This shelf guide review is sponsored by Raley’s.
Have you ever spent an embarrassing amount of time in the market, trying to read labels and figure out what product is the right one? You know… it doesn’t contain some ingredients, it’s organic, it’s suitable for the diet you’re on. Sometimes you figure it out and sometimes you just give up and move on because you “can’t even” anymore…
Hopefully that’s not just me! #awkward Thankfully there’s now an easy way to find clean products at grocery stores, so we can all worry about other things – like what to make for dinner (again…and again!). So let’s add this to my list of how to be eco-friendlier without losing your mind!
Raley’s Shelf Guide Review
When I first started being more aware of the ingredients in my beauty products and home cleaning items, I got a little extreme. Then I went to the market in search of some body lotion. Most had no parabens, some were talc free. Others were organic. Then there was the brand I know and love. But who knows what it has or doesn’t have.
So I downloaded apps to tell me yes/no. They didn’t have all the products, or the information was out of date. And how much did I care about omitting one ingredient over the other! Oy vey!
Well, all that has pretty well changed – and thank goodness because life right now is trickier than we’d like. Raley’s – our family’s favorite grocery store – introduced their shelf guide and it’s calmingly life-changing.
What’s their shelf guide? Well, it’s 23 categories of popular needs, ranging from gluten-free and plant based to sustainable and clean label. Every product in store that fits one of those labels is identified (in store and online)!
In other words, you don’t have to channel your inner scientist to figure out if a product is right for you – just look at the price tag or narrow your search by category! You can see all 23 categories here.
How to Use the Shelf Guide to Make Your Shopping List
Before I go into the products I bought and why they’re SO necessary right now, I want to point out that even if you don’t live near a Raley’s, you can still use their shelf-guide…
In store, items in at least one of the categories have the icon on their price tag. Since we should be spending as little time as possible in the markets right now anyway, this is super helpful.
Even easier is that it’s all searchable on their website and the Raley’s app!! And many of the brands and products they sell are available in markets elsewhere in the country!
Clean Label Beauty + Home at Raley’s
Since I’m trying to pare down the number of things in our home, finding products that are multitaskers is my new jam! My two latest purchases: Dr. Bronner’s unscented castile soap and Seventh Generation’s All Purpose Cleaner.
The castile soap is supposed to be useful for any range of cleaning – from washing your face and hands to laundry detergent to cleaning your makeup brushes (like I did this weekend!). Bob Vila even has a list of 15 things to do with castile soap!
I smelled all of the bar soaps (above) to see what scent I wanted. Ultimately I landed on the unscented because I figured that was a good place to start, but it was unbelievably hard for me not to do the almond scent. It’s heavenly!!
So we were also in need of a countertop spray. In theory I can make this from the castile soap – and one day, I plan to. Since life is a little chaotic with all this working from home and no nanny, I decided on the All Purpose Spray.
So both cleaning products bottles are made of plastic BUT labeled as sustainable. They’re labeled as such because the plastic is recycled, which is a great step up from new plastic containers.
And you can reuse these! In fact, I may use the Seventh Generation bottle when I make the the castile soap countertop cleaner!
Saving My Dry Hands
The other amazing, unbelievable find? This Burt’s Bees Hand Cream. Not only does it smell great, but it’s been a LIFESAVER with all this darn hand-washing. I swear my hands consider falling off on the daily with the washing and the hand sanitizer (blah!).
My husband even likes the almond milk smell to the product. He said it reminds him of being on vacation and staying in hotels. TALK ABOUT A WIN given all this forced inside time!
Also, the hand cream is in a small jar – no plastic or cardboard. WIN. WIN. WINNING!
And check out the clean beauty + home products I found using the shelf guide: Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner, Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Hand Cream, and Hello Toothpaste.
Thank you to Raley’s for sponsoring this shelf guide review. All opinions are my own! We just LOVE Raley’s!