Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Laundry Tarts - Review & Giveaway


Call me crazy, but I actually like doing laundry.  I like the coziness of hanging towels to dry on a kitchen rack in the winter.  I like the feeling of minor accomplishment when I see a stack of neatly folded clothes. The smell of sunshine and breeze in shirts that have dried outdoors on a line.  The white-noise-hum of the washing machine churning away.

Domestic Goddess I am not.  Since having tried my new favourite detergent, however, I may very well be a Tart!

Created by Jessy Cooke and Michelle Waithe (Toronto, ON),  The Laundry Tarts is a line of eco-friendly, deliciously scented laundry detergent that cleans effectively and lives up to its sassy name.  It is infused with essential oils, blended to create light, sweet scents reminiscent of all your favorite desserts!  The Tarts have ensured that not only is their natural detergent completely biodegradable, the colourful packaging - made with soy inks and recycled bags that can easily be composted - is kind to the earth as well.  In a nutshell, their products are "hypoallergenic, 100% vegan and free of phosphates, EDTA, phthalates, parabens, SLS, SLES, nitrates, sulphites and chlorine".

Upon hearing about The Laundry Tarts (loved the quirky name, loved the vibe of integrity around the product), I was eager to give this detergent a try.  I ordered several samples - key lime pie, caramel popcorn, chocolate mint, lemon meringue pie, caramel apple, and unscented.  There was ample opportunity to test them out - I wash a LOT of linens from my reflexology practice!  Though all were scrumptious, my favorite scents were key lime pie, chocolate mint, and caramel apple.

For years, I have used unscented commercial laundry detergents. The scented ones literally make me wince.  Too potent - they smell like chemicals, no matter how much money they spend to convince me what I'm actually smelling is "vanilla orchid bamboo dew" or "starry twilight musk".  More often than not, they trigger headaches and a stuffed-up nose.  The Laundry Tarts detergent was the first eco-friendly powder detergent I'd tried.  What a refreshing change to find that each of these detergents had a subtle, sweet scent that was a pleasure to be around.  This time, I lingered in the laundry room, sniffing the sample packets, instead of slamming the washer lid shut and bolting for fresh air!

My clothes emerged from the washer without the thin, slippery residue that usually remains when using commercial detergents.  The fabrics felt soft and clean.  A hint of scent lingered, especially on cotton pillow cases and flannel.  The Chocolate Mint scent seemed to linger the longest, followed by the Caramel Apple.  I have since washed all my bed linens with The Laundry Tarts. What a delicious treat to snuggle under fresh, sweet-smelling sheets at the end of long day!

I also discovered that The Laundry Tarts does effectively remove stains.  Inadvertently planting my elbow in honey dijon mustard turned out to be a happy accident, something I could include in my review, though I was far from thrilled when it happened.  I followed the directions for stain removal outlined on the website and also HERE. You'll see that Jessy and Michelle also list the detergent ingredients, explain why they are used, and what they do.  They are all recognizable and natural.  Imagine!  


Do expect
  • A effective, eco-friendly detergent that smells lovely!
  • A product perfect for those with sensitive skin and chemical sensitivities.
  • A detergent that effectively cleans and deodorizes diapers (see A Tart's Guide to Cloth Diapers)
  • Upbeat, prompt customer service
Do not expect 
  • An intense scent
  • Lots of suds in the washer (Fear not - it's still working like a charm!)
Worth Your Attention
  •  The Laundry Tarts will partner with your community groups to provide a unique, eco-friendly fund-raising option.  I love this idea, and think it would be a fantastic alternative to typical campaigns.  We all enjoy supporting our local PTAs, service groups, and other community organizations but it's easy to become overloaded with requests to buy knick-knacks and foodstuffs we neither want nor need.  Contact Tanja Warren - Tart #3! - to Fund-raise with The Laundry Tarts.  Offer your community a fun, useful, and novel product that everyone needs...and will very likely flock to purchase!

To purchase The Laundry Tarts detergent, head to their online store and browse the menu of delicious scents available!  It is also available through various other online stores and brick-and-mortar retailers, listed on their home page

A big thank-you to The Laundry Tarts for generously offering to sponsor this giveaway!

 The Laundry Tarts Giveaway

Prize:  The winner’s choice of a 20 sample variety pack or 1 bag of The Laundry Tarts detergent.

Eligibility: This contest is open to residents of Canada and the USA.

Entry: Single entry.  Please visit The Laundry Tarts and complete the mandatory questions in the form below.  Additional entries can be earned by completing any/all of the bonus questions.

Additional entries  - up to 1/day - can also be earned by leaving a relevant comment below.  Vos commentaires peuvent être en français.   What has been your biggest laundry challenge – or disaster?  What is your favorite part of the The Laundry Tarts website?  Which video on their YouTube Channel is your favourite, and why?  How do you make laundry more eco-friendly in your home?  What scents would you like to see the Tarts add to their “menu”?  What would convince you to switch from commercial laundry detergent to an eco-friendly detergent?  Who did you share this review article with, and why? Please remember to include your email address or username after your comments.

Contest ends Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 8:00pm Pacific Standard Time.  Winner to be randomly selected using randomizer.org.  If the winner has not responded to my notification by Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 8:00pm PST, another winner will be randomly selected.

This giveaway has now ended. Congratulations to Huguette English of Beaverbrook, NB!  Huguette chose the 20 sample variety pack as her prize.

Thanks to all who participated!

25 comments:

  1. my biggest laundry challenge was when I started to use Tide to wash my clothes and I broke out in hives all over. It took me a few weeks to figure out what I was reacting to since I have no other allergies. Not a fun few weeks.

    richardrachel at hotmail dot com

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  2. I am a 65 yr old male and have done the laundry for the past 30 years. I want my laundry to smell of freshness and feel softness without using any abrasive chemicals (soaps or bleaches. I am continuously looking to find the best for whites and brights and the cleanest. Have tried many products and some actually lessen the fabrics life.

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  3. My favorite part of the laundry tarts website is how is looks like a cupcake shop. I love how bright and fun it is and I love the descriptions of the scents

    richardrachel at hotmail dot com

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  4. To make my laundry washing more eco-friendly, I was almost everything in cold water and hang the lighter items, saving the dryer for towels and jeans.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  5. I have entered your contest, and did all the stuff i was supposed to and tweeted and shared even so good luck to all, i will tweet daily too

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  6. good luck to everyone have done all the stuff and twittered and shared on fb.

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  7. To make my laundry more eco-friendly I line dry in the summer and I use country save laundry detergent right now which is natural.

    richardrachel at hotmail dot com

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  8. OOPS - I hit enter by mistake and finished the form too soon. I was going to list some of the natural ingredients of Laundry Tarts:

    Baking Soda
    Hydrogen Peroxide
    Rosemary Extract

    fmgregory at myway dot com

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  9. Their website is way more than an online store for laundry detergent. For example check out the section on Menstrual Relief. Some down to earth advice from a herbalist that you may not have heard before.

    fmgregory at myway dot com

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  10. I would love to see something with green tea added to their scents

    richardrachel at hotmail dot com

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  11. I usually use natural detergents but used a chemical one recently because I got a free sample. It did a good job as far as cleaning but I did feel itchy in my newly washed sheets. That's enough to keep me with natural (besides environmental concerns which are very important to me). This natural detergent just sounds so much more healthy and pleasant.

    fmgregory at myway dot com

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  12. My Biggest laundry challenge is keeping my whites white with having hard water.
    henglish at nb dot sympatico dot ca

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  13. I make laundry more eco-friendly by always washing in cold water.

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  14. I love reading testimonials about products from real customers... I love this one... on their page

    Testimonials

    "I used to get rashes and extremely itchy from our previous detergent. I switched to The Laundry Tarts and the itchiness and rash went away in days! Thanks ladies!"
    Cyril Penney

    reannenny at aol.com

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  15. I really like the write up they have for using it to wash Cloth Diapers...

    eliz_lind at yahoo dot ca

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  16. My biggest laundry challenge is getting my hubby shirts clean without using toxic stain removers. He loves to cook (and does a great job) but he splatters oil on his shirts. They are tough to get out in a natural way. Thanks for this opportunity!
    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

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  17. My favourite part of the Laundry Tarts website is their bright pink colors. Kind of tricks me into thinking that maybe laundry is fun!

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  18. My biggest challenge is stains.

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  19. My biggest laundry challenge is finding a great product to combat the 'funk' of work out clothing!
    sbabij2 at shaw dotca

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  20. when i first moved out on my own, I did a load of mostly whites - my boyfriends socks, undies, towels, tshirts etc - with my red flannel pj's. needless to say we wore pink socks & undies for a while

    aarobertson75 at comcast dot net

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  21. My biggest laundry challenge is getting out formula, stuck on food, and red dye. Thanks for the contest! codisweepstakes2 (@) gmail(dot)com

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  22. My biggest laundry challenge was when a ball point pen broke in the pocket of my husband's shirt. The whole tub and clothes in with it were covered in ink........what a mess!
    cleaningrhouse at yahoo dot com

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  23. I like that the website makes me feel like I'm in an ice cream shoppe ordering a delicious treat!
    cleaningrhouse at yahoo dot com

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  24. MY biggest laundry challenge is that I have a daughter allergic to violets, lilacs and almost anything "purple" smelling. Every laundry soap has to be put through the "smell" test before we use it because a lot of them list 'fragrances' but not the individual ones. She can become a big red welt if I don't screen every laundry soap we use throughly.

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  25. My biggest challenge is sensitive skin and washing cloth diapers, as well as finding motivation to keep doing laundry although it seems never ending... Plus they are communal
    Machines so inworry about buildup from other people's products
    Shoshannah_Marie@hotmail.com

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