How many times have you gone to the grocery, list in hand and planning to stay within budget, only to spot a few items that you forgot to add?
Happens to me all. the. time.
I do my best to write down everything we will need for the week, but I inevitably end up adding at least a few things to my cart.
The culprit items tend to be the ones that I purchase every now and then…things like laundry detergent, hand soap, toothpaste, shampoo, and conditioner.
Ultimately, when those grocery trips occur, I end up spending at least $20 over-budget due to my forgetfulness.
If you’re the same way, or you’re just plain interested in making your life easier (you fall into at least one of those categories, I hope), I have stumbled upon something you are going to L-O-V-E!
Enter: Grove Collaborative
Why should you be interested?
- It’s the perfect solution to eliminate those over-budget grocery trips caused by having to restock on household products.
- You can feel good knowing that you’re creating a safer home environment for your family (more about this below!)
By the end of this post, you’re going to know exactly what Grove Collaborative is and how it works. You’ll read about the pros AND the cons so you’ll know if Grove Co. is a good fit for you!
What Is Grove Collaborative?
Grove Co. is an online subscription company that supplies safe and natural household and personal products straight to your door, for less cost than what you’d typically pay in your grocery store.
They offer a wide range of products in these categories:
- Personal Care
- Health and Wellness
- Skin and Hair
- Oral Care
They carry a broad range of brands that you’re probably familiar with and others maybe not so much.
- Brands Include:
- Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
- Dr. Bronners
- Earth Mama Angel Baby
- Tom’s of Main
- Yes To
- Grove Co. and many more!
Reasons You’ll Love Grove Collaborative
No Icky Ingredients
Grove Co. created what they call the “Dirty Ingredient List”. They promise that you will never find these ingredients in the products they offer…which is awesome if you are trying to shift from cleaning with harsh chemicals to more gentle, but effective alternatives!
The Dirty Ingredient List
• Glycol Ethers
Awesome VIP Program
There are several perks to being a part of the VIP Program which include:
- Unlimited Free Shipping
- 5 Free Full-Size Gifts a Year (Anything from organic soy candles to their beautiful glass spray bottle)
- Price Matching On Products Found For Less Anywhere Else
If you’re unsure whether or not the VIP Program is for you, they also offer a 60-Day Free Trial!
Sends Email Reminders
You’ll receive alerts about an upcoming order so you’re always in-the-know about what’s going on with your subscription and can review and edit your cart before it ships.
Easy to Cancel or Delay
Even though Grove Co. ships on an automatic basis (under parameters you set) it’s very simple to cancel or change the shipping date of your next order in case you haven’t yet run out of a given product!
100% Happiness Guarantee
If you don’t like a product for any reason, just send it back for a full refund. What’s not to love about this?!
“Negatives” About Grove Collaborative
Okay, so now you know all of the awesome things about Grove Co…. but I wanted to fill you in on a few “cons”. Even though there are a couple of things that might be considered a drawback, they are so easily work-aroundable (that’s a word, right?) that I decided to give them a shot.
They Add Items To Your Cart
In efforts to introduce you to products they think you’ll love, Grove Co. will automatically add items to your cart based on your preferences and previous order history. This means that you’ll want to review your cart thoroughly so that you don’t get charged for items you may not want.
But again, it’s so easy to edit and delete items from your upcoming order that I don’t really find this to be a hassle.
Plus, I have found that I appreciate a lot of their suggestions!
Not Always The Lowest Prices
From time to time, you may find lower prices for a particular product online, so it may be more money-savvy to order those items through those retailers (just remember to factor in potential shipping costs to make sure you’re saving money).
BUT, it bears repeating that if you are a VIP member, Grove Co. will price match so that is definitely something to keep in mind when deciding if it’s a good fit for you!
Iffy Website Navigation
I might be being a bit nit-picky here, and maybe it’s just me, but I feel like the website structure could be a bit more user-friendly. Don’t get me wrong, for the times where you just want to go in to browse and shop, the navigation makes sense.
However, I had to click around a bit to find additional information for the VIP Program. Even though I did eventually find the right page, it took a number of trial and error clicks before I got there, so I’m hoping this is something that they will be improving upon in the future.
Signing Up For Grove Collaborative
Getting started with Grove Co. is super easy!
- If you’re new to Grove Co. you can sign up through my link and get a $10 credit towards your first purchase!
- Once you sign up you’ll fill out a quick survey and Grove Co. will custom tailor your first order to your preferences.
- Review suggested products in your cart and make any edits to your order by deleting or adding items.
- Complete your purchase and wait for items to arrive at your doorstep!
That about sums it up! Grove Collaborative is an awesome company that seeks to make a positive impact on the overall health and well-being of families by making it easy and affordable to obtain safe, natural and effective household products.
I am so glad that I gave them a try because I have found a company I can feel great about supporting!:)
P.S. Interested in other types of subscription services?
Be sure to check out my review of Stitch Fix, a clothing subscription company that takes the guesswork out of shopping for clothes by curating styles that suit your preferences and ship them to your door!
In the post, I walk you through the steps of ordering a Fix from start to finish and include awesome tips to make sure you love what they send you! xoxo