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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Green Virgin Products review and giveaway

As part of our quest to eliminate toxins from our home I needed to change our deodorants. One reason is we were still using anti-perspirants which have aluminum in them and that is toxic to our bodies. For another even just plain deodorant has undesirable chemicals, which I would prefer to avoid. Now I have tried many natural deodorants in the past 8 months, none of which worked nearly as well as I liked. I mean sure they worked just fine if I was just in the house, but the minute I stepped out into the desert awaiting me on the other side of my front door the magic stopped.

Another large change that needed to be made was our laundry detergent, and let me tell you I've tried dozens of laundry solutions from making my own soap, to buying expensive natural detergents, to using soap-less washing methods. Again nothing was working for more than a few washes. Talk about frustrating!

Not only did I want a natural, non-toxic product but I also wanted a reasonable price tag.  This is where Green Virgin Products comes in!  They only sell all natural, eco friendly, and non toxic products for your home and body AND at the best possible price!  I was sent products to help with the immediate needs of my family: a mineral salts deodorant stone and a bag of soap nuts.



I'll start with the deodorant stone.   This little white stick was quite honestly the best natural deodorant I've tried!  I simply wet the stone, and apply to my underarms after my shower.  It works very well, keeps me clean and odor free until I get back into the shower.  This is not to say I don't sweat, because certainly I do, however I do not worry about sweating.  That's a natural reaction of the body and who am I to interfere with it?  What I do not want is being all smelly after playing with my kids outside, and Green Virgin Products' mineral salts deodorant stone is just perfect for that! My older boys are also starting to get to where they need some deodorant from time to time, and I do NOT want to start them so young with all the toxins in commercial deodorants, well ideally I don't want them filled with toxins at all but that's not my decision once they are grown up.  I have been using the product for about 3 weeks now, and have yet to find it has failed me, nor does the stone look as though it has shrunk at all.  I think this one little stone will last me a year or more easily!  You can purchase the stone at Green Virgin Products by clicking any of the links above, and the stone retails for $5.99.  Seriously, you tell me where you will get a year's supply of deodorant for just $5.99?  What a great deal, and even better is that it's all natural, non-toxic, Eco-friendly, and leaves no residue on your skin or clothes!  That's right ladies, no more white lines on your clothes, no more little gummy balls of deodorant left over from the morning's application, and no icky feeling on your skin after application!



The second product that I tried was the Soap Nuts, which are a dried, de-seeded berry from the Chinese Soap Berry Tree, these berries have a high saponin content which is a natural surfactant (the active ingredient in detergents).  The Soap Nuts are hypoallergenic, all-natural, Eco-friendly, organic, AND work in all temperatures of water!  I have used them to wash my towels in hot water, my delicates in cold water, and even just our regular warm water washes for our everyday laundry and every load has come out clean, and soft without any additional additives!  Yup, you read that correctly, no fabric softener, no vinegar, no nothing except 3-4 soap nuts in the little bag!  I was also able to wash 3 loads of laundry with the same little bag of soap nuts, can you do that with your laundry detergent? Now soap nuts have many other uses besides laundry, I threw a few into the silverware basket of my dishwasher, and then ran a full load of dishes - the dishes came out sparkling and there was nothing else added except a vinegar rinse! Of course the soap nuts are good for more than just dishes and laundry they can also be made into liquid soap for any number of uses! 




After making boiling several soap nuts in water for a few minutes, I used the resulting liquid (once cool) to wash our 7.5 month old puppy who decided that rolling in mud would be fun.  Not only was she clean, but her fur was soft, and she was not itchy at all like she is after a trip to the doggie day spa for a bath and pedicure.  I also used this liquid soap in a bucket of hot water to mop the kitchen and batroom floors, I was very pleased with how clean they were, without any sticky residue and with no need for rinsing.  After seeing how well it did on these tasks I decided to mix a few drops of essential oil into the liquid soap and use it to make my kids a bubble bath.  It makes great big gobs of suds, and the boys had tons of fun.  It didn't irritate their skin, and they enjoyed being able to have a bubble bath for the first time in months.  This liquid soap does not contain preservatives so it will spoil after a few days, so I recommend only making a little at a time, and storing it in the refrigerator to extend it's life a bit. 

I simply can not say enough good things about Green Virgin Products!  They have a great selection of products, which are all on my list to try, and I am seriously in LOVE with the soap nuts and mineral stick deodorant! 

Would you like to win your own prize pack?  Green Virgin Products is offering one lucky reader a prize pack containing one Kilo pack of soap nuts, and two Mineral Stick Deodorant Stones, don't forget to stop by their facebook page and thank them for the awesome giveaway!


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Disclaimer: I received the abovve mentioned products for free in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are strictly my own.  Also, the above links are affiliate links, and I may receive a slight monitary compensation for any purchase you make. 

44 comments:

  1. Oh my wow! The soap nuts sound awesome! They look weird, not like I expected. Guess I wasn't really expecting them to look like... well... nuts! HAHA! Sounds like some great stuff coming from Green Virgin; never heard of them, going to check them out! Thanks for the review!

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  2. Green Virgin sounds fantastic, and versatile, I've never heard of Soap Nuts before, but haha, I really need to try them.

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  3. The soap nuts sound awesome! I would love to give those a try.
    Thanks for such helpful information on a green products

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  4. Sounds like something I would love to try. all sorts of lovely things and the soap nuts sound the best

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  5. I want those soap nuts!! They sound AMAZING!!

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  6. I LOVE their products! Excellent review with some great ideas I had never thought about! Thanks!

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  7. Definitely some interesting stuff there, but I would be very interested in trying the soap nuts!!

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  8. Oh I've been waiting for this review you keep talking about soap nuts and I'm like what the heck! lol

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  9. The soap nuts sounds great, love the review, never tried these products will have too!

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  10. LOVE soap nuts! You would not think they would work, and they do-- so well!

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  11. i'd never heard of this and would like to try these

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  12. Soap nuts sound very interesting, but I would love to try Soap Nut & Moringa Peppermint Bar Soap.

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  13. I am looking forward to trying the soap nuts!

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  14. I want those soap nuts! These sound cool!

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  15. Sounds like a great product! I used "natural" deodorant back in the days of yore and can remember how much I liked it (except for the sweating part. I can hardly believe the "soap nuts" are so efficient and I love how versatile they seem to be. I'll definitely be entering your contest to try and win some:>)

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  16. Thank you, For taking the time to write this review. I have never heard of this company before. My hubby said I want to try those. Great review xo

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  17. Great review the products sound really interesting.

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  18. soap nuts sound fantastic I would love to try them

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  19. I have never heard of soap nuts before they sound interesting to try !!

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  20. I would love to try the soap nuts!

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  21. Soaps nuts sound like something cool to try though the deodorant sounds good also. would love to try either Thanks :)

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  22. The soap nuts are really intriguing but I want to try the deodorant

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  23. What would I want most? Ya... kinda stuck on the soap nuts, but lots of great stuff and I'll have to look longer!

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  24. The soap nuts sound interesting!!!

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  25. I like the Soap Nut & Moringa Peppermint Bar Soap, 5 ounces

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  26. Great products! Love the non toxic all purpose cleaner!

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  27. The soap nuts... I keep hearing about them and that they are even good with stains but I don't want to spend the mo wy on them in case they don't work for me. Thins would be a good chance to try them.
    Shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

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  28. I would like to try the Soap Nut & Moringa Peppermint Bar Soap

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  29. I would love to try the Soap Nuts 1 Kilo Deseeded (2.2 lbs) 330 wash loads. I have heard of these, and am in awe of how they work!! :) Thanks for the review & giveaway!!

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  30. I've been wanting to try the soap nuts for awhile now! I've also been dying to find a natural deo that works! Great review and giveaway!

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  31. Soap Nut, Moringa, Peppermint Soap,..WOW! Love your page. I hope I win! :)

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  32. I like the mornings tea bags... Get way to get vitamin and minerals

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  33. I would love to try the natural deodorant bar. Thanks for the info.

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  34. This sounds so awesome. I am always on the look out for natural alternatives to body and cleaning care. Especially laundry detergent. Great, informative review!

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  35. i'd love to try the GVP Formula 433 Non Toxic Solid Stick Prespotter.
    thanks for the chance!

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  36. GVP Formula 433 All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate looks great

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  37. Love to have Mineral Salts Deodorant Stone!
    blessienelson(at)gmail(dot)com

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