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Cloth Diapers

What is Pampers Up To?


I’ve posted before about “designer disposables,” both here and on Facebook. It’s clear that disposable diaper companies are a little threatened that “they’re cute” is a valid reason for ditching sposies and switching to cloth. Lots of other people have blogged in depth about their most recent campaign for special diapers to go with special outfits yada yada and the sposies on the clothesline, so I won’t go into that too much.

Now, I’m not a sposie hater that thinks that disposable diapers and the people who use them are awful. My daughter was disposable diapered for a little over 2 years, my son just over 5 months. However, had I known then what I know now about cloth (or a fraction of it really) I never would have used a single one! I do think disposable diapers are expensive, wasteful (in many ways) and we really don’t know what the long term health effects of the chemicals really are. I know disposable diapers are very useful for many people in many situations, but what can I say? I love my cloth. I don’t want people to think we cloth users look down on (gasp) sposie users since I want to bring more of them to the dark fluffy side. (Tee-hee.)

I’m particularly bothered by this trend of spending an exorbitant amount of money on a “special” disposable product, when you can get a “special” reusable product for the same cost. I don’t judge people for what they choose to spend their money on, but it would be silly if someone paid a zillion bucks to have fancy paper plates shipped from Europe for a party, instead of spending the same bucks on some lovely fine china to use, keep, sell, lend, donate etc. If you have the money to spend, good for you! You have obviously worked hard to get to where you are, spend it how you like. But why accept an inferior product for the same price? Especially when it will be thrown away? Maybe it’s because I’ve had to stretch a single income over a growing family for so long. Maybe it’s because of the “penny wise, pound foolish” lessons I’ve learned over the years? In any case, it seems silly. Doesn’t a diaper cover (like the little bloomers that come with some baby girl dresses) make more sense than a printed disposable anyway?

I’ve been trying to put my finger on just what it reminds me of. $15 for a case of printed paper towels to cover your Thanksgiving table, instead of spending the same amount on a cloth? Buying a couple of knockoff purses that fall apart after 1 use but cost the same as one designer purse that goes with everything? I don’t know. I need to think about this some more. Maybe like Cinderella’s dress (and all the goodies) that went *poof* at midnight (if she didn’t have a fairy Godmother to *poof* them there for free in the first place?) Getting a French manicure before digging a garden with your bare hands (yeah they’ll get ruined in two minutes, but at least they’ll look nice?)

Oh and so what happens when you have a massive sposie blowout, and now the outfit you bought those sposies to match is no longer in the picture? (True story, we have one pic of my daughter in her baptism gown!) Mmkay so now I’ve gone off on a tangent, totally away from the point of this post!

Though I haven’t used a disposable diaper in over 20 months, I do still collect the “freebie” pampers points codes they put out there. Why not? Free stuff is free stuff, right? Well recently they have been posting codes on their Twitter account that are valid only until the end of the day. I have a specific site I lurk to grab the codes, I don’t follow them on Twitter!

Well here’s why I’m suspicious: Today’s code (yesterday’s by the time you read this) was TWITTERCNGCLOTH. Yeah. CLOTH. OK, no biggie.

I really wanted to know why they were putting out a code with “cloth” in it, so I had to go to their Twitter account to see what was up. (Picture Sherlock Holmes with a laptop.) That’s where I found out where they are doing a trivia type thing where they release the code once someone guesses correctly. See below.

“Is everybody ready for some trivia? We are going to play ‘Guess what’s in my diaper bag’ for GTG points.” “Clue one: Even though this is my first baby, I know I need plenty of these in my diaper bag! What do you think it is? ^Cathy .” The answer was baby wipes, and the code was TWITTERDIPEWIPE. Next: “2 more items in my diaper bag today. What are they? Want a hint?^Cathy .” The answer was keys & wallet and the code was TWITTERKEYWALET.

When I went to stalk their account to figure out why they were using codes with “CLOTH” in them, it said: “Oops! I sent out the free code today w/out the question! Looks like everyone is getting off easy today lol Enjoy TWITTERCNGCLOTH 5pts ^Cathy.”

So color me suspicious but boy do I wonder what the question today was supposed to be! Was it a burp cloth? CNGCLOTH…a changing pad and burp cloth? Was it “What icky gross thing do some people use but not us because we’re using horrifically overpriced but not as cute printed sposies??”

Then again, I’m the type who walks into a room at the same time chatter stops, and gets paranoid that everyone was saying nasty things about me!

What do you think about “designer disposables?”

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Bottombumpers One-Size AIO from Mom’s Milk Boutique Review & Giveaway (CLOSED 6/28)

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 1

I first heard of Mom’s Milk Boutique shortly after starting my cloth diapering journey. Of course, they have lots of cloth diapers, but they also sell tons of accessories (wipes, solutions, creams, detergents, dryer balls etc.), carriers, wraps, nursing accessories, skin care, Haba toys and so much more! U.S. orders over $25 get free shipping every day and they use eco-friendly EcoEnclose polymailers. They have a gift registry, affiliate program and a brick & mortar store for those of you in Southern Illinois. (Please note that while I have an affiliate link to Mom’s Milk Boutique on my affiliates page, links within this post are not of the affiliate variety!)

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 2 side

Mom’s Milk Boutique sent me a Bottombumpers one-size all-in-one cloth diaper to try. I received the buttercup color, but they also have colors like black, cherry, pumpkin, espresso, and a gorgeous cobalt blue (among others!) The one-size diapers retail for $22.95 and the limited edition prints are $2.00 more.

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 3 frontBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 4 back

The package included a Bottombumpers business card, which had handy washing instructions right there.

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 5 mom's milk boutiqueBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 6 mom's milk boutique

They have gentle, but effective leg elastic, and a soft inner lining.

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 8 elastic

The Bottombumpers is a really trim one-size diaper, thanks in part to the side snap closures (which also makes them nice to use in the early stages of potty training.)

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 7 side snapping

What makes them far trimmer than other one-size diapers (in my opinion) is the unique size adjustment, which is inside the rear of the diaper, under the soaker. To picture what you’re looking at, the elastic you see at the top of the photo is the rear elastic of the diaper.

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 9 rise adjustment is inside

The soaker has two parts (better cleaning & quicker drying) that are 2 layers of organic cotton each, and it’s topped with 2 layers of super-soft bamboo velour (6 layers of absorbency total.) The soaker snaps to the white snaps in the rear of the diaper, so it covers any unused size adjustment snaps.

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 10 soaker snaps to whiteBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 12 reverse of 2 layer soaker
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 11 super soft soaker

On a side note, I consider this an all-in-two (AI2) since it has a snap in soaker (Bottombumpers recommends removing the soaker for laundering.) However, some people consider a diaper an AI2 only if the shell is reusable. You will see this style marketed & sold as both an AIO and an AI2, it depends on the company. I don’t think it matters what they call it, as long as you know what you’re getting. I was mighty confused the first time I received an “all-in-one” that looked like this. As a cloth diaper newbie, I had only seen AIOs with sewn in soakers and AI2s (or fitteds) with snap in soakers!

There are 4 size adjustments. The top (white) snap is what the soaker snaps to. The green snap is the male snap used to adjust the size. The blue snap is newborn/small which fits about 8-15 pounds. The orange snap is small-medium or 12-20 pounds, yellow is medium/large or 16-28 pounds (the size my 23 pound 2 year-old is using) and unsnapped is large/x-large for 25+ pounds.

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 9 rise adjustment is inside

I’ve measured each setting folded and stretched, but as always, it’s not an exact science! 🙂


Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 13 green to blue smallest setting newborn small
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 14 newborn small measured foldedBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 15 newborn small measured stretched
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 16 newborn small


Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 17 green to orange small medium
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 18 small medium measured foldedBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 19 small medium measured stretched
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 20 small medium

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 21 green to yellow medium large
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 22 medium large measured foldedBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 23 medium large measured stretched
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 24 medium large


Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 25 unsnapped large extra large
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 26 large x-large measured foldedBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 27 large xl measured stretched
Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 28 large xl

I did notice that the difference between sizes is a little more subtle than some other diapers. Here are the sizing snaps on the Bottombumpers compared to another brand with 4 rise snaps, so you can see that they are a bit closer together:

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 29 not tons of space btwn size settingsBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 30 compared to another 4 setting os diaper

I put my 23 pound, 2 year old son in the medium/large setting. This seemed to be a great fit for him. He still wears a lot of mediums, but I’ve had to move him up to some larges, just in the past few weeks.

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 31 23 lb 2 yr old in yellow med lg settingBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 32 med lg setting

He has lots of room to grow, and I think he could probably fit in the small/medium setting as well!

Bottombumpers Cloth Diaper 33 medium large on 2 yr oldBottombumpers Cloth Diaper 34 medium large on 23 lb toddler

To make a long story short, this diaper was on my son the other day, while Daddy was on diaper duty (I took a blissful solo trip to the grocery store!) I typically change him every 2-2 1/2 hours (or sooner) but this ended up on him far longer than that! It is very absorbent and we didn’t experience any leaks!

Mom’s Milk Boutique also has Bottombumpers Sized Side snapping AIOs and Bottombumpers Sized Hook & Loop Closure AIOs

Giveaway: Mom’s Milk Boutique is offering one winner a Bottombumpers One-Size AIO in his/her choice of solid color. ARV $22.95.

Here’s how to enter: All entries go in the form below. I love comments (great way to remind yourself you entered) but comments do not count as entries. One entry per person please (not per day.) If other members of your household enter, I ask that they enter for themselves and that you do not enter on anyone else’s behalf.

Mandatory entries include your name, email address and feedback on Mom’s Milk Boutique. It could be what else you’d like them to carry, feedback on their web design or navigation etc.

You may receive a bonus entry if you “like” The Mom’s Milk Boutique Fan Page and/or follow Mom’s Milk Boutique on Twitter and/or leave a review on Mom’s Milk Boutique for any item on Mom’s Milk Boutique. It doesn’t have to be an item you’ve purchased from them, just something you own that they sell.

Instructions for receiving the bonus entry for reviewing: At the bottom of each product page, there is a link above the existing reviews that says “click to review this product.” Click that, enter your name, a heading for your review, your review text, then submit it. In the entry form, please leave me a link to the product you reviewed, and the name and heading you used in your review. Please be sure you are reviewing on the website, then leaving me the info on the entry form to identify your review. If you just leave me a review in your entry form, it doesn’t count. One bonus entry for reviewing please! Thank you! 🙂

I will accept entries until Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 9:00 P.M. Eastern. I will select a winner using’s true random number generator and notify him/her by email. Winner has 48 hours to respond before the prize is forfeited and a new winner is chosen. View my giveaway rules page for complete details. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only.

# of entries received as of giveaway close: 426

FTC compliance: I received the pictured product at no cost in order to review it. I was not otherwise compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own. This post does not contain affiliate links.

Disclosure: This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, nor associated with Facebook. By entering, you release Facebook from any responsibility and understand that the information entered on this form will not be disclosed to Facebook.

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Cloth Diapers Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Mondays 6/20/11-What Will I Do When My Son is out of Diapers?

Cloth Diaper Advice

Do you have a cloth diaper issue? Have a burning question for me? On Mondays, I answer reader questions, and ask my other readers to give their advice too (for cloth diaper questions.)

Questions don’t have to be cloth diaper related, just email maria at with “Mailbox Mondays” in the subject, or fill out my contact form for readers, which you will always be able to find on my Contact Page.

Callista says:

I was just curious what you plan to do when you don’t use cloth diapers anymore, when your kids are bigger. Do you see yourself blogging about cloth diapers for a long time still?

That is a great question, and I’ve thought about that a lot since I started the blog. I have tried to sprinkle in other “green” subjects like natural personal care/household products and food, other reusable products etc. I actually struggled a lot when I chose my domain name!

I feel like cloth diapers are more than just diapers to me-beyond a hobby even-and I hope that I’ll stay involved in the diapering community even when my diaper days are over. I definitely have lots of cloth diapering ahead of me, but I realize that at some point, I won’t have an actual model to try diapers on, or to test fit/absorbency. I’ve noticed other moms/bloggers getting involved with cloth diaper companies almost as PR reps helping with product launches and advertising. I think this is fantastic, because they/we know the subject so well! However, I know that it would be difficult for me to “break into” that.

I really love getting to see, touch and photograph different diapers, and I think/hope my readers like all the detail I put into my reviews. I truly enjoy doing it, and I don’t do it for the “free stuff.” When my son is out of diapers, and I can’t really form an opinion on the absorbency/fit etc., I’d love to still be able to photograph and review diapers as a resource to my readers. Even if that means returning the diapers to the company after photographing them, or bringing in some help to test the diapers and provide action shots for me!

That was probably more than you wanted to know, but I’d love to keep blogging about diapers, but also blog about more (since my current readers won’t have babies in diapers forever either!) The weirdest thing is that the idea of being “done with diapers” makes me sad, and I never would have said that when I was using disposables!!

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Friday Giveaway Linky Giveaways Linky

Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup for 6/17/11 (Plus Linky for All Giveaways)

Cloth Diaper Giveaway Roundup

Friday means I round up cloth diaper giveaways I’ve found all over the web. There are some cloth accessory and baby wearing giveaways too!

If you’d like me to list your cloth diaper, accessory, baby wearing (etc.) giveaway next week, send a link and description to maria at, or Fill out my contact form for readers.

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

This week’s giveaway is two Grovia AIO Diapers

*AMP Diaper from The Nurse Mommy Mandatory Facebook “like” and email newsletter subscription (ends 6/17)

*Swaddlebees Simplex AIO from Measuring Flower (ends 6/17)

*WAHMies Wet Bag from Mama on a Green Mission Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/17)

*GroVia Kit from Tales from the Nursery (ends 6/17)

*Blissful Booty Diaper from The Nurse Mommmy Mandatory Facebook “like” (ends 6/17)

*AppleCheeks Print Diaper from Kelly Wels (ends 6/17)

*Best Bottom Diapering System from Formula Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/17)

*Roots Diaper from Eco Baby Mama Drama (ends 6/17)

*Itti Bitti Diaper from Seventeen Sirens (ends 6/17)

*WAHMies Wet Bag from Squishy Tushy (ends 6/17) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Hiney Lineys Cloth Diaper Package from Kelly Wels (ends 6/17)

*Rattled Rump Cloth Diaper from Mama’s Passions Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/18)

*$35 Snuggy Baby GCfrom The B Keeps Us Honest (ends 6/18)

*Thirsties Duo Diaper from Tales from the Nursery (ends 6/18) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Alva Baby Wet Dry Bag from Midnight Mommy Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/18)

*$25 AppleCheeks GC from Momotics (ends 6/18)

*Thirsties Duo Fitted & Wrap from Formula Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/18)

*3 Bottom Bumpers Diapers from Diaper Buddys and Tales from the Nursery (ends 6/19)

*Wallypop Fitted & Wrap from Formula Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/19) Open Worldwide

Real Nappies from So Easy Being Green (ends 6/19)

*AMP AIO Diaper from Beautiful Baby Gear/Abigail’s Diapers and Formula Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/20) Open Worldwide

*Blissful Booty Diaper & Wipe Concentrate from The Clothspring Two mandatory GFC follows and Facebook “like and comment (ends 6/21)

*Itti Bitti Diaper from Tales from the Nursery (ends 6/21) Open to the U.S and Canada

*AppleCheeks Print Diaper from Dirty Diaper Laundry (ends 6/21) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*AppleCheeks Print Diaper from The Eco Chic (ends 6/21) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*$25 Applecheeks GC from Me as a Mommy Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/21)

*Envibum Diaper from Closer to Lucy Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/21)

*Itti Bitti D’Lish from Formula Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/22) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Mother-Ease Fitted and Cover from Formula Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/22) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*$25 AppleCheeks GC from Baby Dickey’s Giveaways (ends 6/22) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Cow Patties Diaper from Anderson’s Angels Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/22)

$30 Modern Cloth GC from Cloth Diaper Contests & Giveaways (ends 6/22)

$5 Credit to Cloth By Kim from Nicki’s Cloth Diaper Reviews (ends 6/22)

*$25 AppleCheeks GC from Mama Dweeb (ends 6/23) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Bebe Bottom Wipes Spray from This Mama Rocks Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/23)

*Monkey Doodlez Swim Diaper from Green Bebe and Mama on a Green Mission Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/23)

*Envibum Diaper from Formula Mom Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/23) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*AppleCheeks Print Diaper from Mama B (ends 6/24) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Flip Diaper from Babies Bottoms and More and Going Green with Noah Two mandatory Facebook “likes” (ends 6/24)

Charlie Banana Training Pants from The Review Stew Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/24)

MiniMaestro Cloth Diaper from Formula Mom (ends 6/24)

Boba Baby Carrier from Luxury Living Frugal Style (ends 6/25)

GoGreen Champ 2.0 from Tales from the Nursery (ends 6/25)

Ergo Baby Carrier from This Mama Loves Her Bargains (ends 6/25)

Lovely Pocket Diaper from Tales from the Nursery (ends 6/25) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Lovely Pocket Diaper from Formula Mom (ends 6/25) Open to the U.S. and Canada

GoGreen Pocket Diaper from Mama on a Green Mission Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/25)

The Willow Store Dryer Balls from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/25)

$50 Abby’s Lane GC-Two Winners (ends 6/25)

*Applecheeks Diapers from Baby Dickey’s Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/26) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Sprout Change Diaper from Formula Mom (ends 6/26) Open Worldwide

*Ergo Baby Carrier from Two of a Kind (ends 6/27)

*Itti Bitti Diapers & Wet Bag from Knocked Up & Nursing (ends 6/27)

Planet Wise Hanging Wet/Dry Bag from Tales from the Nursery (ends 6/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Mother-Ease Diaper & Cover from Sugar Pop Ribbons Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Thirsties Duo Diaper from Lindsay’s Family Reviews & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/27) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Lil Roos Carrier from The Bragging Mommy (ends 6/27)

BubuBibi Diaper & Wet Bag from The Momccupation Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 6/28)

*Mother-Ease Cloth Diapering System from One Smiley Monkey Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 6/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Blueberry Basix Diaper & Wetbag from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/29)

Bummis Swimmi Swim Diaper from Spoons, Spades & Stitches (ends 6/29)

$25 Rearz Diapers GC from The Mommy Goods (ends 6/29)

Kissaluvs Antbacterial Wet Bag from Lindsay’s Family Reviews & Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/29) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*Knickernappies Diaper from Wee Little Changes (ends 6/30)

*Rumparooz Diapers, Wet Bag (and other stuff) from Belle Baby Carriers (ends 6/30) Entry is on Facebook, thus mandatory Facebook “like.” Official rules also state that by entering, you are added to 4 sponsors’ email lists.

$25 Madison Organics GC from Mommy and Me Giveaways Mandatory GFC follow (ends 6/30) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*GoGreen Pocket Diaper from Monkey Tales Mandatory GFC follow (ends 7/1)

Blissful Booty Diaper & Wipes from Crazy 4 Fluff Mandatory GFC follow (ends 7/1)

*Itti Bitti Diaper form Baby and the Chis Mandatory GFC follow (ends 7/3)

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag from One Smiley Monkey Mandatory GFC follow and Facebook “like” (ends 7/3) Open to the U.S. and Canada

Boba Baby Carrier from Freckleberry Finds Mandatory GFC follow (ends 7/7) Open to the U.S. and Canada

*giveaways that have been listed in a prior week’s roundup

You may enter any “family friendly” giveaway in the linky below. The form Blog name – Giveaway Item – Ending date works well. Please at least include the item and end date, and link directly to the giveaway.

View my where I list my giveaways post, to find more places to link up your giveaways!

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Discount Natural Personal Care Products Review Sale

Renpure Organics Shampoo & Conditioner Review + Deal at CVS

renpure organics

So again I’ll say that I’ve had a hard time switching my personal care products over to more natural alternatives. I admit, I love the way my shampoo, conditioner, soaps, body wash etc. smell and work. Since I started “CVS’ing” in 2007, I haven’t had to pay real money for any of that kind of stuff. It’s also given me the opportunity to try a lot of new brands I wouldn’t have otherwise.

I have a handful of mainstream shampoo/conditioner brands that I love. They smell good and leave my hair clean, soft, shiny and silky. At any given time, I have 4-6 bottles of shampoo (plus their matching conditioners) in my stockpile. If one of my favorites comes up free (or better than free) it goes in the back of the stockpile. If it’s not a favorite, it gets donated.

CVS usually has a lot of great deals around Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and they are open on Thanksgiving! So for the past 3 years, I’ve taken a break from cooking Thanksgiving morning and gotten a haul of good stuff. Nothing like the buzz of a great bargain shop to get you through the cooking. 🙂

Last year, CVS had Renpure Organics shampoo & conditioner on sale for $4.99, and when you bought it, you got $4.99 Extra Care Bucks back (limit 2.) Renpure has quite a selection of shampoo/conditioners, but my CVS didn’t have many. So, I got the “I love my hair” body & shine shampoo/conditioner. I’d love to try the “my savvy hair needs sleek” smoothing formula, or maybe even the revitalizing or strengthening formulas.

Anyhoo, the Renpure products do not contain sulfates, parabens, dyes, gluten, phthlates or propylene glycol. It’s made with 100% certified organic extracts and the formula I got contains hydrolyzed soy protein, green tea, chamomile and sunflower oil.

Shampoo ingredients:
•Water (Aqua)
•Decyl Glucoside
Sugar derived foaming agent based on Coconut Oil
•Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate
Vegetable Oil based foaming agent
•Cocamidopropyl Betaine
Coconut Oil based mild foaming agent
•Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate
Sugar derived foam stabilizing agent based on Palm Oil
•Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Certified Organic anti-inflammatory
•Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Certified Organic anti-oxidant to protect hair color
•Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Natural protein replenishment
•Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Natural protein replenishment
•Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Certified Organic natural hair lipid
Pro-Vitamine B5 moisturizing and hair repair
Hair conditioning agent
•PEG-150 Distearate
Palm Oil based thickener
•Glycol Stearate
Palm Oil based pearl opacifier
Hair conditioner
•PEG-100 Stearate
Palm Oil based thickener
•Cetyl Betaine
Coconut Oil based foaming agent
Coconut Oil based foaming agent
•Glyceryl Oleate
Palm Oil based emulsifier
Modified silicone hair conditioner
Vegetable Oil moisturizing agent
•C11-15 Pareth-7
Sunscreen to protect hair color
•Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate
Food grade pH stabilizer
•Citric Acid
Fruit acid based pH adjuster
•Diazolidinyl Urea
•Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
•Fragrance (Parfum)
Pineapple Olive

Conditioner ingredients:
•Water (Aqua)
•Cetearyl Alcohol
Canola Oil based emulsifier
•Behentrimonium Methosulfate
Hair conditioner derived from Rapeseed Oil
•Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract
Certified Organic anti-inflammatory
•Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract
Certified Organic anti-oxidant to protect hair color
•Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
Natural protein replenishment
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
Certified Organic source for Vitamin E
Pro-Vitamine B5 moisturizing and hair repair
•Tocopherol Acetate
Vitamin E for sun protection
•Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
Natural hair lipid
•PEG-100 Stearate
Palm Oil based thickener
•Dicetyldimonium Chloride
Palm Oil based hair conditioner
•Cetrimonium Chloride
Palm Oil based hair conditioner
•Glyceryl Stearate
Emulsifier based on Palm Oil
•Stearalkonium Chloride
Palm Oil based hair conditioner
•Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate
Food grade pH stabilizer
•Citric Acid
Fruit acid based pH adjuster
•Diazolidinyl Urea
•Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate
•Fragrance (Parfum)
Pineapple Olive

It had a pleasant smell (not quite what I’m used to, but not bad) and was sudsier than I expected for a non-mainstream product.

The best part by far is that both bottles I bought had “try me free” hang tag (around the neck of the bottles) rebates. Keep in mind that I paid $10.58 in Extra Bucks, then got $9.98 back. So all it “cost” me was 60 cents Extra Bucks for the tax. Even so, I figured it was worth a stamp to try for the rebate. The forms did not limit the rebate to one per household. So, I sent both completed forms and my receipt, not expecting much. Lo and behold I was refunded for both bottles!! $9.98 was the rebate check amount, meaning the shampoo earned me $9.38 in real dollars (vs. Extra Care Bucks A.K.A. monopoly money, LOL.)

I would buy Renpure again (with a good deal of course) but I wouldn’t buy this formula again. I felt it weighed my hair down, and as though I had residue on it. It didn’t really feel clean. My husband finished the bottles because I couldn’t bring myself to use it anymore! No, it’s not exactly baking soda and apple cider vinegar, but I think it’s a good compromise for those of us would-be-crunchy ladies, who are still clutching our mainstream shampoo products in our white-knuckled, sudsy mitts. With the CVS deals, it’s certainly a great compromise for those of us who are pinching pennies too!

There’s another Renpure deal at CVS next week (6/19-6/25.) Please keep in mind that deals can be regional, so check your local ad before you buy! Renpure Organics Shampoo/Conditioner is on sale for $4.99 and when you buy a bottle, you will receive $3.00 Extra Care Bucks. That makes your net cost $1.99. Unfortunately, the limit is just one this time, so you’ll have to choose shampoo or conditioner. You can buy more than one bottle at the $4.99 price, but you will only get one $3.00 Extra Care Buck back. If my CVS has any of the other shampoo formulas I wanted to try, I might try again!

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