Budget Friendlier Natural Beauty Brands

11 budget friendlier natural and non-toxic beauty brands - via vmac+cheese

After finishing up my natural beauty series with Tata Harper, I got lots of wonderful feedback — thank you! It’s gratifying to learn how many of you are interested in natural/non-toxic beauty, and hear about what changes you have made to your routine to eliminate potentially harsh chemicals and toxins. One excellent reader request I received (hi, Julie!) was to compile a list of other great natural beauty brands that were budget friendly. Understandable — I absolutely know swapping out conventional products for natural ones gets expensive. So today, I thought I’d round up a list of other great brands you can check out with prices that are a bit lower.

One caveat here though: I do have to tell you that when it comes to natural, non-toxic and (often) organic beauty products like this, it’s rare to find dirt cheap prices. It’s just a function of the ingredients used — kind of like in food, how organic fruits and veggies usually cost more than conventional, so to is it true with cosmetics. It’s just much cheaper to use man-made chemicals in things than it is to use something like pure, organic argan oil. So for a few of these options, some of their items might not be budget friendly, but they’re at least budget friendlier, especially compared with some of the other luxury beauty brands. With that in mind, along with each brand, I’ve included the price ranges for their cleansers, moisturizers, and specialty products like serums, so you can get a sense for where they lie on the price spectrum. I’ve also included recs for products I’ve tried and loved, and/or products that I think sound wonderful and suspect would be a great place to start! Check it out: 

.01 The Honest Co.

Price Spectrum: Shampoos + Conditioners priced around $10; Face + Body Lotion and their Body Oil priced around $10
Can’t wait to try: Their SPF 30 sunscreen ($13.95) — made with no chemical sunblockers.
Victoria notes: The Honest Co. is the brainchild of Jessica Alba (have you heard of it yet? I feel like it’s blown up in the last year!) and offers simple, basic cosmetic and household products at ridiculously great price points. If you’re a new mom, they also offer a huge line of baby products.
Also available from: Nordstrom

.02 MyChelle Dermaceuticals

Price Spectrum: Cleansers from $11-$27; Moisturizers from $23.50-$42; Serums from $16-$62.50, depending on size of product
I tried and liked: the Deep Repair Cream. I eventually stopped using it because I wasn’t a fan of the smell, but I’ve noticed they’ve since come out with an unscented version.
Also available from: Some Whole Foods stores; Drugstore.com, Dermstore

.03 Andalou Naturals

Price Spectrum: Cleansers $12.95; Moisturizers $19.95-$24.95; Serums and Treatments $19.95 to $24.95
I tried and liked: the Probiotic + C Renewal Cream. Honestly, along with Tata Harper’s moisturizers, it’s the only natural/oil-based moisturizer I’ve ever used that dries matte. I like it a lot in the summertime; in the winter, it’s not moisturizing enough for me.
Also available from: Whole Foods, Drugstore.com

.04 One Love Organics

Price Spectrum: Cleansers from $28-$29; Moisturizers and Serums from $48-$68
Can’t wait to try: Skin Savior, a do-it-all balm that you can cleanse, moisturize, and even create your own foundation from.
Also available from: Meg Biram

.05 S.W. Basics

Price Spectrum: Cleanser and Toner $24; Cream $32; Scrubs and Masks $22
I tried and liked: Their makeup remover, lip balms and cream. The cream almost melts when you put it on, so it was good for dry elbows, and I actually used it on Lucy’s paws once.
Victoria notes: S.W. Basics lives up to its name — the products are super basic, with minimal ingredients and processing. If you’re a DIYer, you might not like that some of the items are literally things you can make in your home, but if you can’t spend time fussing over kitchen beauty and want really simple products, they’re a great line to check out.
Also available from: Urban Outfitters, Spirit Beauty Lounge, Dermstore

.06 Acure

Price Spectrum: Cleansers from $9-$15; Moisturizers from $16-$30; Serums and Treatments from $15-$30.
I tried and liked: their exfoliating scrub (the BEST ever…Joe eventually stole a tube from me!) as well as their hydrating conditioner. It’s great!
Victoria notes: For the price, Acure offers some of the best natural and organic skincare products around. This brand launched just a few short years ago, and is becoming very widely available!
Also available from: Whole Foods, Drugstore.com, Walgreens, Spirit Beauty Lounge

.07 Evan Healy

Price Spectrum: Cleansers from $19.95-$28.95; Moisturizers from $36.95-$38.95; Serums and Treatments from $16.95-$28.95
Can’t wait to try: This Neem Immortelle Purifying Infusion, which according to their site, immediately sinks into the skin with no oily residue.
Also available from: Select Whole Foods; other retail locations found here.

.08 John Masters Organics

Price Spectrum: Cleansers from $22-$28; Moisturizers from $26-$32; Serums and Treatments from $26-$48
I tried and liked: The Sea Mist spray. It’s kind of like Bumble and bumble’s Surf Spray, except completely natural.
Victoria notes: I love John Masters packaging — it’s so simple and chic, just like the products!
Also available from: Whole Foods, Beauty.com, Dermstore

.09 Intelligent Nutrients

Price Spectrum: Cleansers from $20.50-$46; moisturizers from $20.50-$51.50; serums from $31-$134, all depending on size and line.
I tried and liked: Harmonic Shampoo and Conditioner. Thumbs up!
Victoria notes: One thing I love about Intelligent Nutrients is many of their products are multi-use. So, this facial cleanser can also be used as a body wash; ditto for this shampoo. The founder is the same guy who started Aveda, and all the products smell so divine.
Also available from: Spirit Beauty LoungeDermstore

.10 Juice Beauty

Price Spectrum: Cleansers from $16-32; Moisturizers from $28-$65; Serums and Treatments from $15-$75
I tried and liked: The Antioxidant Serum. I still keep a bottle of this stuff around for when I feel like my skin needs a little jolt of something. It feels wonderful in the summer!
Victoria notes: For those of you looking for a cleansing oil, check out this one!
Also available from: Whole Foods, Beauty.com, Dermstore, SkinCareRx

.11 Weleda

Price Spectrum: Cleansers $19.50; Moisturizers from $20.50-$37; Treatments from $16.50-$45
I tried and liked: Do I really need to wax poetic about Skin Food again? It’s my go-to evening moisturizer. Don’t be afraid to spackle it on…guaranteed it’ll be one of the thickest, richest creams you ever try.
Also available from: Whole Foods, Drugstore.com, Soap.com, Target, Dermstore

What do you think? Did I miss any budget friendly natural/non-toxic brands? Let me know if you guys like this — and if so, I can eventually tackle hair and makeup recs too!

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31 Comments

  1. 3.4.14

    I’m so happy you posted this! I completely loved the Tata Harper series, but unfortunately don’t really have the budget for her items…which is a shame, because they seem amazing. And I totally get what you’re saying about organic and non-toxic costing more. That only makes sense, since half the reason all those chemical-filled things are on the market is because they’re cheap to make! I can’t wait to try some of these more budget friendly recs. I feel like I have to tell you though, I tried the Honest Company sunscreen and I personally thought it was terrible. It was so thick and goopy and never sunk into my skin…my arm felt like it had sticky, thick, greasy glue on it. I had to duck into Duane Reade and buy baby wipes to get it off! Then I bought a probably chemical filled sunscreen to replace it, hah. This was last summer so maybe they’ve changed the formula by now.

    • 3.4.14
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Ooh, what great feedback! Thanks for letting me (and everyone) know, Jackie! I was kind of surprised (and really excited) by how affordable it was given that it was a non-toxic sunscreen. The hunt continues, I suppose! I used to love Josie Maran’s SPF 30 sunblock, but they no longer make it :(

  2. 3.4.14

    Thanks for posting this. As a mom, I now feel more inclined to buy natural products for my family! I especially love the Honest products. I was recently introduced to Marie Veronique Organics, and swear by their face oils! It has truly cleared up my complexion and helped fight off my occasional adult acne:

    http://www.mvorganics.com/

    Just another line I thought I’d share given this post topic. :)

    • 3.4.14
      Victoria McGinley said:

      Yes! I was recently introduced to them too! I’m testing MV out and will report back soon…but good to know you love them, Chanelle! :)

  3. 3.4.14

    Thanks for posting this! I’ll definitely try some of these budget-friendly products!

  4. 3.4.14

    Thanks for doing the leg work for us Victoria!

  5. 3.4.14

    Loving this list! I’ve made the switch to natural/vegan products for everything except makeup. I even found a natural deodorant too. :)

    • 3.5.14
      Andrea said:

      Oh – is it the Soapwalla one? That one is the best! I also like Crawford Street Lemon deodorant cream. I’ve been all-natural for over 3 years. I love it!

      • 3.5.14
        Victoria McGinley said:

        I use Lavanila’s deodorant and really love it too!

  6. 3.4.14

    Thank you for this list! I’m almost out of my current moisturizer, and I really want to switch to a natural brand.

    The only recommendation I have is for a wonderful natural deodorant I found a while back. None of the homemade recipes worked well for me, but I found a brand called Real Purity and it’s AMAZING. My fiance (who works outside) and I both love it (it’s the roll-on, not the stick version).

  7. 3.4.14
    Beth said:

    It’s so great that you posted this. I agree, I always expect to pay more for organic products–if you’re not treating the ingredients with pesticides or hormones, you’re going to get less efficient growth which means purveyors have to charge more.

    I’m also excited to see that you included One Love Organics. I’ve been using their Skin Savior balm all winter and it’s been a total miracle for my very dry skin. See a review I wrote up here: http://theprettyguineapig.com/15204/tpgp-review-one-love-organics-skin-savior-balm/

  8. 3.4.14

    thanks for the post! i’m SO impressed with how strong jessica alba has made the honest brand. a lot of great products in here i am interested in trying :)

  9. 3.4.14
    Kasia said:

    I love this so much it’s not even funny! Thank you for compiling this list!

    I’m also interested in natural makeup i.e. concealers, foundation, lipsticks, etc. Would also love to see a similar post with budget friendly natural makeup :)

    xoxo,
    Kasia

  10. 3.4.14
    Iris said:

    This is a great post.

    I really liked the MyChelle Dermaceuticals foot cream I tried a long time ago. Too bad they don’t carry it in the store where I purchased it anymore.

  11. 3.5.14
    Sam said:

    I have been thinking of making the switch to organic products for a while, but it is the price that makes it less attractive. I am thinking a good way will be just slowly replace products with organic ones as they run out – like a phase in/out approach…

    • 3.7.14
      Emily said:

      That’s my plan! And besides, if we’re going ‘greener’ then we shouldn’t throw away unused products.

  12. 3.5.14
    Emily said:

    Oh, I love Juice Beauty! But now you have me wanting to splurge and try all of these awesome products. xo

    http://dearserendipity.com/

  13. 3.5.14
    Megan said:

    I am so, so glad you made this post! The Tata Harper series was a-mazing but the price point isn’t in the budget as of now. These are some great alternatives to try out and I’m just glad you so kindly did all the research for us. :)

    Like others, I would love to see a makeup post!

    Megan

  14. 3.5.14
    Janel said:

    ah, THANK YOU for putting this together!! It was one of my resolutions to be more mindful of what types of beauty products I use!

  15. 3.5.14
    Chelsea said:

    Ooh, I want to try all of these!

  16. 3.5.14
    Steph said:

    Oh please oh please oh please do a post about natural make up. I’m scared about what I’m currently putting on my face every day, but I have NO idea where to start my search for something better.

  17. 3.5.14
    Bethany said:

    This is SUPER helpful. Thank you! I want to go with more natural brands but never know where to start!

  18. 3.6.14
    Anne said:

    Thanks for posting this! I cant wait to try a few from this list!

  19. 3.6.14
    Amelia said:

    I love The Honest Company! I’m on my second bottle of the lotion & my third of their laundry detergent.

  20. 3.6.14

    I love Andalou Naturals! Another great one is Earth Science. Super gentle.

  21. 3.7.14
    Stephanie said:

    The Coola mineral sport sunscreen is the best one I’ve tried. It does leave a bit of a white cast like all zinc sunscreens, but the texture and scent are the closest I’ve found to a chemical sunscreen. It’s more of a lotion and rubs in easily, but seriously protects!

  22. 3.7.14
    Emily said:

    YES! So happy you put this together. Also, I’ve been meaning to head to Whole Foods and check out their products again, so I might just do that tonight.
    Also loved reading these comments- so many new items to try. :)

  23. 3.9.14
    Lauren said:

    I have been using the Yes To line which I love for moisturizer with SPF 30 in it. I also love there natural sunscreen. I am also now using Burts Bee’s as well.Both companies are budget freindly and most items are under 20 dollars

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