Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

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It seems like ads are all over the place for getting a free gift kit from Grove Collaborative. If you are wondering if their monthly subscription program is worth it, check out my honest review of Grove Collaborative’s services.

Psst…This post is not sponsored by Grove. These are just my real opinions and experiences. 🙂 I have included my personal referral links if you want to try the free Grove gift set yourself!

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

My Story

I had heard about Grove Collaborative for years as a sponsor of some of my favorite podcasts. Honestly, I usually tune out or skip over sponsored content, so I hadn’t really given the company much thought. However, around Christmas time, I was looking to purchase holiday gifts from more sustainable companies and to set up regular shipments of consumable goods for myself.

All those sponsored podcasts eventually paid off, because Grove Collaborative came to mind. Since they offer a free gift set with your first purchase and a free trial period of their VIP program (for free shipping), I decided to check it out.

What Is Grove Collaborative?

Grove Collaborative is an online retailer for household and personal care products. Their mission is to offer more natural and sustainable products through flexible monthly deliveries. As a Certified B Corporation, Grove Collaborative meets high environmental and social business practice standards.

Sounds good so far, but let’s dive into the positives and negatives I have found in my experience of using Grove Collaborative.

Pros Vs. Cons of Grove Collaborative

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

Pro #1: Lots of Free Gift Opportunities

Grove Collaborative seems well-known for their free welcome gift kit with a first purchase that includes Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning supplies. Honestly, Mrs. Meyer’s is not my favorite cleaning brand (see more in Con #4: Not All Products Are The Most Natural), so this specific freebie wasn’t the most enticing for me. However, the other free gifts of the glass cleaning bottle, ceramic tray, and walnut scrubbers were totally worth it for me.

Here is the cost break down of my first order:

  • Total Order Value: $98.48
  • Free Gift Values: $45.03
  • Taxes: $3.22
  • Amount Paid: $56.67

Free Gifts Received With First Order

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review
  • Cleaning Concentrate Starter With Glass Cleaning Bottle ($14.95 value)
  • Ceramic Sink Side Tray ($12.95 value)
  • Walnut Scrubbing Pads ($4.95 value)
  • Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap, Hand Soap & Multi Surface Cleaner ($12.18 value)

As you can see, the first purchase provides a great opportunity to get about half of your order for free. If you want to check it out for yourself, use my personal referral link for your own free gift: Free Grove Gift Kit.

Just make sure to read through the rest of this review first!

Free Gifts For Subsequent Orders

With Grove’s system, if you spend a certain amount on each order, you can receive a free gift in subsequent purchases as well. You typically need to spend $60 or more to add a free gift. These are the current options for March 2021:Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

If you want to take advantage of the free gifts, stock up on some items. Try bimonthly purchases instead of less expensive monthly orders. I am all about those free gifts!

Pro #2 – Sustainable Business Practices

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

While this factor may not be as important to everybody, what really drew me to Grove Collaborative was their commitment to sustainability. Their goals are to reduce their plastic use, support reforestation, and reduce their carbon footprint.

Currently, Grove Collaborative is a plastic neutral company, which means they recycle an equal amount of plastic that they sell. Their goal is to be completely plastic free by 2025. I still have a long way to go, but I am working towards reducing the amount of plastic our household uses. One way to make a difference is purchasing from greener companies like Grove.

For the holiday season of 2020, I did my shopping almost entirely online and noticed how much plastic waste is involved in shipping. Grove Collaborative’s commitment to moving Beyond Plastic is a big plus for me. All of their boxes use paper for shipping padding which can easily be recycled.

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Pro #3: Flexible Monthly Subscription Program

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

Grove Collaborative is set up as a flexible monthly subscription program. After you make your first purchase, your cart will be filled with the same or recommended items for the next month.

While some aspects of this system are not ideal (see more in Con # 2: Suggested Items Added to Your Cart), in general the program is quite flexible as long as you are managing your cart each month. You can easily add or remove items, change the frequency of how often they are delivered or change the order date.

There is a new $29 minimum to ship, so your order will not ship unless it meets that requirement.

Personally, I like having household consumable subscriptions set up, so I don’t run out. I would rather stock up and have an extra stash of laundry detergent than not have any on hand when I need it.

Pro #4: VIP Membership Option

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

When you sign up for the free gift starter set with Grove Collaborative, you are automatically enrolled in a free 60-day trial of their VIP membership program. The VIP membership program includes free shipping and returns, full-sized free gifts and early access to new products.

Keep in mind you will be changed a $19.99 yearly VIP membership fee at the end of the 60-day trial. Make sure to put a reminder in your phone and check your email regularly if you are undecided about the membership.

As far as membership fees go, $19.99 a year is pretty reasonable. Since Grove Collaborative shipping is normally a flat $4.99 rate for any purchase, the membership pays for itself if you plan to make more than 4 purchases in a year.

Pro #5: Large Selection of Eco-Friendly Products

Grove Collaborative offers their own brand of eco-friendly products along with several other popular name brands. If you already use brands like Burt’s Bees, Method, Seventh Generation, and Mrs. Meyer’s, you will find their products available through Grove.

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

Another perk of using Grove is being able to find sustainable products that are hard to find locally. Some of my favorites so far are: Kids Foaming Hand Soap Concentrate, 100% Recycled Plastic Trash Bags, and 100% Bamboo Napkins.There are lots of great reasons to give Grove Collaborative a try, but before you do, there are some cons to be aware of first.

Con #1: Not Always the Lowest Prices (But They Price Match)

If you do a price comparison of name brand items, many times Grove Collaborative does not have the lowest price available. Sometimes items can be found for a dollar or two cheaper on Amazon or elsewhere.

Let’s look at a few products:

  • Jason Vitamin E Oil – $7.99 on Grove vs. $6.97 on Amazon
  • Badger Baby Sunscreen – $14.99 on Grove vs. $14.44 on Amazon
  • Acure Brightening Day Cream – $16.99 on Grove vs. $13.99 on Amazon

Now, it is an awesome feature that Grove Collaborative offers price matching. To take advantage of this, you will need to email their customer service for each item with proof of the lower price. Grove will honor the lower price, but it will take some extra time to research and contact them for the price match.

Con #2: Suggested Items Added To Your Cart

After each order, Grove Collaborative will add suggested items to your cart for the next month based on the items you have purchased. Occasionally this has been helpful, but it can be time-consuming to delete items you don’t want each month.

As I was writing this, I thought it would be nice to have the option to turn this feature on or off depending on your preference. Turns out if you click on that question mark at the bottom, they do have an option to turn it off!

For the time being, I am actually going to keep it on as I am still exploring all the different products available through Grove. I like that I have the option to turn it off in the future though.

Con #3: Mixed Online Reviews

As is common was a lot of companies, the online reviews for Grove Collaborative are mixed. There are some negative comments online from people who have had difficulties canceling their monthly subscriptions or yearly VIP memberships.

Personally, I have not had any negative experiences so far. I have purchased the VIP membership for one year and will reevaluate when it comes time to renew next year. If anything changes, I will make sure to update this review.

There are also lots of positive online reviews for Grove Collaborative as well. Keep in mind that people who have a negative experience are 10 times more likely to share that experience than people who have a positive experience.

Con #4: Not All Products Are The Most Natural

As part of the Grove Standard, the company lists these requirements from their products and partners:

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

While all of these requirements are good and do make for greener products, sometimes the ingredients used in certain products still are not the healthiest. The truth is, you still need to do your research.

In my research, I have found that a cleaning or beauty product can be more “natural” in that it has a low environmental impact in the way it was produced and packaged. That does not always mean that the ingredients used are the safest for your body.

When it comes to evaluating the safety of cleaning and beauty products, the non-profit organization, Environmental Working Group (EWG), has a couple of very helpful databases: EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning and EWG Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database.

Many of the more mainstream brands like Mrs. Meyer’s have safety ratings in the 4-6 range for cosmetics (1-10 ratings, where 1 is the best) and B-D range for cleaning products (A-F ratings, where A is the best). Personally, I try to buy mostly 1-3 cosmetics products and A and B cleaning products.

Now, Grove Collaborative sells a lot of products with very high safety ratings as well. Acure is one of my favorite clean beauty companies with high EWG ratings that Grove carries. There are lots of natural and eco-friendly products available through Grove Collaborative. Just make sure to still do your own research.

Bottom Line

So, is Grove Collaborative worth it?

For almost everyone, the first purchase is worth it for all the free gifts you can receive. I would recommend getting your Free Grove Gift Set. After that, you’ll want to evaluate the number of products and how frequently you will purchase to see if if makes sense for you to continue shopping through Grove.

Here’s the bottom line: Try Grove to find natural products online through a green company. Skip it if you don’t like managing a monthly subscription service.

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

I hope you found my review of using Grove Collaborative helpful!

Do you use Grove? What are your favorite products they offer? Leave a comment below!


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12 thoughts on “Is Grove Collaborative Worth It? An Honest Review

  1. Thanks for this review! I really love the Meyer’s brand the best but it’s so expensive. I hadn’t thought to check out Grove, or really knew much about it at all. I do love promoting health, and that should include the products we use in our house. Thanks for providing this. 

    1. Hi, thanks for stopping by! If you like Mrs. Meyer’s cleaning supplies, getting the free gift set with your first Grove purchase makes the price a lot cheaper. The other cool feature about Grove is they carry all the different Mrs. Meyer’s scents and even have their own exclusive scent. Right now it is Fresh Cut Grass for spring.  

  2. My opinion is that with all these so called natural products the price is everything. Most of the times these are priced higher than other synthetic ones and that’s why many times people tends to avoid them. If their pricing can match the competition then they have a chance to catch up.

    1. Hi Stratos, you’re right, often times it can be a decision of price vs. quality of ingredients.

      One of the nice features of Grove Collaborative is they price match, so if you find a product they sell for a better price elsewhere, they will match the lower price. 
       

  3. Hi, thanks for for this article on Grove Collaborative and if it is worth it. I like the fact that your review is based on your own experience is and I am glad that it has worked for you to date. The price ranges are a bit expensive but because of the free gifts you get I believe it is worth it. 

    1. Hi Nedia, yes, I would say that with the free gifts, the first purchase with Grove Collaborative is worth trying for almost everyone! After that, it really depends on which products and how often you plan to purchase to determine if you want to invest in the VIP membership.

  4. I have never heard of Grove before. So, is it an online sales platform, similar to Amazon? The yearly membership fee is low, considering that you’re getting so many freebies. 🙂 Burt’s Bees is an organic and cruelty-free company, isn’t it? I’ve heard of them. And I think that Jason is also a great company, so I can see that Grove features some good companies. I love that they aim to go plastic free, that is a big plus! And it’s better than Amazon which uses a lot of plastics for shipping.
    I think Grove will be worth checking out.

    1. Yes, Grove is an online retailer for household and personal care products. It is similar to Amazon, but does not offer as wide of a range of products as Amazon. As listed in their Grove Standard, they require that all of the companies they partner with be 100% cruelty free. If you are looking for cruelty free products from an eco-friendly company, Grove’s definitely worth checking out!

  5. Hey Leah, this is such a great review! I love to buy sustainable products. I stopped spending on cleaning supplies from the stores as they are filled with so many harmful chemicals; it’s crazy! For many years, I have just been making my own cleaning products at home.

    I have always heard of Grove Collaborative as well (yay for podcasts lol) but I never thought of trying them out. So glad to have come across your review. Their yearly membership is really affordable but I really don’t like the idea of them adding their own “suggestions” to my next order. What if I forget to check and I don’t want that product, then I am stuck paying for it. Good thing you mentioned I can turn that feature off if I wanted to. I am definitely going to check them out for the sake of sustainability and their free gifts look really good too!

    1. Hi Sasha! I make some of my own cleaning products as well, which is why I was really excited to receive the glass spray bottle as one of my free gifts. I put a little dish soap and warm water in there for a general cleaner that I feel safe letting my kids use to help clean up.

      Definitely worth checking out Grove if you like purchasing natural products. I like that I can purchase items I can’t find in my local stores like recycled garbage bags and bamboo napkins from a company that has sustainable business practices.

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