I know: it’s difficult to keep the purse strings tight when you want to feed your skin with all the good stuff. Organically and ethically sourced and created products are always going to be more expensive than your standard brands, but I would rather make a small sacrifice in other areas (mainly clothes) and feed my skin the best and usually minimal ingredient skin care.
However, that’s not to say you cannot find the best for your budget. There is an abundance of small brands that create affordable skin care. Throughout my purchases of 2015, I’ve kept a list of all the products I love, my skin loves and my bank account loves.
I do like Lavera’s deodorant spray (sensitive skin), which by the way, does work. It has a light spicy scent to it which you can test out at the stores that carry this product. If you spray it on fresh out of the shower you can let it air dry and you will smell fresh for the day.
Organic Surge are a British brand and products are made in the UK. Most, if not all of their products are under £10. One of their best is the Organic Surge Moisture Boost Shampoo, which works amazingly well for frizzy hair. It’s free from nasties and it’s suitable for vegetarians and vegans (bonus!). The shampoo costs £6.95 and they have sales at the moment. But do have a look at their other products like the Orange Flower Toner and Deep Cleansing Mask – they may just surprise you!
Try before you buy from Being Content
If you haven’t visited the Being Content store in Covent Garden, you are seriously missing out. It’s a treasure trove of organic skin care products in all shapes and sizes for every skin type. We all want to be assured that a product will suit our skin as a lot of us are allergic to organic ingredients, and not all brands do trial sizes so this is the next best thing. Being Content will ship you samples of any 5 … for just £3.00
These are easily the most affordable natural balms around. Made from Shea Butter, Beeswax, Calendula and Jojoba oil, they let your skin breathe. Their rose lip balm is great in replacing your everyday drugstore lip care, slather on a generous amount before you go to bed, your lips will have a much smoother feel to them when you wake up.
I adore the packaging on these soaps, but also the product inside. Each bar of soap is created with oil infused with tea spices and all are vegetarian-friendly. Each one is made in London and sold on Etsy and at markets around town. I love supporting small companies like this one. The soaps are £5.00 each or 3 for £12.
One of my all-time favourite shampoo belongs to Green People. Their intensive moisture and repair shampoo keeps my scalp so clean, my old shampoos are weeping with envy. The brand is created in the UK and are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. You can order a 30ml sample pack of this shampoo, conditioner and shower gel for a mere £10!
These are my tried and tested brands that are on the affordable side but I am always looking for more products to add to this list so please do let me know if you have any recommendations, especially for good make-up.