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Long before Melanie was born, I became more aware of my impact on the Earth and tried to take small steps toward making myself and my home toxin-free. I don't consider myself "green" - more like "greenish". Maybe a soft sage color. Can one be "sage"? Anyhoo, I tried to make little goals every few months that would allow my small changes to develop into long-term habits. For example, I insisted on using no-VOC paint throughout the interior of our house. So, when Melanie came along, I totally made a few environmentally-friendly choices. I breastfed, (mostly) cloth diapered, and made all her baby food. So, when it came to choosing disposable diapers and bath products for le bebe, I decided to try click on an offer for free samples from The Honest Company and see what all the hype was about. And, well, I have mixed reviews....
First up, the diapers. I can say with 100% confidence that these are the best damn disposable diapers that have ever touched my baby's ass. Like me, my girl has super sensitive skin and we have to be really careful with most diaper brands. If we leave them on for even a little bit too long... she gets terrible leaks and rashes. With the Honest diapers (and their cutie patootie designs), we did have some leaks (which, I understand is pretty common) but zero rashes. None. Nada. Nothing. Yes, the diapers are MUCH more expensive than other brands but since we only use them a few times a month and at night, we think they're worth the price.
Next, the wipes. Hate is not a strong enough word for these. They smell great and don't bother Melanie's skin but... they are flimsy as hell and a bitch to get out of the wipes packet. These just aren't worth it for me.
The cleaning products, I got a second sample pack with the all-purpose spray and hand wash. I like the smell of both of them (a pretty, almost citrus-y scent) but really don't find them to be any different from my Mrs. Meyer's products. If you can afford them - awesome, they are lovely. If you can't - no worries, use something else.
And the bath products, I got a sample of the shampoo + body wash and the lotion. Again, the products smell lovely but the shampoo is supposed to be tear-free and... it's not. It totally stings Mel's eyes. The lotion is fab and safe enough for Melanie to apply on her own (with supervision, of course). All in all, the products aren't bad but I'd totally try them out on a product-by-product basis.
The biggest issue I had with The Honest Company was, well, with The Honest Company. Here's the deal, in order to sign up for the free sample packs (and you're allowed two), you have to agree to a bundle subscription for them. No worries since they also have a 7 day cancellation policy. Don't like the stuff? Just cancel. Easy right? Noooope. First off, it takes a bit to get the samples (not long but your 7 days starts once you click order on the samples) and then you need to use them and form an opinion. However, you need to decide if you're going to cancel ASAP and start the process immediately. Because again, if you do not cancel your membership within 7 days of receipt they will automatically ship you the Bundle that corresponds to your selected samples and charge your credit card accordingly. I did the math wrong and ended up getting a huge credit card bill (along with bunches of perfectly lovely products but... THAT BILL) and nearly had a heart attack.
So, of course, I sucked it up, realized it my mistake, and immediately tried to cancel. But not so fast! The Honest Company makes it REALLY difficult to cancel anything. First up, they do not have a way to cancel your order via their website (stupid, right?) so you have to call their customer service department... which is only open Monday - Friday 5AM - 5PM PST. Ugh. And while the customer service reps are very nice and all, they definitely try to hard sell you on not cancelling. You will have to go around in a few circles and be very firm. I mean, they're nice and all but they totally don't make it easy for you to just cancel. And also, this didn't happen to me but it did to several of my blogging friends so be aware. MAKE SURE THAT YOU GET A CANCELLATION EMAIL OR CONFIRMATION NUMBER. Several people told me that they canceled, never received an email, and then got a delivery + charged later. When they called to see what happened, they were basically told "no email, no cancellation". OY.
Really, I do like the company's stuff and if you can afford their monthly bundle subscriptions - do it. It's awesome to have that box appear on your door and never worry about running out of stuff. And I do LOVE their diapers.
Will any of you be trying out The Honest Company?