A funny thing happens when you sit down to comb through your credit card statement in an effort to see where all your money’s been going.
You recall the slightly cringe-worthy purchases you made while drinking mimosas, like the 20 miniature hands that seemed vital for a bachelorette party at the time [Ed. note: this is far too many miniature hands]. You make a mental note that you really ought to stay in and cook more. But most notably, you tally up the total amount of hard-earned benjamins you’re spending on beauty products.
Turns out the purchases you didn’t think twice about – looking at you, sheet mask tossed into the cart at the last minute – aren’t so insignificant when added up.
This seemingly harmless, dare I even say responsible, Sunday morning activity was the catalyst that prompted my search for cheaper skincare.
Not that I was buying South Sea pearl infused creams or shampoos derived from truffle extract. It wasn’t even a Tata Harper level spend! But to be regularly dropping $43 on a cleanser started to feel excessive, when I expected, or hoped at least, that there had to be some clean brands out there at a lower price point.
The good news is that yes, of course there are. The bad news is that I consequently went on a shopping spree that defeated the whole purpose. But I resigned the situation to the name of research (ahem you’re welcome) and clicked “place order”.
One thing to note here, is that there’s no perfect skincare brand for everyone. We all have different skin types and needs, and different budgets too. One of our goals around these parts is to experiment with a variety of products, tricks and trends to provide as much useful info for you as possible.
That’s not to say if you’re digging your current skincare situation to ditch it. But if you’re looking for a new natural brand that won’t break the bank, may I suggest Acure Organics?
All of their products are made with plant-based ingredients and cutting edge scientific formulas, which means they’re incorporating ingredients like argan oil and blue tansy and they actually work. They’re paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free, mineral oil free, petrolatum free, silicone free and cruelty free. That’s a whole lotta crap-free huh? More about common toxins to avoid in beauty products and why right this way, if you’re curious. Acure generally rates in the green in the EWG Think Dirty app, which means potentially toxic ingredients are non-existant to minimal.
I don’t wear much makeup on a daily basis, but when I do the rejuvenating cleansing cream easily takes it off and leaves my skin feeling, well, rejuvenated. It’s $9.99, which is approximately $33 cheaper than my last cleanser. And I like it better?!?!
I’ve been using the brightening mask once a week for a little refreshing glow and it is, by all accounts, my most favorite mask of all time. The Meryl Streep of masks in my history of mask usage. Clocks in at $11.99 on Amazon and you’ll look like a green sea monster for about 10 minutes which is sort of a fun touch if family members are around to scare.
The body wash has found a permanent home in my shower, solely based on how good it smells. The back of the bottle says the combination of rosehip, organic argan and pumpkin seed oils cleans “both skin and spirit” and IDK about that to be honest, but it smells like an almond cookie and if I had to choose a scent to smell for the rest of eternity that might just be it.
Have you tried Acure? I’d love to hear about any of their other products. Hair care is next on my list. And as always let us know about your favorite clean beauty brands in the comments!