review: Ely Organics’ Miessence Organic Skincare: Shampoo, Toothpaste, Bodycare.

Via Waylon Lewis
on May 31, 2010
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Note: I received these products for free in return for a review on That said, I’m always brutally honest, unless it’s inconvenient to be so, in which case I smile, wink and bullshit. ~ ed.

Basic info via Erin Ely herself:

“miessence is formulated by Narelle Chenery, she started making the products at home. It’s manufactured in Australia: the products have been food standard certified organic since 2002, making miessence the world’s first extensive line of certified organic skin & body care. miessence is warehoused in Nevada for the US market and that’s the shipping location for all orders in the US.miessence dessert flower shampoo (normal to dry hair).”

I’m a guy. I’m an eco guy. So there’s two things I care about, when it comes to my bathroom and what I put on my body.

> Is it organic?

(You know, skin absorbs close to 90% of what you put on it, and since bodycare products bypass our liver, toxins are particularly damagins when they pass through the skin). Within this category, I look for signs of mindfulness generally: no animal testing, fair trade sourcing, minimal shipping, and eco-responsible packaging. miessence is superlative in all but the last two categories.

> And, does it work?

So I’ll keep my reviews simple, below:

> The only one I didn’t love was the shampoo, which is so watery that it’s hard to get from your hand to your head.

> Two thumbs up. Really works, makes my hair silky smooth: miessence shine herbal hair conditioner (all types).

> My hair is fine, thank you. If it weren’t, I’d use happily. miessence certified organic protect B-5 hair repair.

> Don’t use the stuff, but organic hair control stuff is a rarer sight than Sarah Palin on a bicycle: miessence certified organic shape styling gel.

> Warning, gents: not for your cereal. Good stuff: miessence certified organic tropicana body milk.

> Lovely: miessence mint toothpaste.

Skin care:

If I were the kind of person who cared about cleanser, I’d use this. > miessence certified organic balancing cleanser.

Love it. > miessence certified organic balancing conditioner.

Especially here in Colorado, all about the moisturizer. Dig it. > miessence certified organic balancing moisturizer.

Overall, one of the best companies I’ve reviewed. Will be happy to use their products for years to come.

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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “review: Ely Organics’ Miessence Organic Skincare: Shampoo, Toothpaste, Bodycare.”

  1. Wendy says:

    Love MiEssence products – although I do agree with you on the shampoo comment….! I will never go back to other products, MiEssence forever 🙂

  2. Erin Ely says:

    just a bit more on the packaging issue.

    one thing to understand, the certified organic miessence products are essentially food in a bottle… because of this the packaging must not allow exposure to oxygen and your hands… the miessence skin care products are packaged in vacuum bottles so that no air is allowed into the product and all of it is pushed out of the bottle. Before miessence switched to this packaging, it was packaged in glass, but the bottles did not function well enough to get all of the product out of the bottle. Then, the product formulator, Narelle Chenery did a lifecycle analysis on glass vs plastic packaging.
    which you can read more about here on my website (this is a PDF file so it takes a minute to open)

    also here is more information on the packaging and shipping.
    Packaging Integrity
    "Our packaging materials fall under the organic certification standards for our products (i.e. PVC plastic is not permitted as dioxin is a by-product of its production) and we use both glass and plastics that most councils recycle. We have for some time been researching the possibility of utilizing bio-degradable plastics made from starches such as corn & potatoes. Since 2003 we have been using a product packaging filler made from these substances and during 2006 we have been researching a possible alternative to petro-chemical plastic for our bottles & jars, that would breakdown in landfill and therefore be part of the world's waste problems solutions. Various packaging and display solutions are emerging from this research & development and the possibility that suitable bottles and jars for all our products will be available in the next few years is very promising."

    Thanks for your review.

  3. niko says:

    Yes Yes & Yes..These products & this company make everything soft & yummy.

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