Thursday, August 7, 2014

Green Virgin Products' Soap Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener: Review

 Green Virgin Products


Green Virgin Products is a company based out of Tampa, Florida, that was started in 2009. The owners of Green Virgin Products decided to create a line of non-toxic, natural laundry detergents and fabric softeners after coming to the realization that the major brands offered on the market today are far from eco-friendly. They pride themselves on the manufacturing of top-notch products which are carcinogen free for reasonable prices. What's even better? Green Virgin Products offer products which are not only healthier and safer, but also just as effective as leading brands. 


Green Virgin Products carries such things as:
  •  Moringa Powder - for natural energy and clarity
  • Moringa Tea
  • Moringa Capsules
  • Moringa Oil
  • GVP Formula 433 All Purpose Cleaner
  • Mineral Salts Deodorant Stone
  • Soap Nut Bar Soap
  • Stainless Steel Water Bottles
  • Stainless Steel Baby Bottles



I was lucky enough to receive a bottle of Green Virgin Products' Soap Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener for the purpose of this review, in exchange for my honest opinion. I was excited to try a natural laundry detergent, as they are few and far between. I have tried anti-allergen detergent and natural laundry strips, but I have never tried laundry detergent made from soap nuts. In fact, I didn't even know what soap nuts were previous to receiving them!

Soap Nuts are actually berries which come from the Chinese Soap Berry Tree. In Green Virgin Products' Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener, all-natural, harvested and dried soap nuts are used, without the addition of any chemicals. Where do soap nuts get their name from? Evidently they contain a substance which is soap-like in nature, called saponin. The saponin that Green Virgin Products uses has been extracted with water and put through filters to remove tannins. This natural laundry detergent is hypoallergenic, which makes it a great pick for anyone who has very sensitive skin, allergies, or sensitivity to perfumes and chemicals in standard detergents. It is made right here in the United States. Green Virgin Products uses the HIGHEST QUALITY, USDA Certified Organic Sapindus Mukorossi Soap Nuts. 



Green Virgin Products' Soap Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent comes in a small, 8 fluid ounce container, with a convenient pump for dispersing. The detergent is highly concentrated. This bottle is enough for an average of 120 loads of wash if you are using a high efficiency washing machine and are washing standard sized loads. 

Green Virgin Products' Soap Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent contains the following ingredients:

Sapindus Mukorossi Soap Nut liquid, made from USDA certified organic soap nuts (skin deep database rated 0) caprylyl glycol (skin deep database rated 0) and phenethylalcohol. (skin deep database rated 1)

Green Virgin Products follows a scale that I find very interesting and informative - the Skin Deep Database. They have chosen ratings which are low on this scale, indicating that they have the lowest levels of toxicity. Green Virgin Products offers very low risk preservatives, which achieve lower scores than any other liquid soap nuts product. 

Soap nuts are also commonly used raw, and not in the liquid form, using special bags for the washer. This is still a great, all-natural alternative, but it is far more time-consuming. Liquid Soap Nuts are hassle-free, easy to store/use, and are very effective. In an independent study, Liquid Soap Nuts by Green Virgin Products were found to clean 300% more than competing soap nut brands.

All you have to do to use the Soap Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener is to add three pumps to a top loader washing machine, and two pumps for any high efficiency washing machine. Soiled or larger loads may require more pumps, depending on your washing machine.

In addition to functioning as a laundry detergent, the Soap Nuts also make for a great "all-purpose" cleaner. Since the liquid is very concentrated, you will have to dilute it; then you can use it to wash windows, counter-tops, and more! This is a great alternative to many cleaning sprays, as you won't have to worry about using it around pets or children. I love all-natural cleaning products, because they seem to have a leg up when it comes to efficacy -- I can never get my counters as clean when I use many of the sprays sold in grocery stores.

Right now, you can purchase Green Virgin Products' Soap Nuts on the Green Virgin Products' website for just $18.95/ 8 oz. bottle, $34.95/ 16 oz. bottle, or $.50 for a sample size that will wash up to six loads! You have nothing to risk by trying Green Virgin Products' Soap Nuts, because if you are unhappy at ALL with the product, they offer a 90-day money-back guarantee, which means they really stand behind their brand!



My favorite thing about Soap Nuts Liquid Laundry Detergent and Fabric Softener is the fact that it is toxin-free, and is created to be hypoallergenic. Although detergents such as Purex do not bother me, there are other brands (especially store brands), which really irritate my skin. I can become red and itchy if I use a detergent that is full of chemicals or perfumes. I had nothing to worry about with Green Virgin Products' Soap Nuts; my sensitive skin was not bothered at all. I don't know about you, but I am always wary of ultra concentrated products. I feel like only using two pumps on a standard load of laundry just isn't going to cut it -- but I was definitely proved wrong. I do laundry a lot..more than I should in an apartment with only two people..so I tend to err on the side of heavier loads. Still, two pumps was enough to leave my clothes looking unsoiled and fresh. I like the fact that I don't have to put in fabric softener in addition to detergent when using the Soap Nuts (something I often do to keep my clothes softer and smelling better). I like knowing that I am using a product which is not possibly sending toxins and carcinogens into my body. However, I was not a huge fan of the scent of Soap Nuts. Keep in mind, I have a very heightened sense of smell -- but I found Soap Nuts to smell like more of a cleaner than a laundry detergent. It smells almost vinegary. However, once you wash your clothes, they come out without the vinegar smell, so it clearly doesn't absorb into the fabric. I guess as long as my clothes are being cleaned and my skin is being protected from chemicals, I can deal without having a light, tropical smell. I would love to see if they could make variations of this product using essential oils or natural, non-irritating fragrances, as I'm sure you cannot make it inherently fragrance-free. The Soap Nuts are super easy to store, which is another plus -- you don't need a ton of room for a huge container of detergent and softener, as this will fit on any small shelf. With the amount that you use per load, you are probably saving money over time, and definitely getting convenience. I don't know about you, but I used to hate carrying huge containers of detergent back to my college dorm when I didn't have a car.

Interested in learning more about Green Virgin Products? Check out the links below:



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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