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Maylee’s Garden – Natural Vegan Soap & Eco Friendly Laundry Detergent – A Review

I recently purchased some all natural eco friendly laundry detergent from Maylee’s Garden on Etsy.


I picked out Neroli & Chamomileand Peach & Honeysuckle, both vegan formulas. I also received a sample of Lilac & Vanilla Sugar.

Neroli & Chamomile is described as ‘Neroli is a sweet gorgeous flowery scent and chamomile is an herbaceous floral. The two combined like this is heavenly.’ I chose this because I love neroli, and I find chamomile to be soothing. I thought it would be perfect for bedding. The scent does not let you down! It’s really nice without being overwhelming.


Peach & Honeysuckle is described as ‘Juicy sweet peach and sweet honeysuckle fragrance oils. Sweet & fruity with a hint of honeysuckle to make it pop!’ This also smells fantastic to me, as you know I love peach and honeysuckle.

Lilac & Vanilla Sugar is described as ‘a true lilac scent mixed with warm vanilla sugar by bath and bodyworks duplicate.’ This was a really nice sample! I probably wouldn’t have chosen this sample for myself, but it’s really nice since I love vanilla. I was relieved it wasn’t a lavender scent!

The soap portion of this recipe is a handmade from scratch hot process soap. No palm oil is used in these detergents. Each bag contains enough for 30 to 35 loads of a normal washing machine and twice that for an HE front loader. The instructions say to use 1 to 2 tablespoons per load for a regular machine.

I’ve now washed sheets, clothing, towels, bras and panties, and Phaedra’s dog bed in this detergent, all with great results. So far, the detergent hasn’t irritated our sensitive skin, either. That’s often a concern, especially for Ray, when it comes to laundry detergent. Some things will make him itch.

While it was a bit unusual to me that it came in a plastic ziplock bag, it does make it easy to see and to store. I’m guessing that’s a big contributing factor to keeping the price down. If you really disliek the idea of keeping your detergent in this you could always recycle another container, such as an Oxyclean bucket, or use some other plastic container.

The price varies from $6 to $8.50, depending upon the scents and oils used. Other scents I’d be curious to try are BlackBerry Lemon, Coconut Vanilla Sugar, and Mango Pineapple.

When I emailed the owner of the shop, she was friendly and answered my questions promptly. She also shipped very quickly. Shipping for the two detergents I ordered totaled at $4.80, which was very reasonable.

Overall, I really liked what I purchased from Maylee’s Garden, and I will purchase from them again.

Have you tried any vegan laundry detergent? Did you like it?
Have you tried Maylee’s Garden?
What did you think?

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    • http://bhevarri.blogspot.com/ Bhevarri

      I was just thinking about looking for some handmade or more natural detergents! I might have to check some of these out. Does the scent stick around on what you’ve washed?

      • Phyrra

        Yeah it sticks around for a few days :) It’s nice!

    • http://www.thedarkbutterfly.com/blog Nini

      I’ve yet to try vegan detergent but this sounds awesome, I will most definitely give this a go.
      I too would like to know about the strength of scent in terms of how long it lasts.
      The idea of the zip lock bag is very appealing to me, I like to recycle and always find a use for them plus no palm oil = bonus :)

      • Phyrra

        I really like the ziplock bag idea, because I do often have containers that I can recycle in to. Ray always keeps those Oxyclean buckets, and these fit in there nicely.

        The scent on the laundry after out of the dryer is there, but not heavy or strong, after 2 days for me with the Neroli and Chamomile. It’s just a light, relaxing scent at that point.

    • http://historicalhound.blogspot.com/ Hoyden

      Ohhhhhh! I have to give this stuff a shot. Laundry detergent is the bane of my existence,

      Something that can actually CLEAN Gremlin’s filthy little kid clothes without causing her to get itchy and get a rash.

      • Phyrra

        Ray and I both have annoying skin. Like 95% of the detergents out there cause us to itch or get a rash. I’d been stuck using All Free & Clear for years because it was the only thing that didn’t cause a reaction.

        I’m really glad I gave this stuff a try, I do like it. And LOL I bet Gremlin is really hard on her clothes :)

    • http://www.whimsybeading.etsy.com Ms Whimsy Beading

      As a matter of fact I do use Libby’s laundry soap. I’m often a bad influence on her with regards to scent combinations, but so far Red Currant and Thyme and Blackberry Lemon are my favorites.

    • http://www.sugarmuffin.etsy.com SugarMuffin

      I LOVE Libby’s soaps. I’ve been an avid body soap fan for a few years now and recently tried the laundry soap. I used the Amber Dawn on my clothing so far, nice mellow scent. Yesterday I tried the Hippie Mama sample she sent…..it is absolutely heaven!
      I too have sensitive skin and have never had an issues.

      • Phyrra

        Yeah having sensitive skin sucks. Having to re-wash an entire load of clothes because something set you off is just miserable :P

        I’m still not a bar soap fan but I love this detergent :)

    • http://purplemramblings.blogspot.com/ Michelle B

      I have tried vegan laundry soap and I love it, It got my clothes clean and I didn’t have to use fabric softener. I bought it from ShowerTreatSoap also on Etsy.

      I haven’t bought any for a while but I need to soon. I often went for Vanilla Peppermint or Lavender Peppermint.

      I haven’t tried Maylee’s Garden, I will have to check them out.

      • Phyrra

        Definitely give them a try! Yummy!

    • http://www.caseywashere.com Casey

      I use Libby’s soap for all of my home and business washing. I found that the scents vary on the amount of time they stick around from a couple of days to months (The peppermint vanilla seems to have lasted the longest) I have absolutely loved every one I have tried. All of the body soaps are fantastic too. I have used Maylees Garden laundry soap exclusively for about 8 months now, and I have found it to be both economical and excellent quality. Even my husband appreciates doing the laundry now!

      • Phyrra

        Oooh good to know! I like peppermint vanilla.

    • Nomie

      I like the idea of vegan, eco-friendly laundry detergent, but I cannot handle scented detergent. Wonder if she’d be willing to do a custom unscented batch?

      Also, my family currently uses Tide Free (no scents or perfumes) and we just keep it in the big cardboard box it comes in. No problems that I’ve ever encountered!

      • Phyrra

        I’m betting she has some non-scented batches or would be willing to make some. Send her a convo on Etsy. She was really sweet when I asked her questions.

    • http://witch-words.blogspot.com Jadelyn

      The things you find on Etsy…I’d never have thought to look for handmade laundry detergent! The scents sound nice, though perhaps a bit floraly since my fiance and I wash our clothes together…but I’ll check out her other scents and see what sounds good.

      • Phyrra

        I actually ran across it on the BPAL forums! It sounded like a good idea so I decided to check it out. I liked it so much I wrote a review :)

    • http://www.redlipstickblackliner.blogspot.com RaeRae

      I was just wondering, as well as being vegan, is this stuff better for the environment than normal detergent? I want to switch to a more ecological brand and I’d rather go for something like this and support a small business as well!

      Especially because peach and honeysuckle sounds like the most beautiful fragrance.

      • http://www.mayleesgarden.etsy.com Libby

        Rae Rae yes it is way better for the environment. There is nothing in this laundry detergent that will even upset a septic system. So its septic safe too. Its made from real handmade soap (soybean and coconut oils), natural borax, and natural oxygen powder (sodium percarbonate)
        Oh and saponified coconut oil cuts thru grease like crazy, and is one oil that gives soap more cleaning power, and I have used as much coconut oil in my soap recipe as I can.

        By the way this is the creator of the goods herself speaking LOL
        Phyrra thank you SOOO very much for featuring me and doing such a lovely review! I am so flattered! Thank you thank you!

        • http://www.redlipstickblackliner.blogspot.com RaeRae

          Oh how fab! I think I might place an order ;)

          It won’t be until September I’m afraid, because that’s when I’m moving back to uni… Until then it’ll be my mum’s detergent!

      • Phyrra

        Hehe, Libby answered you before I could but yes I do believe it is an eco friendly brand!

        I’m currently washing some sheets and towels in the peach and honeysuckle!

    • Sailor Figment

      I love Maylee’s Garden soaps! I’ve been buying the laundry soap for over a year. I tried it originally because my husband works in fast food and I was looking for something to take the old-grease-and-fear smell out of his clothes. It worked! All the different scents have smelled great! And it makes my mailbox smell good.


      • Phyrra

        Hehe, what’s your favorite scent?

    • kawaiiferreto

      I was wondering if you were going to post a review of this! I am definitely going to have to at least try a few and see if my skin likes it.

      • Phyrra

        I’m very happy that my skin and Ray’s skin likes it. Most every other laundry detergent bothers one or both of us.

    • Sara

      Oh yeah, I’ve been interested since someone posted them on the BPAL forums too, thanks for doing a review! So, I know the instructions say 1-2tblsp per front loader (the kind at the laundromat, say?), but I’ve always had to go over the instructions when using regular detergent or else it simply won’t foam enough and really get our clothes clean. Do you find you use the amount she recommends and everything comes out dandy? Or do you chuck in a wee bit more?

      • http://www.mayleesgarden.etsy.com Libby

        Sara you can use up to 4 or 5 tablespoons, and my laundry detergent will not bubble. The way you know its “working” is the water will turn a milky color and that means the soap has dissolved and is going to work cleaning your clothes. You can also add extra borax or if you use oxy clean, you can add that to the wash water too. And this is perfectly fine to use with bleach if you use bleach for your whites. A more eco friendly method of bleaching can be done with food grade (35%) hydrogen peroxide. It dont take much and it will keep your whites white without all the chemicals next to your skin from your clothes.
        So dont freak out when you dont see many bubbles, thats one reason this stuff is so good for front loaders!
        Thanks so much everyone for the love! I am blushing! LOL

        • Sara

          Thanks for the response, Libby! The reason I chuck so much in laundromat washers and watch for the foam is that my clothes simply don’t get that “clean” feeling or all of our smells (perfumes and whatnots) taken out unless so much stuff is used. I blame it on my only doing laundry every other week or so, instead of every few days, and things having longer to sit and stink. Nice to know we can use more without there being an issue (sometimes I’ve used “too much” and our clothes were kinda itchy with the soap that didn’t rinse clean).

          Hmm…might be time to mosey on over and see which scents strike my fancy. :D

      • Phyrra

        I use 1 to 2 tablespoons depending on the size of the load and the dirt.

    • http://aijuswhanakno.blogspot.com Mika chan

      Very interesting!!! I would’ve never thought to look for detergent on Etsy. I’m very scared to try that though, because of my skin right now. Maybe once I get back to the states.

      I love Lilac, and that scent combo sounds heavenly.

      • Phyrra

        Yeah it does :)
        And I wouldn’t have looked for it if it hadn’t been for BPAL.

    • http://www.twitter.com/pretty_serious Lena

      NEAT! I have wicked sensitive skin and I, too, have been stuck with the drab world of unscented, dye-free detergent. I miss my goodies smelling, well, good! *adds to Etsying lsit*

      • Phyrra

        I hope it works well for you too :)

    • http://themoonmaiden-blix.blogspot.com/ BLIX

      I have tried detergent like this many years ago and it sucked! Was like I ran the washer with no soap at all. It didn’t clean a thing. I’d be willing to try this though seeing as it’s a different seller and probably a completely different formulation all together.
      I really wanted the kind I tried to work because it was a dupe of my fav perfume at the time…Joop!. I had to chuck it. :-(
      I will go check out the etsy store!

      • Phyrra

        Let me know what you think :)