As a blogger/writer, I’ve reviewed many eco-friendly products over the years and have some comprehensive review criteria in place. Here at Eco Ice Pops, I review books, popsicle molds and other goodies, so long as I consider them eco-friendly. Below is how my review process works.
What sort of stuff do I look for when reviewing a product?
I obtain products in various ways. Sometimes I buy products and review them, sometimes I’ll review gifts I receive and sometimes a company will send me a product to review. Although I will note if a company sent me the product, it’s a moot point. I rate all products with the same extensive criteria and scoring system regardless of how I got said product. I’m not a fan of shady, butt-kissing reviews.
My general rating system
All the products I review here are rated on a five+ ice pop system using the pops you see above.
ZERO to 1 little ice pops: I don’t know that I’ve ever given a product a zero. The company in question or product would have to be greenwashing for sure, have shady ethics or the product would have to be simply flat-out terrible.
2 little ice pops: If a product gets a score of 2, it’s either not very eco-friendly, non-useful, too expensive or a waste of your time.
3 little ice pops: If a product gets a 3, it’s okay – not great but not horrible either. I usually give scores of 3 to products that I feel could be improved with some minor adjustments.
4 little ice pops: A 4 is a very good score. The product meets most or all of my review criteria and only has some very minor flaws, if any. Sometimes I’ll give a product a 4 vs. a 5 if I feel it’s too expensive for the average family.
5 little ice pops: % is a perfect score. I don’t give many of these out. If I give a product a 5 it means the product is as eco-friendly as possible, very useful, affordable and an all-around excellent experience.
6 little ice pops: Getting a review worth six pops is VERY rare. I don’t normally even give fives. However, every once in a while I come across products I find 100% amazing with perks you wouldn’t believe. In this case a product might get a bonus point for a total of six points.
The types of reviews I hate
Reviews that are totally lazy: When I read books or blogs and the writer fails to disclose why they like or don’t like a product, it’s hyper annoying. “It’s good,” or “It sucks,” to me, is not a review that anyone can use.
Butt-kissing reviews: I read a lot of product reviews and the worst, in my opinion, are where you can tell the review writer is afraid to make a company upset or angry so all they post are perks. When a writer writes review after review packed with company kudos, I really start to wonder who they’re trying to help – consumers or the company.
Freebie! Reviews: I don’t like when a reviewer gives something a great review with zero cons simply because they got it for free or because they’re being paid to write the review. You can always tell when this is going on and it’s so annoying.
Non-users: Sometimes I read reviews and it’s so obvious that the writer has never actually used the product. That’s lame.
How I review products
My goal when writing product reviews is to help families make smarter, greener purchasing decisions. With that in mind, I offer my opinions on the pros, cons and everything in between. I don’t write reviews for companies, and in fact, some companies haven’t been all that happy with my take on their products, but that’s moot to me, because I’m not here for companies. I’m here to help families.
My second goal is to provide companies with feedback. If you don’t tell a company what’s wrong, they can’t change.
I never base reviews on how I got the product. For instance, just because I get a product for free, doesn’t mean it’ll get a good review. I also don’t accept money to write reviews because I feel like that could possibly skew my opinions. When you read a review I write, you can be sure it’s honest because it’s not all about everyone else, it’s also about me. My son uses these products. My friends and other family members use them too. Do I want the people I care about using shady products? Nope, I don’t.
The fine print: Take any reviews you read with a grain of salt, including mine. I’m just one girl with one opinion. Do research before you buy and leave comments on my reviews if you think I left something out.