3 Affordable drugstore brands – ethical and natural

Good day everyone! I hope your weekend was wonderful. Let’s start the week right with some alternative brands sold in drugstores. I know money is a huge factor in our lives and influence how we consume goods. I totally understand we want our hard earned money to stretch as far as possible while still being ethical and supporting brands close to our values. Last week I shared 5 ways to shop ethically on a budget. So I decided to test some brands from the drugstore that met the ethical/natural-ish side and are somewhat affordable. I am sharing my experience with you today with 3 of them.

Burt’s Bees

About the brand:
I mentioned this brand in my April Favourites. This is a fairly new brand on the market here in Canada. They just launched their makeup line which I just tried. They claim their product is natural (99% natural). They also participated in a campaign to help raise awareness to the decline of colonizing bees.

Review:
I tried their facial moisturizer for sensitive skin for the past few weeks and love the smell. My skin seems to like it but needs a bit more hydration at the moment. Their facial scrub for acne prone skin is amazing. I like using it in the shower. It is so thick, rich and smells so good. It has big grains so don’t scrub too harshly. Lastly, I tried one of their powdered foundation and mascara. I prefer liquid foundation but with being in between seasons my skin has uneven tones between my cheeks and neck, which makes finding a colour very hard.

Score: 4.5/5

Live Clean

About the brand:
Founded in 2006, as they describe “Our goal was simple, though challenging: To create a collection of beauty and personal care products that was eco-friendly natural and plant-derived without sacrificing product performance, and do it at an affordable price.”  It is made with a minimum of 97% plant and natural ingredients/petrolatum free, pure vegan and vegetarian/ cruelty-free, SLS / DEA Free, Paraben Free / Phthalate Free / Phosphate free, and it has Recyclable Packaging / Biodegradable Ingredients.

Review:
I love that the packaging can be recycled and the ingredients are biodegradable. I always use their hand soap in the bathroom. I also used in the past their shampoo and conditioner and absolutely love them. My hair response so well to it and they offer treatment, like oils for our hair as well. I did try their body wash but have not been impressed with it, to me it felt like any other body wash. My skin requires a lot of moisture and hydration. On a side note, I try to slowly work my way out of body wash and towards solid soaps. I read it is less damaging to the environment due to the ingredients contained in a body wash. They also have a collection of face care product but I have been unable to find them in Nova Scotia lately. If you have tried them, please leave comments. I am very curious to try them. I genuinely like this brand and their products. I think it is interesting that the product and the packaging are considered in the process.

Score: 5/5

Nude by Nature

About the brand:
It was founded in 2008 in Sydney, Australia. It came to be from the demand for more and more conscious choices for health, lifestyle and environment. They initially started with a capsule collection of foundations, bronzer, finishing veil and brush. Also, “following success in Australia, Nude by Nature launched in New Zealand in 2012 and in 2015, Nude by Nature launched internationally, throughout the UK, Europe and beyond, now being stocked by leading retailers across the globe”. They use 100% naturally derived ingredients and harnesses from “powerful native Australian ingredients such as Kakadu Plum, known to have the world’s richest source of natural Vitamin C, Lilly Pilly, and Cehami to provide antioxidant defence and benefit the skin”.

Review:
I just tried their primer and liquid foundation. I like the smell and feel of the primer. It has a rich texture but gets absorbed quicking by the skin. Their liquid foundation was one of the few that matches my dual skin colour at the moment. Side note, am I the only one with a different colour face and neck/upper chest? The coverage is better than BB cream or powder foundation, which I like. I also plan to try their setting powder because I heard some great reviews on it and their highlight stick.

Score: 4.5/5

There you have 3 alternatives you can find pretty much at any drug store or department store. I talked to a cosmetic rep at my local drug store about brands that are using more natural products and she mentioned a few more you can purchase at the drug store which I added to my list: Nuxe, Juice Beauty, 100% pure and Bio Beauté. I need to look into the ingredients lists but I am ok using some chemicals/active ingredients, as long as studies have proven their safety and effectiveness. What are the products you use that are affordable, ethical or naturally made? Have you tried any of the above? Once again, I hope you enjoyed this post. Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog using the top left menu bar and like if you want more beauty. Next post will be on Friday where I share some awesome new pieces in my wardrobe that are both affordable and great for summer.

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