When I’m asked to provide a description of myself, I always say that I’m ‘just this side of crunchy’ because we do things like drive gas guzzlers and buy pre-packaged food when we are feeling lazy. But we also grow a garden, use cloth diapers, napkins, rely heavily on hand-me-downs, and recycle nearly everything that WOULD go in our trash. In short, we’re pretty green. We even like to make Irish stew with green noodles. We love green!
Yes, I’m in favor of all things ‘green’-even if we don’t do some of it ourselves! I love that there’s a place that gathers all the newest, greenest items that actually work! Green Team Distribution generously sent me a set of natural child care products from Hip Peas to try out and share with you! Learn more about this amazing set of people at their blog here: Green Team Distribution. I love how they support small businesses, green products, and in general ‘awesome’ things!
The two products we were sent were detangler and bodywash/shampoo. I was most interested in 1. how they compared to our current products and 2. if what was important to my family was met by the product (including picky kids!) Let’s get to it!
The first product we tried was the Hair Detangler.
First of all, it was a lesson for my 5 year old into what a hippie was! That was priceless in itself! She has just learned about puns and really loves them, so I was really happy to share that little gem with her! It also opened the conversation about natural products and using more natural cleaners and soaps, something I’ve dabbled in before but have not been able to totally immerse myself! This is a great product to ‘green’ your little one’s routine, without committing to a huge product change.
We used this on all 3 kids: the 5 year old with wavy hair (both long and after it was cut to shoulder length), the 3 year old (wispy fly away), and the baby’s- wavy-ish as it is coming in and sticking up everywhere! Here’s how it worked on all of them!
Wavy, longer hair
For the 5 year old, it immediately took tangles out, both in longer and shorter hair. Since her hair’s texture is kind of strange (it can never make up its’ mind what it wants to be from day to day)– it was a blessing to have something I wasn’t afraid to spray in her face! She always complained when other stuff got on her skin, but she’s not said anything about this other than, can you spray my hair please? She’s taken on a lot more responsibility for her newly shorn locks and for a busy mom of 3, that is a Godsend! She loves the scent and oohs and ahhs over it. Win!
“Mommy, I don’t like the other stuff anymore, I only want Hip Peas”- K, age 5
Wispy, fly away hair
The 3 year old rarely has tangles, but she does have a lot of flyaways and the detangler works more like a way to get it to calm down so I can make sure it all gets brushed at once, otherwise it’s floating away! It allows for easy grasping of those fine hairs that get in her face and makes it simple to throw a barrette or tiny ponytail in her bangs so she can see!
“Mmm, that’s smells dee-licious”-B, age 3
The baby got spritzed the other morning by my husband, and then he simply plastered her hair (which was sticking up in odd places) down with his hand. It worked! It looked smooth for church! I felt fine with spraying it on her hair and didn’t worry about chemicals being inhaled!
“That actually smells really good”- husband
So to answer my queries: 1. This compares favorably to our current product, in fact, I think it may be better! and 2. Obviously, the kids love it! As you can see, all of us are Hip Peas converts! Overall we really like this product and I think we’ll be buying more as soon as this container is empty! Everyone loves it and it works really well. The kids are crazy about the scent and I’m really impressed with how well it works! How would you like to try it yourself? Sound good? Stay tuned, you’ll have a chance to win some in a minute, but first check out the other product we reviewed!
Next we tried the Shampoo and Body Wash.
I was kind of skeptical, I’ve used a natural shampoo before, and it didn’t make the kids’ hair clean at all! This one took out dirt (yes even my girls throw dirt in their hair!) It took out chlorine from swimming lessons (bye bye overly harsh chlorine removing shampoo!) It took out everyday grease and grime. It makes a TON of foam with a generous squirt in your hand or on a washcloth. It doesn’t leave a lot of scent when you use it, it’s fairly light and I used it with few qualms on the baby who has eczema and flares up with every.single.thing. I will have to watch her and make sure it doesn’t in the future, and the other kids had absolutely no issues. With ingredients like aloe, lavender, chamomile, and rosemary, you could probably even drink it and it wouldn’t hurt you –but I wouldn’t recommend it! I actually ran a bath upstairs for the kids last night, because that’s where the bottle of Hip Peas was– no kidding. When I saw it wasn’t in the downstairs bathroom, I changed my mind on where to bathe the kids– now that’s good stuff! The kids like to smell it and although I am NOT a blueberry fan at all, the scent of the shampoo is not overwhelming to me. The detangler is a bit more potent in the way of scent, but again, it doesn’t bother me and that’s a good thing!
1. This was more gentle and cleaned just as effectively as the chlorine stripping shampoo, but with fewer harsh chemicals. Definite win. 2. The kids love using it. I think they love the detangler more! We may use this in conjuction with other products, and perhaps use it after swimming to keep the kids’ hair soft and chlorine free!
My preferred retailer (affiliate link) is Kelly’s Closet. Click the link for: All Hip Peas Products
Enter to win now!
Now obviously you’re here to learn about the products, but also for the giveaway right? So let’s get to it! To enter to win the same two products from Hip Peas I reviewed (1 bottle detangler, 1 bottle shampoo and body wash) generously offered by GREEN TEAM DISTRIBUTION:
Disclosure: I was provided with 2 products to review, but was not compensated in any other way. As always, this is my blog and I tell you the truth. My humble way of saying, the opinions are my own, and may differ from yours, so use your best judgement in every purchase decision you make–wise in these economic times, right?
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