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
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
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
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.
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
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 Lounge, Dermstore
.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
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!