Beauty can be an expensive business when creams can sell for hundreds of dollars. The natural beauty market is no different. There is a huge range of price points across the industry. And while you might want to splurge from time to time, you might want to use more affordable products for your day to day.
I certainly have products that I spend less on – cleansers, body wash and moisturiser vs. ones where I am more inclined to splurge – my day or night cream.
Here I have done an overview of the best non toxic cosmetics for anyone on a budget. I haven’t compromised on performance or ingredient quality just great products at an accessible price.
Affordable Natural Make-up – Lily Lolo
Lily Lolo is a British brand that has been around for over 10 years which is ancient in the clean beauty space! Their products are made using only ingredients that are proven to nourish and protect the skin – so no unnecessary fillers.
They have a really broad range of makeup, a few of my favourites are:
Lily Lolo Eyebrow Duo $15/ £9 It comes in 3 shades and includes a powder and a natural wax to hold brows in place. Very popular product!
Lily Lolo Lip liner $10.50/£7.50 It comes in 3 shades, I love the ruby red, it is soft but doesn’t feather, smooth and creamy perfect for those hot red lips.
Lily Lolo Mineral Loose Powder foundation $20/ £15 it is extremely well priced and is very popular, it has SPF 15 and is good for acne prone or oily skin.
Lily Lolo Pressed Blush $18/ £11 There are 7 colours to choose from so hopefully something for everyone. The one I like best is in the blush – a real pinky pink but it is light so won’t make you look too made up.
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Great skincare basics
Skincare is really where the price disparity starts to kick in. Many natural products are chock-a-block full of wonderful natural ingredients, and the best are sustainably and ethically sourced, which is a far cry from many mainstream products that are mainly water and fillers with very few active ingredients making them cheap to produce. So without compromising on quality here are some of my favourite products that are wallet friendly.
Acure The Essentials Moroccan Argan Oil $9.99 – This is a multi use oil that you can use as a moisturiser for hair, face, hands, nails, body etc. It is a good place to start if you want to give oil a try as a face moisturiser.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub $9.99 – I use this a few times a week, it is very grainy so you don’t want to scrub too hard and damage your skin. The granules are made from lemon peel – small and effective.
Acure Brilliantly Brightening Cleanser $8.50 – It is rich in antioxidants with pomegranate, blackberry and acai. It has quite a strong lemon/citrus scent so depends on if you like that sort of fresh smell, also not recommended for dry skin.
The links here are to iherb hk but Acure is widely available in the US. For Australia or UK it is not so easy to get hold of but will keep my ear to the ground.
Another option is a cleansing bar – these are better for the environment in terms of reduced packaging and they last a lot longer so great value for money
Herbivore Bamboo charcoal cleansing bar $12/ £10 – it is a charcoal and bamboo-infused soap also good for brightening the complexion. It should be especially good at preventing spots by impurities and toxins. Available at Space NK in UK
Hair care on a budget
For Hair care it can be pretty difficult to find something that works for different hair types. So far everyone who has tried these has loved them. I wrote a post dedicated to hair care which you can check out here.
Acure’s clarifying shampoo with lemongrass and argan is a good, budget friendly option with prices at around $8.50.
As with the cleansers, bar shampoo can be a very cost effective option. Ethique solid shampoo bars last 2 to 5 times longer than a bottle of ordinary shampoo so even though the individual bar is around $15 up depending on where you get it from, it will be at least 2 shampoo bottles worth so it works out at the same price if not cheaper. In Hong Kong you can purchase it from Isgo or in US direct from the brand’s amazon shop
This is not an extensive list, it is the products I have come across and used. I am still on the hunt for a good body moisturiser…will update when I have found THE ONE 😉
Finding the best non-toxic cosmetics on a budget can be a whole new level of hard, especially if you are just starting out on your natural product journey. So I hope I have helped to narrow the funnel somewhat – firstly that they are clean & natural and perform really well but also none of them are over US$20….that is no mean feat.
I hope you have tried or will try some of these products – the price points mean that they are probably not too high a risk to just give a go.
Let me know what you think – I would love to hear from you.
The prices in this article are just for reference and were correct at the time of writing.