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 farmer’s 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 16 affordable picks, which have all the organic, 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 $11 or less!
Acure Organics Sensitive Facial Cleanser ($10)
Sensitive skin buddies, this soothing cream-to-foam cleanser has got you. Loaded with gentle goodies like organic argan oil, peony stem cell, and sunflower amino acids, the product leaves skin soft and clean—not tight or irritated. Plus, it smells like fresh flowers. Delight.
Burt’s Bees Lipstick ($9)
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 color. It comes in 14 shades (Suede Splash 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 recognize 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. It comes in nine varieties for different skin types and scent preferences. (Have oily skin? Opt for the lemon formula.)
S.W. Basics Cream ( $9 ) ($8)
Just three certified-organic, fair-trade ingredients are all you’ll find in this stylishly packaged moisturizer: shea butter, coconut oil, and olive oil. The fatty acid-packed formula is ultra-rich, so a little goes a long way (read: Even though the container is teensy, it should last you about a month). For dry skin sufferers especially, this product is gold.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Mascara ($10)
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).
Pacifica Solid Perfume ($9)
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 favorite scents? Malibu Lemon Blossom and Tahitian Gardenia.
Dr. Bronner’s Lavender Pure-Castile Liquid Soap ($7)
It doesn’t get much more natural (or affordable, for that matter) than Dr. Bronner’s classic liquid soaps and organic lotions ($10). 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 ($7)
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.
Thesis Pure Cold-Pressed Raw Jojoba Oil ($10)
Jojoba oil is an all-around dream for any skin type. Since its composition is similar to that of the skin’s natural oils, it actually works to prevent excess oil production, as it signals to your oil glands that there is enough oil in the skin already and they can stop making more. But jojoba oil also helps retain moisture in the skin, so your complexion stays hydrated and dewy. Basically, it’s your key to perfectly balanced skin.
If that weren’t enough, the stuff works as an anti-inflammatory (thanks to the vitamins E and B and fatty acids it contains) and aids with skin repair (hello, copper). In addition, it’s easily absorbed, so your skin doesn’t feel greasy after application.
Thanks to this natural brand, all these benefits are available to you for less than the cost of a veggie burger. Apply a tiny pump to clean skin in the morning and at night, and behold your glorious complexion (and full wallet).
Honest Organic Lip Balm Trio ($9)
Because one lip balm is never enough. These orange-, mint-, and vanilla-scented lip balms are made with certified organic oils to moisturize your lips from the inside out. No petroleum, synthetic fragrances, dyes, or allergens. And the darling packaging doesn’t hurt either.
Learn more about Honest products in our interview with the brand’s creator, Jessica Alba!
EcoTools Travel Set ($10)
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.
Tom’s of Maine Daily Moisturizing Hand Cream ($9)
The people behind your hippie friends’ favorite natural deodorant ($5) also make a lovely hand cream. It’s filled with shea butter and aloe for long-lasting moisture, but doesn’t feel at all greasy (meaning, you’ll still be able to open that jar of raw honey). And of course, like the rest of Tom’s products, it’s as natural as natural gets.
Meow Meow Tweet Face Mask ($6)
If you can’t pronounce it, don’t rub it all over your face. (Isn’t that an ancient proverb?) Regardless, this antioxidant mask from the world’s most adorably named vegan skincare company consists of just French pink clay, chickpea flour, pumpkin powder, and aloe vera powder. To use, simply mix it with water to form a paste and smooth over your face and neck. The ingredients naturally draw out impurities, increase cell turnover, flush out pores, and soothe skin, resulting in a cleaner, brighter complexion.
A mini container comes in at just $6. If you fall in love, feel free to splurge on the full-sized version ($30).
Want to see what happens to your skin when you switch to all-natural products? Read one editor’s fascinating experience.