Thursday, April 17, 2014

Grandma's Pure & Natural Product Review and Giveaway

Win a Set of Three of Grandma's Most Popular Lye Soaps

Keep you, your family, and your pets green and clean :)

All natural lye soap promo code

As part of my partnership with Grandmas's Pure and Natural during Spring Greening Month, they sent me some of their most popular all-natural products to review. This month we tried out their best-selling Grandma's Original Lye Soap (bar soap) and their powder Laundry Soap. Read on to hear more and to get your hands on a sweet PROMO CODE!

  • Lye Soap: Grandma's Lye Soap has no detergents, fragrances, or dyes, so it's recommended for people with sensitive skin. I used it myself and with my children, and what struck me most about the it was how mild and moisturizing it was. I noticed a softness to my little ones' hands after the bath, which was particularly nice since we're all still struggling with the dry skin associated with the cold New England winters! Also, because there are no added fragrances... well, there's no fragrance, which, again, is great for those sensitive to skin irritants. I typically favor a slight fragrance in my soaps, so next time I'd love to give some their Goat's Milk soap a try! 
  • Laundry Soap: Like the lye soap, there are no detergents, fragrances, or dyes. It's a powder soap, and since my machine has given me some trouble using powdered soap in the past, I made sure to run it with hot water so it would dissolve properly. I also followed the suggestion on the label to add 1/2 cup of vinegar in lieu of fabric softener (this is said to soften the clothes AND keep the machine free of buildup). I was hesitant to add the vinegar because I like my laundry to come out smelling fresh (well, who doesn't?), but I was pleasantly surprised that our clothes did not come out smelling like vinegar (phew!). They looked, felt, and smelled clean, with no additional artificial fragrance lingering. Another great choice for sensitive skin, and it's even safe for those with the most delicate skin--BABIES!

laundry soap with no fragrance or dyes

I do want to note that Grandma's Lye Soaps are made of only 3 ingredients: Lye, Water, and LARD. Some people might balk at the use of an animal product in soap, but in fact, soap-making with lard (or tallow) goes back in history a long way and is still present in many of the mass-market soaps available today (look at the ingredients--if you see "Sodium Tallowate," that means there's animal products in your soap). One of the big differences in Grandma's soaps is that there's not a bunch of other stuff added in (and they're not using any confusing names for their ingredients). If you're vegetarian or vegan, I can certainly understand the resistance to using a soap that contains animal products, but I think this post by vegetarian DIY blogger Humblebee and Me really puts things into perspective.

And now, the moment you've been waiting for! Along with their giveaway, Grandma's is offering a PROMO CODE!


Buy two bars of soap and get the third free! Just use the code BLOGFREE when you check out on their site.



Enter to win a set of Grandma's most popular products: 1 bar each of their Original Lye Soap, The Pet Bar and Grandma's Grime Away Bar.

This post is part of the Spring Greening Month Series. Find out why I'm hosting this event here.

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