An Honest Review of an Honest Haul!

A real-life Honest haul!

So yesterday I posted a review of Jessica Alba’s with the promise — twice, I believe — that today I would share my thoughts on the products I ordered from her company. I like keeping my promises, so here we are! The not-so-great photo above depicts everything I ordered. I took the picture before RAHM launched; if I hadn’t been so excited and had my wits about me, I would have remembered to photograph the items against a prettier backdrop…so sorry about that. (But look! An action shot of Joshua Bear zooming through the background! Welcome to my life…)

But anyway, I’m just going to go through the “haul”, item by item, and offer my real-mom opinion on each thing. Sound good?

Here we go!

First of all, I’d like to tell you about their Discovery Kits. The company currently offers three free trials: diapers and wipes (7 diapers in the size and design of your choice, plus a travel pack of 10 wipes), health and wellness (choose a one-day sample of prenatal vitamins AND DHA/Omega-3 supplement OR the baby/toddler multivitamin powder AND kid’s multivitamin), and family essentials (sample sizes of their combo shampoo and body wash, face and body lotion, laundry detergent, healing balm, and hand soap). You can order any single discovery kit or any combination of the three (I ordered all three!) and you’ll pay only $5.95 for shipping. Just be careful — when the kits arrive at your house, you’ll have 7 days to cancel a subscription to the full-size bundles (which are fully customizable depending on which products you want, by the way); if you don’t, you’ll be charged a monthly fee of $79.95 for the and $35.95 each for the and bundles. Fortunately, the customer service reps at The Honest Company are ridiculously nice and will cancel a subscription, pretty much no questions asked, if you choose to do so.

Looking up at the photo, I’ll just shoot straight across and tell you what everything is. Forming “endcaps” are the diapers and wipes discovery kit, as well as the 4-pack of travel wipes (4 packages, 10 wipes each). In the back row you’ll find the full-size shampoo/body wash and conditioner, along with multi-surface cleaner and fruit and veggie wash. In front of those you’ll see the full-size healing balm, their tangerine vanilla bar soap, organic lip balm trio, and adult’s and kid’s toothpastes. Finally, sitting in the brown box in the front, you’ll see the healing balm, hand soap, face and body lotion, laundry detergent, and shampoo/body wash combo. The prenatal and DHA/Omega-3 discovery kit is hanging out behind the shampoo and conditioner…I was so excited to try them that I forgot to photograph them first!

Yeah, it’s a lot of stuff. But if you sign up on The Honest Company’s website through an invitation, you’ll receive a code to take $10 off your first purchase. Plus, if you spend $50, standard shipping is free! How could you say no?

In fact, I’m encouraging you to say yes. If you’re interested, I’d like to invite you to go ahead and sign up with the Honest Company Be sure to let me know what you order and how you like your items!

So now, for my honest review of Honest products!

The Prenatal Vitamin and DHA/Omega-3 discovery kit: Frankly, I was a little scared when I opened the prenatals. I’ve always had trouble swallowing large pills and these guys were pretty sizable! I read the packaging and you have to take 3 of these a day, which scared me further — how am I going to force down three of these humongous pills every. single. day??? But then I tried them and they went down remarkably easy! They also didn’t leave a bad taste in my mouth or induce nausea as some prenatals tend to do. The pills are green and they’re made from all-organic whole foods and grains, so they’re seriously good for you. The DHA supplement is a squishy yellow softgel that, fortunately, does NOT smell like fish oil. It went down smoothly and, like its prenatal counterpart, didn’t leave a yucky aftertaste. After allowing these supplements to digest, I actually felt better inside. I felt the way you should feel when you’re putting healthy, minimally-processed things into your body.
Would I use it again? Absolutely, sign me up!!

The Diapers and Wipes discovery kit: When I ordered the trial online, I couldn’t get over the fact that I could choose my own designs!! If you’ve ever purchased diapers before, you know that while the major diaper manufacturers have cute designs on their diapers, you only get different “fun” designs in limited-edition packaging (such as Huggies’ Hawaiian-print diapers, which Joshua lived in during summer 2012, and their Santa print, which obviously only comes out during the holiday season). Basically, you’re pretty much stuck with whatever design the manufacturer chooses to put on the diapers. When you order this discovery kit, however, you get to choose from some really fun designs! Aside from plain white, you can order diapers with skulls, flowers, anchors, hearts, ABCs….and there are a bunch more! If you choose to subscribe or order a one-off package of diapers later, you can only choose one design, but still! The discovery kit allows you to see what different patterns look like on their diapers, and they’re really fun! Now, as for performance: these seem to work as well as any other brand of diapers — I don’t think the Honest Company was necessarily trying to outperform everyone else, but instead hoped to provide a more eco-friendly option to regular disposables. They sat nicely on Joshua Bear’s tushy, and they started to leak at around the same time as all the other diapers we’ve used (right around the equivalent of 16 ounces of fluid, or one full bottle of water). The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the adhesive tabs; they had to be placed side-by-side on the diaper and couldn’t overlap, or else they wouldn’t stick. Joshua is very tall and thin, so I like to overlap the diaper tabs a little to make sure the diaper stays closed and doesn’t leak out the front easily. Other than that, these are some pretty good diapers! As for the wipes, the packs are thin and therefore very convenient to carry around (hence the extra order of 4 travel packs), and they reseal nicely. The wipes themselves are thick, soft, and moist but not soaking wet. The best part is, they’re nontoxic so you can use them on any body part without worry! The only issue I had was with the fact that the wipes sometimes stuck together, but I understand they’ve since improved them so that they are now interlocking and not just laid one on top of another. I haven’t had an opportunity to try them out yet, but I have a feeling I’ll like them.
Would I use them again? Certainly!

The Family Essentials discovery kit: I love that all of these samples came in little travel-size bottles. Now, if the Honest Company would sell their products in travel-size packaging for regular purchase, I imagine they’d make a TON of money from families looking to use Honest products on road trips and vacations. I certainly would. (Hint, hint, Honest Company!) Anyway, I’m going to hold off on reviewing the shampoo/body wash and healing balm until I get to the full-size stuff, but that still leaves us with three products! First up, I tested the face and body lotion on myself, and I felt kind of “ehhh” about it. It didn’t carry an overwhelming scent, which I was happy with, but at the same time I felt like I never had enough on any one body part. I ended up using just about the entire bottle in one sitting, and I still didn’t feel moisturized enough. I have very dry skin and my regular product gives me enough moisture without making me feel like I’d taken a dive in a vat of oil, but Honest’s lotion didn’t quite get there for me. As for the laundry detergent, it got nice and sudsy in my washing/ machine and (again) didn’t overwhelm me with a super-strong scent, all while making my clothes as clean as they’d be with my regular product. The hand soap did exactly what it was supposed to do as well: it lathered and rinsed off nicely, and my hands felt clean afterward.
Would I use them again? The laundry detergent and hand soap, sure. The hand and body lotion, not so much. (But again, that’s just me. You may love it!)

Shampoo and body wash combo and Conditioner: The first thing I noticed about these two bottles was their size — they’re tall and skinny, and therefore easy for even smaller hands to hold. The second thing I noticed was the scent: I’ve heard from friends that the sweet orange vanilla scent is reminiscent of an orange creamsicle, and they weren’t kidding. These products smell wonderful! I used them on myself first and then tried them out on Joshua Bear, and we both came out of the bath smelling like frozen treats. The “tear-free” formula also held true, as Joshua got the shampoo in his eyes while having it washed out and he never cried. The shampoo lathered beautifully in our fine hair and washed out well; when we used it as a body wash, I noticed that it lathered remarkably well on our skin, too, and left it feeling soft when washed off. The conditioner also has the orange-vanilla smell, and the formula isn’t too heavy. I massaged it into Joshua’s hair and then ran a comb over it, and it slid straight through the knots (which means we don’t need a separate detangler now!). Both of us had rather silky-feeling hair upon washing the conditioner out.
Would I use them again? SOLD!!

Multi-surface cleaner: This is one of the products I was worried about, simply because I doubted the ability of a plant-based cleaner to, well, clean. I tried it out on my countertop, my stainless steel appliances, my polished-wood TV stand, and the flatscreen TV itself. And guess what? It cleaned all of them pretty well! The TV was the only place where I experienced any trouble, and that was because Joshua Bear is constantly replacing his grimy handprints on the screen every single time I clean the darn thing, and if I don’t get there right away the prints go sticky and then dry out and they’re harder to remove! (He and the TV must carry opposite charges — they’re drawn together like magnets, I swear!)
Would I use it again? Sure. 🙂

Fruit and veggie wash: This was an unexpected find on the Honest Company site. I’d heard of fruit and veggie wash, and I’d seen it on the grocery store shelf, but I’d never actually used it before. I figured the best way to see if this stuff actually worked would be to try it on a potato, as their skins tend to feel dry and “dirty”. The wash comes in a spray bottle and you basically spray the fruit or veggie really well, let it sit for a minute or two, rub it down with your hands or a veggie brush, wash it off, and eat. It’s that simple. This stuff did a pretty good job of cleaning my potatoes. I’ve since heard about using vinegar and water as a cleaning agent, so I’ll probably try that next time.
Would I use it again? Maybe, if vinegar and water don’t work.

Healing balm: When I first read about this item, I thought, “Oh, it’s just a fancy diaper rash cream.” No, my friends, it’s more than that. Not only is this good for diaper rash, but you can also use it for sunburn, minor cuts and scrapes, extra-dry skin, and more! I didn’t think I’d care one way or the other about this item, but it’s already proven its worth in the short time I’ve had it. It works in place of Neosporin when Joshua falls down (which happens often), helps my elbows, heels, and knees when the skin cracks (I think this will be especially helpful over the colder, drier winter months), and has calmed down the sting on a few sunburned shoulders. “Healing” is definitely a good word for this product.
Would I use it again? In a heartbeat!

Tangerine-vanilla bar soap: I’m typically a body wash user, but once in a while I’ll try out a bar soap if I like its packaging, its promises or its scent. This bar soap gave me all three, so I had to give it a shot. Closed or opened, the bar is beautiful in appearance (the company’s butterfly logo is stamped on the soap itself) and smells wonderful (and by the way, the bar soap also comes in lavender and juniper sage scents). It lathers nicely and rinses off well, leaving soft scented skin behind.
Would I use it again? Sure! Besides, I like the look of a bar soap sitting in my bathroom once in a while. 🙂

Organic lip balm trio: I will admit that I lurked around this site for quite a while before actually signing up and placing an order. The item I kept hearing about was this lip balm trio, mainly because it was frequently selling out. Luckily, I was able to get my hands on it and I’m so happy that I did! You get three balms in a cute little box: purely simple (unscented), sweet orange vanilla (as in the shampoo and conditioner!), and lavender mint. I’ve tried all three on myself and on Joshua Bear and we keep coming back to lavender mint. All of the balms add moisture to our lips, but we prefer the scent (and taste, to a degree) of the lavender mint. Frankly, I wish they’d offer more of their products with this scent — I can personally see how lavender mint could work in the shampoo and conditioner as a “bedtime” option for children. It would also be nice if you could customize your three-pack of balms, or just purchase them as singles. (Fingers crossed they’re considering that idea!)
Would I use it again? Absolutely!!! Especially the lavender mint! 🙂

Adult’s and kid’s toothpastes: We’ve reached the final items in my haul, yay! Let’s go over the adult’s toothpaste first, shall we? Well, over the years, one toothpaste after another has carried such strong smells and flavors that frankly, I’ve gagged on most of them. I think I’ve finally met my match with Honest!! The tube itself is a really cool silver and aqua color (my favorite!), and the product inside is just fantastic. There’s no fancy dye — it’s just plain white — and the mint flavor is gentle, not overpowering. Baking soda, calcium, organic aloe, and green tea are among the ingredients in this toothpaste, while fluoride is not (so if your water isn’t fluoridated, this may not be a good choice for you). I actually enjoy brushing my teeth with this stuff, and I love how smooth and clean my mouth feels after I rinse. I couldn’t wait to try out the kid’s toothpaste with Joshua Bear, because lately he’s been fighting toothbrushing time and I’ve wondered if it had anything to do with the flavors of training toothpastes we’ve been using. The kid’s toothpaste comes in a white and pink tube, and the paste itself is white in color and strawberry-flavored (which was a concern initially, as Joshua doesn’t seem to be a fan of strawberries). He saw the brush in my hand and started fighting, but once the brush was in his mouth and he caught the flavor, he immediately calmed down. I honestly (ha-ha) couldn’t believe what was happening! Since that first night, he’s let me brush his teeth with few to no issues, and his teeth look clean and bright when we’re done. I give him a Dixie cup of water to drink afterward to help rinse away any excess toothpaste, and it works nicely. (This toothpaste is also fluoride-free, so again, if your children aren’t drinking fluoridated water you may want to explore other fluoridated options.)
Would I use them again? Most definitely — I think we may be Honest toothpaste users for life!!

So there you have it, my Honest haul!! I’m hoping to order from them again sometime in the near future, and if I purchase anything new I’ll be sure to tell you about it!

If you’d like to sign up and place an order of your own through the Honest Company, I invite you to do so

Have a great day, everyone!