I have to admit that sometimes sticking to my principles on trying to only support cruelty-free companies can be tough, and a little frustrating. Sometimes I miss the ease and effortlessness of not having to check labels or confuse salespeople. A lot of research and time often has to go into selecting the products I purchase for myself and my family and many times I feel like I’m unable to really keep abreast of the cool new products and companies out there that actually are catering to my needs. And I know I’m not alone in this–I’ve had many friends who know my stance on animal testing ask me for recommendations or tips on brands that are also aligned with those values. In fact, I had one friend ask awhile ago for a run down of cosmetic companies that are certified cruelty free that I know and trust.
I thought this was a fabulous idea, but as anyone who reads this blog on the regular (or attempted to) has learned–I can be slow-moving. But I have been thinking on this idea for some time and decided I wanted to feature some of the awesome brands I’ve fallen in love with, as well as some cool resources I’ve used to try to keep up with the lifestyle I hope to maintain.
I decided for this blog, I wanted to focus on my most recent find, Eco-Emi, a business started by owner Christine, to allow people to sample a variety of natural, eco-friendly, and cruelty free products after experiencing a pretty traumatic experience with her beloved dog, Emilia (for whom the company is named). After her dog suddenly became ill, the vets she once trusted put her dog on a regime of medicines that included side effects worse than the disease. Although she was able to find a natural cure for her dog’s original problem (by switching her to an all-natural, real food diet), the medicines she received affected her body beyond repair. When Emilia passed, she decided to more fully dedicate herself to living a more eco-friendly, natural lifestyle.
Eco-Emi provides a service to other people who want to live this type of lifestyle, but might not have the time/resources to find the products they need on their own. As Christine states on her website, “Eco-Emi is here to help you make those choices now and stop putting things off because you don’t know where to start.”
The way Eco-Emi works is this: You sign up for a subscription ($15 a month, which is automatically deducted from your account each month) and then at the end of the month your box will be shipped filled with lots of goodies and samples from various eco-friendly, cruelty-free companies! And Eco-Emi doesn’t just focus on fancy soaps and lotions (although they are included, and are quite nice :-))–they also include products like deodorants, toothpaste, food samples and supplements, herbs/seeds, and more!
I just got my first box last week and admittedly felt like a happy hippie child on Christmas as I opened the neatly wrapped package and pored over the cool goodies it contained.
And, of course, we’ve already been testing the products:
Another cool thing about this service is that not only does each month’s package contain the info for the businesses being showcased, but most also include promo codes so you can get discounts if you decide to buy one of the products you tried.
Eco-Emi’s website also showcases all the products featured in each month’s box, plus contests, and recipes. So yeah, if you haven’t been able to tell from my 600 words of gushing, I’m pretty smitten with this service so far. Admittedly, I’m a little concerned I won’t be able to keep up with the number of body products that do seem to be an inevitable staple in any sample of “eco-friendly” samples, but I feel like the opportunity to learn more about other products that have been harder to find cruelty free alternatives to will still make it worthwhile (and, beyond that, I’m sure it won’t be hard to pass along any unused samples to the husband or various friends!).
Next Products I Love blog, I’m going to overview one of my must-use, go-to product guides for cruelty free. So stayed tuned for that!!