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My Honest Grove Collaborative Review - Is It Worth It?

My Grove Collaborative Review

Is Grove Collaborative Worth It?

So, what is Grove Collaborative and how does it work? Grove Collaborative features all-natural home, beauty, and personal care products that can be auto-delivered right to your door. This company is focused on sustainable, clean, and responsibly sourced products for your home in your kitchen, bath, and beyond.

Your first Grove order comes with a free Mrs. Meyer’s set as well as other Grove Collaborative product extras depending on your order total. I loved how my first order felt like a big welcome package and contained so many items I can see myself having auto-delivered regularly, especially since I am trying to avoid stores right now. To be perfectly honest, I don’t often think about cleaning products even in the best of times and frequently find myself forgetting to make sure everything makes it into my shopping cart at the store since the cleaning aisles often feel like a chore. My Grove Collaborative experience changed that because there were so many cool brands, scents, and formulas offered and I am all about good smells, clean ingredients, and beautiful packaging.

by Megan Kirkland, MSA Reviewer, Reluctant Cleaner, Pretty Packaging Enthusiast
April 24, 2020| 25 comments

About Grove Collaborative

The Subscription: Grove Collaborative

The Cost: The order minimums are:

  • $25 for recurring shipments
  • $39 for “Ship Now” plans

The Products: Choose from many familiar brands for all-natural home, beauty, and personal care products as well as products the Grove Collaborative brand. 

Ships to: The US for $4.99 flat shipping with free shipping on orders over $49, OR totally free shipping for VIP members on any order.

Good to Know: They are a Certified B Corp.

DEAL: Spend at least $20.00 on your first order to receive a free Mrs. Meyer’s gift set. After that, you will have minimum requirements for future orders but can pause or adjust at any time. You’ll also get a free 60 day trial of their VIP membership (normally $19.99/yr).

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

Pros & Cons

The Pros
  • Auto deliveries for the products you often need restocked in your home.
  • Emphasis on non-toxic, sustainable, and natural or organic products, and an ethical supply chain.
  • Grove is working towards becoming plastic-free!
  • Auto shipments are super easy to pause or turn off. Literally once click!
  • No synthetic fragrances.
  • 100% cruelty-free.
The Cons
  • Membership is required ($19.99/year) for free shipping.
  • Order minimums ($25 for recurring and $39 for ‘Ship Now’)
Is It Worth It?
  • I really liked using Grove Collaborative to restock my home with cleaning supplies and other home goods. It saved me a trip to the store and I can see how auto shipping these products (that I often forget to grab) would be a no-brainer long term.
I’d Recommend Grove Collaborative If You: 
  • Want to use cleaner and less toxic cleaning supplies in your home.
  • Want cleaning and personal care basics delivered to you each month at totally reasonable prices.
  • Would rather do your staple shopping via your laptop.

Why Try Grove Collaborative?

I was intrigued by the brands and I have been wanting to build a cleaner kitchen routine. Also, I kind of hate the scents of so many of our cleaning products and how they make my hands feel after using them. They can be really harsh! I am also someone who likes to spend her money with companies who are trying to do good, and Grove Collaborative is investing in using less plastic, clean formulas, and ethical supply chains. What’s not to love?

The Membership

The membership option can be a little confusing at first, so I want to break that down before we dive into what arrived in my first order.

Grove Collaborative doesn’t require a VIP membership to purchase, but this $19.99/year membership does have its perks, like free shipping, a lower order minimum ($10 vs $30 for non-VIPs), early access to new products, and free (truly useful!) goodies every season.

My First Grove Collaborative Order

 

My order arrived in a brown cardboard box with branded tape. The Grove team even included a little handwritten greeting. Everything was carefully wrapped in paper to keep it safe and secure.

 

Also included was a welcome packet full of helpful info on the company.

My ‘First Order’ Mrs. Meyer’s Set

When your first order meets a $20 threshold, a trio of Mrs. Meyer’s products are included. You can mix and match from any of the scents offered, which might have been the hardest choice I had to make for this order! Though ‘Basil’ is my Mrs. Meyer’s go-to, I decided to try out the Grove Collaborative exclusive ‘Fresh Grass’ scent which was new to me!

 

Mrs. Meyer’s Hand Soap in ‘Fresh Grass’ Scent, 12.5 fl oz – Retail Value $3.89

This is already my go-to hand soap brand! I love the way it makes my hands feel clean but the formula is very gentle. I generally always buy either the ‘Basil’ or ‘Radish’ scents, but Grove Collaborative has an exclusive ‘Fresh Grass’ scent that I was pretty excited to try. It does certainly remind me of spring days outside and this is a new favorite Mrs. Meyer’s scent for sure.

 

Mrs. Meyer’s Dish Soap in ‘Fresh Grass’ Scent, 16 fl oz – Retail Value $3.89

I must admit that I usually just buy whatever dish soap is on sale when I happen to be shopping for it. Prioritizing cleaner products for my home was one of my goals for 2020, so I am very pleased that I like this very affordable dish soap. It has the same wonderful grassy scent as the hand soap and does a really nice job of cutting through grease and mess on my dishes. We don’t have a dishwasher in our home, so we hand wash everything! Adding this fragrant and clean soap to that chore seems to make it at least a little more bearable.

 

Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Cleaner in ‘Fresh Grass’ Scent, 16 fl oz – Retail Value $3.89

Multi-surface cleaner is probably my favorite cleaning product. We have butcher block countertops and a marble island and I like that this is the sort of product I can safely use on both. This light spray is perfect for wiping away crumbs from cooking or spills. It has that same grass scent and I like that it fills my kitchen when I use this product. A+.

My Freebies

So those free goods I mentioned for being a VIP? Check them out! It looks like more or less are added depending on your order total (mine was $54.00) and they change depending on what Grove Collaborative is offering at the time of your order.

 

Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle + Glass Concentrate – Retail Value $14.95

I am always down for a cute reusable glass bottle! This one came wrapped in a silicone sleeve and complete with a tube of Grove’s own glass cleaning concentrate. Simply twist off the cap and pour the concentrate into the bottle, then fill the bottle with water. Easy! This formula has a wonderfully soft rosemary and orange scent and legitimately works as well as my Windex. It even has the same squeaky clean sound effect!  I love that this formula is more natural and because of the reusable glass bottle I can look forward to using less plastic.

 

Grove Collaborative Ceramic Sink-Side Tray – Retail Value $12.95

I thought this tray was really pretty, especially for spring. It is designed to hang out beside your sink and hold your cleaners and bottles. Honestly, this will probably end up in my upstairs bathroom to catch jewelry, hold perfume bottles, and other little precious things. The floral design is too pretty to not enjoy.

Grove Collaborative Walnut Scrubber Sponge, Set of 2 – Retail Value $4.95

Because we don’t have a dishwasher in our home, we do a lot of manual scrubbing. That means a lot of sponges! We usually just buy your normal run of the mill blue and yellow options, but I really like this more earth-friendly option. The brown scrubber side is made of walnut shells and the sponge itself is made of vegetable cellulose. We have used one for about a week now and they hold up just as well as the others. This is another switch I would be happy to make and the price is fair when compared to what I pay for sponges anyways.

My Order Items

Here are the items I picked out for myself in my first order:

 

Method Dish Soap in ‘Rosemary’, 18 oz – Retail Value $4.99

More dish soap! When I saw this was rosemary-scented I knew I had to snatch it up. Will adores anything with a rosemary fragrance. I am constantly baking dried rosemary into bread, crushing it on pizza, adding it to cocktails. He loves it! The selfish part of me is hoping that his love will encourage him to do the dishes all the time and just let me be, at least until this bottle runs out… then I will order more! The formula itself works really well at getting food off of our dishes without us having to “leave them to soak.” Though I may have lost one of my favorite dish-avoiding excuses, I am pleased that it works so well.

 

Method Squirt + Mop Wood Floor Cleaner in ‘Almond’, 25 fl oz – Retail Value $4.99

I actually don’t love almond scents, and I didn’t realize this was when I added it to my cart. My initial disappointment gave way when I sniffed it, because this is actually a very nice and slightly floral sort of almond. Using it couldn’t be any easier: simply pop open the spray-style top and squirt it onto your floor. No mixing required! Then mop away. This is actually marvelous because we usually utilize a massive mop and bucket which just isn’t necessary unless you are deep cleaning. This is perfect for spot cleaning and everyday life and you can use it with a mop or just wipe it away with a cloth. It is also wax-free!

 

Full Circle Veggie Brush – Retail Value $4.99

I recently signed up for Misfits Market and we have never had so much produce in the house! While that subscription is organic, I still like to scrub down my veggies, so this adorable circle brush was a no-brainer to add to this order. The bristles are strong enough to scrub, but gentle enough to cause no damage, and the circular wooden handle is easy to hang (and cute as heck!).

 

Method Men’s Body Wash in ‘Bergamot + Lime’, 18 oz – Retail Value $7.99

Will is a body wash kind of guy, so I thought swapping his old bottle out for something more earth-friendly was an easy win. (The bottle is also much easier on the eyes as it hangs out in my shower.) This has a softer sort of scent, and it is manly and citrusy. Will gave it two thumbs up so I plan on making this a more permanent swap.

 

HiBAR Maintain Solid Shampoo (3.2 oz) & Conditioner (2.9 oz) Set  – Retail Value $22.99

Will and I both enjoy solid shampoo and conditioner bars. Our faves are from Lush, but when I saw these I decided to give them a try. Sadly, I really don’t like this scent at all. It smells more like a cleanser I might find in the kitchen than a smell I would want in my hair. Most of you know I am on the picky side when it comes to scents though, and Will seemed to like it just fine. In terms of performance, I loved the shampoo. It didn’t take much to get a decent lather and it left my roots feeling squeaky clean.

I know a lot of people who like shampoo bars dislike conditioner bars, and I used to be one of those people. I figured out that using them just a little differently was the trick for me. Basically, I only lightly condition my ends, finger comb while wet, then I wring out my hair without rinsing the solid conditioner out. Think of it like a leave-in conditioner! I then towel dry. This method gives my hair a nice feel and a good amount of conditioning without being too heavy, and it worked well with this bar.

 

Shameless Pets Break an Egg Dog Treats, 5 oz – Retail Value $4.99

I had to grab something for Tucker. His birthday is on the 24th! He LOVES eggs (and bananas… maybe yellow things in general?). These are a softer sort of chew and they are heart-shaped! Inside are ingredients designed to strengthen his bones, like eggshell, mixed with yummy ingredients like eggs, cheese, and potato. Tucker 10/10 recommends.

Value Comparison

Many of these items can be found at other stores. I have seen a few of these brands at my local Target. In comparing prices, I found that Grove Collaborative was about the same for Mrs. Meyer’s products and a little bit more expensive for the Method products. Here are some examples:

  • Method Men Body Wash: $6.99 at Target, $7.99 with Grove Collaborative
  • Method Dish Soap: $3.99 at Target, $4.99 with Grove Collaborative.
  • Mrs. Meyers Hand Soap: $3.99 at Target,  $3.89 with Grove Collaborative
  • Mrs. Meyers Multi-Surface Spray: $3.99 at Target,  $3.89 with Grove Collaborative
  • Mrs. Meyers Dish Soap: Both priced at $3.89

In my option, the dollar difference in the Method prices is easily forgiven when you add in the bonus products and freedom to just avoid that physical store trip.

Another detail worth noting is that on my first order, I received extras worth $44.52. Sure, not every order is going to have this many free gifts, but it sure was a warm welcome and made my $54.00 total feel like it stretches SO far. While this isn’t the sort of subscription that is going to save you loads of money when compared to running to your local store, it certainly feels more than worth it for the quality of the goods and the perks.

So, what’s the verdict?

I am kind of way into Grove Collaborative. I like the mix of own-brand products with other brands I already know and love. The site makes what could be a pretty mundane act of shopping for soap feel much more like a boutique shopping experience with loads of options to explore. The convenience factor is also impressive and I also give two big thumbs up to how easy it is to pause or cancel auto-shipments. As someone who finds it pretty difficult to get excited about cleaning products (and often forgets them at the store), the auto-delivery is a lifesaver for me.


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Written by Megan Kirkland

Megan Kirkland

I love natural/vegan beauty products, Korean skincare, unique jewelry, and weird candies from far away places. When I am not waiting for my next exciting box you can find me painting or taking photographs of interesting people. I never leave home without pug hair somewhere on my shirt and a bold lipstick on my smile.

Comments (25)

  1. I canceled the 19.99 renew(?). Today I was charged on my PayPal account. Please reimburse my account. This is not good service so please correct this situation.

  2. Buyer beware!!!!!

    Grove order charged me for everything I ordered but my order was missing 3 items.

    When I contacted them their response was to offer to credit me for the items. I had to insist they refund me and they are acting like they there is nothing wrong with for items they don’t send.

    I’m debating reporting this. Not sure where.

    One item they didn’t send was TP, the whole reason for my order. I bought a bunch of things we didn’t need to get it to ship. I stopped looking for TP & now we only have half a roll. This was my third order in a year. It makes me wonder if the previous orders charged for things I didn’t get but I didn’t notice.

    • File a complaint with the BBB!

  3. So it is a bit of a pain to go into your account and de-subscribe from items, besides that one nuisance

    I have found over the past few years
    – grove customer service is outstanding- if something arrives damaged etc they immediately correct it
    – they have introduced me to great products and have some really great house brand products as well
    – if you watch things you love will go on sale and you can stock up
    – if you become part of their sampling program they give you great gratis items for reviews (which will also be noted as coming from a sampler)

    Overall I love the connivence and get a lot of value from it. If I paid closer attention at the grocery I might be able to save a bit of money but I’ll take the convenience and service at grove any day

  4. Agree with other comments saying the one thing I disliked was they put things in your cart and have that on auto ship. I cancelled a few years ago but remember it was so much work at the time to cancel and try to ensure I wasn’t getting a $50 order/bill I didn’t order. Having said that the staff I dealt with were lovely.
    It’s just the set up of the business that is questionable. Actually put me right off as I’m afraid to order again in case I end up in the same position. Ease of cancelling/skipping is everything. That’s why I get my allure box via amazon as it’s so easy to skip or cancel vs phone calls.

  5. I was surprised to get a box from Grove a month early (I have it set bi-monthly not every month) since I only had $15 worth of items for auto ship after I deleted the hand soaps (I have overstock on them after Bed Bath & Body sale) & Grove added me an unwanted & never before purchased or even looked at glass bottle to meet minimum even though I’m VIP So it should have shipped free. The only reason I keep Grove is for that Almond floor soap for my wood floors that I can’t get at Target. I loved Grove’s LE scent of peony (My favorite flower that doesn’t grow in the south & I miss it every spring) & I regret I didn’t buy a metric ton of this scent last year. So “Iowa Pine” collection is the default for me now to tell my mind it is Christmas’19 not COVID-19. Lol

  6. I have been a VIP member for several years and truly love Grove! The prices can be a bit higher but I love that they are a B-corp so I don’t quibble over an extra dollar here or there and I try to stock up when they have sales.

  7. Just a heads up as far as price comparisons go: if you find an item for less on say Target or Amazon or elsewhere online, you can add this item to your Grove cart, email them with the link to the lower cost item, and they will adjust it and price match it for you!

    I will say I’m sad that they’ve raised the minimum price for the freebies. I’ve been with them a few years now and they used to be free with around $40 purchase, but now it’s around $75-90 purchase. And since I do almost monthly (sometimes bimonthly) orders, they’re not going to be that high. So I rarely ever get free gifts anymore, when it used to be I would get one nearly every shipment, sometimes two because of the seasonal one as well.

    But on the topic of auto-shipments, yes you do have to manually adjust it, which is annoying but not difficult. It’s somewhat easier on the app. I just make sure I do it right after each order so I don’t forget before the next shipment. And then throughout the month I just add what I want to my cart as I think of things. I always get an email and notification before my next shipment too so I’ll remember to adjust the date if I need to.

    Hope this helps!

  8. They have fabulous customer service. My favorite product to buy is the recycled garbage bags – the only ones I’ve found that are 100% recycled

    • I love the garbage bags as well!

  9. My DIL introduced me to Grove about 2 years ago n I’ve never looked back. I absolutely LOVE this company & their products. Ive purchased everything from cleansers to bath care, skincare, laundry care, self tanners and perfumes. I love that I no longer use cleansers loaded with toxic chemicals too. And they are most definitely environmentally friendly as compared to most companies out there. Ive replaced soooo much plastic with reusable glass containers. I dont havta lug all the heavy bottles upstairs. I dont havta physically go to the store to purchase (especially NOW), their hand sanitizer smells n feels soooo goo d on our hands. Just placed another order full of disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers n dish soaps this morning

  10. I just renewed grove for my second year. I got a $15 cleaning caddy for my $20 renewal gift. I’m a senior so I appreciate the easy shipping each month and I’ve enjoyed all the products. They offer frequent gifts with purchase and the grove products all work very well and save on all the plastic bottles. I use glass bottles and refills. Their laundry detergent is especially nice. I do recommend grove.

  11. I renewed my Grove membership just as this COVID stuff was starting and I love it. I’ve been able to get hand sanitizer, toilet paper, all my household essentials that I was sourcing from a combo of Target, Whole Foods and Natural Grocers and now it saves me from going physically to make unneeded trips. Plus getting extra pampering items like soap and candles are so nice delivered to your door during this time. I find them to be a bit cheaper than in store except for some of the items Target carries but they don’t carry all the scents and full lines.

  12. I started my free trial a couple weeks before the virus, and I’ve only completed one order in that entire time. I mostly joined because they had the best deal on bamboo toilet paper (tree free), but since my first order, it’s been out of stock completely. I really like their toilet paper brand, and it upsets me that I can’t get it.

    Oh well. At least I got good free gifts when I started my trial. I’ll be cancelling at the end of my trial next week unless they get my tp back in stock.

  13. I don’t think your cart totals are correct. Not sure if this is because of the current situation, but after my VIP membership renewed, my cart has a minimum of $25 to ship. And I’ve found that the last several months, something I need has been out of stock and hasn’t come back for several more months. This is even before the virus, so it’s not due to that. I’ve had to get things I need from Target instead, which defeats the purpose of having this membership. I’m close to canceling.

    • Exactly the same here! Purchased from them twice but canceled due to the high shipping minimum.

    • I agree with you, the “rules” seemed to change as I went along on my one year subscription and I did cancel after one year. I also had items go out of stock and my order not ship because I needed to select more items to meet the minimum.

      Reality is, membership starts out great, but I’m not sure I got many of the free offers because the amount to qualify for what ever the free item is kept going up.

      Another drawback if you order items, they immediately put it on a reoccurring order list. I would come to my cart and $130 worth of items every month until I figured this out. If you missed reviewing the cart in a month, you get all those extra items.

      Also as we went into this COVID world change, I ordered a hand sanitizer, which they didn’t ship but charged me for, so I contacted them and they refunded me the cost of the whole order, way beyond my ask of the refund on the not shipped hand sanitizer (Sounded like it happened to everyone.

      So long story short, I will purchase as I need from Grove but not renew my membership, it was a lot of work to manage.

    • I’m in the same boat, while I do enjoy the convenience and somewhat free items (most of them have $79 minimums and it didn’t use to be this high, I remember $39/$49 free items). Obviously the disinfectant I get is out of stock but the one discovery I really enjoy is their organic cotton reusable coffee filters which is oddly out of stock now too. I may just cancel my VIP membership and only order when I can meet the minimum shipping.

    • Thanks for this comment, Amber! I was working on older info! I just chatted with a Grove Collab team member via their LiveChat feature and confirmed the updated shipping minimums. I have updated the review. <3

  14. I am quite fond of Grove and gave kept my membership with them for several years. The free member gifts pay for it in my opinion, and they also have decent sales a few times a year. My favorite face oil (Acure) is reasonably priced through them, and I have several of their lovely floral trays, tea towels, and scrubbies scattered throughout my home. I have always felt like I get my money’s worth even if I only make a shipment every few months.

  15. So my issue with Grove is this: a couple of weeks ago, I put a bundle in my cart, but decided to not buy it. I did not delete it from my cart. Unbeknownst to me, my account was set-up for auto-shipments, so they billed and shipped me the bundle a couple days later. This is sneaky on their part. I’ve never been on a site that will automatically bill and send you stuff you leave in your cart. Also, when I first opened my account, I noticed that they put items I bought on monthly auto-ships for me, and I did go in and delete all of that stuff. I didn’t appreciate that either, because if you don’t catch that, then again, you could get stuff you weren’t planning on. I just don’t understand why they can’t run their site to let people purchase as they want. Get rid of auto-ship, or have the consumer set-up their own, don’t do it for them. Every account is set-up to automatically bill you if you have subscriptions to items they set-up for you (you can set these up too, but they take it upon themselves as well), or if you put something in your cart, so make sure you find the buried link in your account to cancel auto-shipments. PSA is over, thanks for reading!

    • This is exactly why I cancelled Grove. I actually knew about the auto-ship function, but things just seemed to mysteriously get added to my shipment each month. Some were items I know I never added and others were items that were sent as a “free gift” with purchase but then got tacked onto monthly auto-shipments after that. It was very off-putting, and I didn’t appreciate having to babysit my cart so I quit. However, that was a couple years ago so maybe things are better now.

      • No, they’re not better now. It is too much baby-sitting with them to make sure you don’t get unexpected deliveries. I’ve been in the sub box world for several years now, and all were cut and dry, except this one.

  16. FYI, Mrs. Meyer’s is not cruelty free. It is owned by S.C. Johnson. So GC is not actually 100% cruelty free.

  17. I love Method products, but I usually buy them from Target with my RedCard which offers a 5% discount and free shipping with no minimum purchase required.

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