Friday, November 20, 2009

Ecostore USA Review and Giveaway {Closed}

In case you haven't heard, household cleaning products are among the top contributors to indoor air pollution. Yes, the air inside your home is on average 50 times more polluted than the air outside (even if you are in NYC). The thing is, once something is inside your house, it is stuck there and has no place to go. I am not up for airing my house with the windows open 24/7. So to keep air pollution to a minimum we only use natural household cleaners with no formaldehyde or other toxic substances. After all, nobody else will look out for my baby and I don't want to be dealing with allergies and asthma down the road.


Ecostore was founded in New Zealand and you can read their story on their website. With the plant and mineral based ingredients it is no wonder that many parents witnessed that their kids' allergies, eczema, and other chronic conditions were subsiding after switching to Ecostore household products. Ecostore supplied us with their Dishwash Liquid and the Pure Oxygen Whitener to test. Here is our experience:


Dishwash Liquid: This natural dish liquid contains palm and coconut based ionic, non-ionic and anionic surfactant, mineral hydroxide, and natural citrus oil. At first I was disappointed that it didn't foam the way I like, but foam is not a reliable sign of the product working. I turned on my bright over-sink light to see just how this stuff cleans. I was amazed just how well it cuts through grease - without a whole lot of foam. So the way I see it, your average toxic dish washing liquid foams a lot but that only distracts you from how it cleans and gives you the impression that it is working. With this Ecostore liquid I don't have to scrub, it just dissolves everything. That is considering the fact that I ditched my synthetic sponge and now use biodegradable bamboo wipes instead. It is really great on glass as well and leaves them sparkling and transparent with no residue. It smells citrusy, very pleasant, as if you are making a smoothie with lemons and oranges!


The Dishwash Liquid is priced at $8.50 for 17 fl oz. Remember, a little goes a long way.

Pure Oxygen Whitener: I never liked the task of doing laundry, just not my thing (who does?!). It is not so much the act of doing it as it is the thought that it will never end :) But the more I use non-toxic laundry products the more I like doing it! We wanted to try the whitener because I will never ever use bleach but I want to somehow get our whites whiter and not so dingy. The Pure Oxygen Whitener contains carbonates (simple mineral salts), sodium percarbonate (oxygen producing whitener), sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), citrates (from citrus, highly biodegradable surfactant), and natural citrus oil. I'll be honest, I only used it twice. The first time I just added it to the wash and while it did make a bit of a difference, it wasn't very significant. The power of this magic powder is revealed when you [follow directions] and let the clothing soak in for at least a couple of hours or overnight. I stopped the wash on the soaking cycle and left it for a few hours. The result? My 'haven't-been-white-since-I-bought them' kitchen towels are a lot whiter now. I can't say it looks like new, but in the photo below you can see the one washed with Pure Oxygen Whitener on the left and the dingy one on the right. It also made a visible improvement to my husband's white undershirts. Now I am looking forward to doing an over night soak and making our clothing as good as new!



The Pure Oxygen Whitener sells for $12 for 35.3 oz. All you need is 1-2 tablespoons per wash, so it will last a while.

Ecostore USA just launched at the Big Green Apple Duane Reade drugstore at 1350 Broadway in New York! Plus a selection of Ecostore USA products is now available at Meijer stores throughout the Midwest ... that's all 185 Meijer locations in five states. You can always get it on the website too.

Ecostore USA is generously giving one Eco-Babyz reader a $25 Gift Certificate!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Mandatory Entry (both parts are mandatory, in one comment please):

1. Go to the EcostoreUSA website and tell us in a comment which other product you like
2.
Follow Eco-Babyz on Blogger or let us know you already do (see sidebar, bottom left)

Additional Entries:
(only counted if mandatory entry is completed, each one in separate comment please)
3. Follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter (or let us know if you already follow)
4. Follow @ecostoreusa on Twitter
5.
Tweet about this giveaway (include a link to this post in the tweet). You can tweet once a day for extra entries.
6. Visit the Ecostore USA blog and subscribe to the Newsletter.
7. Subscribe to EcoBabyz or let us know you already do (feedburner, top right sidebar)
8. Add the EcoBabyz button to your site or include EcoBabyz on your blog-roll (3 entries, provide link to your blog/website)
9. Blog about this giveaway and link to this post (gives you 3 entries, please leave link to your blog post)


You can also become a fan of Eco-Babyz on Facebook or a fan of Ecostore USA just for fun. That will give you zero entries though because Facebook has new rules for promotions and giveaways.

Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday Nov. 27. The winner will be selected using Random.org on Saturday, Nov. 28, and notified by email (so please be sure I have a way to get in touch with you). Open to US residents only. Thank you!

Disclaimer:

I did not receive payment in any form for this review.

I did receive a sample of the product or service for testing and review purposes. This will in no way sway my opinion of the product or service. The review is in my own words and is my own opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.

64 comments:

  1. I loke the Hypoallergenic Shampoo for dogs and I follow in blogger
    lynnnjoe@hotmail.com

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  2. Rosemary Orange Conditioner
    follow

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  3. Follow @ecostoreusa on Twitter

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  4. Follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter
    sillymommy

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  5. I like the Baby soap and I follow your blog
    juliehaddock@hotmail.com

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  6. Signed up for the Ecostore newsletter
    juliehaddock@hotmail.com

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  7. their cream cleanser sounds like another product I would want to try out!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  8. following you on twitter @micaela6955 and forgot to mention on previous comment that I signed up to follow your blog too!

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  9. following Ecostore on twitter @micaela6955

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  10. I would love to try the aloe vera conditioner.
    and I am following with google connect

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  11. am following @EcoBlogz and @ecostoreusa on twitter at my page @raeleidesigns

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  12. I would like the Rosemary and Orange Shampoo and Conditioner.

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  13. cdziuba@aol.com I like the Coconut soap.

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  14. cdziuba@aol.com follow ecoblogz on twitter cdziuba

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  15. cdziuba@aol.com follow ecostore on twitter cdziuba

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  16. cdziuba@aol.com ecostore newsletter subscriber

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  17. We like their citrus spray cleaner.

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  18. I'd like to try the aloe vera conditioner.
    erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

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  19. I like the vanilla shampoo.
    I follow on blogger.

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  20. I'd like to try the Manuka Sandalwood Shampoo & Conditioner.

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  21. I follow and I like the coconut soap :)

    melis4745@yahoo.com

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  22. I would also love to try their Hypoallergenic pet Shampoo. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  23. I follow you on blogger. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  24. Tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/6092556643
    msmith572@yahoo.com

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  25. I follow EcoBlogz on Twitter(samasam) msmith572@yahoo.com

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  26. I subscribe to Ecostore USA newsletter. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  27. I subscribe to your email. msmith572@yahoo.com

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  28. I just added your button to my sidebar: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways-cont.html
    msmith572@yahoo.com entry 3

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  29. I just added your button to my sidebar: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways-cont.html
    msmith572@yahoo.com entry 2

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  30. I just added your button to my sidebar: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways-cont.html
    msmith572@yahoo.com entry 1

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  31. Blogged giveaway: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways-cont.html
    msmith572@yahoo.com entry 1

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  32. Blogged giveaway: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways-cont.html
    msmith572@yahoo.com entry 3

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  33. Blogged giveaway: http://stephie-stephsblog.blogspot.com/2009/11/giveaways-cont.html
    msmith572@yahoo.com entry 2

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  34. the Laundry Powder, I've been wanting to try that real bad.
    Following on blogger also.
    lighthousee27(at)gmail.com

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  35. Following @EcoBlogz on Twitter, id- litehouse27

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  36. tweeted, http://twitter.com/litehouse27/status/6095504572

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  37. Following @ecostoreusa on Twitter

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  38. I have your button 1 http://lighthousee27.blogspot.com/

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  39. I have your button 3 http://lighthousee27.blogspot.com/

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  40. I have your button 2 http://lighthousee27.blogspot.com/

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  41. I could use the Rosemary Orange Conditioner.
    letessha@yahoo.com

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  42. Follow @ecostoreusa on Twitter
    @dahliamomma

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  43. Follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter @dahliamomma

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  44. ecostore newsletter subscriber
    letessha@yahoo.com

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  45. I do follow, and would like to try the toilet cleaner.

    clynsg at yahoo dot com

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  46. I already get their newsletter.

    clynsg at yahoo dot com

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  47. Daily tweet: http://twitter.com/samasam/status/6116876764
    msmith572@yahoo.com

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  48. I like their vanilla itesm (soap, shampoo, and conditioner). thank you

    candieluster(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  49. I am following on twitter (cluster77). THank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I am following Ecostore on twitter (cluster77). Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. I would like to try the Manuka Sandalwood Shampoo and Conditioner.

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  52. I follow on Twitter as willitara.

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  53. I follow Ecostore on Twitter as willitara.

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  54. Vanilla shampoo and conditioner :)

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  55. (and I follow your blog!)

    And I follow you on Twitter (EFandFrugal)

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  56. I'd love to try the Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner. Sounds amazing!

    ecofriendlyandfrugal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. Whoops! Sorry, didn't realize it had already ended. :)

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