Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save

Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save

So I’ve got the lowdown on Budget Friendly Natural Products- To Splurge or Save is the question and I’m sharing it all!  I get asked a lot what are some budget friendly options for pretty much everything, so I thought I would make a list of top products to swap out and a splurge and save on each.  The goal is to get you to swap them out easily.  But I also don’t want you to feel like you’re going to go broke, here are some easy swaps to get you started!

Also, remember that this is a process and not something that needs to happen overnight.  That will only create stress and that’s not going to help anyone!  Take baby steps and do a little at a time.

To Splurge or Save:

My Top Picks-

Deodorant-

SPLURGE- $26 Agent Nateur- This deodorant works around the clock to deliver fresh underarms like no other deodorant I’ve used in green beauty- it’s the real deal and then some.  It never irritates my arms either even though it does have baking soda in it.  It smells like roses and not in the my grandma smells like rose perfume but in the chic cool way.  I can’t recommend this deodorant enough.  It is definitely a splurge but worth every penny!

SAVE- $7.99 Green Tidings All Natural Deodorant This is the first deodorant I tried in green beauty that worked.  I remember thinking, wow I still smell good in the evening!  It comes in lavender or unscented. I prefer lavender.  It doesn’t irritate my underarms either.  I also love that you can get it on Amazon- so convenient! You can get a 1 oz. stick for $7.99 or a 2.7 oz for $14.  A great buy for the amount of product you get!

Mask-

SPLURGE- $80 Mahalo The Bean Antioxidant Mask- This mask is what dreams are made of!  But really.  I remember noticing a difference after the first time I used it.  I know sounds crazy- but it’s true.  It lightens sun spots, and brings an overall brightness to my skin.  My redness is diminished as well.  It’s like a detox for your skin, while also giving your skin some nourishment. It’s spendy but you’ll love it after the first use!

SAVE- $30 Live Botanical Luna Rose and Honey Mask- I can’t not use this mask.  It’s in my routine nearly everyday.  My favorite way to use it is in the morning when I’m getting ready for the day.  I apply it right before I brush my teeth and then rinse it off once I’m done brushing them.  It gives my skin a serious glow and wakes me up.  I’m addicted!  I’m always shocked at the price too and the quality of ingredients!  You’ll love it- trust me!  Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $6- so the mask ends up being $24!  Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Crazy awesome deal!

Liquid Foundation-

SPLURGE- $48 Crunchi Liquid Foundation- This foundation is SO good.  I’ve been using it for over a year now and can’t get enough.  One of the reasons I fell hard for it is because there isn’t any coconut oil in it.  Something that’s hard to find in green beauty.  Coconut oil can clog pores and I’ve found on some people it even causes them to breakout.  This foundation leaves my skin feeling even and fresh, but not overdone.  Plus, it has a sweet vanilla smell!

SAVE- $31.47- ZuZu Luxe Oil Free Liquid Foundation- This foundation is great for year round but especially in the warm summer months when you don’t want extra oil clogging those pores.  It glides on easily and gives a polished look but not too much where you’re wearing a full face of makeup.  Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off!  Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $25 instead!  Not too shabby.

Body Oil-

SPLURGE- $75 Max and Me Circle of Protection Body Oil- It’s a body oil, but it’s hard to even call it “just” a body oil.  It really is something so much more.  The ingredients include some of the best organic oils.  From argan, rosehip, marula and magnolia, just to name a few.  The oil is thicker in consistency but not greasy feeling at all.  It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a weird residue.  Your skin feels perfectly hydrated and not wet feeling.  I have to tell you about the smell-so wonderful!  With notes of jasmine, geranium, and rose that literally awaken your senses and uplift you.  This would be an amazing gift for someone too!

SAVE- $13.97 Rosehip Seed Oil by Leven Rose This is actually one of the very first organic oils I ever bought when transitioning to green beauty.  It isn’t expensive yet it does the job and does it well.  My skin feels hydrated and not greasy.  Jojoba oil is such a great oil to use on the skin too, as it’s the closest oil to what your skin naturally produces.  What makes this jojoba oil great too is it’s cold pressed, so they’re not using heat to extract it, so the oil is left intact.  Better yet you can get it from Amazon!

Serum/Oil- 

SPLURGE- $85 Maya Chia The Super Couple Serum- Love this oil.  The smell is so good, nothing over powering, just an amazing mixture of essential oils.  It just feels so luxe the moment you apply.  It’s not super heavy, but a nice medium rich feel.  It literally absorbs so well into the skin leaving behind a pinkish hue that gives your skin a glow. My skin drinks up every drop of this oil. It helped to lighten my hyper pigmentation and even my skin tone.  It also brightened my under eye mom circles- seriously.  I started using this when I had a 4 month old and lets just say I needed all the help I could get.  This oil is a game changer.

SAVE- $42 Live Botanical Clary Sage Calming Serum-  Yes, another Live Botanical product- that’s so good!  This serum is also an oil.  It really is filled with so many therapeutic oils that help promote cell turnover and calm the skin.  Great for those who have acne or have sensitive skin that wants to flare up.  I love the smell of this oil! I get hints of rose and chamomile, but it’s not overwhelming.  It’s not a super heavy feeling oil but a good medium texture.  I noticed improved skin clearness, the redness was minimized- especially around my t-zone.  I also noticed my skin felt so hydrated and smooth in the morning.  Like it had a big gulp of water. Plus, with my 20% off coupon code you’ll save $8.40- so the serum/oil ends up being $33.60! Use Coupon Code: GURLGONEGREEN. Amazing deal!

Body Wash-

SPLURGE- $18 for 9.5 oz. PLANT Apothecary-  I have to say after trying them all, my favorite scent is the Wake Up with Rosemary and lemon and the Get Happy, which is a geranium and peppermint scent.  I’m a sucker for anything mint as you guys know, and the Wake Up body wash with the Rosemary and Lemon is so refreshing.  They also have three other scents, so if the above doesn’t appeal to you, you might find something else that suits your fancy.  Now to the formula.  It’s foams up and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and not dry at all.  I’m seriously addicted guys! It’s like any body wash you would find at Bath and Body works but it’s not filled with crazy ingredients!

SAVE- $9.99 for 32 oz. Alaffia Everyday Shea Body Wash- This stuff comes in a large pump bottle and is perfect for getting everyone in your house clean!  It comes in different scents too.  I’m partial to vanilla mint, because duh mint and of course I can’t turn down vanilla either.  The shea in it leaves my skin moisturized without feeling dried out.  Plus, at Pharmaca online you can usually get this for 20% off!  Pharmaca is always having a 20% off sale, which makes this around $7.99 instead!  I mean, I’m no mathematician but that’s a steal!

Shampoo-

SPLURGE- $34 True Botanical’s Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner- This stuff is just the best!  If you’ve thought that no natural shampoo and conditioner will work for your hair, think again.  The shampoo suds up like a mainstream shampoo, but without the harsh chemicals.  The conditioner doesn’t leave that greasy oil residue…you know that feeling I’m talking about!  Need, I say more?  Not really, but I will because I just can’t help myself!  It smells insanely good, fresh like everything they make does.  They also come in recyclable metal bottle pumps, that literally look so luxe in the shower.  I promise you won’t be disappointed, this stuff is amazing and worth every penny, and that says a lot coming from a stylist.

SAVE- $17 100% Pure Kelp and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner- This shampoo works so well at cleaning my hair and really getting rid of the excess oil. It has a good suds to it and it smells minty fresh!  The conditioner also moisturizes but without the heavy weight.  I was so excited when I discovered this shampoo!  Plus, another find at Pharmaca!  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $13.60 a bottle- so good!

Blush-

SPLURGE- $56 Kjaer Weis Cream Blush- If you’ve followed me for a hot minute you know I’m obsessed with these blushes! The pigment is so good, the colors so vivid and it instantly makes you look awake.  They also come in the chicest silver carrying cases.  I love the colors Blossoming and Happy.  Initially they’re $56 but once you have a silver compact, the next time you run out all you have to buy is the insert- making it only $32.

SAVE- $25 Juice Beauty Cream Blush- I’ve been loving Juice Beauty’s Cream blushes lately!  They’re so easy to apply and instantly add some serious glow and color to my skin.  I have the colors Seashell and Flush and love them both.  Also, another Pharmaca purchase.  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $20 a blush- not bad!

BB Cream-

SPLURGE- $45 Suntegrity 5-in-1 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen- This BB cream is so good!  It definitely hits all the marks for a great tinted sunscreen.  From superb coverage, hydration and good tint.  Plus, it offers a broad spectrum spf of 30.  It’s made with non-nano zinc oxide.  It also comes in four colors which makes it easy to find one that matches your skin tone.  It feels heavier than a traditional tinted moisturizer.  Trust me, you’ll love it!

SAVE- $28.99 Juice Beauty Organic BB Cream- This offers a little less coverage than the Suntegrity above but some people prefer that.  I like how this one still polishes my look and if I want more coverage in an area I can add some concealer wherever I want it.  My mom absolutely loves this tinted moisturizer!  She likes it because she says it doesn’t show her fine lines as much.  A lot of foundations she always complains the product settles in her fine lines.  This gives you some sun protection too with an SPF of 30.  It comes in 4 different shades.  I chose the Sand.  It feels really good on the skin- definitely hydrating.  A great option for spring and summer days but also for days when you’re not going anywhere and you just want some light coverage, plus sun protection.  Also, another Pharmaca purchase.  You can save 20% again usually so this ends up being $23.20- not bad!

Body Lotion-

SPLURGE- $47.00 Osmia Organics Body Mousse- This body mousse is straight up decadence!  Trust me, you’ll try it and never want to stop using it.  It feels like a whipped frosting going on your body.  So light and fluffy.  It melts into your skin the second it touches it and you’re left with the softest baby skin ever.  I’m warning you now though- you will be hooked! Love their Rosemary and Sandalwood scent.

SAVE- $11.99 ALL Good Body Lotion- I’ve fallen hard for ALL GOOD products!  They are affordable, have great ingredients and perform.  Their body lotion is no different.  Love that it comes in a tube that’s easy to use.  It feels rich in texture and keeps my skin soft and smooth.  Love their coconut scent!  A great buy for the whole family!

See any products you love or need to try?

Natural Hand Creams/Lotions/Balms

Natural Hand Creams/Lotions/Balms

With temperatures dropping my hands are slowly getting drier.  The cold weather zaps all the moisture out of them.  I’ve done my fair share of testing with hand creams/lotions (whatever you want to call them) and narrowed it down to my natural top picks.

People apply a hand cream several times a day, so it’s important to pick a non-toxic one.  Conventional hand creams can contain a number of toxic offenders, like mineral oil, phenoxyethanol, PEG’s, parabens, and fragrance…just to name a few.  No thanks!  Think about it?  You apply your hand cream several times a day, so you end up applying toxins several times a day…not good.  Plus, a lot of these toxic creams contain ingredients that will actually dry your skin out more, instead of help hydrate and bring moisture.  So what to do?

Here are my top picks for hand creams/lotions-

Osmia Organics Shea Hand Cream-

This hand cream does it all.  It comes in a pump dispenser that makes it easy to use, and the smell is amazing!  A mix of vanilla, rosemary and a few other essential oils.  It’s not a strong smell, just perfect.  The hand cream itself hydrates my skin, but leaves no greasy residue-something I love.  It isn’t the most hydrating moisturizer I’ve used, but a good mid-range one.  I use this all year round.  I also prefer it during the day when I’m out and about because it is so easy to use, and doesn’t leave a greasy residue.  A must for anyone looking for a moisturizer that has it all.  They’re offering 20% off for Cyber Monday- use code: OOHOLIDAY2015 They also have it the scent Linden Rose. $24  (sample size for $4)

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Metta Hand Balm-

First, I love how this hand balm comes in a glass jar!  It is just like the name suggests-more of a balm then a hand cream.   A little goes a long way with this beauty.  It melts into an oil feel when you put it on.  However, the oily feeling quickly resides, and your left with perfectly hydrated hands.  The scent is really mild, hints of lavender, but nothing overwhelming.  I love applying right before I go to bed- I wake up with happy, hydrated hands.  My hands have never been softer!  I definitely recommend for those with dry/cracked hands.  This is a lot heavier than the Osmia hand cream, as it a balm and not a cream.  $22 (Use coupon code: GURLGONEGREEN for 30% off)

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Booda Butter-

This moisturizer can be for your hands or anywhere you need a little extra hydration.  It comes in a tin and is more of a balm texture, similar to the Metta hand balm.  The smell reminds me of chocolate…chocolate frosting to be exact.  I gather the smell comes from the cocoa butter in it.  With only five ingredients, this moisturizer packs a punch.  If you don’t like an oily residue, then this may not be your moisturizer.  It definitely leaves an oily residue behind.  But it really leaves your skin soft and hydrated, so take your pick.  I’ve even used this on my body.  It’s a more budget friendly option, and a little goes a long way, so you’ll definitely have this for a while.  Plus, for those who don’t like any added fragrance this is a natural  great pick.  $14

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ZOE Organics Everything Balm-

This is another balm but it’s not greasy.  It really melts right into your skin, leaving behind the smell of lavender and vanilla.  It’s more of a barrier or shield than a greasy balm.  It leaves my skin moisturized and for a while.  I have this in my purse at all times.  I’ve used it on my daughter’s diaper rashes, my hands and even this weird rash I had on my neck for a while, (don’t ask).  The name really does describe it well, it does a little of everything.  I’ve even used it on my lips.  You all need one of these!  Bonus, you can find this at Target.  Use coupon code: GGG20 for 20% online at Zoeorganics.com.  $14

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Shea Terra Organic Mini Shea Whippers-

I had never heard of this brand before getting their shea butter in my Glowing Beets Box-but I am huge fan now.   Shea Terra Organics sources the most potent, organic and wild harvested ingredients from across Africa.  This pristine environment, little tainted by modern pollution, grows some of the safest, unchanged botanical ingredients on earth. Unwilling to compromise, Shea Terra Organics uses whole herbs for its potent, synergistic benefits.  This shea butter smells like the tropics-a perfect blend of lime and coconut.  It melts right into your skin and leaves behind no greasy residue.  It’s pack full of all the good stuff too!  Aloe vera, pumpkin seed oil, shea butter and essential oils.  The 10z. jar is the perfect size to take on a trip or stash in your purse.  They also have so many other tantalizing scents available.  This is also a more budget friendly option.  Can you say the perfect natural stocking stuffer?!  $6

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q c Natural s quinny’s cream-

I was sent some of q c naturals products and as I’ve been testing them out, I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed.  Their quinny’s cream has quickly become a fave.  It only has three simple ingredients: shea butter, avocado oil, and olive fruit oil.  I haven’t seen this combination together before, but it’s a good one, because it works!  You can use it for so much more than just your hands too!  It comes in a hefty 4 oz. jar, and looks and feels like a hand cream more than a hand balm.  It goes on smooth and hydrates so well.  My hands feel soft and not greasy.  I was really impressed how long my hands felt smooth and moist…this is some good stuff.  Not only is this natural vegan but also scent free for those who are sensitive to smell.  $20 (35% off for Cyber Monday Use Code: CYBERSTEALS)

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100% Pure Coconut Hand Buttercream-

This is similar to most hand creams/lotions I grew up using.  It comes in a snap closure/squeeze package.  This smells amazing…like island paradise.  They also have several other scents as well.  This hand cream is a good all around moisturizer.  It isn’t the most intensely hydrating hand cream, but it does the job and doesn’t leave your hands feeling greasy.  It’s also very budget friendly at $11.99.  (Pharmaca.com is having a 30% off Cyber Monday sale, use code: CYBER, stock up on this one).

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Well that’s a wrap!  Those are my top hand cream picks.  Make sure and stock up with the coupon codes!  These all would be the perfect stocking stuffer!  Do you see any faves?  What’s your favorite hand cream?

 

 

 

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