Let's all agree that if the cleanest and most effective beauty products were as cheap as the drugstore brands, we would all totally try them out. The biggest challenge we face is finding good, safe products that are actually affordable to all women. Here are 10 #beautyhacks we love that will save you money and save your skin.
$8.99, Amazon, Whole Foods, Bed Bath & Beyond
Instead of the petroleum-derivatives in Vaseline, Waxelene contains only organic soybean oil, beeswax, organic rosemary oil, and Vitamin E. That's it. You can use it for everything... It's a nice lip gloss, a rich moisturizer, and gentle enough for babies.
2. DR. BRONNER'S MAGIC SOAP
$6.99, Amazon, Whole Foods
This soap really is 18-in-1 like it says. You can use it to wash your hands, wash your body, wash your clothes, wash your dishes, wash your house, and make everything smell like flowers. Try lavender, trust us.
3. TEA TREE OIL
$6.45, Amazon or Whole Foods Market
Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil with witch hazel, Shea butter, or olive oil and use it as a super effective spot treatment for acne. You can mix tea tree oil with any organic oil to use as a cuticle softener, makeup remover, and natural antiseptic. Use it to . clean wounds, soothe sores, and promote hair growth. It also treats athletes foot, yeast infections, and many other skin conditions. It heals pretty much everything.
4. RAW HONEY
$7-$10, Amazon, Whole Foods Market, Trader Joes
Raw honey is sweeter than you think. Not only can you cook with it and eat it raw, but because of its anti-bacterial properties, it can also be used as a mask to help clear up the skin. And it fights winter colds.
5. UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER
$7-$10, Alaffia, Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs
Shea butter is gold for your skin. In fact, it is considered "women's gold" in West Africa, because it is one of the only industries run exclusively by women. This rich moisturizer has been used for hundreds of years to treat dry skin, burns, scars, stretch marks, diaper rashes, and acne, and it also has natural SPF. Get some Shea butter in your life as soon as possible.
6. ORGANIC EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
$6-$10, online or at any grocery store
Olive oil has been a beauty secret for hundreds of years, dating back to Cleopatra. The Phoenicians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used it as an anti-aging remedy and to treat wounds. I use it as a full body moisturizer right out of the shower and as the best makeup remover.
7. ORGANIC COCONUT OIL
$6-$10, Amazon, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, most grocery stores
Imagine this all-over moisturizer that you could cook with and then later use as an amazing lubricant that tastes good and also happens to be anti-microbial, so it prevents yeast infections. Meet coconut oil.
8. ROSEWATER SPRAY
$7-10, Alteya Organics
Let's just say, it's freaky how addicted I am to this rosewater. I use it all day, everyday for a refreshing facial moisturizing mist and as a natural perfume.
9. HEMP SEED OIL
$9-$10, Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs
Hemp seed is considered to be the most nourishing oil ever. It has many medicinal, nutritional, and cosmetic uses, and it also tastes good. It increases skin elasticity and shine and it is also a great moisturizer.
10. SEA SALT
$3.50-$5, Amazon, Mountain Rose Herbs, any grocery store
Who needs plastic micro-beads when you can exfoliate with sea salt? You can add sea salt to the bath for relaxation, rub a little on your face to exfoliate and fight acne, or mix some with essential oils for a soothing shower.