10 Reasons Everyone Should Carry Honest Wipes

Scoff if you will, but even if you don’t have a baby, there are myriad reasons to have wipes on hand when you’re at home or out and about. If you’ve never stopped to consider it, take a moment now to read through these 10 reasons to stash an extra full-size pack in a kitchen drawer and carry the adaptable travel packs in your purse, carry-on bag, car…

Honest Wipes

1. Remove makeup before working out. Prevent break-outs and clogged pores by using wipes to quickly remove makeup, moisturizer, or sunscreen before you break a sweat.

2. Wash hands. Maybe you already carry hand sanitizer for keeping bugs at bay on-the-go, but did you know you have to remove dirt from your skin first or the hand sanitizer won’t work? Wipe first, rub second.

3. Clean dirty public surfaces. The world’s a messy place. Use wipes to clean dirt off of airline trays, dusty outdoor seating, and sandy playground toys.

4. Shine your shoes. Give your shoes a quick swipe with a wipe to remove scuff marks, mud, and muck.

5. Cool down on hot days. Dampening your forehead, neck, and wrists lowers your core body temperature. So, if you’re feeling steamy, grab a wipe and chill out.

6. Clean keyboards, wipe boards, and touch screens. Did you know public keyboards and touch screens (think libraries and ATMs) have been found to have more bacteria on them then public toilets? And don’t forget your personal computer, cell phone, and home phone! Give them a little wipe down before using (computers should be powered down) and then wash or sanitize your hands afterwards.

7. Erase evidence of spills and stains from clothing. Maybe your soup splattered or your deodorant left an embarrassing white mark on your shirt — have no fear, the wipe is here. Dab away and lather up and dab again if need be. (Wipes hold up to this job far better than tissues or paper towels.)

8. Wipe off wounds. Did someone skin their knee at the park? Give cuts a scrape a gentle cleanse with a wipe before applying any necessary topical treatments.

9. Prep puppy paws before getting in the car. Protect your car’s upholstery by wiping dirty dog paws before he hops in.

10. Dust your dashboard. Speaking of cars, if you’re stuck in traffic or sitting at a stoplight, grab a wipe to quickly clean the dust and grime that accumulates on your dashboard, steering wheel, and other hard surfaces.

See how wipes can help you be prepared for life’s unexpected messes? And Honest wipes are extra thick and durable, built to stand-up to the toughest jobs. Do you have other ideas for how they come in handy? Share your tips in the comments!

UV Safety Month + Stylish Sun Hats for Kids

It's UV Safety Month - Wear Hats

Summer means blue skies, barbecues, swimming, and sunshine. If your kids are like mine, they spend every waking hour playing outdoors. And while very limited sun exposure is recommended to process and maintain sufficient levels of vitamin D, overexposure to ultraviolet rays can harm your overall health—especially the delicate skin and eyes of babies and children.

Because I don’t want to deny my girls fun in the sun, we follow sun safety measures to protect our skin like slathering on natural sunscreen and wearing hats! To make sure I’m always prepared and that our family has shade on the go, I never leave home without flexible sun hats that can easily tuck into my bag. So, I’ve rounded up my favorites for keeping little ones cool and stylish in honor of July’s UV Safety Month.

Stylish Sun Hats for Kids

One   ||  Two  ||  Three  ||  Four  ||  Five

Bonus: In addition to being so stylish, all of these sun hats are sold via fellow B Corporation Etsy or by independent entrepreneurs. What’s not to love!

What sun smart tips do you recommend for protecting your skin this summer?

~ Kate Brightbill of Style Smaller

Friday Finds: Vintage Enamel Pail

Friday Finds

Pick up a pail that lasts beyond summer. Use Williams-Sonoma’s Vintage Enamel Pail now to tote sand for castles or collect shells on the beach. Then, put it to work in your garden as a pot for herbs or a composting tool. Or give your playroom a stylish boost, repurposing it for toy storage.

Williams-Sonoma Vintage Enamel Pail

Image by Williams-Sonoma.

Meet Director of Design Tim Hankins

Meet Director of Design Tim Hankins

You already know Tim Hankins, or rather his work. As Director of Design for Honest, he and his team are the creative minds behind the beautiful packaging and products that you use at home. You may be surprised to know that Tim’s favorite design is not one of our famous diaper patterns that his young son often inspires—it’s the DHA/Omega-3 supplements for the bottle’s clean look and feel and the hand-drawn fish illustrations! He also loves the scent (and effectiveness) of the Multi-Surface Cleaner for cleaning up at home. When he’s not at work, you’ll find him swimming with his family or dreaming of being a concert photographer. Now, in a departure from our regular Q&A, let’s hear from Tim directly about Honest’s design philosophy…

Delightful sophistication — or — design with a voice. It’s hard to pull off. We want to have fun with our brand and our products during the design process, but there’s a fine line between being fun and just being silly. The way we accomplish these delightful moments in a sophisticated way is with what we like to call our “tiny moments.” We hope they are small discoveries that are noticed by our customers and bring delight to you.

Our Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder Christopher Gavigan loves to create some of these moments in our product copy. Some examples from our cleaning products:

Tiny Moments - Doing Dishes

•   The final step in getting your dishes clean with our Pods? Smile.

•   While allowing our stain remover to soak into your clothes? Take Five!

•   Ready to wash your dishes with our dish brush? Have the kids do them!

The Sample Kit

“Surround yourself with things you love.” A simple message stating our philosophy, but this is one of the first things that, as a new customer, you would encounter on our free trial shipping box. We wanted to make sure that your first interaction with our products revealed our intentions from the start. Did you see this message upon opening the box the first time?

A Delightful Unboxing Experience

We really want to create a fun and engaging “unboxing” experience — that first opening of the box and reveal of what you’ve purchased. Apple does an incredible job with the first reveal of their products. We wanted to bring that type of experience to the unboxing of something typically less sexy than electronics — consumer goods. We want you to be excited when you see our flowers, our butterfly and our dragonfly sitting on your doorstep. Because customers are going to receive these boxes each month, shouldn’t they be nice to look at? And when you open that box, we don’t want the excitement to end. We cover the inside of our boxes in what we call the “Honest Pattern.” They are the “honest” phrases and mantras that fueled the creation of our products and their design. We live by these each and every day. It’s what drives us to make better products and packaging.

The Honest Pattern

And after each item is taken out of the box, we left one final tiny moment for you to discover — our sincere thanks for making the choice to join our family and help make a difference in the world.

Tiny Surprise at the Bottom Of Box

When these moments are discovered, we hope it leaves a lasting impression on our customers. It shows you the level of care and attention to detail that has been put into the design of our packaging — if we’ve spent this much time obsessing over the design, just think of what has gone into the details of creating the products themselves.

Have you discovered any of the many other tiny moments in our designs? Share your favorites!

Pearl Barley and Baby Spinach, Corn & Shiitake Mushroom Salad

Pearl barley is used a lot in stews and soups, but I think it works really well in a salad like this. If you mix it when it’s hot, the pearl barley acts like a little sponge and soaks up all the flavors. Beautiful! Feel free to play around and add things, or take them away. You can buy the hummus from most supermarkets, and it’s always a great thing to have on standby in your fridge for a dip for some raw vegetables. But if you don’t have it, or don’t feel like buying it, you can omit it. Some beautiful Greek feta would be great in this salad too. Happy eating!

Pearl Barley and Baby Spinach Salad

Photo Credit: John Bedell

Ingredients (Use Organic When Possible)

Makes 4 servings

  • 1/2 cup pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/4 organic red onion, finely chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3½ ounces organic shiitake mushrooms, stalks removed and caps cut into quarters
  • 1 ear of organic sweet corn
  • 1/3 cup organic hummus
  • Maldon salt or other flaky salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ lemon
  • 1 handful organic baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup organic dill leaves
  • 1/2 cup organic flat-leaf parsley leaves

Directions

1. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the barley and cook for about 30 minutes, or until tender.

2. While the barley is cooking, toast the pine nuts in a dry skillet over low heat until lightly browned, about 3 minutes, stirring often to keep them for burning. Combine the pine nuts and onion in a large bowl.

3. Using the same frying pan over high heat, add a tablespoon of olive oil and the mushrooms. Sauté for about 4 minutes, or until the mushrooms have some good color. Add them to the bowl with the onions and pine nuts.

4. In the same pan over medium-high heat, add some more olive oil if necessary and the corn on the cob. Cook the corn for about 5 minutes, or until it’s nicely colored all over. It’ll make a bit of noise and spit a tiny bit, but don’t worry—the heat shouldn’t be high enough to make it pop and splatter! Remove it from the pan and place it on a chopping board to cool down.

5. Drain the barley and add it to the bowl with the hummus and salt and pepper to taste. Cut the corn kernels off the cob and add them, too. Give it a taste, then squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.

6. Add the handful of baby spinach leaves and mix well. Garnish with the dill and parsley and serve.

Chef Jane Coxwell