Natural Beauty Products Don't Have to Be Expensive—Here's Proof
There are a million reasons to switch to natural beauty products, just as there are a million reasons to eat organic. Locally sourced ingredients are better for the planet; vegan and cruelty-free options are better for the bunnies; and gentle, chemical-free (pronounceable) formulas are largely better for your skin. But again, like the difference in price between a loaf of Wonder Bread and a fresh-baked boule from the farmers market, natural beauty brands often kick your bank account where it hurts.
With many wonderful, natural brands, you’re paying for small-batch manufacturing and pure ingredients. But you’re also paying for luxe packaging and brand positioning. The latter isn’t exactly necessary. Proof: These 10 affordable natural beauty products that have all the organic and fair-trade ingredients, biodegradable packaging, and skin-loving formulas you want in natural products. Intrigued? Keep scrolling to discover the best natural skincare, makeup, and body products for $30 or less!
Acure Organics Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream ($11)
Sensitive skin buddies, this soothing cream-to-foam cleanser has got you. Loaded with gentle goodies like organic argan oil, peony stem cell, and aloe, the product leaves skin soft and clean—not tight or irritated. Plus, it smells like fresh flowers. Delight.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Jumbo Mascara ($25)
Harsh chemicals near your eyeballs? We’re not fans either. Luckily, this preservative-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic product makes all-natural mascara on a budget possible. The formula is clump-free and buildable, and the packaging 100% recyclable (so when you run out, you can just toss it with your plastics).
Burt’s Bees Lipstick ($20)
Burt’s Bees’ first foray into lipstick is exactly what we hoped for (and expected) from the brand. Of course, it’s made with 100% natural ingredients like moringa, raspberry seed oils, and vitamin E; and texture-wise, it doesn’t feel at all drying. The finish is subtle and sheer—great for an everyday flush of colour. It comes in 12 shades (Sunset Cruise is a personal fave.)
Thayers Original Witch Hazel Astringent ($11)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more affordable toner, natural formula or not. Luckily, you’ll recognise every last thing on this product’s eight-item ingredient list. The stuff is no-frills, but it smells fresh and leaves skin feeling squeaky-clean.
Pacifica Solid Perfume ($12)
This affordable, vegan, and cruelty-free brand makes some of the most whimsical packaging around. And its range of products is massive—from BB cream and lipstick to face scrub and body wash. One of the line’s consistent standouts is its collection of solid perfumes, each of which smells deliciously fresh and comes in a cute portable tin. Our favourite scents? Malibu Lemon Blossom and Tahitian Gardenia.
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure-Castile Liquid Soap ($20)
It doesn’t get much more natural (or affordable, for that matter) than Dr. Bronner’s classic liquid soaps and organic lotions. The products are made from organic and fair trade ingredients, like coconut and jojoba oils, and are are packaged in 100% recycled materials. Plus, they’re gentle enough to use on your body and face.
We’re obsessed with the brand’s lavender fragrance, but Dr. Bronner also offers a slew of others (all scented with essential oils only).
Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Makeup Remover Cleaning Towelettes ($10)
If you’ve ever stung the living daylights out of your eyes with a makeup remover wipe, then let us introduce you to these life-savers. Don’t be fooled by the the natural formula—these towelettes do a bang-up job of removing the day’s makeup and grime.
EOS Organic Lip Balm ($8)
Because one lip balm is never enough. EOS’s many flavoured organic lip balms are made with 100% certified organic, sustainably sourced ingredients to nourish your lips from the inside out. No petroleum, synthetic fragrances, dyes, or allergens. And the iconic spherical packaging doesn’t hurt either.
EcoTools Travel Set ($30)
This drugstore brush set comes with a very soft blending brush, eye shadow brush, angled liner brush, and blush brush for all your on-the-go makeup needs. The convenient packaging is 80% recycled (and totally recyclable), and no animals were harmed in the product’s making.
Want to see what happens to your skin when you switch to all-natural products? Read one editor’s fascinating experience.