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What I review
I review products that are eco-friendly, organic, reusable or otherwise considered sustainable in nature. I also write reviews of companies who are (or who claim to be) eco-friendly.
How are your reviews formatted and rated?
I have a basic template I use for all products, just to be sure I give I cover the same issues with each product and to give each product a fair shake. I rate products on a scale of 0-5. You can read a quick run-down of how my ratings work here: green product rating system.
Where do you get the products you review?
- I buy them with my own money.
- Companies send me stuff.
- Friends and family give me stuff.
Are you paid to write product reviews?
No. Although I sometimes receive free products from companies to review, I do not have contracts with any companies regarding paid reviews. I’m not a huge fan of paid reviews as I feel like payment may sway decisions. I’m not out to make friends with green companies. My goal is to honestly review eco-products that may benefit readers.
If you get a product for free will it get a good review?
NO! Reviews that seem overly positive because you can tell the writer was so thrilled to get something for free (you know what I mean) are one of my biggest pet peeves in the blogging world. Just because a company sends me a product for free doesn’t mean I will for sure review it and it sure as heck doesn’t mean it’s going to get a good review.
My product review criteria is the same no matter how I acquire said product.
Do you accept any old free product to review?
No. As noted above, I review eco-products that I think green families can use. When a company contacts me and says, “Hey do you want a free [insert product name here]!” I attempt to investigate products before accepting them for a review because there’s zero point to reviewing a questionable product.
Sometimes I mess up though, for example, I’ll get my hands on a product that I thought sounded eco-friendly and then it doesn’t live up to my standards. When that happens, I’ll tell you so.
Why should I trust your product reviews?
- I have rigorous review criteria in place.
- I update my review criteria annually to allow for marketplace changes related to labeling, new eco-news, updated health research and so on.
- I research every products I review to learn more about not just the product but the company behind the product.
- I always post exactly what I like, love or hate about a product. I’m not the sugar-coating type.
The above said, I’m just one girl, with one opinion – my own. If you blindly trust all my product reviews (good or bad) I’m either seriously concerned about your thinking process or worried that you might be my clone. You shouldn’t trust any one writer’s reviews in total.
Writers, who are also humans with varying opinions, may not like what you like. A writer may have zero criteria in place when it comes to reviews. A writer may be SO happy to get a free product that they’ll spout poetic due to the allure of getting another free item. Sometimes a writer may go the other way and be overly critical about everything.
If you find a writer who offers up reviews you agree with and can trust, oh, about 80% of the time, I consider that pretty darn good. Still, you should always research products yourself as well and read other reviews to get a broader scope of the situation.