- Value: 16/20
- Functionality: 17/20
- Quality: 17/20
- Scent: 18/20
- Stain-Fighting Ability: 15/20
Essential oils have been beyond buzzy these past few years—just think about all of the Young Living and Doterra virtual “party” invitations from high-school-acquaintances-turned-salespeople you politely ignore on Facebook in any given week. So I was admittedly a bit skeptical when I heard Gain had just launched its Essential Oils laundry detergent line. Would my clothes smell like the nature store every mall had in the ‘90s? Would it be at all distinguishable from any other Rainfall Mist Gently Resting on Birds of Paradise scent on the market today? Curiosity got the best of me…and I’m glad it did.
In the name of science (and indecision), I tried all three scents: Lavender & Calm Chamomile, Eucalyptus & Mindful Mint, Orange & Energetic Grapefruit. All three sounded far from the typical tropical breeze, dew drop and linen scents you find on the detergent aisle, with descriptors meant to evoke how the scents might make you feel. Who doesn’t want to feel more focused, calm or energized, depending on the day? Though I also wondered: What happens if you’re drowsy and you accidentally wear your shirt, freshly washed in Lavender and Calm Chamomile, to a big meeting, instead of one laundered in Orange & Energetic Grapefruit?! The horror!