There’s something great about a beauty item that doesn’t cost a million dollars. Frugal beauty items are vast, but we all have our favorites. Here are my favorite frugal beauty items that I can’t get enough of. Let me know in the comments, if you use any of these too.
Bentonite clay is known to be a great detoxifier. I love to use it as a mask for my skin and a cleanser for my natural hair by mixing it with apple cider vinegar, and detox in my bath. Yes, it can help remove the toxins from your body while you’re in the tub. For less than 10 bucks, you get a ton of it to use, since you only need to use about a tablespoon for each application.
I know the name of these sound weird, but these new versions of lipstick are such a time and money saver for this mom. Most cosmetic lines are now offering these lip balm/lipstick hybrids. My current favorites are from L’Oreal Paris and Neutrogena.
This is a beauty staple for me, since I don’t like to wear foundation on a daily basis. I grew up using the Neutrogena version, but I found that Target’s Up&Up version is just as good, if not better. Plus, it’s cheaper! Ladies, you need a moisturizer with an SPF. Please, take heed and age gracefully with this tip.
Yes, I said VO5 conditioner. You know, that stuff that is always on sale for a dollar or less? My hair can’t get enough of this conditioner. I especially love to use it as a deep conditioner overnight. I love it most of all, because I use a TON of conditioner for my kinky, coily hair, so I don’t want to spend 10 dollars a bottle for it. Plus, this conditioner is actually pretty good. While I did link to it above, I suggest going to your local drug store or grocery store and buying it. It’ll be way cheaper.
I’ve started to use sweet almond oil as my nighttime skin conditioner instead of a night cream, and it has done wonders for my skin. Almond oil is known for being a gentler oil, and it is very similar to the oil that our body naturally creates, so that may be the reason why my skin is reacting so well to it. I love that Amazon now has it as an add-on item, so it’s super cheap! I’ll take a 4-ounce bottle for 4 bucks any day.
Speaking of skin care, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soap is my new favorite way to clean my skin. I love that it’s fair trade and organic, but I love even more that it cleans the heck out of my skin when I happen to wear make-up. I actually use it daily to clean my skin now, because it is so gentle but effective. I only use 1 drop mixed with water to clean my skin. If I wear make-up that day, I’ll use 2 drops on a wet washcloth and gently scrub my skin. I boought our current bottle six months ago, and we’ve barely used half of it for my skin regime, and as a cleaner around the house. This stuff is amazing!
If I must put on some sort of foundation for the day, I try to use BB cream. BB stands for beauty balm, and it combines the idea of giving your face great skin care, while you also give it great coverage. There are ingredients in BB cream that are actually good for you skin. Cool, huh? The Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream is my favorite for my skin color (because it’s one of the only ones that matches). It also costs less than 10 bucks online and in most stores. I’m a big fan of things that don’t cost more than 10 dollars. Can you tell?
Coconut oil is the new darling of the internet world, and I can’t be more excited. I use organic, extra virgin coconut oil as a moisturizer in the winter. After I take a shower, I use a bit of it to rub all over my body. I do this while I’m still a bit wet, so the water becomes part of the moisturizer. It’s a super cheap way to keep your skin from getting too dry in the harsher months. I also use it for oil pulling, but that’s another post.
This one may be conditional depending on the time of year, or if you use shea butter for your hair, but I just can’t live without it. We have a home filled with curly-haired members with eczema-prone skin, so shea butter is a must-have for us. I use it to make body butters, hair creams, and to rub the kids down in the dead of winter when their skin feels really itchy. We only use 100% pure, raw shea butter, and buy it online from trusted vendors. If you’re going to buy it from Amazon, be sure to read the reviews!
I know. I KNOW. This seems kind of silly to list after all of those other items, but have yet to find a lotion that makes my hands super soft like Johnson’s does. Yes, I’m talking about the pink bottle every mom gets at her baby shower. I’ve tried shea butter, coconut oil and other lotions for my nighttime hand cream, and non of them fit the bill. I need that pink bottle! I also love that it’s never a ridiculous price. Always affordable, just like I like it.
Did I list any of your favorites? If I missed a frugal beauty favorite of yours, be sure to mention it in the comments below.
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