Organic Clothing Review—Gaia Conceptions, PACT Organic, and Rawganique

Welcome to my organic clothing review of three companies I’ve found worthy of this post.

A little more than a year ago, I realized many of my clothes were made out of toxic fibers that were actually polluting the earth and potentially exposing me to carcinogens.

What’s a girl to do?

I began looking for alternatives, which wasn’t at all easy. Everything I found seemed to be blended with synthetic fibers. I was annoyed and disheartened—where were the pure clothing companies?

I found a few that I love and that I think meet the standards for ultra-pure stuff. If you’re cleaning out your closet and want to find alternatives to synthetic fibers, check out these brands. You won’t be disappointed!

So which ones have the best stuff and which one did I like the most? Here’s my organic clothing review of three organic clothing companies.

FYI: I did not work with any of these companies to construct this post, and all items were purchased independently by me. The information contained in this post is my honest opinion and these companies are largely unaware that I am even writing this. I do not engage in paid advertising or promotion on my site.


Rawganique was one of the first clothing companies I found for this organic clothing review. I wasn’t really feeling their stuff; it looked really raw and outdated for my taste. I did end up ordering some things from them, however. Here’s what I think.

Clothing: The only clothing I got from Rawganique was a pair of fleece sweatpants and some socks.

Now, the fleece sweatpants were attractively priced (you’ll soon find that organic clothing is expensive) and I love them. Warm and comfortable. The socks, I hate. The fabric is soft but extremely raw, contains no elastic, and shed everywhere. They were also expensive and I will not be ordering them again.

A picture of those strange socks from Rawganique. I mostly wear them to bed now or around the house.

Bedding: I ordered a couple pillows and an organic comforter from Rawganique, both of which I really like.

Conclusion: If you’re looking for the purest of the pure, Rawganique is your store. They are virtually the only company I could find online that makes socks and underwear without elastic in the fabric. Their prices are on the high side although their shipping costs are reasonable. Their customer service was extremely prompt, which was great.

PACT Organic

I was also able to find PACT Organic online for this organic clothing review. Their selection is pretty minimalistic, but they have all the basics. Here’s the deal.

Clothing: I bought a couple long-sleeved shirts from PACT that I adore. They are simple, basic, and go with everything. I also bought a pair of sweatpants from them, which aren’t as thick and warm as the ones from Rawganique, but they are still 100% organic cotton and they’re really comfortable and less than half the price. I’ve also bought hoodies, socks, and underwear from them that I like.

I usually wear PACT as a base layer, you can see a black t-shirt here under my Gaia shirt.

I’ve gotten some free socks from PACT as well, and although they’re blended with synthetic fibers, they fit way better and are much cuter than the ones from Rawganique. They’re cheaper, too!

Customer service from PACT is on-point. They’re responsive, identify themselves, and their returns are simple. I also recently contacted their customer support for an issue with an order and received a $25 store credit, which I was very happy with!

Conclusion: PACT Organic uses synthetic fibers in a lot of their clothing. Their socks, underwear, sports bras, and even some of their shirts and pants use polyester or elastane. I don’t like this about PACT. What I do like is that their stuff is cheaper compared to some organic clothing. I don’t feel that their quality is superb, and a lot of their “warmer” clothing items I ordered (like sweatpants and sweatshirts) felt thin and not warm, but I guess you get what you pay for.

Gaia Conceptions

I stumbled upon Gaia Conceptions through Etsy, and I’m thrilled that I did. They are my favorite part of this organic clothing review, although not without their flaws.

Their clothing was much more of my style than Rawganique was and their selection was way better than PACT Organic. It’s much more expensive, however.

Gaia Conceptions features handmade, eco-friendly clothing. Their pieces are truly works of art and their fabrics are to die for! The majority of their clothing is synthetic-fiber free, but you can choose to get stretchy fabrics from them if you like that have Lycra blended in with them.

Clothing: Gaia Conceptions’ clothing is second to none. The eco-friendly dyes, the colors, the cuts, the design, it’s all stunning. From summer essentials to winter warmers, Gaia Conceptions has just about anything you can think of. I’ve gotten so many pieces from here and have a few favorites.

The Gypsy Petal Back Long Dress from Gaia Conceptions in 100 percent organic cotton knit. Color: squash.

The downside to Gaia Conceptions is that since they offer natural plant dyes in addition to their selection of low-impact dyes, the plant dyes come out all different colors. They show the colors on the models on their site, but that may not be at all the color you end up with. This is true for all of their plant dyes including brazilwood, sage, sunshine, poppy, and indigo. I think Gaia could do a better job of letting its customers know that these plant dyes vary hugely, however, they do disclose on their site that all dyes are subject to variation, even the low-impact ones that aren’t considered pure plant dyes.

The Priestess Sleeve Ballerina Wanderer Short Dress in 100 percent organic cotton knit. Color: raisin.

The other bad thing about this is that their return policy is a little wonky. They don’t offer refunds, but you can return an item for store credit. However, unless you bought the item at full price, you only get back a percent of the original item cost. If they’ve made a mistake, their policy says they will work with you to replace the garment, but you have to fill out their returns form within seven days.

Gaia also makes you pay for return shipping for them to correct or replace the product, even if they’re the ones that made a mistake. However, they do offer free overdyes and alterations IF you fill out their returns request form within seven days. Otherwise, you have to pay (and you still have to pay for shipping both ways). This is conscious consumerism right here.

Gaia’s customer service is prompt although questionable at times. I’ve mostly had good experiences with them, but some bad ones. They don’t offer phone support and do not identify themselves when emailing you. There’s no way to talk to management: you have to email a stranger. In my opinion, their customer communication absolutely needs some help and is one of the worst parts about purchasing from this company, especially if you have an issue. There’s no accountability here, and they often don’t do what they say.

Their return policy should be noted before purchasing anything. These clothes take up to a month to make and ship and they’re expensive, so you want to be absolutely sure that you’re getting what you want and are willing to accept imperfection if you choose to go with a natural plant dye.

In addition, I don’t like that Gaia offers clothing that’s made from animals: they offer silk and wool fabrics (yet don’t disclose where these materials come from and if they are ethically harvested), and two of their natural plant dyes, poppy and amethyst, contain dye from cochineal, which is a type of bug. I contacted them about how these insects were harvested for dye and was redirected to the company where they purchase their cochineal from.

The company basically told me that the bugs are left out to shrivel up and die in the sun, which is not exactly what I would consider ethical harvesting. If you’re a vegan or conscious of these things, you need to be a discerning consumer here.

Conclusion: Although expensive, Gaia Conceptions’ handmade clothing is well-made, locally based in North Carolina, and truly unique. For me, the best way to purchase Gaia is through their sales page, where you can get discounts on garments (sometimes they offer big discounts to clear out their sales page—up to 50% off the sale price) and try different styles, fabrics, and colors for a much lower price.

Gaia’s customer service is sketchy, and I recently talked to another Gaia fan who said that Gaia botched their garments and refused to fix them. Be aware that whatever you buy from this company, you’re likely stuck with.

I do like the overdye option they offer and have gotten several of my pieces overdyed over the years as my taste and style changes.

What to Know When Buying Organic Clothing

I had no idea what I was getting into when I was searching for organic clothing for this organic clothing review. Here’s what you should know if you’re considering making the switch.

It’s more expensive. You’ll pay much more for organic, natural fibers than you will for non-organic, synthetic ones.

Fabrics that are blended with synthetics are cheaper. Anything you find on an organic clothing website that’s been blended with elastane, spandex, or polyester is cheaper than the pure stuff. Many people like their leggings, underwear, and socks to have a bit of fit to them.

Some pieces are unique. If you get pieces that are handmade—which some organic pieces are—you should expect variations in the color and cut. You can contact the company if you have any questions before purchasing!

It’s a different buying experience. Don’t expect to buy organic clothing and get the same experience as you do at Forever 21. This is not that. These clothes are harder to find while you’re out. They don’t look or feel the same as synthetic fibers. The customer service is different. You will feel different wearing them. They are much more expensive. You will need to take better care of them.

Get some plant-based detergent. I use Dr. Bronner’s for a lot of stuff, and I really like ECOS, Aspen Clean, and Dropps for fragrance-free detergent. Many big-name laundry brands that you find at the store test on animals, so it’s worth opting for natural detergents that will be more gentle on your new organic fibers and be a little better for the planet too!

Consider thrifting. If you can’t afford to pay for new organic clothing, why not check out some used stuff? Even if it’s not organic, 100 percent natural fibers such as hemp and cotton are the next best thing. Your local thrift store may have some options here. In addition, buying clothing second-hand prevents a lot of pieces from ending up in landfills, which is also an eco-friendly way to find stylish pieces. I’ve been liking this option lately as things have gotten so expensive!


Have you ever tried to shop for organic clothing? Making the switch is an investment. It can feel painful to pay $90 for a t-shirt when you could buy one on clearance at a department store for $5.

When you think about your impact on the world, it doesn’t feel like that much money, though. Plus, you’re much thriftier with your cash when you buy natural fibers because they’re so much more expensive.

I now have a semi-minimalistic closet with just a few essentials and all my favorite organic fabrics in there. It was difficult finding the right companies for this organic clothing review, but it felt so worth it to get rid of all my toxic clothing and invest in a few pieces that truly inspire me!

Do you know of any organic pure clothing companies that rock? I’d love to hear from you if so! Happy shopping 🙂 

8 thoughts on “Organic Clothing Review—Gaia Conceptions, PACT Organic, and Rawganique

  • Excellent review, on point!
    Other great organic made clothing companies are: Jungmaven, Rough Linen and LinenMe on Etsy. As you mentioned, it is very expensive to wear organic clothing but well worth wearing. I have fewer but better pieces in my wardrobe.

    • I love that you shared these, thank you! I did want to note that the linen companies don’t seem to be organic, but I loved checking out Jungmaven 🙂 I agree, I definitely have fewer pieces in my closet but they are stunning pieces that I take great joy in wearing!

      • I love Gaia Conceptions, and recently discover a company called Made Trade which carries organic clothes from different companies. One of their companies I really like for their super comfy jumpsuits etc. is called Mien Studios, which is based in Los Angeles. Highly recommend them.

        • OMG Heather! Thank you so much for sharing both of these companies! I just checked out Mien Studios and LOVE their fun and functional look. And their garments look SO comfy! I looked at Made Trade too and am excited to explore their site more, it looks like they have a ton to offer. THANK YOU!

  • I like your commentaries! Thank you! I discovered Gaia Conceptions a couple years ago, but did not purchase anything, because of the return policy. I decided to go back and look again. Thanks for the great information about customer service at all of the companies. Have you looked at Alabama Chanin? It looks as though they’ve Pared back their production during the pandemic, but I think they’ve been diligent about sourcing organic cotton jersey.

    • Hi Jenn, thanks so much for your comment! I love Gaia but they are very expensive and you do have to be super mindful about what you purchase. I have bought a ridiculous amount of Gaia items over the last five years so if you ever had any questions about their styles/policies I can always help! I have not heard of Alabama Chanin but just checked them out and really like some of their styles. I really dig some of the waffle textures. I love learning about new companies like this, thank you!!

  • Found this is my google search! I appreciate your review, especially pointing out the synthetic threads/elastics used. I am allergic to formaldehyde and started buying from PACT, Coyuchi, and Bhumi. Now I just found out about my allergy to elastics (thiuram), ugh. I have ordered a few things from Cottonique but their selection is quite limited. I’m going to check out your suggested brands. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Molly! And I appreciate you sharing Bhumi and Cottonique, I just checked out their sites! I actually really love the quality of Coyuchi and have their towels and sheets, but wish they had more colors (I have contacted them a few times about getting more fun colors, ha). I adore Gaia and continue to order from them although their prices have gone up significantly. I usually find stuff on the Sale page or on Poshmark or eBay for a discount 🙂 I’m so sorry to hear about your allergies, I hope you can find some awesome clothes that are healthy for both you and the planet!

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