Monday, July 6, 2015

The Honest Company Essentials Bundle Review + $10 Discount Codes!

Celebrity endorsements are usually a sure fire way to guarantee I won't buy a product. I am not interested in paying a premium for the privilege of having a famous name attached. When I heard that Jessica Alba was the driving force behind The Honest Company, that was all I needed to avoid this brand.  (Nothing against Ms. Alba; it was just my knee-jerk reaction to celebrity involvement!) However, after reading tons of great reviews on The Honest Company's the Grinch, my hard consumer heart began to grow.

The Honest Company started out with a commitment to selling safe, eco-friendly, beautiful, convenient, sustainable and affordable products. The company boasts a strong social sensibility and reputation for integrity. Their site carries baby supplies (diapers, formula and baby gear), personal care and cleaning items and vitamins.  Recently, they began marketing three different types of bundles, "Diapers & Wipes", "Essentials" and "Organic Formula".  The idea is that these are all things that are used on a regular basis so why not subscribe and get them delivered monthly?

I honed in on the Essentials bundle which lets you mix and match five items among the 50+ in their personal care and home cleaning lines. Although the subscription defaults to monthly shipments, you can set the timing for any schedule you want. That was the clincher for me, since I knew I wouldn't need ALL of these products every month.

The cost of an Essentials bundle is $35.95 and you have the option to add three additional items at a 25% discount.  (I found a $19.95 deal on Zulily which is no longer available but you can still put your name on their notification list, if you're interested.)  The five items in my bundle are a multi-surface cleaner, a shampoo/body wash, conditioner, healing balm and a face & body lotion.  I also added two extra items, the bubble bath and a hand soap. 

The first item I tried was the bubble bath.  It has a very light and pleasant botanical scent and within a few minutes, produced a Hollywood movie set worthy bubble filled bathtub. Even better...the bubbles lasted all the way to the end of the bath. (Bubbles that vanish a third of the way through the bath are a pet peeve of mine!) This is a wonderful product and definitely will be a repeat for me.

The other item that I chose was the lavender scented hand soap. Although lavender is not my favorite scent, this is so subtle that it left my hands feeling and smelling very nice and clean.  I liked that the pump on this bottle does not produce a foam but dispenses the soap directly.  That means you get a more concentrated amount on your hands and it takes less product to get them clean.

Now for the five items in the bundle; these will remain the same in the next order unless I change them.  First is a 26 oz. bottle of multi-surface cleaner in White Grapefruit scent.  I have not tried this yet but it's a plant-based all-purpose cleaner that is non-toxic and biodegradable.  It can be used to clean countertops, toys, walls, wood, floors, porcelain, granite, electronics, grills, etc.  It's not like I don't have a place to try this out!  

I'm very glad they included a pump spray top for the cleaner. I'm guessing you don't get this again on future recurring orders but I don't know for sure.

I have read rave reviews on the next product, the organic healing balm.  This is an everyday salve and soothing treatment for anything that ails your skin.  It deeply hydrates, eases inflammation, promotes healing and restores skin.  They suggest using it on irritated skin, eczema, diaper rash, minor cuts and scrapes, etc.

This face and body lotion contains natural oils (olive, shea, jojoba and safflower) balanced with organic botanicals (chamomile, calendula and aloe) to leave skin feeling soft and hydrated.  Since I don't use a lot of body lotion, I'm really glad to see this is meant for the face as well.  It doesn't mention SPF so I think this would be a nice hydrating night cream for the face.

Of course, I had to try the shampoo and conditioner, both of which come in 8.5 oz. bottles and both of which are in Sweet Orange Vanilla scent.  The shampoo is a 2-in-1 hydrating cleanser which is organic and hypo-allergenic. It contains jojoba, quinoa proteins, organic coconut oil and several botanicals. It is pH balanced and won't strip natural oils. The conditioner is hydrating with plant-based humectants; it fights frizz, stops static, nourishes hair and boosts shine. Both products are free of SLS, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes, sodium chloride, formaldehyde, MEA, DEA, TEA and most common allergens....all in all, quite virtuous!

There you have it!  So far, I am impressed.  I had expected to buy one box, then cancel but these are clearly products that would raise the bar around my house.  The flexibility of being able to mix and match plus being able to time the box to meet your own needs is very appealing and makes this concept "doable" as far as I'm concerned.

Depending on when you check, there may be several Honest Company discounts available on Groupon's site.  You can also click here and use code INVITED10 or AMBASSADOR10 to get $10 off your first order of $25 or more.  I'm not sure but I believe this applies to either bundle orders or a la carte orders.

These products are not wildly exciting but they are things we all need and use on a daily basis. They meet very high quality and ethical standards and it's nice to find a site that puts them all together in one place. Check out The Honest Company and see if any of their monthly bundles or individual products might work for you!

Thanks for reading,


Disclosure:  Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own.  Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post may contain referral or affiliate links.

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