One of the biggest and most cringe-worthy myths about switching to natural skin care routine is that toxin-free alternatives are often pricey. I completely lost count on how many times I’ve had this comment from people I talked to after telling them that I’ve switched to natural skin care products from head to toes (with a facepalm moment).
Let me repeat: natural skin care products that are effective don’t necessarily cost you an arm and a leg.
Tell me dear girlfriends, how often do you walk into a department store and got hooked into buying sets of beauty products that you don’t actually need (let alone that those could be toxin-laden). Because natural skin care products are less readily available in physical stores, I tend to shop online and only buy what I need with less temptation of impulsive purchase (we’ve all been there – let’s face it!).
Whether you’re on a strict budget or not, we all love getting more bang for our bucks. So here in this new blog series, I’m sharing my green beauty wisdom gained over my 12 months’ journey of beauty detox – all to bust the myth that toxin-free care for your body comes with a hefty price tag.
First of all, for those who are new to our green beauty tribe here let’s clarify a few things:
What exactly is toxin-free and natural skin care? Here are our selection criteria:
I’ve identified and shared these ‘toxic eight’ chemicals that I absolutely do not want to touch! I’m saying NO to:
SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLS)
What’s wrong with these chemicals, I heard you just ask. Well, some of them are suspected carcinogens, hormones disruptors and some are associated with toxicity to our immune system (I’ve discussed the dangers of exposing your body to these chemicals in detail in this post). Not quite pretty, huh?
These are of course just the starting points. I’m also trying to stay away from synthetic colourings and fragrance as use of those bad boys are unregulated here in Australia, meaning that they could be made of parabens and other toxins. If you’re unsure whether the colourings and fragrance in your products are synthetic or naturally-derived, always check with the brands.
Without further ado, we proudly present you Part One of this three-part series themed ‘30 Best Natural Skin Care Products Under $30‘. Following this guide to shop, you can score 10 effective products for a ‘green makeover’ to your beauty cabinet for under $300 in total – now isn’t that a gem? I’ve also sourced a 6-piece body pamper pack for one of you, my lucky reader, to WIN in this month’s giveaway (plus an exclusive discount code) so make sure you read all the way towards the end of post!
♥ 1. La Mav Purifying Toner
$24.95 (100 ml)
Why we love it: Formulated with White Tea, Grapeseed extract, Melissa water and Bilberry extract to tighten and firm, this fine mist delivers instant hydration and pH balance to my skin. The spritz feels luxuriously soothing and gentle. I’m loving it as my post-yoga skin treat to clam redness.
Australian Certified Toxic-free, vegan and cruelty-free.
Ideal for: Normal, oily and combination skin. Perfect for dull or mature skin, or for skin that is prone to congestion and imbalance.
♥ 2. RosehipPLUS Organic Daily Cream Cleanser
Why we love it:
Blended with cold-pressed organic Rosehip Oil (I’ve written about the goodness of rosehip oil here previously), this Daily Cream Cleanser gently lifts away make-up and impurities like a magic wipe! Other active natural ingredients include Jojoba and Sea Buckthorn to help skin maintain its moisture balance. My skin feels perfectly cleansed without tightness or dryness. Non-greasy texture for this cream cleanser is a delight!
Australian Certified Organic and cruelty-free.
Ideal for: Normal and dry skin. Aging skin.
♥ 3. Natural Instinct Uplifting Lemon Grass & Ginkgo Body Wash
$11.95 (500ml) or $19.95 (1L)
Why we love it: This is hand down one of our most obsessed products that deliver superb value for money! Packed with Ginkgo, Vitamin C & Lemon Grass, this wash comes with a subtle citrus scent that’s reinvigorating and nothing overpowering. It leaves my skin looking radiant and feeling as soft as a baby! This wash is very gentle on the skin and perfect for the whole family.
Ideal for: All skin types
♥ 4. ECOTAN Untinted Natural Coconut Sunscreen SPF30
Why we love it: A non-sticky mineral sunscreen formulated sans the nasty chemical oxybenzone that can behave like estrogen in the body (read about why mineral sunscreen is better than the chemical ones here). Its active ingredient Zinc Oxide delivers broad spectrum with UVA/UVB protection which is 3 hours water resistant. It’s formulated with naturally nourishing oils including grapeseed oil, shea butter, jojoba seed oil and rosehip oil. It glides on my skin effortlessly without giving me that white pasty ghost-like skin! Heavenly smell of coconut cream is a bonus delight – a glass of chillded Pina Colada in hand is optional but recommended.
Accredited by Choose Cruelty Free, Organic Food Chain and Australian Organic. Vegan-friendly. Previously reviewed here.
Ideal for: All skin types
♥ 5. Antonym Cosmetics Lipstick Pencil Koral
Why we love it: Creamy texture that glides on my lips like butter! This lipstick pencil gives a glossy and silky finish while never leaving my lips dry. Made with mineral pigments, it helps to condition lips with an infusion of Sunflower Oil and Shea Butter. Waterproof with long staying power. It’s a lip treatment plus colour all in one! Previously reviewed here.
Ideal for: Dry lips
Buy here (US only; Sephora Australia also stocks them)
♥ 6. GAIA Bodycare Lavender & Frankincense Body Moisturiser
Why we love it: The perfect product for your at-home DIY spa routine, the beautiful smell of lavender and frankincense will leave you feel like you just stepped out of a day spa. This GAIA moisturiser is simply gorgeous and soaks right in my skin without the slightest sign of greasiness. Formulated with organic rosehip, organic wheat germ oils, organic calendula and organic ginseng extracts. No animal testing. Previously reviewed here.
Ideal for: All skin types especially aging mature skin or skin prone to sensitivity
♥ 7. McKenzie’s Bi-Carb Soda
Why we love it: Hell yeah, we’re darn serious here. Meet the humble Bi-Carb soda, your new natural beauty BFFs. Bi-Carb soda contains Sodium Bicarbonate which is a naturally occurring mineral with a range of surprisingly effective beauty uses:
- Use Bi-Carb paste to minimise blackheads! Spread Bi-Carb paste over affected areas, leave for a few minutes, then rinse off with warm water.
- Massage feet with Bi-Carb paste to smooth away rough skin.
- Refresh your toothbrush naturally using Bi-Carb Soda.
- Bi-Carb Soda also makes a fantastic mouth wash. It rebalances acid levels in the mouth treating gum disease, mouth ulcers and fixing bad breath. Bi-Carb can also whiten teeth naturally.
Ideal for: All skin types
Buy here or at your local grocery stores
♥ 8. La Mav Tinted Lip Treatments
Why we love it: My go-to lip colour on days when I run errands wearing light or no makeup yet still want a subtle healthy glow on my face! A thin layer of this La Mav sheer tip tint is nourishing as well as deeply hydrating. Packed with Bio-Active ingredients including CoEnzyme Q10, Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Sea Buckthorn Oil. I’m obsessed with their Sheer Pink shade that gives a gorgeous pearly hue, which can be worn on its own or over lipsticks for an extra glamorous shine. Also available in Nude or Berry shades.
Certified organic and cruelty-free.
Ideal for: All skin types especially for skin prone to fine lines
♥ 9. Youth Skincare Balancing Spritz
Why we love it: Gone are the days when I suffered from blemished skin (hooray), yet I love using this gentle sprtiz for instant after-sun hydration. Its active ingredients are chamomile floral water, aloe vera juice, pink grapefruit oil and lavender oil which blend well to give it a sweet blossoming scent. It’s a saviour for my skin to soothe dry patches after weekend poolside sessions! Not tested on animals.
Ideal for: Normal or combination skin. Blemished skin
♥ 10. Premium Spa White Clay, Rosehip & Chamomile Face & Body Mask
Why we love it: Another holy grail product for an indulging at-home spa session! I love making a beautiful mess in my bath tub layering my face and body with this purifying white clay mask. After washing it off with warm water, my skin always feels toned and conditioned. Bonus point for it being suitable for both face and body use, as multi-use products simply mean minimised carbon footprint on packaging and production. No animal testing.
Ideal for: Normal and combination skin
I’m all about helping YOU switch to a toxin-free beauty regime without breaking the piggy bank! This gorgeous 6-piece natural body pamper pack from Premium Spa could be yours to WIN and take home:
1x Frangipani & Coconut Body Wash
1x Whit Clay Face & Body Mask $14.95
1x Lemon Butter Salt Scrub $19.95
1x SOS Wonder Scrub $14.95
1x Ultra Firming Body Balm $9.95
1x SOS Hand Cream $9.95
(Note: SOS Foot Scrub in the photo is NOT included in this prize pack)
Simply enter our GIVEAWAY in the form below & bon chance! ⇓⇓
Entry closes on 4th November 2015 12am AEST.
Can’t wait to get your hands on these? Premium Spa offers an exclusive discount of 25% off all products over at BareBeauty.net.au only for Lace n Ruffles readers! Use the code LNROCT15 at checkout & have fun shopping!
So tell me dear fellow green beauty bunnies, which of these top picks from our best 30 list also happens to be your obsession? What are some other natural skin care and beauty products under $30 that you think deserve a spot in our top list? Are you a budget-conscious shopper when it comes to buying skin care products? Do you have a few tips to share about beauty shopping on a shoestring budget? I’d love to hear from you so keep the comments coming, babe! x
Till next time. Stay beautiful inside and out.