Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eco Nut Soap Sponsor Spotlight Review

I found another great organic company that makes what they call "soap nuts" to use in the laundry and the name is befitting, Eco Nut Soap! I was really astonished when I opened the box and actually saw nuts! I don't know what I was expecting but I thought maybe they would just be small balls that looked like nuts, I don't know, but I really did not expect to see actual nuts!
This what they really look like, no kidding! Soap Nuts are actually a berry that grows in the Himalayas that naturally produces soap called saponin. It is a natural cleaner that works as a surfactant, breaking the surface tension of the water to penetrate the fibers of your clothing, lifting stains from the fabric and leaving dirt suspended in the water that is rinsed away. Really? I had to give it a try and I did on my husband's work clothes because he wears them outdoors and there is no better test than a man's work uniform!

Here are the steps to using Eco Nuts in your laundry:

1.Place 4-5 Eco Nuts in the reusable wash bag provided and tie it closed.
2.Put it in with your laundry and wash as normal, per manufacturer instructions.
3.Remove the bag at the end of the wash and set aside to dry or do another load.
4.Re-use at least 10 times until they start to disintegrate and then they can be composted in your garden or simply add new Eco Nuts™ to the bag.
This is the little canvas bag that they send you and that is what you use in your wash. This little bag should last about 10 loads before you have to fill it back up again with fresh nuts. I was really amazed at how it really got our clothes clean! My husband and I both were really in awe of this magic little bag and wondered how come we haven't heard about it before now? Wouldn't it be nice to just throw a little bag in the washer and not think about powders spilling on the floor or pouring too much of the liquid in there? I will definitely be giving this some serious thought over the next few days.

Here is a little extra info I got off of their site:
Eco Nuts™ are gentle on both clothes and skin, making them ideal for those with sensitive skin, eczema, allergies and psoriasis. Because they are so mild, they are perfect for baby clothes and cloth diapers. All-Natural Eco Nuts™ are also great for septic and grey water systems. But don’t expect these shells to foam up like commercial soaps, which have artificial foaming agents. Foam simply does not represent cleaning power.

Eco Nuts™ are wild-harvested, meaning they are gathered from wild trees grown without any kind of chemicals, fertilizers, or pesticides. The saponin actually tastes bad to insects so no pesticides are needed, and the trees naturally love poor uncultivated soil. They are organically grown by mother earth and certified USDA Organic by Oregon Tilth.
I guess I must live a sheltered life or something because I had never heard of them before but it sounds like they have been around for awhile. I wonder how many others don't know about them? I also learned that the nuts taste so bad that even insects stay away from them so no pesticide is needed which is another great asset. You will have no lasting effects of pesticides on any of their nuts. Do be aware that they said there are imitations out there but they won't work the same.

Wow! I love the About Us section, you will need to go and read all of it as I can't post everything. Read the How We Got Started:
Mona is a scientist, actress, model, comedian and an authority on all things truly eco. She has done wildlife rehabilitation, studied salamanders in western Massachusetts, discovered new species of micro spiders in the Costa Rican rainforest, and worked with leopards, lions, tigers and bears. She has been in movies and on TV since her debut on Sesame Street at age 5. A former animation artist, she has done much of the graphic arts for the company. Having suffered from a “normal detergent” allergy all her life as well as a sensitivity to dyes and fragrances, Mona is extremely discerning when it comes to products that touch her skin and has been very active in raising environmental awareness. Mona often speaks at industry events and is the one who usually writes the Eco Nuts blog posts as well as those for Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media.

A serial entrepreneur, Scott started his first successful business at age 16. A former Pirates of the Caribbean Actor, Scott played Duncan in the first two movies before hanging up his pirate hat to pursue a more fulfilling role as president of Eco Nuts. He is an ecological enthusiast with a love for nature, animals and a pristine environment. Scott loves the water, snorkeling, paddle boarding, surfing and boogie boarding. His love for the ocean inspired him to make plastic-free products, and Eco Nuts as close to a plastic-free company as possible.
They have many more products besides the Eco Nuts. There is glass cleaner, multi surface cleaners, souring powders, linen sprays, lip balms, bars of nut soap, scented dryer sachets and they even make a liquid laundry detergent. So, there is a little bit of everything to help you on your path to being "green" or "organic". And if you don't believe me, then check out their Review section and all the endorsements that they have gotten.

Connect with Eco Nuts several ways:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 12754
Marina Del Rey, CA 90295
By Phone:(310) 665 9891

Eco Nut Soaps has been kind enough to offer the winner of my Earth Day Green Giveaway that starts on April 9th their own box of Eco Nuts that holds enough to do 100 loads of wash! Thanks Eco Nuts! Good Luck!

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. Images came from Eco Nut Soaps website.