4.06.2010

Maggie's Pure Land Soap Nuts Review & Giveaway

Forgive me for being so MIA lately, I've been dealing with a lot of not so fun stuff. But I am back with a great review and something I have never done before, a live giveaway!

 

I have tried a lot of detergents. Not only do I have to find something that washes my clothes well, but I also have to find something that works with my cloth diapers. All of the detergents that I have tried out have worked great on my clothes, and for the most part pretty good on my diapers, but I hadn't found anything that I was totally in love with, until I found soap nuts. I was recently given the opportunity to try both the soap nuts and liquid soap from Maggie's Pure Land.

So, what are soap nuts? Only the most natural of all natural detergents ever! Soap nuts are the dried fruit of the Chinese Soapberry tree (Sapindus mukorrosi). Yes, this is a fruit that washes your clothes (and poopy diapers) and works! When soap nuts get wet they release saponin which is a natural cleaner. Because they are completely all natural they are 100% biodegradable and perfect for using on even the finest materials such as silk and wools. 





In Indian Ayurvedic medicine, soap nuts are used to treat skin disorders such as psoriasis and eczema, so you know this is a super gentle laundry soap

It took a little trial and error on my part to get these products down to a science (for me anyway, all washing machines, routines, and items are different for everyone). I finally came up with the perfect routine! I use both the liquid soap and the soap nuts in the cotton sack on my clothing and other washables, and for diapers I put 3-4 nuts in without the cloth bag and I keep them in for the cold rinse cycle, the long hot wash, then sometimes an extra rinse cycle. Every time my diapers come out of the wash I bury my nose in them and take a big whiff and I am happy to report that I have not been surprised by a yucky smell yet!

Maggie's Pure Land is offering a sample of either soap nuts or their liquid soap nut soap to TEN of our readers!  
The first ten valid entries will be the winners.

You must be a public follower of Le Petit Owlet via google friend connect, then go to Maggie's Pure Land have a look around and tell me something you learned!

If you are a winner: I am going to post your names either later today or tomorrow and you have to contact me. You can either email me or tweet me.



Disclaimer: I did not receive payment in any form for this review.
I did receive a sample of the product or service for testing and review purposes. This will in no way sway my opinion of the product or service.The review is in my own words and is my own opinion. Your results and opinion may differ.



Jessica

21 comments:

Jen said...

I follow publicly, and I learned that they donate 10% of net profits to groups that improve and/or support mothers, children, and the planet.

dvanti77 at gmail dot com

Kaylyn said...

I follow your blog. I learned that you don't have to remove the Soap Nuts after the wash. You can leave them in and they act as a softner for your clothes.

Great giveaway!

Kaylyn.buckner at gmail dot com

Jessie said...

I follow publicly and found out that they are the dried fruit of the Chinese Soapberry tree. That is so cool!

jessiessie@gmail.com

YogaMama said...

I follow.

I learned that Maggie's commit to compassionate living provides you with the most natural products
available, provides fair wages to workers, and protects our animal friends by never testing on them.

Huppie Mama said...

Following your blog publicly. I learned that soap nuts are the dried fruit of the Chinese Soapberry tree

huppiemama(at)gmail(dot)com

kristin said...

I follow you! I found out that soap nuts are 100% biodegradable, safe for cloth diapers and they support all sorts of great causes! Awesome!
Kgvollmer@mac.com

ladcraig said...

learned that their products are environmentally-friendly

Ladcraig at gmail dot com

follow on google friend

The Jacobsen Family! said...

Following publicly, and I learned that she began Maggie’s Pure Land at her cottage in Big Sur, California.
garyandalesha at cox dot net

amanda brooks said...

i follow your store on facebook. i am new to cloth diapering and am still trying different soap products out. i tried charlies soap and wasnt impressed.

amanda brooks said...

i didnt know that you could wash your cloths with fruit!

kristin said...

Ohhh and I forgot to mention soap nut brightens colors in the laundry too!

Annie Valentine said...

I follow your blog and I learned that these are safe for my fluff!!

valentinescarlet at yahoo dot com

Annie Valentine said...

I also love anything that is compostable!! So much better than bulky bottles for sure!!

jwoodbri said...

Looks like you already have ten but I'll try anyway. :) I was driving in my car when I saw this but didn't think I should reply! I learned that they are a natural fabric softener. I'd love to try the liquid kind as I have some soap nuts sitting on my shelf so I think I need to streamline the process so I will actually use it!

Ida Mae said...

they are low sudsing and brighten colors! they grow on trees (which is just bizarre :) and willbe good for my sensitve skin!

ida_ mai at hotmail dot com
http://www.treeswillbend.com

WendyOtt said...

I'm a lil' late, but I'll try, anyway...I follow you on Google Friend Connect...ott.wendy@gmail.com
I learned that Maggie's Pure Land Soap Nuts are ideal to use on silk and wool, too! So no separate detergent for special fabrics needed---bonus! :)

Cara said...

Late, but here it goes... I learned that soapnuts come from the chinese soapberry tree, are 100% biodegradeble, brighten colors and soften my clothes. I've been dying to try these for ages! And for some reason can't find them anywhere besides online. Good contest Jess!

Lindsay said...

Don't now if I'm too late but I learned about them through diaper swapper, live there multiple use and with wool is awsome :)
lindsayandandy@hotmail.com

Tami Pearson said...

i follow your blog and learned that soap nuts contain saponin, a natural cleaner used for thousands of
years to clean clothes, just like the plants used by Native Americans
for washing. pretty cool!

tamipearson at gmail dot com

Becks said...

I'm a follower :) I learned that you can use them on wool, I never realized that before. No more expensive wool wash = excellentness! :)
beavermittens at hotmail dot com

Stuff Parents Need said...

I'm a follower and I learned that they offer an affiliate program!

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