Monday, December 14, 2009

Soap Nuts - with Giveaway



It seems more and more *green* products are being marketed - body products, clothing, and cleaners to name a few. I'm always looking for new *better for the environment* products - they also tend to be *better for us* too which is an added bonus. I don't know if it means I've been living under some sort of rock, but I had never even heard of Soap Nuts before the opportunity to review them from this company came up. Not only am I up for anything, but particularly when it comes to trying out a new *natural* product - I was totally game.


Soap nuts are small berry like fruits that grow in warm, tropical and sultry climates. They are native to India, Nepal and some other South Asian countries and consist of a small yellowish Brown fruit covered by a hard outer covering. It is the former that is mostly used in the various products that are now available in the market. The main ingredient in soap nuts is saponins which make them an excellent cleaning utility that can be used to clean almost everything ranging from clothes to dishes and regular household cleaning. 

Erin, from Buy Soap Nuts was generous enough to offer a 500g bag of Soap Nuts and a Coconut Coir Fiber Scrub Pad. I can't lie - at first glance they look at little *odd* and my first *sniff* didn't really encourage the need to use them. Okay it wasn't that bad, it was similar in my opinion to vinegar - which we all know is a great product to use in cleaning. I read the back to find out how to use these and discovered several uses for them. They aren't just for laundry (which was what I originally thought) but can also be *cooked* down into a cleaning liquid. I wanted to try that - and am happy to report there was no vineger smell (though I expected there to be). In fact, It doesn't really even have a smell - which lets you know it's also going to be safe and gentle on your skin. No rubber gloves here (though if I got a cute pink pair, I just might wear them anyways.). In fact - the list of uses for Soap Nuts is baffling to me and so unbelievably great. Not only can you use it for laundry and as a cleaner (windows, mirrors, counters, etc), but you can also make your own toothpaste as well as using it for handsoap. For those with allergies or perfume sensitivities, this product is perfect. The Soap is also famous as a medicinal ingredient. In fact, soap nuts have had a long and successful track record for treating several skin conditions effectively. Totally natural and gentle, these soap nuts are wonderful for the skin and don't cause any side effects when used to treat skin ailments - they work wonders to relieve problems such as eczema and psoriasis.



I wasn't trying this product so much to see if it was *better* than my regular chemically overloaded cleaners...but rather, to see if it was *just as good*. If I'm going to make a switch to something natural I want to make sure it's, at the very least, an adequate replacement. In all honesty - based on the simple fact that Soap Nuts has such a long list of uses, I say it's better hands down. And yes of course - it does just as good of a job as the *chemically overloaded* products (I'd venture to say even a better job). And there's something to be said about the peace of mind in knowing you haven't just wiped down your child's table, or toys, or the kitchen counter with a bunch of chemicals. Soap Nuts are 100% natural and 100% safe. And many have commented on the quality of these Soap Nuts in comparison with other suppliers.


I am really excited to test these for all their uses. Next up - I'm going to take the laundry challenge. I will of course report back on that and the other uses I test out over the Christmas holidays. The great thing about this bag - 500g - is that for only $22, it's going to last a while. To make the liquid I used I think 10 Soap Nuts and you can't even tell I've taken any out. It's not like a bag of chips where you pay for 500g but get 10g worth of chips and 490g worth of air...These Soap Nuts are crammed in and you will not be disappointed! 


In addition to the awesome FREE SHIPPING being offered right now at Buy Soap Nuts (with purchases of over $50 for the USA and Canada), Erin has also offered one lucky winner their very own 500g bag of Soap Nuts (with the little laundry bag too) and a coconut scrub pad.



To enter, comment below telling us which product from Buy Soap Nuts you would like to try (You must do this in order for additional entries to count).



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Because Christmas is just *gulp* 10 days away (I can't believe it) this giveaway is going to run for 2 weeks, ending on Monday December 28th at 9pm MST. 

**Open to residents of Canada and the USA**

45 comments:

ikkinlala said...

May Canadians enter? Aside from the Soap Nuts, of course, I'd like to try the Soap Nuts Bath Bar (fragrance-free is a big selling point for me).

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

I would probably buy the 1KG bag of soap nuts or the Tea Tree Oil

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

You can also use soap nuts as automatic dishwasher soap,

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

Would also like to try the Soap Bar

A Mom After God's Own Heart said...

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imalarsen@gmail.com said...

Well, I am so happy that the giveaway is for soap nuts and the scub pag because those are the two products I really want to try! Here's to hoping I win!!!!

Alana said...

The scrub pad for dishes hands down. I hate stinky clothes in my sink.

Alana said...

Using it for Allergy relief would definitly help my family.

Alana said...

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Alana said...

ecco towel sounds great - super absorbant when you have a 2 year old is a good selling point

imalarsen@gmail.com said...

Besides the soap nuts and scrub pads, I would love to try the tea tree oil for my home made baby wipes.

Jennifer said...

I'd love to try the coconut coir scrub pads, no more smelly cloths would be great!!

Jennifer said...

Soap nuts bath bar I'd also love to try. My mom and sis can not use any fragrances.

Jennifer said...

Just subscribed to the newsletter.

Jennifer said...

Now follow the blog :)

Jennifer said...

I don't have atwitter account but signing up right now, I hope I win!!

The Jensens said...

I would buy the 1kg bag!!!
I likely will :)
-Radelle

The Jensens said...

I would also buy the tee tree oil
-Radelle

The Jensens said...

In terms of another use, I love that you can boil them down for a safe & friendly cleaner. (& cheap!)
-radelle

The Jensens said...

I am a follower

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Im a newsletter subscriber

VickieB said...

I'd like to try the SOAP NUTS BATH BAR (4oz)

VickieB said...

They are used to clean contaminated soil

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VickieB said...

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VickieB said...

extra entry: I would also like to try the TEA TREE OIL 50ml

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FoundProdigalDaughter said...

I would like to try their tea tree oil.

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FoundProdigalDaughter said...

You can use as a natural Mosquito Repellent.

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FoundProdigalDaughter said...

Another product I'd like to try is the Eco Towl Bamboo.

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Eve said...

I would like to try the tea tree oil to see if it could help with my blemishes.

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Eve said...

Soap nuts can also be used as a cleaner shopgurl101@gmail.com

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I would also like to try the Eco sponge shopgurl101@gmail.com

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