It’s no secret that people are starting to look at what they are putting, not only in their body, but on it, more selectively. There’s been quite an influx of really good product lines putting out skincare and makeup that are all natural, cruelty free, organic, non-toxic etc. Where I trained to be an esthetician we used the Yonka product line. The benefits of getting to know natural ingredients and their strengths in-depth was something that really shaped my outlook on how you treat your skin.
I didn’t expand this idea to all things quite yet, like cleaning supplies and makeup, but in the last few years it’s become important to me. One company that I was curious about was The Honest Co. the founder of which is Jessica Alba who was inspired to start the company once she became a mom and wanted to use products that were safe for her children. I went to their website and saw that you could get a sample of their products for $5.95 which covers the cost of the shipping. Once you sign up for the trial you’re enrolled in the monthly bundle. I’ll link to their FAQ’s here so you can get all of the details. Here is what you get in the Essential Discovery Kit and my thoughts on the products:
organic healing balm
I keep this by my bedside and use it on my hands every night before bed. It’s great because it’s not oily and doesn’t leave a residue on your hands. I was surprised how quickly this sinks into your skin given the texture. They call it an “ointment” and I think that’s the perfect way to describe it. It’s also a universal product that you can use anywhere. I have a feeling I’ll get more uses out of this as the winter months progress.
honest hand soap
The consistency of this is very thin, but the lavender scent isn’t overwhelming. I have since signed up for the bundle and I got the Lemongrass scent and I am really loving it. I would continue to use this soap in the kitchen and bathroom no problem. It will be a staple in my monthly bundle. They also have a mandarin scent that I will try out in my next delivery.
honest shampoo + body wash
I’m not much of a body wash person, I just use bar soap (also coming in my future bundle). I also have very high maintenance hair so I haven’t as of yet been able to switch over to “natural products” for my hair yet. I used this strictly as a body wash. Like the hand soap it’s very thin, but the scent, sweet orange vanilla, is amazing. I have to say that’s one of my favorite things about this line. Not only can you use all of the products worry-free, but the scents are so delicious and subtle.
honest face + body lotion
My skin, like my hair, is also high maintenance so I only used this is a body lotion and loved it. I’ve already ordered a full size in my last bundle. It doesn’t have much of a scent and it’s fairly lightweight. If you like your body lotions to have a strong or recognizable scent to them then you won’t like this. If you just want to moisturize your skin and keep it healthy knowing you’re using something that is good and safe then you can use this. Also if you like a thicker body lotion like a body butter you might feel this moisturizer isn’t strong enough for you.
honest multi-surface cleaner
I love this! I am making a future bundle all cleaning supplies and this will definitely be in it. It has this great citrusy fresh scent and doesn’t leave behind streaks or a filmy residue like other “green” cleaners I’ve tried. I am greatly looking forward to their other cleaning products like the air + fabric freshener-goodbye Febreeze.
Since this trial I have ordered my first bundle and I will be posting a full review of all of those products. I didn’t want to do it all together because I didn’t want to have a one thousand word post. Have you tried Honest or brands like it? I’d love to hear what you’ve tried and fell in love with so I can add it to a future bundle.