Discover why eco-friendly beauty is beneficial for your skin and the planet. Learn budget-friendly tips for saving money on natural beauty products.
In today's world, the allure of natural beauty products is undeniable. With promises of healthier skin, eco-friendliness, and fewer harmful chemicals, it's no wonder that many are turning to these alternatives. However, while the benefits are clear, so too can be the strain on your wallet. Natural beauty products often come with a hefty price tag, leaving many wondering if there's a way to enjoy their benefits without breaking the bank.
Fortunately, there are savvy strategies and tips that can help you navigate the world of natural beauty on a budget.
In this blog post, we'll explore why you should consider opting for natural beauty products first and foremost, the types of products available, and then I'll reveal the practical ways to save money on natural skincare and cosmetics. So, if you're ready to pamper yourself without splurging, read on for some wallet-friendly advice!
Table of Contents:
- Reasons to Transform Your Beauty Routine with Eco-Friendly Finds
- Types of Green Beauty Products
- How To Save Money on Natural Beauty Products
Reasons to Transform Your Beauty Routine with Eco-Friendly Finds
Transitioning to an eco-friendly beauty routine not only nurtures your skin with the gentle touch of nature but also aligns your practices with the planet's health. Sustainable skincare, makeup, fragrances, and hair care products offer effective results while advocating for cleaner, greener practices. From responsibly sourced ingredients to eco-conscious packaging, these choices enhance your self-care rituals without compromising on indulgence.
Here's why embracing eco-friendly beauty is a step towards a harmonious relationship with both your skin and the environment:
Nurturing Your Skin:
Eco-friendly beauty products are often formulated with natural, gentle ingredients that nourish and protect your skin without harsh chemicals, reducing the risk of irritation and promoting overall skin health.
By choosing eco-friendly beauty options, you support sustainable practices such as responsibly sourced ingredients, eco-conscious packaging, and cruelty-free testing, contributing to a healthier planet. Seeking out products encased in recycled or recyclable materials can significantly reduce waste.
Reducing Chemical Exposure:
Traditional beauty products may contain harmful chemicals that can have adverse effects on your skin and the environment. Eco-friendly alternatives often prioritise natural, organic ingredients, reducing your exposure to potentially harmful substances.
Supporting Ethical Practices:
Many eco-friendly beauty brands prioritise ethical sourcing and production methods, ensuring fair wages and working conditions for workers throughout the supply chain.
Eco-friendly beauty products often come with minimal or recyclable packaging, reducing waste and environmental impact compared to traditional beauty products with excessive packaging.
Sustainable beauty practices often involve supporting biodiversity by using ingredients sourced from diverse ecosystems, contributing to the preservation of natural habitats and species diversity.
Embracing eco-friendly beauty can contribute to a sense of well-being by aligning your personal values with your beauty choices, fostering a deeper connection to both yourself and the world around you.
If you're not sure where to start with eco-friendly companies, then check out my list of eco-friendly subscription boxes I use and love!
Types of Green Beauty Products
Green Skincare Essentials: These products focus on marrying effectiveness with environmental stewardship. Crafted with responsibly sourced, organic ingredients, they offer pure formulations that pamper your skin while supporting eco-conscious production methods. Look for packaging made from recycled or recyclable materials to further reduce waste and contribute positively to both your well-being and the planet's.
Eco-Conscious Makeup Choices: The green revolution in makeup offers a diverse range of options without compromising on quality or variety. Eco-friendly makeup boasts ethical sourcing, cruelty-free testing, and compositions free from harmful synthetics as well as vegan-friendly makeup options. From breathable foundations to vibrant pigments, eco-conscious makeup ensures you can create any look while staying true to your values. Innovative packaging solutions like refillable containers and biodegradable materials minimise the ecological footprint of your beauty regimen.
Elegant and Sustainable Fragrances: Eco-conscious fragrance brands like Amaru Paris combine luxury with sustainability. Offering luxury sample fragrances and perfume decanting services, they provide a unique opportunity to experience premium scents in an environmentally friendly and personalised way. This approach reduces waste associated with traditional perfume purchasing and allows for a more tailored experience.
Sustainable Hair Care Solutions: Transforming your hair care routine into an eco-friendly one involves embracing products that care not just for your hair but the environment as well. Look for shampoos, conditioners, and styling aids formulated with natural ingredients and packaged in recycled or recyclable materials. Supporting transparent brands with ethical sourcing practices ensures minimal environmental impact. Additionally, many eco-conscious brands offer refillable options, reducing plastic waste and promoting a circular economy.
How To Save Money on Natural Beauty Products (10 Ways)
Now that you understand the benefits of opting for natural beauty products, let's dive into practical ways to save money while still enjoying their benefits. From smart shopping strategies to DIY alternatives, we'll explore budget-friendly tips to help you pamper yourself without splurging. So, if you're ready to embrace eco-friendly beauty without breaking the bank, read on for some wallet-friendly advice!
Why are natural beauty products more expensive?
One of the most off-putting reasons for a person to convert to a natural beauty regime is usually the expense. It does tend to cost more to choose natural based products, but for a good reason. Natural beauty products use only the best quality and purest ingredients available. Many of these types of companies have strong ethics behind their brand and source ingredients from Fairtrade practices and organic sources. Companies are usually less mainstream and commercialised, but rather small businesses and individuals either hand making the products or making them in small batches.
Even though they are more expensive, I only choose to buy natural beauty for me and the children. Not only do I believe it is more beneficial to our own health (everything you put on your skin ends up in your body), but better for the health of our planet. After all, everything we use eventually ends up in the environment whether it’s washed down a plughole or thrown into a bin. We should be making a conscious effort to use only the most natural ingredients to protect ourselves, marine life, wildlife and the Earth.
Amanda Jo of Organic Bunny on Instagram is a big fan of organic beauty and explains it well: “Did you know that the average woman in America uses about 12 products, per day, containing up to 168 different chemicals in them!? And 𝘺𝘦𝘴, many of these can be absorbed through your skin and directly into your bloodstream. Did you also know that lifestyle and environmental factors are now believed to be causing 70-90% of our cancers? That means your health is 𝘲𝘶𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺, in your hands, and the choices you make for you and your family each day matter.”
Exactly that. If you can afford it, a little extra expense is worth it. It's an investment in our health and the planet. However, even though it is a worthwhile investment, here are several ways you can save money when shopping for natural based beauty products:
1. Check for discounts on Groupon
Did you know Groupon offers discounts on beauty websites as well as on experiences, treatments, products and meals out?
I didn’t, but I do now! I assumed they were just about getting a day out for a bargain or a hotel night away, but there’s an entire section of discount codes for well-known brands including Cult Beauty (as I write this) who stock a wide range of beauty products including natural items.
2. Make your own
By far the cheapest way to save on natural beauty is to make your own.
Plus you can use the same ingredients to make lots of different items.
You can even just use whole ingredients as they are, such as coconut oil which makes a great hair oil, lip balm, moisturiser and mouthwash.
You’ve probably got some great ingredients already lying round the house such as sugar and coffee to make scrubs and olive oil which is a fantastic overnight moisturiser. Just search Google or Pinterest to find lots of homemade natural beauty recipes.
3. Shop in the sales
Never underestimate a sale for finding a bargain on natural beauty products. Holland and Barrett often have BOGOF deals and a penny sale, so take the opportunity to stock up on the products that usually cost you the most.
Make sure you sign up to all your favourite websites mailing lists so you know as soon as the sales take place.
You rarely need to spend full price on natural beauty if you shop smart.
4. Go big
Buy the biggest versions you can as you should get more for your money.
The price per gram should always be lower on the larger packs, meaning you’ll pay more upfront, but save money in the long run.
Shopping in bulk is also a good idea. Try Amazon for multipacks or wholesale packs. This can seriously reduce the cost per item.
5. Try a wholefood or vegan market
Small handmade businesses are often found at local markets, especially wholefood and vegan markets if you want beauty products.
Many stalls will have special offers for the markets only and you may be able to pick up a discount card for ordering online at a later date.
It’s also the perfect opportunity to find out more about all the natural ingredients and try some samples with in-person advice.
6. Use the right amount
Natural products are often a lot richer than cheap mainstream products, so you usually don’t need to use as much.
Make sure you only use as much as you need to. This will avoid waste and ensure the product lasts as long as possible before needing to buy a replacement.
7. Sign up for loyalty schemes
Check if websites offer loyalty schemes and sign up to them if you plan on being a regular customer.
Larger companies often have points cards, but even smaller companies might offer something to retain you as a customer.
If it’s not clear to see a scheme on the front page, scroll to the top and bottom of the website to see if there are links to anything in the menu.
8. Research first
Before wasting money on a product that won’t be right for you, do your research.
Check online ratings and blog reviews to see what others think of the product.
There’s no point in buying a product willy-nilly and ending up with something you never use or dispose of. That’s just throwing money down the drain.
Follow blogs of those who use products you like and see what they recommend.
9. Try auction sites
Auction sites such as eBay are great for grabbing a bargain.
Some big companies will sell their end of line stock and clearance through such sites meaning you can get it much cheaper than in their normal store.
Regular folk also use the sites to sell unwanted gifts or mistaken purchases, so a fellow shopper might list a brand new beauty product as an auction from 99p. Set up some searches and save them to be alerted any time your favourite products are listed.
10. Get cashback
Before ever purchasing anything online, you should always see if you can get cashback. It amazes me how people I know still aren’t signed up to cashback companies. It’s so simple to do and you can get hundreds of pounds a year back into your bank account with very little effort.
Just shop as you normally do, but find the retailer through the cashback site and shop through their link before making your purchase. Simple.
In two years of getting cashback on our normal purchases I’ve received over £500 cashback and my husband has received hundreds too.
Read How to earn cashback on things you already buy to learn more.
Investing in natural beauty products is an investment in your health and the environment. With savvy shopping strategies, you can enjoy their benefits while saving money in the long run.