If you think that natural beauty and skin care products are difficult to find or expensive, this article is for you. For years I thought the same. And did you know that some top beauty products are probably already in your kitchen cupboard? Today I’m sharing with you my 5 natural beauty products under $10.
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But why …? Why does it matter?
There are a few good reasons to ”go green” when it comes to your beauty routine (I already wrote about it here). You’ve probably noticed that the beauty- and skin care industry is using more natural and toxic free ingredients. Because as we become more conscious about how to get healthier and about what we eat, it’s also important to have a look at what is in our beauty products. A healthy lifestyle is more than what is on your plate; it’s also what you (daily) rub into your largest organ (the skin) that matters. Your skin is also an organ that absorbs most of the ingredients from your beauty products very rapidly. So it’s good to have a second look at the ingredient list of your new lipstick or cream to avoid ingredients that could interrupt the function of for example your liver or that could bring your hormones out of whack.
Nowadays there are a lot of products to choose from, but there are some good products that you probably already have at home or that are actually really inexpensive. Yes, natural beauty products don’t have to break the bank.
Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? I have one jar in my kitchen and one jar in my bathroom for many reasons. I use it for example for my oil pulling routine. Coconut oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties so gargling for 20 minutes with a spoonful of oil can help clear up germs in the mouth, leading to fresher breath, whiter teeth, and healthier gums. I also use coconut oil as a deodorant, as a body butter, and as a leave in hair mask in the ends of my hair. However, as a beauty product I can’t tell you how amazingly it removes makeup. Coconut oil is without a doubt the best makeup remover on the planet; nothing beats coconut oil. It removes an all natural mascara, but also waterproof mascaras. I also use coconut oil to moisturize my hands and I even clean my makeup brushes with coconut oil. Lastly, I use coconut oil to make my own lip balm, lipstick or lip scrub since coconut oil is very hydrating.
2. dr. Bronner Soap
When it comes to this one I’m pretty late to the party. Dr. Bronner soaps have been around for a long time and I only discovered it a year ago. I can’t get enough of it. I love the rose soap bars and they make my bathroom smell like heaven the moment I open the package. I also use the lavender liquid soap and I make a DIY face wash with it for my own skin type. I don’t use it directly on my skin (I dilute it with water in a face wash) since it makes my skin after a little while too dry. The reason for this could be the fact dr. Bronner soaps are very alkaline (a pH level of about 9), which may not be ideal for prolonged use or optimal skin- or hair health. I believe that for optimal skin health, we should be using hair/skin products that are between 5 and 7 on the pH scale, or as neutral as possible, neither too acidic or too alkaline. If we use products that are too strong (too alkaline), we are constantly stripping our skin of its healthy balance and protective barrier. So it’s better to dilute the liquid soap with water and/or an oil.
Dr.Bronner’s soaps are all based on simple ingredients with a combination of organic coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba- and hemp oils, together with other pure essential oils. All oils are high quality oils, organic and fair trade sourced. There are no fillers, dyes, or artificial additives of any kind to be harsh on our skin. Dr. Bronner’s soaps are known as pure castile soaps. The price is good and you can use it for basically anything. For your hair, skin, body, food, pets, as a household cleaner or to wash your greens and veggies. And again, the liquid soaps are very concentrated, so you should literally use a few drops when you use the pure liquid soap. A small travel bottle will therefore last you a long time.
3. Skin Food by Weleda
I use this product for more than a decade now and I can’t imagine my life without it. I use it day and night, summer and winter. I use it as an eye cream, a lip balsem, and a hand cream. I first got to know this product because I read an interview with Victoria Beckham where she said she is using it every day. Considering the low price, I gave it a try. Back then I didn’t care about whether a product was natural, as long as it did what it promised. I’m truly hooked to this Weleda product and I think the ingredients are pretty good considering the low price. I have been using this product for such a long time that I sometimes wonder if it’s maybe not time to move on and try something new. But then I think why change a winning team, right?
Skin Food (just like all Weleda products) contain no synthetic preservatives, fragrances or chemicals. And all the ingredients are 100% certified natural.
Weleda states that whatever you put on your skin should be something you could eat as well.
Skin Food is cheap considering the amazing ingredients. A few main ingredients of Skin Food are organic pansy extract (for calming and healing the skin; great for skin issues such as eczema and acne), rosemary leaf extract (a natural antiseptic), organic calendula flower extract (to tone and nourish the skin) plus a mix of essential oils with lavender, rosemary and sweet orange.
It’s a thick and rich cream that you will appreciate when you tend to have a dry skin.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinagar is not only for salad dressings or great into your smooties to aid digestion, but apple cider vinagar (also referred to as ACV) is also an incredible toner. Because ACV is so acid it works as a mini face peel. To make this toner you only have to mix half a bottle of water with half a bottle of ACV (even parts). Shake it well and apply the toner with a cotton pad over your skin. It’s important to dilute ACV, because otherwise it will be very acidic and too rough for the skin. Although it doesn’t smell great (the first 20 minutes) ACV works as a gentle exfoliator. The reason for this is that ACV contains gentle exfoliating acids that work hard to calm inflammatory blemishes. These alpha hydroxy acids help remove dead skin cells and exfoliate the skin to dissolve any gunk trapped in clogged pores.
Many commercial face washes or peels go on about the tiny amounts of alpha hydroxy acids they’ve added to their products, but ACV already contains these acids by nature’s design.
During the creation of ACV, substances such as malic acid are formed (naturally occurring acid in apples), which gives it its antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral properties. This helps prevent future breakouts and skin infections. On top of this, ACV also balances both the pH levels of the skin and the production of sebum.
Lastly, ACV also works great as a hair rinse. ACV will give the hair a great shine when you rinse it with ACV after washing it. For a ACV hair rinse you will also need to dilute the ACV with water otherwise it will be too acidic.
Just like with Skin Food by Weleda I have been using rosewater for almost a decade now. I use it as a toner in the morning and in the evening after I cleaned my face. It’s cheap and works wonders. Rosewater is undoubtedly beauty’s magic potion, and remarkably versatile. Whether you have an oily, dry or a combined skin, rosewater can be added to your beauty regime.
Rosewater is a beauty secret of women all over the world. The usage of rosewater dates back to early Egypt, when Cleopatra (yes, world’s most legendary beauty queen) used the natural product in her skincare regime.
I always carry a little spray bottle with rosewater with me to hydrate my face and to fix my mineral makeup. I also spray rose water in my hair for the scent, but the nourishing and moisturising properties of rose water also enhance the quality of hair.
Rosewater has many benefits and can be used in various ways to benefit your skin.
- Rosewater helps to sooth and calms a sensitive and irritated skin.
- Rosewater will balance and cleanse an oily skin.
- Rosewater rejuvenates, soothes, softens, and tones the mature and dry skin.
- Rose water will revitalize, moisturise and hydrate the skin and will give your skin a beautiful glow.
- Rosewater is filled with anti-oxidants and various vitamins, therefore, it can help prevent the signs of ageing and nourish the skin.
- Rosewater has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties (aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds).
- Roserose is great to reduce eye puffiness.
- Rosewater is a good natural makeup remover.
- Rosewater helps maintain the skin’s pH balance.
- Rosewater balances the oil production of the skin.
While purchasing rosewater, make sure you buy only 100% pure rose water i.e.
Do you have a great natural beauty budget tip? I‘d love to read it below!