Disclosure: I was provided with products to facilitate this post. The words and opinions expressed in this review are strictly of my own.
Just in time for back to school I received a tote full of goodies great for using during the upcoming school year spanning from food, household supplies, beauty, to even items designed for babies. The collection of products come especially handpicked from Target’s Made to Matter program and include some of the best in natural, organic, and sustainable brands. Each product in the collection is made with simple and recognizable ingredients. The brands are purpose-driven to be friendly to the environment and of higher quality. The best thing is they all can be found at Target, making them easy to purchase during your next shopping trip.
Making the Target Made to Matter List
Not any product can make the Target Made to Matter list! In order for product to be included in the program it has to meet one or more of the five important criteria, outlined below.
Reduced waste and packaging, which meets the rising consumer demand for eco-friendly products that limit waste. Right now, 50 percent of U.S. waste is comprised of product packaging.
Closed loop systems, which utilize a production system where the excess of one process or product is used to make another product. U.S. waste has tripled since 1960 and the average U.S. resident produces 1600 pounds of waste but only recycles or composts 35 percent of it.
Clean label products that are made without additives and harsh chemicals.
Dietary and allergen restrictions that accommodate the growing commonality of specialized diets and food allergies. According to a study released in 2013 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children increased approximately 50 percent between 1997 and 2011.
Reduced sugar—plain and simple! In 1822, the average American consumed 45 grams of sugar—the amount found in one of today’s 12-oz. sodas—every five days. Today, the average American consumes that much every seven hours.
Products at the heart of Made to Matter
When I opened the tote to view the products, I recognized most of the brands in it. They are the best of the best in organic consumer items. Some of the product brands I have been using for years like Toms of Maine, Justin’s, Seventh Generation, and Annie’s. I have outlined the products in the picture to give you a bit more information about them and how much they retail for. This way when you go into Target you can specifically look for the products you want and simply place them in your cart while still staying on budget. The whole idea is to help introduce you to “better for you” and “better for the world” products, so you can make informed purchasing decisions of everyday used items better for your family.
Tom’s of Maine NEW Luminous White Toothpaste-$4.99 #tomsofmaine
Advanced effective whitening toothpaste made with only naturally derived ingredients that work to remove surface stains. Safe for everyday brushing, the toothpaste helps to remove tartar and plaque build-up to fight cavities.
*Luminous White™ is made up of biodegradable or mineral derived ingredients, plus water and contains no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. Plus it’s gluten free.
2. Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent Packs-$12.99 #ComeClean
Upgrade your laundry routine with these simple toss-and-wash Seventh Generation bio-based Laundry Packs. The product includes 45 pods filled with Seventh Generation’s trusted Free & Clear laundry formula. Certified with the EPA Safer Choice, the all-temperature laundry packs are a one-step mess free solution to washing laundry.
* All-temperature laundry packs work in hot and cold water.
Effective in HE & standard washers.
Free & Clear laundry packs are made for sensitive skin.
0% dyes, synthetic fragrances, and artificial brighteners.
Citrus & Cedar laundry detergent packs are gently scented with essential oils and botanical extracts.
3. Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Nourish & Silken Shampoo and Conditioner -$10.99 each #SheaMoisture.
Keep your locks lushes with these nourishing recipes, made with natural certified ingredients. The shampoo provides gentle Sulfate-free cleansing to nourish dry, brittle, and damaged hair for silky, soft, and smooth results. The conditioner contains certified organic Shea Butter blends with Peace Roase Oil Complex that softens and conditions hair fibers leaving it smooth and shiny. Both products are infused with the sweet romantic essence of rose. PRODUCTS SMELL AMAZING!
- No Sulfates
- No Parabens
- No Mineral Oil
- No Propylene Glycol
- No Phthalates
- No Animal Testing
Peace Rose Oil Complex: Blend of Alpine, Damask and Musk Rose Oils softens hair and skin.
Date Palm Extract: Rich in vitamins and antioxidants, smooths and protects skin and hair.
Camellia Leaf Extract: Natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, helps to calm and soothe skin and scalp.
4. The Honest Co Orange Hand Sanitizer Spray-$2.98 #TheHonestCompany
Great for keeping in your purse for those quick germ fighting needs, The Honest Company Orange Hand Sanitizer Spray kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria. The antibacterial sweet citrus hand sanitizer needs no rinsing and helps moisturize hands with soothing botanicals.
Available in 3 scents
Effectively kills 99.9% of germs and bacteria
Antiseptic and antimicrobial protection made with plant-derived ingredients
Soothing botanicals help reduce drying, redness and chapping
Quick drying — no sticky residues
No rinsing required!
Super portable and no-mess, no-fuss packaging
Leaves skin soft, moisturized and germ-free
No harsh chemicals — honestly clean and extremely satisfying
* made without: triclosan, benzalkonium chloride, quats, parabens, synthetic fragrances, glycols, chlorine, formaldehyde carriers, petrochemicals, or most common allergens.
5. Annie’s Organic Berry Patch Bunny Fruit Snacks– $3.59(5ct) #HoppyHour
Looking for a delicious snack to pack in your little bunny’s lunch box? Try Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Berry Patch Fruit Snacks! Kids love them! The bunny-shaped fruit snacks are made with real fruit juice and packed with 100% Daily Value of Vitamin C. They come in the assorted flavors of strawberry, cherry and raspberry.
* Certified organic, vegan and gluten-free
6. Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs -$1.99 #Justins
Who doesn’t love peanut butter and bananas? Here is a conveniently packaged, nutritious snack good for the whole family! Justin’s Peanut Butter + Banana Chip Snack Packs are packed with mouthwatering peanut butter on one side and organic banana chips on the other. Dip the banana chips in the peanut butter and you have a delicious combination to fight off the munchies. Ideal for packing in lunch boxes! The product comes in to flavors: Classic Peanut Butter + Banana Chips and Honey Peanut Butter + Banana Chips. It is the latest innovation in Justin’s extensive portfolio.
*200 Calories per pack.
Classic Peanut Butter – Dry roasted peanuts, palm oil. Organic Banana Chips – Organic bananas, organic coconut oil, organic sugar, organic honey.
Contains coconuts, peanuts. Contains trace amounts of soy, tree nuts, wheat due to processing on shared equipment.
7. The Honest Co Organic Healing Balm-$12.95-#TheHonestCompany
Made with only certified organic ingredients, this all-purpose salve soothes dry, chafed, or sensitive skin.
Organic sunflower, olive, and coconut oils work with enriching shea butter to nourish, moisturize, and help soothe sensitive and dry skin
Tamanu oil helps restore and balance skin moisture
Chamomile and calendula gently calm and soothe
No harsh chemicals (ever!) — only powerful, naturally derived, certified organic ingredients in this must-have salve
Ultra gentle and sensitive enough for infants and everyday use for the entire family
Non-toxic for you and your family
Hypoallergenic • Certified Organic • Plant and Botanical-Based • Vegetarian • pH Balanced
8. Tom’s of Maine Naturally Dry North Woods Antiperspirant Deodorant– $4.49 #tomsofmaine
Provides 48-hour odor and wetness protection with no petrochemicals or fragrances. The non-irritating formula is Tom’s of Maine’s first natural antiperspirant for men in their product line. Plus, with ever purchase, Tom’s of Maine donates 10% of profits back to helping people and the planet.
9. Organics Happy Family Super Smart Organic Pouches -$1.60 #thisishappy
Great for feeding tots and tykes on the go! These perfectly packaged pouches contain 20mg of DHA and 100mg of Choline, both essential nutrients to support brain health in developing toddlers.
organic pear puree, organic mango puree, organic pea puree, <2% of: organic lemon juice concentrate, vitamin & mineral blend [choline bitartrate, dicalcium phosphate (calcium)], dha algal oil (dha algal oil, organic high oleic sunflower oil, organic rosemary extract, tocopherols), ascorbic acid (vitamin c).
10. Rebecca Atwood + Method Pumpkin Clove Gel Handwash – $3.99 #methodlovesRA
Method and Rebecca Atwood collaborated to design these beautiful painterly patterns and fragrances to add sophistication and style at the sink. Absolutely wonder, fall inspired limited collection comes in four different fragrances and designs. I received the Pumpkin Clove and it smells fantastic! One of my favorite products!
Pumpkin Clove -jack o’ lanterns. pies. flavored lattes. there are many reasons to love pumpkin, but we like it best when mixed with some of our favorite spices, like clove, cinnamon + vanilla. it’s a scent to really fall for.
Method met the clean label challenge for the Made To Matter program by sharing all product ingredients with Target’s Sustainability Index team for verification of sustainability and safety of products.
11. Pacifica DreamBIG Lash Extending 7 in 1 Mascara -$15.99 #PacificBeauty
Instantly amplify your lashes with natural plant fibers! The MAGIC WAND self-adjusts to either lengthen or volumize your lashes and fortify them with Pacifica’s innovative peptide serum.
This beauty is 7 in 1:
- Lash Serum
- Instant Length
- Lash Lifting
- Rich Color
- 2 in 1 Brush
Love this product! A definite must for the beauty maven who wants supreme lashes without harsh chemicals.
12. Babyganics Moisturizing Daily Lotion 11oz -$7.29 #babyganics
Designed specifically for baby’s developing skin, this product features 100% natural NeoNourish® Seed Oil Blend to help nurture and support baby’s skin. It has a wonderful 100% natural scent of chamomile verbena and is made with natural plant-based ingredients like Shea Butter, Aloe, Vitamin E, Olive and Avocado Oil and 100% natural NeoNourish ® Seed Oil Blend.
- No: parabens, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, artificial fragrances or dyes.
- Pediatrician & Dermatologist tested
- Never tested on animals
13. Yes to Carrots Coconut Paper Mask-$2.99 #yesto
Naturally hydrate your facial skin with these single use paper masks! Leave on for 10 minutes for intense moisturizing that leaves your face feeling silky soft.
Virgin Coconut Oil a tropical moisturizer.
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin Propanediol, Sorbitol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Water, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Seed Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract, Musa Sapientum (Banana) Fruit Extract, Orchis Mascula Flower Extract, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Honey, Allantoin, Lecithin, Algin, Galactoarabinan, Beta-Glucan, Heptyl Glucoside, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium Glutamate, Diacetate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Benzoic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum).
15. Suja Pressed Probiotic Waters $2.99 each #suja
I personally have not tried this product as of yet, but the water sounds amazingly good! It comes in Raspberry, Orange Ginger Pineapple, Pineapple Lemon Cayenne, and Ginger Lime.
The first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics. At ten calories and one gram of sugar or less, our Pressed Probiotic Waters™ offer a subtle sweetness with no additives of any kinds. Containing 2 billion colony-forming units (CFUs) of vegan probiotics, these waters provide a clean dose of immune and digestive benefits.
- For those wanting to maintain a healthy lifestyle
- For those looking to limit sugar & calorie intake
- USDA Certified Organic
- Non-GMO Project Verified
- Kosher certified
- Dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free
15. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner – $3.99 #mrsmeyerscleanday
No need to use harsh chemicals to clean your home! Get your kitchen and bathrooms spotless with Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Vinegar Gel Cleaner! Cleaner has a lovely Lemon Verbena fragrance and fights tough grime and soap residue for sparkling results. It is packed with scratch-free scrub power and a pinch of elbow grease.
- 98% naturally derived
- No artificial color. Biodegradable.
- Made with: Vinegar, Plant-derived ingredients, essential oils
- Made without: phthalates, artificial colors, parabens
16. Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Crackers -$3.99 #eatplaylearn
Now here is a product that encourages you to play with your food! Made with real organic veggies, the crackers come in puzzle-shapes called Tangrams that can be used to make hundreds of fun creations before you eat them.
Baked in a peanut-free and tree nut-free facility
Half-serving of organic vegetables per serving
Smart Crackers are baked into tangram puzzle shapes that can make hundreds of fun designs
Excellent Source of Vitamins A, B6, B12, D, and Folic Acid
Good Source of Iron and Calcium
Certified USDA Organic
Made with love in the USA
17. Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars -$4.99/6 Bars #OnMyPath (not pictured above)
Last but certainly not least in my recommended tote of products is Nature’s Path Organic EnviroKidz Granola Bars. This little gem was hiding in my bag and found later, so it isn’t pictured above. However, it is a fantastic item to have for packing lunches! They are great for sending to school, since they are completely peanut-free and perfect for avoiding allergens. Yummy bars are made with gluten-free rolled oats, chocolate chips, and chocolate drizzle.
- Gluten free
- Peanut Free
All the products above can be found at @Target and in the #MadeToMatter product lineup!