Affordable beauty products that are non-toxic and effective!!

Affordable beauty products are sometimes hard to find.   Clean and affordable beauty products can even be a bigger challenge to find.   I have scoured different beauty lines to find products that are clean, effective, and fit our price point of $35 and under. These awesome products will not break the bank!  If you are just stepping into the world of clean beauty these products are a great place to start, and if you are already a clean beauty consumer you will love my favorite clean affordable beauty finds.   I have provided a product or two for all the major beauty and body categories.  I have tried all these affordable beauty products myself and really like each one of them.  

Affordable Beauty Products - Skincare

Acure Skin Brightening Cleansing Gel

$9.99 4 FL. OZ. (118 ml)

Pure Henry Opinion

As far as affordable beauty products go this is definitely a winner, especially for the price!  It leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed, but not overly dry.  Even after I used this cleanser multiple days in a row I did not notice any dryness occurring.  It removes make-up well, which is a bonus, because a lot of cleansers do not remove make-up.  You might need to cleanse twice if you have waterproof make-up on.  The lovely citrus scent is energizing and awakening especially in the morning.  I would recommend this for all skin types except for highly sensitive skin.  It contains cocoamidopropyl betaine which receives a moderate rating from the Environmental Working Group, due to a possibility of contact allergic reaction and irritation. (12) I do have sensitive skin and I did not notice any irritation from this cleanser.

INGREDIENTS

WATER (AQUA), LAURYL GLUCOSIDE, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, COCAMIDOPROPYL HYDROXYSULTAINE, SODIUM LAUROYL METHYL ISETHIONATE, GLYCERIN, SODIUM METHYL COCOYL TAURATE, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, COCAMIDOPROPYL BETAINE, GLUCONOLACTONE, FRAGRANCE, POTASSIUM OLIVOYL PCA, POTASSIUM SORBATE, CITRIC ACID, ALCOHOL, RUBUS FRUTICOSUS (BLACKBERRY) FRUIT EXTRACT, ROSA CANINA FRUIT EXTRACT, PUNICA GRANATUM EXTRACT, EUTERPE OLERACEA FRUIT EXTRACT, CHAMOMILLA RECUTITA (MATRICARIA)FLOWER EXTRACT, CALENDULA OFFICINALIS FLOWER EXTRACT, ASPALATHUS LINEARIS LEAF EXTRACT.

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum

$33.99 30 ml/1.02 fl oz

Pure Henry Opinion

Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum is one of my favorite affordable beauty products.  It has a great price point for all that it offers.   Mad Hippie Vitamin C Serum has a light slippery feel but quickly absorbs into the skin within a minute or two.  Two to three drops are sufficient, and I use it as the directions indicate which is morning and night.  I have noticed an increased brightness and an evening of my skin tone after just a week of use.  Since I started using this product four people have comment that my skin looks brighter.  Mad Hippie has formulated its Vitamin C serum with the Ferulic Acid and Vitamin E.  The combination of these ingredients has is backed by several studies.  These studies have indicated that the combination of these ingredients  are very effective at protecting the skin from sun damage which causes pigmentation, wrinkles, and aging.(2)  Vitamin C alone has been shown to reduce wrinkles, and the appearance of small feather like blood vessels that can appear with age. (3

 Ingredients

Water Deionized, Vitamin C (Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate), Alkyl Benzoate, Vegetable Glycerin, Water, Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Clary Sage (Salvia Sclarea), Grapefruit (Citrus Grandis), Hyaluronic acid, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Vitamin E (Tocotrienol), Ferulic acid, Chamomile Flower Extract (Recutita Matricaria), Sodium Phytate, Xanthum Gum, Hydroxyethylcellulose 

MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream

$30.00   1.2 fl oz 

Pure Henry Opinion

MyChelle Pumpkin Renew Cream is a great daily moisturizer for people with normal or combination skin.  If you need deep hydration it might not provide enough moisture.  With repeated daily use my skin stayed evenly hydrated, and it did not ever feel greasy. Shea butter and pumpkin seed oil provide excellent moisture to your skin and will not clog your pores.  The pumpkin seed oil supports healing in your skin and helps reduce inflammation. (11).  It also contains palm oil which has great benefits, but has a higher comedogenic rating, meaning it could clog pores.  However, I have combination skin and tend to get pimples from time to time and I do not have any trouble with this product causing a breakout. I love to be able to use my facial moisturizers around my eye without irritation, and I am happy to say I had no issue with eye irritation.  Lastly, the herbal aroma from this moisturizer is very fresh and calming.  I really love the scent. Definitely put this at the top of the affordable beauty products list!

 Ingredients

Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dicaprylyl Ether, Glyceryl Stearate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract, Wasabia Japonica Root Powder, Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Myrciaria Dubia (Camu Camu) Fruit Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lactic Acid (L), Totarol, Astaxanthin, Chlorophyll, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Fructooligosaccharides (D-beta), Carnosine (L), Tocopherol (D-alpha), Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Gluconolactone, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Alcohol, Alcohol Denat., Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Phenethyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate

BeautyCounter CounterControl Clear Pore Cleanser

$26 150 ml/5 fl oz

Pure Henry Opinion

Beautycounter clear pore cleanser is a good cleanser for mild to moderate acne.  The herbal aroma smells fresh and leaves your face feeling clean. You only need a pea size drop to cleanse your whole face.  As you wash your face the cleanser creates a mild foam, and the tiny beads within the cleanser help enhance the exfoliation of of dirt and dead skin cells away from your complexion.  It left my skin feeling clean and slightly tight, but not overly dry at all.  You will need to use a make-up remover before you use this cleanser, as it does not remove all your make-up.  As far as affordable beauty products go for acne, this is one of the better non-toxic acne cleanser I have used!  I think it is best for oily skin, mild acne, or  people that want to control occasional breakouts.  One study showed that salicylic acid used in a cleanser reduced acne with consistent use over a period of several weeks.(4)  Lastly, the salicylic acid helps exfoliate dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause acne. (5

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/EauPentylene GlycolSodium Lauryl Glucose CarboxylateDisodium Cocoyl GlutamateLauryl GlucosideCaprylyl/Capryl GlucosideGlycerinJojoba EstersSodium CitrateAloe Barbadensis Leaf JuiceEpilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem ExtractGaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Leaf ExtractSodium Cocoyl GlutamateXanthan GumSalicylic AcidAcacia Senegal GumPhytic AcidCitrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel OilCitrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel OilEucalyptus Globulus Leaf OilCanarium Luzonicum Gum NonvolatilesPanthenolCitric Acid.

Soothing Touch Lip Balm

$2.12 .25 oz

Pure Henry Opinion

Soothing Touch Lip Balm is a go to product for me.  I always have one with me.  It has a smooth, velvety texture and is easy to apply.  I have found it helps heal my dry lips in the winter and soothes my sun burned lips in the summer.  It definitely penetrates the lips to help heal and doesn't just lay on top of the lips as a protective barrier like some lip balms.  The sunflower oil and the safflower oil increase moisture levels in skin and help heal the protective barrier of the skin so it will also retain moisture levels.  It comes in a variety of flavors but two of my favorites are the vanilla chai, and the coconut lime.  Best lip balm I have found for the price! This lip balm might be one of the most affordable beauty products out there!!

Ingredients

*High Oleic Expeller Pressed Safflower (Carthamus tinctorius) Oil, *High Oleic Expeller Pressed Sunflower Seed(Helianthus annuus) Oil, Castor (Ricinus Communis) Oil, *Calendula (Calendula officinalis) Flower, Olive (Olea europaea) Oil, *Grapeseed (Vitis viniferia) Oil, *Expeller Pressed Apricot Kernel (Prunus armeniaca) Oil, Vitamin (Tocopherol) E, *Cocoa (Theobroma cacao) Butter, *Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter, Candelilla (Euphorbia cerifera) Wax, *Fair Trade Palm Wax.  

* Certified Organic Ingredients

Affordable beauty products - Body Care

Nubian Heritage

Coconut & Papaya Body Lotion

$12.99 13 oz

Pure Henry Opinion

Nubian Heritage body lotions are dreamy.  They come in a variety of scents, coconut papaya and frankenscese and myrrh are my favorite.   Its thick consistency deeply hydrates the skin with nourishing ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, and olive oil.  All three plant based oils help nourish the skin and have anti-aging benefits.  Even though the lotion has a thick consistency it absorbs well into the skin leaving it feeling soft, but not greasy.  Due to the thickness of the lotion it can be difficult to get it out of the bottle.  Occasionally, I find myself turning it over and tapping the bottle on my hand to get the remaining lotion out, it tends to get stuck at the bottom.  Even that hasn't deterred me from buying it again and again because it is one of my favorite affordable beauty products for the body. 

Ingredients

Water, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides (Coconut Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*<3, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Olea Europea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Fragrance (Essential Oil Blend), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Allantoin, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract.
*Certified Organic Ingredient.
<3 Fair Trade Ingredient.


EO Shower Gel in French Lavender

$12.99 16 fl oz

Pure Henry Opinion

The calming scent of lavender will envelope you when you use this shower gel. The all natural scent comes from lavender essential oil which studies show help decrease stress and anxiety.(8)  It is aromatherapy and a shower gel in one!  It has a nice consistency, and it lathers up, especially if you use a loofa.  It is gentle enough for my sensitive skin and doesn't dry my skin out.  The fig leaf extract increases skin hydration and helps prevent moisture loss from your skin. (9)  It rinses clean and leaves a slight lingering scent of lavender on your skin.  This is a definite win in the affordable beauty products category!!

Ingredients

Purified Water, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Coco-Sulfate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Glycerin, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Moisturizing Complex [Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit/Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract], Panthenol, Allantoin, EO® Organic Herbal Blend [Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Organic Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, and Organic Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract], EO® Essential Oil Blend [Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybrida Oil], Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Citric Acid, Sodium Phytate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Levulinate

Affordable Beauty Products - Make-up

W3LL People 

Expressionist Mascara

$21.99

Pure Henry Opinion

The best natural mascara on the market and it fits into our affordable beauty products category!   This mascara separates the lashes extremely well, and coats even the smallest lashes, giving the appearance of fuller, longer lashes.  I usually use two different kinds of mascara to achieve the fullness and length I desire, but I will use this mascara by itself.  It doesn't irritate my eyes or bother my contacts.  It is best to lightly coat your lashes with powder before you apply, and apply two coats of mascara for excellent results.  

Ingredients

Aqua (water), Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, C10-18 Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Copernicia Cerifera Cera/ Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) Wax*, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Glyceryl Stearate,Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Propanediol, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil/ Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil +/- CI 77499/ Iron Oxides.

*Ingredient from Organic Farming

Alima Pure 

Satin Finishing Powder

$24.00

Pure Henry Opinion

Alima Satin Finishing Powder will set your makeup and give your face a soft  youthful sheen without a heavy powder look.   It has a very light silky texture that will give your skin a pretty glow.  A loose powder has less of a tendency, than a pressed powder, to settle in wrinkles and creases which is a plus.  However, it is not going to provide as much coverage as pressed powder.  I like to apply it with a powder brush, tapping off excess before applying, and gently sweeping it across my face.  I apply a little more around my eye area to help set my eye make-up.  Definitely add this to your bag of affordable beauty products!

Ingredients

Mica (CI 77019). May contain [+/-]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).


Honest Beauty Lip Crayon Lush Sheer

$12.99

Pure Henry Opinion

Finding a top choice in the lipstick group of affordable beauty products was a little harder for me beacause of the wide variety of pip products.   Honest Beauty lip crayon is a sheer lipstick.  It provided more color than a tinted lip balm, and more moisture than a typical lipstick.  It is easy to apply on the go and a great choice for a daily lip color.  The moisture comes from jojoba oil, shea butter, and murumuru seed butter.  All are excellent skin moisturizers and nourishers.

Ingredients

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Silica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Cire De Candelilla), Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire d’Abeille), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Carnauba), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedwax, Pyrusmalus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rubusidaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Water (Aqua, Eau), Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Triethyl Citrate, Glyceryl Undecylenate, Alcohol. May Contain +/-: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 9140), Mica (CI 77019).


Lily Lolo Mineral Blush

$18.00

Pure Henry Opinion

I really like a lot of Lily Lolo products, but their mineral blush is one of my favorite affordable beauty products.  It is a loose powder blush that has a light velvety texture, without any bad ingredients. It comes in a variety of colors, and shimmer and matte choices, and the color is buildable.  You can add a hint of color to your cheeks with just one swipe of your brush, or make it more intense by applying another coat of color.  My favorite color is ooh la la.  The blush is versatile and can be mixed with a little gloss to wear on your lips, and some of the colors would look great as highlight colors on your eyes.   

Ingredients

MICA [+/- CI 77492 (IRON OXIDE), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE), CI 75470 (CARMINE)]

*Titanium dioxide receives a rating between 1 and 3 from the Environmental Working Group.  I made the color yellow due to the range from EWG and not one specific rating.  The  toxicity concern from titanium dioxide would be from inhalation, mostly from aerosol sprays.  

BeautyCounter

Color Outline Eye Pencil

$24.00

Pure Henry Opinion

The eye  is a very sensitive area and an easy area for harsh ingredients to enter the body.  I am very particular about putting things on my eye that are non-toxic,  but still provide the desired result, and a bonus of this product is that it can be included as one of my favorite affordable beauty products.  I have searched for eyeliners that are in pencil  form and work well as an eyeliner.  My favorite eyeliner I have used with clean ingredients is BeautyCounter Color Outliner eye pencil.  It comes in four colors and I love the brown for daytime use.  It sharpens to a nice point and is a firm pencil, but doesn't dry out and crumble like a lot of other natural eye pencils I have tried.  It also doesn't seem to break down from natural oils on your eyes, making it last!  

Ingredients

Stearic AcidHydrogenated Palm Kernel GlyceridesHydrogenated Vegetable OilHydrogenated Castor OilHydrogenated Fish OilCera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax/Cire de carnaubaCetyl PalmitateHydrogenated Coco-GlyceridesCaprylic/Capric TriglycerideCalcium CarbonateHydrogenated Palm GlyceridesHydrogenated Coconut OilCoco-Caprylate/CaprateParaffin WaxHelianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed OilRosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf ExtractIron Oxides (CI 77491CI 77492CI 77499)Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)Ultramarines (CI 77007)Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510)Carmine (CI 75470)Mica

*Hydrogenated Fish Oil is not rated by EWG


It takes some hunting to find excellent quality clean affordable beauty products, but hopefully we have taken some of the work out for you and you can enjoy our recommendations!