Monday, April 28, 2014

Article: Splurge vs. Save on Natural Beauty Products

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When it comes to natural beauty products, you can find everything from $1 bars of soap to moisturizers priced over $100. So which products are worth the splurge? Where can you save a little cash? Read on to find out.

  • Eye creams ($20-$30) - These tiny bottles may be extraordinarily priced per ounce, but they can really pack a punch. Anti-aging creams can vary in effectiveness, but hydrating is key for avoiding wrinkles. Look for brands such as Acure Organics, Weleda, and Derma E for quality without breaking the bank.
  • Facial moisturizer ($15-$30) - All moisturizers are not created equal. While an all-purpose formula might be ok for your body, keep your face looking its best with a moisturizer targeted to your skin type. Look for brands such as Beauty Without Cruelty and Acure Organics.
  • Face serums/oils ($20-$30) - Some people can use something as simple as coconut oil, but that might not work for many of us. Invest in a quality oil made with organic ingredients, such as organic argan oil or a serum such as this one
  • Hair treatments ($10-$20) - Sometimes the all-purpose products just won't cut it. Try dandruff products from Max Green Alchemy or dedicated products for swimmers from Aubrey Organics.
  • Hand cream (under $10) - Hands often need more intensive moisture, but that doesn't mean it has to be expensive. Try organic coconut oil at night, or use a product such as Trader Joe's hand cream (a vegan steal around $5). 
  • Body lotion (under $10) - If you need extra moisture, look for affordable products at your local health food store. Many stores offer house-brand lotions or have options under $10 in a range of scents. For a quick pick, try this one by Acure Organics.
  • Face wash (under $10) - You don't have to use body soap to save money. Look for natural facial cleansing bar soap or affordable options in your health food store. My favorite budget pick is Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash.
  • Toner (under $15) - Witch hazel is an affordable toner available in most drugstores. If you need something more particular, check health food stores for affordable brands such as Desert Essence and Burt's Bees.
  • Styling products (under $10) - Your stylist might try to sell you a $20 styling gel, but politely decline to save some money. Brands such as Giovanni offer a range of products that rival any salon, without breaking your budget. 
  • Shampoos and Conditioners (under $10 each) - If you have normal hair, look for shampoos and conditioner house brands at natural grocers. Sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners don't have to break the bank. Check ingredients lists and compare to more expensive brands. If you're flexible regarding scents, you'll have more options available.
  • Soaps and Shower Gels (under $10 each) - Bar soap doesn't have to be expensive to be effective. Look for bars without palm oil, such as Kiss My Face Olive Oil Soap. I often forego shower gel, but if you're a fan, look for affordable brands such as Nature's Gate at natural grocers.
This is the second article in the Splurge vs. Save series. Click here to see Splurge vs. Save on Natural Cosmetics.

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