantry or linen closet) but that has certainly increased during my pregnancy.

I think that he’d love it if I didn’t come up with a new project for him to do every time I started organizing something.

I’ve always been a little funny about my cleaning supplies. I prefer products that are non-toxic and have not been tested on animals. Not that we’re introducing a little one into our home, it is even more important that I focus on that. I do make a lot of my own products, such as toilet bombs and a linen spray but it is nice to have some other options around the house, especially if I’m feeling lazy.

Enter Grove Collaborative. Grove Collaborative is an online service that allows you to pick out the best natural products and have them delivered to the door. They are a Certified B Corp which means that they have passed the most rigorous standards for businesses that prioritize social, environmental, and community well-being (other companies include Patagonia and Seventh Generation). Not only do they featuring cleaning supplies but they also feature items for children (such as toothpaste, vitamins, and diapers) and other personal care items.

There’s no fee to join and shipping is a flat rate of $2.99. They do have a VIP program that provides you with free shipping along with some other perks (such as free items) but you really can’t beat $2.99 shipping.

So here’s what I got:

Can you believe that I got all of this for only $20.91?? I receive a free four-piece gift set with my first purchase AND they added in the glass spray bottle as an extra bonus.

  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Surface Scrub (Lavender)
  • Glass Spray Bottle: I can’t wait to use this spray bottle for one of my own cleaning blends.
  • Method – Tub & Tile Spray (Eucalyptus Mint): I was running low on energy by the time I started to clean the shower but this spray smelled amazing and I think it made a difference. I still need to get down and dirty with the shower.
  • Full Circle – Grunge Buster Grout and Tile Brush
  • Method – Daily Steel Cleaner: This item is the one that I was most excited about receiving. All of our appliances are stainless steel and they always end up so smeared with fingerprints and general grime. After using the cleaner just once, I was amazed at how shiny our appliances were!
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Hand Soap (Lemon Verbena)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Dish Soap (Apple Cider)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s – Multi-Surface Cleaner (Lemon Verbena): I decided to use this cleaner on our pantry shelves as I was organizing. I love the smell and it isn’t overpowering.
  • Walnut Scouring Pad

While some of these products do contain fragrances, they are non-irritating, non-toxic and fully biodegradable. Until I get to the point where I make all of my own cleaning supplies, I feel like this is a step in the right direction!

Use my referral link to get an extra $10 off your order after signing up.

Ecocentric Mom – October 2017 Pregnancy Box

Ecocentric Mom is a monthly subscription box for moms who want to discover the best non-toxic, organic, natural and unique products for themselves, their babies and their homes. Boxes ship around the 25th of each month and make the PERFECT gift for a mom-to-be or new mom! At $27.99 for one month, the box is suitable for almost any budget.

I couldn’t wait to receive my Ecocentric Mom Pregnancy box and as soon as it arrived, I tore into it. October’s theme featured products geared towards a Healthy Home.

My box included:

  • “Simon” Hedgehog/Owl Toy by Lilliputiens – This fun, reversible toy is machine washable and is perfect for attaching to strollers and play gyms. I can’t wait for Lil Bean to be able to one day get his hands on it! Retail value: $24.99
  • Natural Hydrating Lip Gloss in Raspberry Rose by Pure Lano – I love the color of this lip gloss and the way it felt on my lips (it’s non-sticky). It’s the perfect shade for fall and the case includes a light and a mirror for easy application. Retail value: $24
  • Organic Coconut Oil by Coconut Karma – This coconut oil comes in a portable package (with a re-sealable cap) to help you continue your habits like daily oil pulling, coconut oil coffee drinking, and hair and skin moisturizing, even when you’re away from home. Retail Value: $5.33
  • Wool Dryer Balls by Ecocentric Mom – Even though I already have a set of wool dryer balls, I don’t mind having another stash. I love using wool dryer balls – they reduce wrinkles, soften fabrics, shorten drying time, and can be mixed with essential oils to make your laundry smell great. They are a great all-natural and chemical-free addition to your laundry routine. Retail Value: $16.95
  • Botanical Luxe Bath: Freshwoods + Spearmint by True FormulationTrue Formulation handmakes all of their products with absolutely zero chemicals, preservatives, and fillers  to provide a luxurious bath experience with a blend of oils and an accompanying botanical mix to help relieve stress, soothe aching joints, and stimulate circulation. Retail Value: $18
  • Laundry Suds: Citrus by Lilac Moon Company – Lilac Moon Company is a mom owned business, which I love! They create everything in small batches, including this liquid laundry detergent. I made my own laundry detergent, but I couldn’t help but to use this right away. The citrus scent provides the perfect perk to your clothing!

I actually loved everything that I received in my box even though I don’t have plans to use some of it right now. I love the care that Ecocentric Mom takes when they are choosing items for their box. I’ve tried a couple of other subscription boxes during my pregnancy but prefer this one because their ideology aligns with my own. Plus, I feel like I certainly received products with a value higher than the cost of the box.

That being said, I’m really trying to save every penny that I can for when I am on maternity leave, so I decided to take a month or two off until I see what my budget will look like post-baby.

 Ecocentric Mom box

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