Hey everyone! I just posted about my personal skin care and hair care routine, and I wanted to respond to one of the comments I received so it can help you guys out:
…Do you have any suggestions or alternatives for those of us looking to make our skin and hair care more natural without breaking the bank?
This is a great question. If you’re used to spending $3 on a bottle of Suave or Pantene, then you honestly won’t find anything comparable to that cost in the all-natural/organic market. Unfortunately, it is more expensive to produce healthy things, and until the corporate and economic environment shifts over to accommodate lower prices of natural and organic products, conscious consumers will have to pay more. Granted, some of these natural brands are bent on being a high-end product (in order to compete with high-end department-store type brands) and carrying a high price tag. It’s unfortunate, but you’ll find that with any product, natural or not. It often becomes all about selling an image and a perception instead of selling a quality product that is truly healthy for us, but that’s more of a philosophical and ethical discussion, and I’m focused on what we can actually do about it.
Now, if you are accustomed to forking over $20 or $30 (or more) per bottle for a fancy salon or department store product, then it makes sense to shift over to a natural product in that general price bracket since you’ll find many of them there.
It may also help to look at quality, all natural and/or organic products for how much they cost per day or per month, rather than balking at a higher price at the onset. A moisturizer that costs $30 but is completely healthy for you and lasts 3–4 months, costs $7.50-$10 per month. I would rather spend a little more money on my food and skin care products than risk getting a completely preventable disease because I decided to spend a few bucks less on a cheaper, artificial product.
Here are a list of brands that are acceptable in terms of how natural and effective they are. There may be a few things that I’m not particularly fond of, but we all have to do the best we can.
- Yes to Carrots
- Burt’s Bees
- Juice Beauty
- Trillium Organics (I love their salt body scrubs)
- Everyday Shea
- Aubrey Organics (I use their shampoo but their skin care is good too)
If you find inexpensive brands of natural/organic products in a local store or online, just read your labels and make sure they are free of SLS (sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate), parabens, and petroleum-based products or byproducts. Just do your best!
I’m sure I missed a few good natural/organic brands that are on the lower end of the price spectrum, so if you have a natural beauty brand you would like me to investigate, feel free to leave a comment!