SQ’s Favorite Sustainable Beauty Bargains

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Sometimes organic and natural beauty products can be pricier than conventional products, due to the higher cost of organic and Fair Trade ingredients, as well as the money spent on researching and developing the formulations. If the product is truly natural or organic, then it is worth the extra money. As they say, good health is priceless! However, sometimes we can’t afford to spend big money on sustainable beauty products so we go looking for a good bargain. If you’re in the mood for a good deal, we’ve got you covered with some amazing products that work great and cost under $10!

Hurraw lip balms come in 21 flavors and are beeswax-free which means they are completely vegan. The balms are made from premium raw, organic and fair trade ingredients, and individually poured into recycled and recyclable tubes. The balm formulas do not contain GMOs, gluten, soy, shea butter, petroleum, parabens, preservatives, artificial flavors or synthetic colors. Instead the brand uses emollient oils like almond, coconut, jojoba, olive, castor, sesame, combined with soothing cacao butter and candelilla wax. The balms are flavored with 100% natural ingredients including pure essential oils and spices. The oval-shaped balms are shipped in a pouch that doubles as a reusable, unbleached cotton tea bag that is stamped with food safe and permanent dye.

Dr. Bronner’s Castile Liquid Soaps are a favorite among celebrities like Drew Barrymore, Chloe Sevigny, Sandra Bullock, Ginnifer Goodwin and makeup artist Bobbi Brown. Made with organic coconut and other oils, the soaps are multipurpose and can be used in the kitchen as well as the bathroom. The soaps are biodegradable, vegetable based, organic and Fair Trade. They come is several scents including almond, rose, citrus, peppermint and lavender. Dr. Bronner’s is a family-owned Fair Trade company that was founded in 1948 by Emanuel Bronner. The brand offers organic skincare products that have a sustainable supply chain. The company contributes a large portion of their profits to environmental causes and community development programs.

We love the Yes To Carrots nourishing shampoo and conditioner, and not just because they are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petroleum and silicone. The shampoo gets its luxurious suds from sugar and coconut based foaming agents instead of nasty sulfates. The natural foaming agents gently clean the hair and scalp, while anti-oxidant rich carrot extract and sweet almond oil moisturize and leave hair super shiny. Yes To has a skincare range for the face and body, a full range of hair products and a line of items for baby. Their products are always at least 95% natural and come in recyclable packaging. This San Fransisco-based company always donates a portion of their sales proceeds to Mama Hope and Blessings in a Backpack to help disadvantaged kids worldwide.

Preserve razors are made from BPA free recycled plastic and they are designed to last forever. The razor has an easy-to-grip, no-slip ergonomic handle that comes in many fun colors. The razor comes with two triple razor blades that are titanium-covered and have a gluten-free lubrication strip made from aloe and vitamin E oil. Even though they are built to last, if you ever decide to give up your razor, you can send it back to Preserve for recycling. Preserve also offers tooth brushes with recycled plastic handles, as well as sustainable kitchenware and storage containers. Preserve was founded by Eric Hudson to improve recycling efforts and create new markets for recycled materials. The company has formed several partnerships to help reduce waste and reuse natural resources.

The Kongy Konjac sponge can be used with or without soap to gently cleanse and exfoliate the face and body. The sponge is made from konjac root that is ground into a flour and then mixed with water before being poured into a sterilized mould. The root comes from the Konjacwurzel plant which is similar to a traditional potato. The sponges naturally contain many vitamins and minerals which are good for skin health, and some of the sponges have added clay for extra nurturing. The sponges are vegan, biodegradable, environmentally friendly, and free of artificial colors and additives. The shape of the sponges make them particularly efficient for massage and exfoliation. They are also naturally moisturizing, deep cleansing and help to balance the skin’s pH.

Melvita toothpastes are made with natural ingredients like bamboo powder, guérande salt, peppermint, green tea and essential oils. The toothpastes are available in Fresh Breath, Sensitive Gums, Whitening, and there is even an organic strawberry flavored one for children. Unlike conventional toothpastes, these are made without sodium laurel sulfate, the same dangerous foaming agent that are found in shampoos and bath gels. Melvita toothpastes are also free of fluoride, synthetic colorants and artificial flavors. Melvita is a French natural cosmetics company founded by biologist and beekeeper Bernard Chevilliat. The brand offers skincare products for the face and body as well as carrier oils, floral waters, fragrances, supplements and products for the hair.