Tuesday, July 28, 2009

ecostore usa review and giveaway

***this giveaway is now closed***

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Ecostore USA to review some of their products and host a giveaway. I immediately visited their web site to learn more about this company and their products. I was certainly pleased and excited about what I learned. Ecostore originally started and became well established in New Zealand and now they are branching out to the USA. Right now they are based in Michigan but would like to sell their products in stores across the United States. If you don't live in Michigan, no worries, they have an online store. Anyway, here are just a few interesting bits of information from their site:

ecostore USA guarantees its products:
• are plant- and/or mineral-based and free of nasty chemicals (No nasty chemicals™)
• use safer ingredients from renewable resources • are formulated with your health in mind
• are safely super-concentrated
• meet the highest environmental standards
• have not been tested on animals
• are GE free (free of genetically-engineered products)
• are packaged in recyclable packaging

Doing good by nature

The team at ecostore USA loves making a difference in people’s lives. ecostore USA does not compromise on performance, so customers can be assured of the efficacy of the products - they truly work. We offer more than 100 products, each one meeting the most stringent environmental and sustainability standards. The guiding principle of every formulation is and will always be that the end product must not only be good for the user, but good for the planet.
So what does No Nasty Chemicals™ mean?

Our mission is to focus on individual health issues. Our ingredients are the principle factor in helping Ecostore achieve this goal. By eliminating hazardous toxins that are the basis of so many conventional cleaning products we not only help you but keep our planet in the best shape possible. Doing Good by Nature means taking the wonderful gifts that nature offers and developing plant based products that are safe, authentic and really work.

Amazing stuff, right? Before I even share my review I highly recommend that you go check out some of their products, but do come back for my review and giveaway! Also, you can follow ecostore USA on twitter and facebook to stay informed. You can also sign up for their free monthly newsletter to keep you up to date with any new

Okay, review time. Because this is Clothesline Chronicles I just had to request laundry related products and they willingly sent me a bottle of their laundry liquid as well as their pure oxygen whitener. Let me start with the laundry liquid. The smell is wonderful and light. Because the liquid is concentrated it only takes 3 Tbs per load of laundry. For a few years now I have been using a different "natural" laundry detergent but it is quite clear to me now that even the "natural" detergent I was using had added chemicals. Ecostore's laundry liquid works great and it is plant-based with no nasty chemicalstm! With two little kids that get their clothes soiled with food, markers, paint, dirt, and grass on a daily basis but also have sensitive skin it has been difficult to find a detergent that is effective yet safe and gentle on their skin. Well, let me tell you, I have found it! Some pieces of clothing that had been stained and declared play clothes were free of the set in stains after just one wash in ecostore's laundry liquid. The fresh eucalyptus scent is wonderful and my laundry is clean.
Now, for the Pure Oxygen Whitener. Oh my goodness! What a difference this product makes! It is safe for colors in the wash and brightens them like you will not believe. My girls have dresses that are very colorful and cute but they are hand-me-downs and have had years of wear. When I washed those dresses using the laundry liquid and the pure oxygen whitener the colors were vibrant and like new! The whitener need only be dissolved in water then put in the washing machine along with the laundry liquid. It has a light, fresh, clean scent. To really put the Pure Oxygen Whitener to the test I followed the recommended directions: dissolve only 2 Tbs of the whitener in 7 liters of water (in a bucket) then add the white laundry items and let soak over night. I really wanted to see if this would work. I put in some white socks that were ruined from wearing them around the house, white socks that were terribly stained by grass and and good ol' Virginia red dirt from cutting the grass and gardening, my favorite solid white t-shirt that was not so white anymore, and my kitchen towels that are solid white yet stained from months of messy cooking. I let them sit over night and ran them through the rinse cycle in the morning then hung them on the clothesline to dry. Wow! My t-shirt looked brand new! My socks were gleaming white again! My kitchen towels could no longer betray me and my messy cooking habits....they were as white as they day I bought them. Are you as excited as I am?! These are great products! Plant-based. Natural. Safe. Eco-friendly.
The generous people from ecostore USA have allowed me to host a giveaway so that you, too can enjoy some of their wonderful products. I get to giveaway a $25 Gift Certificate* for EcostoreUSA To enter the giveaway go visit their blog and sign up for the free monthly newsletter and check out their products then come back here, let me know that you signed up and share your favorite product.
You can also follow ecostore USA on twitter and facebook to keep up with the latest happenings.
So there you have it! Now it's up to you. I'll choose a winner on August 8th. To gain an extra entry you can blog about it...leave another comment here so I'll know you did.
*the giveaway is for US residents only


Anonymous said...

Hi , The ecostore laundry liquid sounds great!Enter me in the giveaway. Big G

Mary said...

Me too! I wonder how it would do on cloth diapers . . . .

Anonymous said...

Never heard of it!! Definitely sign me up! TY

Faye @ "GreenOrganicMama.com" said...

Great giveaway :)

Mary, if you do test that on cloth diapers, let me know. My daughter is finally potty trained, but we used cloth for a long time. If that detergent works well, drop me a line and I'll quote you on my "Cloth Diapering 101" feature on my blog.

Angela, thanks for hosting this giveaway, and linking on my Mister Linky :) I'd love to try the Auto Dish Powder. We're using the one from Seventh Generation right now, which aren't exactly the greenest products out there. But it works, which is more than I can say for a lot of the other brands of auto dish detergents. I'm willing to try anything :)

Don't forget about my green giveaway, too! A $30 variety pack of Fuji's newest line of eco-friendly EnviroMAX batteries (ends this Sunday at 5pm!! Hurry!!) :)

Have a lovely weekend! Good luck to all :)

Saph @ Walk With Me said...

I'd get the toilet bowl cleaner cause I can't stand all the chemical stuff in commercial products.

Saph @ Walk With Me said...

Blogged the contest here: http://windersnest.blogspot.com/2009/07/blog-giveaways-729.html

Rebekah said...

I signed up for their newsletter... you've sold me on the whitener - while their other products look great, I have had it with stains that won't come out, like chocolate, and the weird brown clay dirt we have that will not come out no matter what I do!!

Adrienne said...

I so want that whitner ... I think I'm off to order!

Tina said...

Love the blog-thanks very much- I visited the Ecostore site and was thrilled to find so many different products, the toilet cleaner especially interested me - see my blog for the explanation on that one if you want - I'll be mentioning your site and Ecostore products. www cathairinit blogspot com

jen said...

signed up! i would order the auto dishwasher soap... i've been looking for a natural alternative that works!
thanks for the giveaway!

amanda said...

I signed up for their newsletter. I'd love to try the coconut soap and vanilla shampoo!

Nelsby said...

I signed up for the EcoStore newsletter and I would really like to try the Wool Wash.
sierranelsby (at) gmail (dot) com