Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Review & Giveaway: EnviroHome - An Eco-Friendly Choice for a Happier and Healthier Family!

I'm always looking for natural and safe products for my family, so I was happy when I was contacted by EnviroHome to review some of their products. 


WHAT AND WHO IS ENVIROHOME

'An Eco-Friendly Choice for a Happier and Healthier Family' is EnviroHome's mission. 
EnviroHome brings us a series of quality personal care and household cleaning products that are chemical-free and made of 100% natural ingredients.
Their products are safe, non-toxic, strong, effective, reliable, economical, and environmentally friendly.

I like that they believe in caring for the environment, as much as caring for our family and home. And that is the reason why the products are 99.9% biodegradable.
By using their products, we are also joining them in maintaining the natural ecological balance. 

They have a few ranges of products, from Personal Care range, Household range, and Baby range. 



PACKAGING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS

It came in a big brown box.
I must say that the packaging can be improved. The box is a little too big for the contents inside. And the empty space should be filled up with more recycled papers/foam or such, so that the products/bottles won't be tumbling all around the box, which may cause leakage from the bottles. 


These are the products sent to me by Envirohome. 
In the Household range, I received the Food Wash.
In the Baby range, I received the Top-to-Toe Baby Wash, and Baby Bottle Wash


1. Food Wash 
I heard that their Food Wash is their best selling product, and I must say I agree fully, because this is also my favourite product of theirs
This Food Wash doesn't contain any chemical ingredients, but breaks down the pesticides, wax, insecticides, bacteria, preservatives and others, by reducing the original form of vegetables and fruits with non toxic and 99% biodegradable formula. 

You can see their ingredient list here: 
 

I use this a lot to wash fruits for my family. 
I have small kids at home, and my youngest loves to eat fruits. So he eats some fruits almost every day. 
Just pump a little on a basin/bowl of water and then soak it for a few minutes. I also give it a little rub to remove the wax or whatever more effectively.

I love to see how after a rinse and a little rub, the whitish thing on my grapes always come off, it is like magic to see!

 

I also use it to wash raw vegetables, especially when I make salad. It is important to wash off the pesticides from the food when you eat it raw.
Watch how clean and so much greener the broccoli is after using the Food Wash, and how the water could kinda 'penetrate' through the broccoli after that.



Another thing I use is to wash my rice with it too, to remove the layer of wax on my rice. 


However, this food wash is not only for vegetables and fruits, it can also break down the bacteria and fishy smells from seafood and raw meat to preserve the freshness.
So when basically, when I handle any raw food, I will use this very useful Food Wash to wash them. 



2. Baby Natural Bottle Wash 


As with all the other products in EnviroHome, this is also made from natural products. 
It uses mineral salts and sea water extract, and a special blend of botanical ingredients to remove milk stains, dried or leftovers from baby food naturally. 
I was glad to know that this is also a hypoallergenic product, so very suitable for sensitive baby skin. 

Below is the ingredient list.
 

I use it to wash the milk bottles and also the water bottles of my kids' water bottles, almost every single day since I got this Baby Natural Bottle Wash.
And at times when I feel 'hardworking' I will also use it to wash some of their toys

It is easy to remove the oily milk stain, just as well as any other normal washing detergent. 
I also found out that it also effectively remove the odour of the soured milk, especially when the milk is unfinished and left overnight. 
It foams just a little less though compared to the normal washing detergent, but nevertheless it works as well. 

It also works well in washing baby's utensils, like their forks and spoons and plates, etc, especially if you have a sensitive skin child, as it is also a hypoallergenic product, and will not cause unnecessary skin irritation to your child.  
 



This is a gentle enough formulation even for newborns and babies' sensitive skin.
It is made from a cleansing complex featuring mineral salts, sea water extract and coconut oil.
Please see below for the ingredient list.
 

Both my kids love love love bath time. 
Sometimes it may be a little hassle when calling Khye to go into the bathroom. But once he is in, it is very difficult to call him out. 
So he spends quite some time in the bathroom playing with the shower and toys. Luckily the weather is really hot these days, so it is a good way to cool my kids down. 

And as usual, I love these top-to-toe washes coz it simplifies everything when showering my kids. 1 wash for the whole body. It washes quite well, and leaves a pleasant very mild scent. 

It washes the hair well even after an outdoor activity, leaving no more sweat smell or whatsoever. 
The only thing I noticed is that after washing their body with it, it leaves a 'sqeaky' kinda feeling as if it is 'over clean 'til it squeaks'. I'm not sure if you understand me but the sqeakiness feeling on my hands need some time to get used to it. 
After a week or so of using it, I barely noticed it anymore. But that was what I felt initially. 

Another thing is that it takes quite a lot of washes to wash away the 'soapy feel' on the body/hair compared to the other brands I've been using. Not sure if this is a good thing or not.
Good perhaps so that I wash the kids more thoroughly the. "_"



All in all, I love EnviroHome products, especially their Food Wash, which I'm definitely going to purchase it once I finish my bottle. 
They provide our family with a healthier choice and also gives us peace of mind. 



GIVEAWAY - TO JOIN (CLOSED)

I am pleased to announce that EnviroHome is sponsoring below to SIX lucky winners!
- 2 bottles of Food Wash, 
- 2 bottles of Baby Natural Bottle Wash, and 
- 2 bottles of Baby Top-to-Toe Wash 

Win for yourself, or maybe for your friend. :)

This giveaway is open only to Malaysian readers (or those with a Malaysian mailing address!) 
Giveaway ends on 8th July 2015 (Wednesday) 11.59pm Malaysian time

Please fill up the Rafflecopter below to earn entries for a chance to win this giveaway!

***the first two winners will win the Food Wash, then the subsequent two winners will win the Baby Natural Bottle Wash, and last 2 winners will win the Baby Top-to-Toe Wash



WINNER(S) ANNOUNCEMENT

Thank you to all who participated in this giveaway. 

The winners of the Food Wash are Lim Shehfen and Yu Meiyi.

The winners of the  Baby Natural Bottle Wash are Py Yvonne Wee and Grace.

The winners of the Baby Top-to-Toe Wash are Jaime Chan and Tan Hoay Fern


Congratulations to all!  
The winners will be receiving an email from EnviroHome on how to collect the prize(s) soon.

And that is not all. 
The every so generous people from EnviroHome is going to send samples to ALL PARTICIPANTS of this giveaway! All of you who participated should be receiving an email from EnviroHome soon! 


[Please reply the email within 48 hours with your contact details (full name, contact#, delivery address). 
If not, another winner will be chosen to replace you.]











TO PURCHASE 

You can purchase them at EnviroHome Website
Or you can also visit their Facebook Page for more info. 


Update on 24 November 2015:

Envirohome is having a Special Thanks Promotion from now until 31 December 2015!
Just follow below steps to enjoy 15% discount on ALL normal price products:
1. Go to www.envirohome.com.my
2. Type "ENVIROHOME" as coupon code when you purchase,
3. Type “SHUYIN2015” in the box of “Add Comments About Your Order”
So what are you guys waiting for? Go get a bottle or two of the Food Wash, and some of the other products are great too!

p/s - My mum loves it too, and she 'stole' half a bottle of my food wash to her house!


* Disclosure: I received a bottle of their Food Wash, Baby Natural Bottle Wash, and Baby Top-to-Toe Wash each for review purpose, but no monetary incentive was received. All text and opinions are of my own and represents my honest opinion of the product(s).

Weekend Getaway: Lone Pine Hotel


28 June 2015 - Just me and my 2+1 boys @ Lone Pine Hotel

We received a complimentary night stay in Lone Pine Hotel in Batu Feringghi from my uncle and aunt. 
I was so happy because I was itching for some weekend getaway to somewhere near as travel bug has bit me again. But because of my super huge tummy, no airline is ever going to accept me, and travelling far is going to be crazy as well.
So this offer from my uncle and aunt was like an answered prayer! 
Thanks 4kaufu and 4kaumou.

The voucher was going to expire soon so we booked it straightaway. Managed to book it for Sunday night stay. 

The Welcome Drink was very refreshing. Is a combination of orange and something but it was really good and Khye enjoyed it so much.
As usual, picky Shern stayed away from it as long as it was not chocolate drink. Haha. 
 


Our Premier Room came with 2 Queen Sized Bed so it was perfect for us.
So we even called my sis over to stay with us.
 
 

Kids were happy just lazing around and watching tv and munching on snacks.

Khye ate the 2 bananas there before dinner time as Khye is a fruit lover.
 

At about 4.30pm we went down for a swim already as we saw part of the pool was shaded from the sun and it was a really hot and humid day as well. 

Everyone was glad to have a dip in the cooling waters. 
 

We saw a big round float there and Khye was using it to lounge himself on it. 

Me n Khye. See my very big tummy.

Found some bougainvilleas on the pool and both my kids had them behind their ears.
 

 Love this photo of Khye being wrapped up like a burrito. Haha.


Then it was beach time.
We brought some sand toys from home and they tried to build sandcastles.
 

Yee-yee brought them to the sea to fill up their pail.


And then me and the kids had so much fun sitting at the edge of the sea, waiting for the waves to lap up to us.

Look at their joyful expressions. 


This is a nice photo of us taken by my sis.

Our legs.
 


Hubby brought coconut from a nearby stall and it was nice sitting by the beach drinking coconut water.

We stayed there 'til about 7pm, and then went up stairs for a bath and shower before heading out for dinner.

Ate at a nearby restaurant called Mario. Food was decent and ok.
Erm, food photo in sis' phone so no photos here.

After dinner, we headed to the newly opened Starbucks in Batu Feringghi coz none of us has been there.
Really a cool place to hangout and it has direct access to the beach and some of the chairs are on the sand by itself.
It was a hot night and I was paranoid a bit about my kids getting stung by Aedes mosquitoes so we sat at the airconditioned area.

Waited 1/2 hour for hubby to get our drinks. It was full of people. 
 

Reached hotel at 10pm and then it was bedtime. Shern has school the next day as it was Monday.
We decided for Khye to skip school since he only goes to school to play. :)

So me n my sis n Khye went down for the complimentary breakfast the next morning. 

We sat outside because it was quite breezy with the sea breeze in the morning.
It was quite a big buffet spread so I ate quite a lot.

After breakfast we walked around the hotel, because only then we had time to explore the hotel a little. 1 night stay is a little too short actually. 
 

Khye on the hammock...
 

At the Lepak room, saw this huge congkak made of a whole slab of wood, very heavy. Khye started filling up the holes with marbles.
 
 

Back at the hotel when we were packing to check-out, Khye was asking me to take photos and videos of him. He then performed in front of me singing a variety of songs from ABC to Twinkle Twinkle to Incy Wincy Spiders, etc. 
I ended up recorded many short clips of him performing, which are precious memories for me. 


All in all, I am glad to have this very short weekend getaway in Lone Pine Hotel. 
It gives my kids and I a break from our usual routine, and some bonding time as a family. 

So it was an awesome weekend for us!  


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