24 Places to Buy Inexpensive Natural Beauty Products
Inspect the label of conventional makeup, shampoo, or body lotion, and you'll find a long list of unpronounceable ingredients, many of which haven't been tested for their impact on human health or the environment. Tired of all the chemicals in cosmetics, many consumers are in the market for natural and organic alternatives. The only problem is, these safer products can be quite costly and hard to find. To help, we've created a long list of places — online and off — where you can buy quality natural beauty products at a price that won't sabotage your budget. (See also: 4 Natural, DIY Facial Products)
1. Spirit Beauty Lounge
If you'd rather not spend too much time inspecting labels, Spirit Beauty Lounge aims to be your one-stop shop for safe, natural beauty products. A member of many well-known environmental organizations, this carefully curated site features only natural, organic, and sustainable brands.
2. Pangea Organics
Colorado-based Pangea Organics crafts high-quality beauty products in small batches, using only pure, organic ingredients. For frugal shoppers, they offer an Organic Loyalty Program. Participants save 15% on Pangea products and get free shipping on qualified orders.
Founded in 2003, Miessence is the world's first extensive range of internationally certified organic skin, hair, body, cosmetic, oral, and nutritional products. You can shop online or search for an independent representative in your area to save even more. If you live in Australia, Miessence can also be found in some stores.
4. Target (Burt's Bees, Physicians Formula)
If you're a regular Target shopper, you'll be excited to learn that there are some natural products hiding among the conventional brands in this popular chain's health and beauty section. Specifically, look for Burt's Bees and Physicians Formula.
5. Aveda Salons
Do you get your hair styled at an Aveda salon? You might not realize that the in-store shop also carries a wealth of natural skin-care products and make-up. Don't have an Aveda near you? Shop at the brand's online store, where you can also score free samples or discounted shipping. (See also: Where to Find the Best Freebies)
6. Whole Foods
It's no secret that food prices at Whole Foods Market can destroy your grocery budget, but their significant buying power also delivers some attractive prices on premium body care products. Use their convenient online flyer to know when your favorite items are on sale. (See also: 12 Smart Ways to Save at Whole Foods)
7. Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers
Many natural beauty product brands can be found at Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, from bargain-priced basics to high-end European formulations. Subscribe to their online sales flyer, and you could save even more.
8. CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens
As awareness about chemicals in cosmetics becomes more mainstream, many traditional drug stores and pharmacies have begun to offer natural alternatives at competitive prices. Look for Burt's Bees, Physicians Formula, Yes to Grapefruit, and some store brand organics. Also keep in mind that these companies offer regular discounts for in-store and online shopping.
Prefer to support a pharmacy that offers only natural beauty products? Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy is stocked with high quality brands like Jurlique, Jane Iredale, Dr. Hauschka, and many other Campaign for Safe Cosmetics participants. Shop online for access to money-saving promotional codes.
10. Your Local Food Co-Op
Buying power isn't limited to big chain stores. Local food co-ops often have a section for natural beauty and personal care products. Since most food co-ops are owned by their members, joining means you could have a say in which brands are stocked. Check out Coop Directory to find a co-op near you.
11. Befine Skin Care
Befine products are made with the most nutritious super-foods. They're also free of allergens, fragrance, parabens, and preservatives; completely vegan; and never tested on animals. Save money by buying direct from their online store or testing out trial sizes.
Farmaesthetics offers 100% natural skin-care products for face and body. These products are used and sold in some of the finest spas and retailers in the world, including Four Seasons Resorts & Spas, Urban Outfitters, and Terrain. Skip the high cost by visiting their unique flagship store in Newport, Rhode Island. Or sign up for their email newsletter to get access to exclusive online discounts, giveaways, and promotions.
13. Nourish Organic
Nourish makes a diverse and splendidly-packaged line of chemical-free, environmentally friendly skin-care products. Look for them in natural grocery stores like Vitamin Cottage, Sprouts, and Whole Foods. Or save money by shopping online: Nourish regularly offers web exclusive discounts and free shipping for orders over $69.
14. Boots Botanics
This UK-based brand prides itself on being inexpensive. That said, you do have to be careful, as there are many conventional formulas mixed in with the plant-based ones. Boots is available at many well-known retailers but shopping online gives you access to discontinued offers, and earns free shipping for orders over $25. And signing up for their e-newsletter puts special offers and promotions in your inbox.
By now, you're probably aware that Amazon is the place for much more than books. Search for "natural beauty products" in the Health & Personal Care category, and you'll get thousands of discounted results. Be sure to do your homework, however, as not all "natural" claims are what they appear.
This online beauty company only offers products that are natural, safe, free from animal testing, and gluten-free. Shop online, or, if you're in the Pacific Northwest, look for Lavera products at any of these natural and speciality retailers.
If you're a member of the Costco buying club, you already know that the discounts on home and grocery items are significant. The same is true for natural skin-care products. And don't forget that Costco members can shop online as well. (See also: Things You Should Buy at Costco)
Safe, natural living isn't only about the products. You also need to think about the tools used to apply them. Ecotools is known around the world for its incredibly soft, non-toxic, 100% cruelty-free cosmetic brushes, hair brushes, and even faux eyelashes. Shop directly from their website for special promotions and free shipping on orders over $35.
19. Shop N Save
It might sound like a dollar store, but Shop N Save is actually a top retailer for Avalon Organics, makers of skin, hair, body, and baby-care products that are free from parabens, harsh surfactants, and petroleum-based ingredients.
20. Every Man Jack
Men want natural personal care products just as much as women. That's why every guy should know about the Every Man Jack brand of high-performance products free from parabens, phthalates, dyes, and sodium lauryl sulfate, and never tested on animals. Shop online or look for Every Man Jack products at Duane Reade, Publix, Fred Meyer, and HyVee stores. (See also: Skin Care Tips for Men)
We've already mentioned this specialty grocer as a place to find several natural beauty product brands, but shoppers should especially be on the lookout for Desert Essence skin, hair, and dental care products. No Sprouts near you? Shop online for free shipping and samples with any $30 purchase.
22. Cracker Barrel
After feasting on biscuits and gravy, be sure to stop by the gift shop of this popular restaurant. Cracker Barrel just happens to be a top retailer for the J.R. Watkins brand of natural beauty products.
23. Ulta Beauty Salons
Visiting an Ulta full service salon chain for new hair or nails? You might be surprised to learn that they're also a top retailer for Giovanni Cosmetics, which makes unique hair and skin-care products without parabens, sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, or animal by-products. No Ulta near you? Giovanni products are also available at many national retailers.
24. Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
For over 150 years, Dr. Bronner's has made classic soaps and personal care products that are all fair-trade certified and organic. While this brand is available at Whole Foods, Natural Grocers, Sprouts and the like, you could save big by shopping their online store. Look for bulk sizes, online specials, and free shipping on orders over $35.