Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Walgreens Launches Its Own Eco-Brand -- Ology (Review)

Do you like shopping for eco-friendly products for the house and family?  If so, then you will want to head to your local Walgreens and check out their new selection of Ology products. Last month this drug store chain released their new brand Ology, which "features 25 environmentally friendly products, such as “tissues, toilet paper and paper towels made from bamboo and cane sugar husks instead of tree pulp” as well as “laundry detergent with fewer chemicals than regular brands, shampoos and conditioners for both children and adults, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and glass and all-purpose household cleaners,” according to Crain's Chicago Business."

It wasn't until I was diagnosed with cancer back in 2008, that I began looking at labels and shopping for products that didn't contain harsh chemicals.  I couldn't believe how many products I owed had chemimal dyes, solvents, etc. in them, and that I would breath in when using to clean the house.  And, then when I welcomed our daughters in 2010 and 2011, I made sure that the house was rid of all these products, and that we only bought eco-friendly products.

But, if you have made the switch, or tried to, then you know how expensive buying eco-friendly products is?  I found myself spending double what I would pay for laundry detergents, cleaning agents, etc.  And, don't get me started on diapers and baby products.  I think we broke the bank when trying to buy green products for the girls.  And, with their sensitive skin, I couldn't just buy any product, and spent countless months trying out a variety of products to finally settle on ones that wouldn't irritate their skins.

So, when I heard that Walgreens was introducing a new line of Earth-friendly products, I had to check them out and pick up a few to try.  As I browsed the shelves at my local drug store, the first thing that caught my eye was the affordable price of these new products.  “A 50-ounce bottle of Ology detergent, which the label says can handle 33 loads of laundry, goes for $4.99; by comparison, a same-sized bottle of Tide Free & Gentle retails for $8.99.” Can you believe that?  I felt like I was walking into a clearance sale when I saw these prices, and my instinct was to buy up all that I could carry. :-) But, I hadn't tried out the brand yet, and had to see how the girls would handle it, and if the detergent actually got their clothes clean.  

The verdict after doing a few loads  -- it works better than the other leading laundry detergents in my opinion, and leaves behind a clean smell.  Their clothes looking brighter and clean.  And, when they wore the clothes, they didn't itch or break out in a rash.  You don't know how excited I am to know that I can buy two bottles of detergent for the price I would pay for a small eco-friendly brand, and get double the loads out of them. :-)

2X Liquid Fabric Softner Free & Clear

In addition to the detergent, I also picked up a few light bulbs and the Ology all-purpose cleaner to try out.

"The Ology All Purpose Cleaner contains no harsh solvents, dyes or ammonia. The ingredient list includes Water, Coco-Glucoside, Laureth 7, Natural Fragrance and Sodium Proprionate."  And, as for the light bulbs, they work great, too.

I can't wait to try out the shampoos and other home care products from Walgreens' new Ology line soon.  So, if you are heading to Walgreens or Duane's in the coming days for last minute stocking stuffer ideas, to pick up medicine for colds, etc., make sure you check out their new Ology line and pick up a few products to try.  You will not be disappointed! :-)

You can find out more of the individual Ology products here on

Disclosure: I was sent a gift card to purchase Ology products from the vendor, in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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