Exciting news – my blog is about to move!

I started this blog in December of 2012 to have a space where I could share my thoughts on a brand new world of beauty and healthy living. As somebody who spends way too much time researching every purchase I make, it felt really good to have an outlet for all of that and to feel like I’m helping others by sharing my knowledge and experience. Over the years the subjects I write about have evolved, and I haven’t always been consistent with blogging, but in spite of all that trial and error I always came back to post about my most recent findings.

2015 has been huge for me so far. Not only have I started to finally figure out my favorite blogging topic (laundry!), but the number of people visiting my site and reaching out via comments and emails is higher than ever. I’ve decided that it’s finally time to move to a self hosted blog!

I’m incredibly excited about the process. The new blog will have all of the old archives available, but all future materials will be easier to navigate and better organized. I will still write about most of the things I normally share, however the main focus will be laundry and healthy living.

Thank you so much for being with me through the years and I really hope that I will continue to see the same people at http://olgaslaundry.com!

Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent now HE Compatible!

Cheer Powder Laundry Detergent for HE Machines

Cheer has always been known as a highly effective powder detergent for colors – it lacks the OBAs that are present in most detergents sold in the US which can make saturated colors fade. And now it’s finally HE compatible!!

This has been a very exciting laundry week – yesterday I received a package with Caldrea laundry detergent in the Basil Blue Sage scent (if you’ve read my previous post you know that I was choosing between several great Caldrea scents, and in the end I chose to go with the BBS), and today I was finally able to locate the new and improved, HE-compatible powdered Cheer!

I had heard rumors of Cheer switching to the “dark side” and releasing an updated, HE friendly version about a month ago, but didn’t want to write about it till I could confirm. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Cheer, and its main distinguishing feature is that it does not contain OBAs! Just like the expensive German Persil and Miele Color powders I normally use for my colored loads, but at a fraction of the cost. I had been visiting all of the local stores that sell Cheer several times a week, and finally today I was rewarded for my patience: they had just put out a bunch of new boxes, and all of them were the new HE version.

Continue reading

Choosing a Caldrea Laundry Detergent Scent

Caldrea Laundry Detergent Scent

I started putting together this list mostly for myself for future reference (one of the best things I’ve learned at my age is that if I don’t write something down, I will NEVER be able to remember it – this habit has saved me more than once!), but I thought I would share here on the blog since others might find it useful as well.

One of the detergents in my regular rotation is Caldrea Sweet Pea liquid. It’s not a heavy duty detergent at all, so unless I’m washing something very lightly soiled (like colored sheets) I normally do a prewash with 1 1/2 Tbsp of my favorite Miele Care UltraColor powder and then use 1 1/2 to 2 capfuls of Caldrea liquid laundry detergent for the main wash. The clothes come out super soft and lightly smelling of Caldrea!

Continue reading

My Amaranth “Disaster” and How I Resolved It

Amaranth Bowl

Amaranth Porridge: Definitely not the world’s most photogenic food

I’ve been on a bit of a health kick recently, and just had a big order from Vitacost delivered yesterday. Among the tasty healthy things I ordered was a pound of amaranth seed. Now, I had never had amaranth before, but figured that it should be something like micro quinoa – an equally tasty “grain” that gives a similarly fluffy result when cooked. It’s also very healthy, with high levels of calcium, iron and magnesium and rich in protein and fiber and no gluten.

Continue reading

Persil ProClean Put to the Test – First Impressions and Review

Persil ProClean Review

Persil ProClean is now available at Walmart

A high value $3 off coupon is currently available here, however make sure to print it out asap, since it most likely won’t last long.
More coupons available as of May 24th! Check out this link.

As you probably already know, I am a huge fan of German Persil and got very excited last week when the launch of Persil ProClean was announced in the US. Unfortunately, none of my local Walmarts were carrying the Persil ProClean line yet, so I reached out the the folks at ProClean and they were kind enough to send me some samples. I received them yesterday and of course had to put the US version of Persil to the test straight away! Here are my first impressions, and I will be doing a full comprehensive review after I’ve used the detergents for a while.

Continue reading

Persil ProClean laundry detergent now available at Walmart!

Persil ProClean at Walmart

After years of having had to purchase
German made Persil
through Miele dealerships and online at a huge premium, an American version called Persil ProClean has finally come to Walmart!

Okay, I am just beyond excited – if you’ve read my Tide vs Persil post you already know that I am a huge fan of German-made Henkel Persil detergents. The major downside has always been the price and not being able to purchase them locally. Well, just a couple of days ago Henkel USA announced that they will be launching Persil ProClean – a formula identical to the German versions but available at Walmart for less than $10!!! I spent the whole weekend driving around, but none of my four local Walmarts had them in stock. Nonetheless, I will not give up and will post a thorough review as soon as I can get my hands on it!

Looks like there will be liquids, packs and powders available, however I’m not sure exactly when all of these will start hitting the Walmart shelves. They are currently not yet showing up on the walmart.com website, but there was an add in this week’s circulator, so it should be there pretty soon. In the meantime, you can check out the Persil ProClean website,  facebook page and their Youtube channel!

Update: I had a chance to try out the ProClean line and you can read about my experience in this post (lots of pictures!).

 

15% Off Method Products at Vitacost Through January 28!

Here are some of the Method products I use in our home

Great deal on Vitacost this week: you can get 15% off all Method cleaning products, plus 4% cash back through Ebates and to top it all off, first time Vitacost customers can get $10 off their first order !

If you read the first part of my Green cleaning post, you’ll see that I use the Method All Purpose Spray in the kitchen and bathroom, and in the second part I’m going to go over some of my other favorites, such as the floor and bathroom cleaners. Also worth noting that the Lavender Cedar laundry detergent smells HEAVENLY! It’s one of my favorites for white sheets.
Oh, and hand soaps and skin care are also included!

Here’s a sample of some of the prices  and the savings you could get:

You can check out the rest of the offers here: http://www.vitacost.com/method-1

And if you have never purchased from Vitacost before, you can get $10 off your first order of $30+! Just follow this link, create a Vitacost account and you will instantly get the discount code. Please make sure to write it down if you won’t use it immediately.

Not an Ebates user yet? I would strongly recommend you to join – with Ebates you get cash back every quarter for shopping at your favorite online retailers. Sign up here and get a gift card after your first purchase!

Method_0128_710x90

Six Zoya Polishes for $15 Shipped with Code! 3 Full Sized and 3 Limited Edition Minis

Zoya "free polishes" are back!

Zoya “free polishes” are back!

I love Zoya’s promotions when they offer “free” polish if you just pay shipping and handling! It is always such a great deal – their polishes are normally priced at $9 each plus shipping, and this year on top of the three you choose you will also get 3 exclusive minis that will not become part of the regular collection!

To buy, go to http://www.zoya.com and use code NYNH. This offer is valid till January 14, 2014 and the fine print states that it can take up to 5 weeks to ship since they will begin packing orders after the 14th. I’m off to choose my colors!

Change in iHerb International Shipping Rates

iHerb Change in International Shipping Rates 2014

iHerb has always been known for very inexpensive international shipping, but it looks like those days might be over.

I’ve had a couple of my international readers email me questions about iHerb’s new international shipping rates, so I thought I would write a post on the subject and share a big change that was announced last week by the company.

Unfortunately, it looks like iHerb is no longer able to subsidize international shipping at the rate that they used to in previous years. If you read my old Vitacost vs iHerb post, you know that one of iHerb’s main distinguishing features was always incredibly cheap international shipping (as low as $4 flat for up to 4 lbs), so for people abroad it was always the better option of the two since Vitacost’s international offerings were both expensive and limited to a handful of countries. But several years have passed since that was written, and it looks like the companies have done a full 180 – Vitacost is now offering shipping to a much wider array of countries, and their DHL Global flat fee starts at $9.99 for 3.6 lbs (1.6 kg).

You can read more about this iHerb decision in this and this facebook post, and on the iHerb website. And here are the new announced international Airmail shipping rates:

  • Up to 1 pound = $4.45
  • From 1 pound to 2 pounds = $8.90
  • From 2 pounds to 3 pounds = $13.35
  • From 3 pounds to 4 pounds = $17.80

No matter which company you ultimately prefer, both offer a discount off of your first order. Click this link to get a code for $10 off your Vitacost purchase of $30+, and click this link to receive $5-10 off your first iHerb order.

SPOILER ALERT: Glossybox USA December 2014 – Looks like it’s a good one!

Glossybox USA December 2014

Want to know what you will find in the Glossybox USA December 2014 box? Read on! (Also, how ADORABLE is that box??)

I have to say that I’m not the best Glossybox subscriber: I only spring for boxes that have a lot of good-looking spoilers available when I know for sure that it will be worth it. So I was pretty interested to see what the December 2014 Glossybox spoilers would bring, and it looks like this month it’s actually going to be an awesome deal!

Also, don’t forget to go through Ebates to get $2.75 cash back on your subscription. (New to Ebates? Click here to sign up and get a $10 gift card after your first purchase. I’ve gotten so much cash back through their service over the years, I have no idea what I’d do without them.)

Continue reading