Once upon a time, there was a Mother who tried to minimize the chemicals in her Family’s life. On her wish list were all-natural, affordable products that were Made in Canada. The problem was that she had yet to find all three factors in one company. In turn, her kids sparingly used products that weren’t the best choice. It bothered The Mother but she felt helpless.
Fortunately, the family is now covered from head to toe in all-natural products from…
Penny Lane Organics!
If you’re new to Penny Lane Organics like us, it’s a Canadian business started by two sisters on their property in Ontario. Their story began when they chose a vegetarian and sustainable lifestyle for themselves and decided that since they wouldn’t put any chemicals into their bodies then they wouldn’t put them on it either.
All of their products they sell are natural, vegan/vegetarian and gluten free. While they are not certified organic, after seeing and using the products myself, I am more than pleased with the information they provide. Find out more in Their Statement.
“So natural you could eat it”
I’ve perspired since I was a baby and in turn need to use a deodorant and/or antiperspirant. I’m pretty sure that I’ve tried every single product on the market and half of them don’t work and the other ones make me smell like a flower factory.
While I liked the idea of Penny Lane’s “Pink Grapefruit” scent, I was worried that I would want to eat it so I opted for the pleasing and subtle scent of Natural Pine. Even though it’s a deodorant and not an antiperspirant, it’s so dry that it wicks away moisture. The first few applications felt odd because I’m used to something “wetter” but I much prefer dry to my wet rock deodorants. Valuable care instructions and tips were provided but I ignored them and applied it right after shaving. I have done this every time ever since and have not had an allergic reaction.
Had I read the detailed instructions (smile), I would have realized that this product can go on wet or dry. Based upon Penny Lane’s feedback in the comments, it’s actually recommended that you do wet it frequently.
I compared the container to my existing (chemical based) deodorant and noticed that they were almost the same size. Interestingly, the competitor only contained 48g versus 120g in Penny Lane. However, neither company filled their containers full (Penny Lane’s was 2/3 full) so they could have used a smaller container. This would take up less space and weight in my purse and be less wasteful to the environment.
Fragrant yet Subtle Smell.
I am not a fan of commercial soaps because their fragrances irritate my sinuses and the ingredients dry out my skin. Even the glycerin based ones leave my skin feeling dry and stretched. In turn, after years of searching, I’ve found that the only soap that works is no soap at all. Just water and a face cloth for me at night.
I decided to try the French Lavender soap and it did not dry out my skin at all! I have washed my face almost every night and it just feels like the surface dirt is being removed and not like my face is being striped of everything; including the good things. I’ve been using it on The Kids with the same results. I’ve decided that the bar is large enough that by cutting it in half, it’s easier to handle and will last longer. Great value for $6.00.
Next on my list were the Shampoo Products.
When washing my hair, I use a fair amount of shampoo. I have long hair and like a lot of lather. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out a way to get a lot of bubbles with the Natural Shampoo Bar. I tried rubbing the soap in between my hands, or straight on my head and/or with lots of water. My hair came out looking and feeling clean but it didn’t last more than one day.
Note that Penny Lane pointed out in the comments that changing to an all-natural shampoo takes some time for your hair to get used to. I look forward to seeing how my hair reacts to the natural bar in the future. Here’s a link that provides more information about the differences between commercial and natural shampoos.
The great thing about this soap is that it’s safe on the environment and can be used every day. I really liked the Tea Tree Lemon scent and it’s got my bathroom smelling a bit sweeter which is a welcome thing because the cat litter box is in there… Seeing as we go camping every summer, it will definitely come in handy.
The Baby Shampoo and Body wash was voted “Best for Baby” by Eco Parent Magazine and given the ingredients, I don’t doubt it. However, I did not like the oily based feeling left on my hair or the kids. I did like it as a body wash and will use it as such.
All-natural, affordable and Made in Canada.
Two other products that I received were the Rough Skin Soothing Balm and the 100% Natural Total Sun-care Lotion. I look forward to trying out these products in one week while in Mexico.
In total, I received 7 items for just under $50. Based upon what I’ve seen over the years, I think that it an incredible price especially considering all of the ingredients were naturally sourced and Made in Canada. I am very pleased with the products that worked for us and will continue to purchase them.
For this family, Penny Lane Organics is just what we were looking for.
Penny Lane Organics Provides All-Natural Products for the Whole Family.
|Prize:||$50 Gift Certificate to Penny Lane Organics. Prize value is $50CDN.|
|Eligibility:||Canada Only (including Quebec). Age 18+|
|Duration:||The contest will run from Friday, December 13 until Friday, January 3, 2014, inclusive.|
|Shipping:||Included in the prize.|
|Entry Method:||Rafflecopter Form.|
|Disclosure:||Journeys of The Zoo received a copy of this product(s) that enabled us to complete this review.|
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