Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Lip Conditioner

I am a lip balm addict.  I freely admit it.  I use the stuff roughly 568 times more often than any human could possibly require.  Love it, love it, love it.  Given that, I am always very excited to try a new (to me) fluffy-bunny-friendly version of this glorious moisturizer of the kisser.  And this week’s test product has the bunnies frolicking with long-eared, puffy-tailed glee.

Plant a Kiss Lip Conditioner by ecoTOOLS

How does it smell?  A little minty and pleasant.  More importantly, for this particular type of product, is how does it taste?  Yum!  Minty, but not overpowering.

Environmental factors?  Nothing creepy in this lip balm.  The ingredients are all natural.  I have no complaints at all about what’s inside the lip conditioner.  I wish I could say the same for the outside.  The product came in a cardboard box (30% post-consumer recycled)….easy enough to recycle, but even easier to not include in the first place.  The tube itself is recyclable, but it’s one of those pesky number 5s….I’m pretty sure no mere mortal has access to a facility that recycles those.  ecoTOOLS is listed as a 1% For The Planet member.

Does it work?  Yes!  All those shea butter and vitamin hopes and dreams listed on the package are 100% true.  This stuff is very moisturizing and feels great on.  Nothing sticky or slimy or gross….just awesome lip balm.

Does it cost a million dollars?  Nope.  You can pick up a jumbo size lip conditioner for between 4 and 5 dollars.  The jumbo size really is considerably larger than the standard lip balm tube, so the price isn’t bad at all.

Overall rating?  This lip conditioner has 4 of the 5 bunnies hopping with joy.  (I thought about giving the Plant a Kiss 4.5 bunnies, but that seems odd and wrong….perhaps I’ll move to a 10 bunny system???)  The only thing holding the bunnies back from full-on enthusiasm is the recycling/waste issue.  The product itself is fabulous!

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Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Toothpaste

Yes, toothpaste.  It’s not glamorous or exciting….it doesn’t make you think of a relaxing bath or cuddly, soft skin, but it sure is important.  And, of course, I think it’s important to go cruelty-free with my toothpaste.  There are actually several options for brushing teeth without mistreating bunnies, but today the focus is on:

Toothpaste by Tom‘s of Maine

How does it smell?  Well, like toothpaste.  Minty would probably be the best word. 😉

Environmental factors?  Tom’s is an awesome company that uses cruelty-free ingredients and provides full disclosure of ingredients.  Employees use part of their work hours for volunteer work and Tom’s contributes to charities all about the place.  As far as their toothpaste goes….well, I think they could be more environmentally responsible.  Do we really need a sealed tube inside a box?  Does that box serve any purpose other than making the product fit nicely on the shelves?  Though the box is recyclable, it would be nice to avoid the waste.  Another problem?  After thoroughly analyzing the box and tube, I’m still not sure what the tube is made of or if it can be recycled.  I’m not saying the info isn’t there….if it is, it certainly isn’t obvious.

Does it work?  It does.  It seems to be just the right amount of “toothpaste-y” freshness without the fear (have you looked at the ingredient list of some other brands???).  Clean, fresh breath for hours ahead when you use this.  Tom’s offers up quite a few varieties too….there are fluoride and no-fluoride options, whitening options, sensitive teeth options and so on.

Does it cost a million dollars?  A tube will cost between 4 and 5 dollars at most stores.  Not the super-cheapest toothpaste ever, but I certainly don’t feel like I’m just flinging my money all about the store with the wild extravagance of it all.

Overall rating? This toothpaste makes four of the five bunnies happy.  The “extra” packaging, the recycling questions (particularly when they switched from metal to plastic), and the slightly higher price keep that last bunny from joining in the party.  The other four bunnies are celebrating the lack of animal testing, the good services of Tom’s of Maine, and the minty freshness of this toothpaste.

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Portable Facial Toner

This week’s product is a nice thing to have on hot days when you’ll be out and about for a long time….an easy way to clean up your pretty face without harming any bunnies.

Dickinson’s Original Witch Hazel Oil Controlling Towelettes by Dickinson Brand Inc.

How does it smell?  Not bad.  A lot like witch hazel. 😉

Environmental factors?  This product is 100% natural, which is nice.  The outer carton is easy enough to recycle.  The inner packaging for each wipe, though convenient, does create an awful lot of extra waste.  Also, it’s not clear if those inner wrappers are recyclable or not.  As always, there is no animal testing involved.

Does it work?  Yes, it does!  After using one of these handy little face wipes, my face felt clean, but not all dried out.  This product does exactly what it promises to do….removes oil without drying.

Does it cost a million dollars?  These wipes are a little pricey (to be expected with individual use packs).  This box was about $6.00 at a local drug store.  Though it is nice to have the portable packs, I think I’m happier with a big bottle of witch hazel…..way more uses for the money.

Overall rating?  This facial wipes get 3 bunnies out of 5.  I respect that the product does what it claims and does it well, but I’m a little wary of individual packaging.  The price (compared to a simple bottle of witch hazel) and the extra waste knocked a couple of bunnies from the score here.

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Hand Soap

My lack of time management skills is stunning.  And that is why I bring you, today, what was supposed to be Thursday’s post.  Never fear, I do eventually get used to a schedule. 😉  This week’s second fluffy bunny friendly product is a lovely, and easy to find, hand soap.

hand wash by method

How does it smell?  Great!  I love all the scents we have tried.  The family favorite is “waterfall.”  The scents are happy, but not overpowering.  My husband doesn’t have to worry about “smelling like a girl” after he washes his hands. 😉

Environmental factors?  This hand soap is naturally derived and biodegradable.  The container is easily recycled (though I’m not sure about the pumpy bit).  As always, there is no animal testing involved with this product.

Does it work?  Yes!  Hands feel nice and clean after using this soap.  My hands don’t feel like they’ve had every bit of moisture sucked from them or like a layer of lotion has been left behind.  It’s the Goldilocks Zone of soap. 😀

Does it cost a million dollars?  Not at all.  A 12 ounce bottle is $3.99.  The bottles last for quite a while.  We keep one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom….they only have to be replaced every 2 or 3 months.

Overall rating?  This is another 5 out of 5 bunnies product.  It smells lovely, does what it’s supposed to do, and leaves the bunnies out of it.  This soap is also easy to find.  It is sold in many mainstream stores for a reasonable price.

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Soap and Body Polish

I took a little trip to Earth Fare this weekend and made an unexpected, though very pleasant, discovery.  As I was strolling the aisles looking for fluffy bunny friendly products to test out for the blog, I ran into Hugo Saavedra.  He had a table set up in the bath and beauty section to promote his products, so I stopped for a chat.  He talked about his products with such enthusiasm….it was contagious!  He was also one of those wonderful people who just radiates warmth and friendliness. 🙂  After chatting for a bit, I chose a jar of body polish that he suggested.  At that point, he started giving me things!  (A thrifty girl’s dream!)  He threw in a big piece of soap (that he cut right from a huge block on the table) for my husband and me.  We had also talked a bit about my stepdaughter, so he gave me a big piece of pink soap for her and two lip balms!  (For the skeptics out there:  I never even mentioned that I have a blog or that I review products for a blog….this was sincere kindness and product promotion.)  So, how were they, you ask?  Read on….

Soap and  Body Polish by Hugo Naturals

How does it smell?  Yum, yum, yum!  Even my husband (who seems to detest all things that don’t smell like hamburger) loved the smell of the soap.  The body polish and lip balm also smell wonderful.

Environmental factors?  These products are all free of scary chemicals…they’re made with natural ingredients that sound good enough to snack on.  In fact, Hugo tells me that you can eat these products….I’m not sure why you would, but you could. 😉  The containers are recyclable and, of course, there is no animal testing involved. 

Does it work?  Oh my, yes!  The soap is made of awesome.  Just the right amount of bubbly, just the right amount of scent, and a perfectly clean feeling after you rinse.  I believe I have found my new “use all of the time” soap.  And as a bonus, I also feel softer than I do after using other soaps….but not greasy or icky at all.  The body polish is also fabulous!  My knees and elbows thank me after just one use.

Does it cost a million dollars?  Nope.  I will not tell a lie…these products do cost more than picking up a store brand bar of soap or bottle of lotion from the grocery store, but they are not ridiculously expensive either.  The body polish was $12.99 which seems right in line with similar products from other companies.  On the web site, a bottle of lotion is $9.99 and a bar of soap is $4.99.  So, yes, the prices may be higher than products you’re used to seeing on the shelves, but they’re not insanely high, and the products are so worth it!

Overall rating?  I give these products five bunnies out of five bunnies.  Make that five dancing, singing, frolicking bunnies.  Yep, I am very pleased. 🙂  I’m excited to get my hands on shampoo and lotion from Hugo Naturals so I can try those too. 🙂

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Shampoo

For those of you who want to simultaneously protect the bunnies from harm and have clean, glorious, flowing hair: this review is for you!  I am re-reviewing one of my favorite cruelty-free shampoos…it’s actually the one I use on a daily basis when I’m not testing another shampoo for the blog.  So far, no other shampoo has pleased me more than this one (though, honestly, it would take some sort of hair transplant for me to have glorious and flowing hair).

Shampoo by Organix

How does it smell?  Wonderful!  I use the cherry blossom ginseng version, and I loooove it.  Of course, I had to sniff every type available at the store, so I can safely say that they all smell awesome.

Environmental factors?  The bottle is easily recyclable and made from post-consumer products.  Even the labels and ink are eco-friendly! 

Does it work? Oh my, does it ever!  The type I use promises volume and shine, and I can tell a huge difference when using this shampoo.  It delivers….no false promises and hype here.

Does it cost a million dollars?  Not really.  A 13 ounce bottle is in the $6.00 to $7.00 range.  If you’re used to buying store brands that cost 2 or 3 bucks, it’s going to be a bit higher than you’re used to (it’s worth it!)….if you’re used to buying salon brands, it’s going to be considerably cheaper (do it!).

Overall rating?  Another 5 out of 5 bunnies experience.  This is another product that does what it promises to do without causing madness and mayhem in the world. 😉  The bunnies are happy.

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Body Wash

This one is for those of you who prefer body wash to bar soap.  So as not to keep you in suspense, I’ll let you know that this stuff is made of pure awesome….read on to find out why.

Body Wash by pure & natural

How does it smell?  Fab-u-licious!  I went with the “Cleansing” version (that is the point of soap, right?) and it has a rosemary and mint scent that is definitely for the win.  The whole bathroom smells lovely when this stuff is in use.

Environmental factors?  The bottle is easily recyclable, and the product is biodegradable.  Of course, no fluffy (or non-fluffy, for that matter) creatures were harmed in the making of this body wash.  In fact, pure & natural makes a minimum $100,000 donation to World Wildlife Fund each year. 

Does it work?  As usual, I didn’t bust out the microscope to do a confirming germ count, but I do feel perfectly clean after using this body wash.  There is none of that weird, lotiony stuff that makes you feel ready for the deep fryer after a shower.  And did I mention that it smells fabulous?  It fills all of my soap requirements. 🙂

Does it cost a million dollars?  Nope.  This 16 ounce bottle was around $5.00 at Target.  Slightly more than bar soap or a less environmentally-friendly option, but well within the limits of reasonable humans. 

Overall rating?  This is another 5 bunnies out of 5 bunnies product.  Soap that gets you clean, smells yummy, and doesn’t harm the bunnies?  Brilliant!

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Dish Liquid

As promised, here is the second fluffy bunny friendly product review for the week.  To balance out the less-than-stellar review I gave to dry shampoo earlier this week, I thought I would review a product that got a fantastic review from me in the past….

Clean Day by Mrs. Meyer’s

How does it smell?  Fan-freakin’-tastic!  I chose the lemon verbena scent, and I love it!  It smells so yummy, it almost makes me look for reasons to use it.

Environmental factors?  Product is at least 97% naturally derived, according to the label.  It is also biodegradable.  The bottle itself is easily recyclable and made from 25% post consumer plastic.  And, of course, no bunnies were harmed in the making of this dish liquid.

Does it work?  Does it ever!  This stuff does a wonder-tastic job.  Dishes are clean, clean, clean.

Does it cost a million dollars? Nope.  Enough time has passed since I bought the bottle that I’m using now that I don’t remember how much it was exactly….that, in itself, is evidence that it couldn’t have been too freakishly expensive.  If memory serves (and it frequently doesn’t), I paid around $4.00.  It is listed on the Mrs. Myer’s website as $3.99, so that all jibes.

Overall rating?  This dish liquid gets five big, fat, healthy bunnies.  Of all the products I have reviewed so far, this is still the one that I am most impressed with.

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Dry Shampoo

As promised, this is the week that I will start bringing you two fluffy bunny friendly products per week.  For at least a few weeks, one product will be new, and one will be recycled from my previous blog.  I will also start including products that I have been less than impressed with.  (Oh boy!)

FreshStart Dry Shampoo  by TRESemme

How does it smell?  Ummmm, not so good.  I suppose if it were a lighter version of the smell, it would be fine, but since this stuff has to be sprayed all about, it was very strong and chemically.  I had to open the bathroom door and turn the fan on in order to feel like breathing was an option.

Environmental factors?  Well, it’s not tested on animals, so that’s a huge bonus.  Other than that, it seems to be a bit of an environmental nightmare….chemical yuckiness and recycling difficulties.

Does it work?  Nope.  To be fair, I have pretty oily hair.  Maybe if you were just looking for a touch up on already decent looking hair, it would be fine.  Of course, no matter my hair type, I wasn’t able to use this product more than twice….the nozzle stopped working and can’t be fixed.  Now I have a full bottle of this stuff and no way to use it.  I’ve tried cleaning the nozzle, using warm water, etc….no dice.

Does it cost a million dollars?  The bottle I purchased was $5.00 at CVS.  Probably not a bad price…if you can get it to work.

Overall rating?  Yep, I’m giving my first-ever 1 bunny out of 5 rating to this dry shampoo.  It gets to keep one bunny just because it’s not tested on animals.  Other than that, I just wasn’t pleased with this product at all.  If you try it, and have better luck, please let me know.  And, again, to be fair, I’ve tried other products by this brand that were just fine….I’m not ripping on the brand….just this product.

Fluffy Bunny Friendly Product Review – Laundry Detergent

A new fluffy bunny trend begins this week on a happy kind of chaos!  I’ll be bringing you information on two products per week from now on!  I will be including products that I have reviewed in the past on my previous blog and some fluffy bunny products that only earn one bunny. O_0  Why?  Because not all cruelty-free products are created equally, and you should know about it before you spend your hard-earned lettuce!

This week’s fluffy bunny friendly product is engineered to get your clothes fresh and clean.  Read on to learn what I think of this new and exciting laundry detergent.  (Doesn’t that sound like a super-exciting thing to do with your valuable time? 😀 )

dropps laundry detergent by Cot’n Wash

How does it smell?  Fabulous!  I chose the “fresh scent” version, and I’m very pleased. 🙂 

Environmental factors?  The pouch-shaped package creates less waste than a big bottle of detergent.  I see no indication on the package that the pouch itself can be recycled.  Product is phosphate-free and made from plant-based ingredients.  Most importantly, for this blog, the product is not tested on animals.  Again, there is no indication of this on the package, but I contacted the company via email, and they confirmed that they are cruelty-free.  (Listed on peta web site under Cot’n Wash.)

Does it work?  It does!  My clothes seem all fresh and clean.  It’s nice to be able to throw a “pac” or two in the machine and start piling in the clothes.  None of that pesky pouring of detergent.

Does it cost a million dollars?  Not quite.  The price listed on the Target web site is $7.99.  A bit steep, but not too much higher than other laundry options.  (I got super-lucky when I bought mine….Target had them on sale for $3.99 annnnnnd I had a $2.00 off coupon.  Oh, how I gigglesnorted with glee!) 

Overall rating?  I give this laundry detergent 3 out of 5 bunnies….a solid buy, but it didn’t knock my proverbial socks off.  Why not?  I was instantly turned off by the bold “26 Loads” on the front with the tell-tale asterisk next to it….you know the asterisk I’m talking about….the one that means “this is what we’ve put on the package in big print to get you to buy it, but, in actuality, it will probably never, ever happen.”  I hate that kind of thing.  The price was okay, but there are other cruelty-free options at a lower price.  It was also a bit frustrating to have to track down the cruelty-free and recycling info about this product.  I’d like to see that listed right on the package.  It is great to see an easy-to-use, fluffy bunny friendly laundry option readily available at Target.