Everyone loves a bargain, especially when that bargain doesn't compromise on performance. Today I thought I would show you a round up of some the best products under £10 I have been testing. I like to mix and match price points depending on my needs but I feel that recently the quality of the budget products I have tested has been really high and some of these brands deserve to be talked about more than they are.
Rio Rosa Mosqueta Was one of the first natural brands I ever tried, in fact I used their rosehip oil for a few years. They have recently increased the amount of products they offer and they now cover face and body all with very natural ingredients. The cream cleanser* (£8.95 for 100 mls) is a particular favourite as it is a lovely consistency and has little to no scent making it perfect for dry and sensitive skin types. The ingredients list is outstanding for this price point, including Shea Butter, rosehip oil and babassu oil. They also have a very nice exfoliator* (£8.95 for 100 mls), which uses bamboo powder for a very thorough exfoliation with no pesky microbeads. The exfoliator also includes avocado oil and extracts of chamomile and horsetail. Both of these are brilliant and products I would happily to add to my routine, regardless of price point.
Acure organics This US brand is one that get's talked about a lot for it's affordable products. The only downside I can find to this brand is that it isn't as readily available in Europe, however I get my Acure products from The Choosy Chick who ship internationally. The Day Cream* ($16.99 for 50 mls) is a great example of what they have to offer, this fruity cream is a nice medium consistency and would suit normal, combination and even dry skin types depending on the rest of the routine used. I take the "stem cell" marketing with a large pinch of salt, but otherwise it is hard to find fault with Acure.
Burts Bees Lip Crayons (£8.99) Affordable and natural make up options really aren't as easy to come by as skincare. So when I find a more affordable option I enjoy I am always really happy. The Burt's Bees lip crayons come in a lovely variety of shades, have great staying power and are widely available across the world, making them an easy swap if you are dipping your toe in the natural world. I know some people object to Burts Bees having a parent company whose ethics doesn't reflect those of the brand, but personally, I think as a starting point you really can't go wrong and even I reach for this frequently!
Honeypie Minerals I am a big fan of mineral make up, firstly because if chosen carefully it suits my sensitive skin type but secondly because it offers great value for money. I have said before that I really enjoy mineral brands such as Lily Lolo, but I recently discovered a new brand called Honeypie minerals. I ordered a blush (£5.99 for 3 grams) in the shade peach and it gives a lovely soft warmth to the skin. Like all mineral make up, application is key to reduce mess, just tap a small amount in to the lid and apply. I use the Ecotools tapered blush brush (£7.99) which is vegan, very soft and also comes in at a very reasonable price.
AA Skincare deodorants* (£4.94) I know many people begrudge spending a lot of money on basics such as deodorants, especially when you can get them so affordably in the supermarkets so I think the AA skincare deodorants are a bit of a hidden gem. They come in a very traditional rollerball format and are of course aluminium and paraben free. Rather than using lot's of alcohol like other similar formulas AA skincare use an aloe vera base, making them really gentle. There are three scents to choose from, all created with a blend of essential oils. They may need reapplying during the day depending on how heavily you sweat but I find these to be a great option for the days when I don't want to use a baking soda deodorant.
Andalou Naturals This has been a brand that has been raved about on US and Canadian blogs for it's affordable options and it now seems that it's distributor has got itself in to gear and finally crossed over the pond to Europe. I actually found a lot of the Andalou line in my local health food shop and a quick browse on line shows it is now quite well stocked. Just like Acure organics I yawn at the stem cell marketing, but unlike many other brands the price mark up hasn't been too bad and so if affordability is important to you, you will do well here. I picked up this cleanser (£8.99 for 150 mls) on a whim and haven't had a chance to try it yet, I think my skin would probably do much better with their 1000 roses line, which smells divine. I will report back when I have managed to do some proper testing but I wanted to alert you to the fact that the brand has landed and the ingredients are very good indeed.
*Indicates a sample was generously provided, post contains some affiliate links, all thoughts, opinions and beauty musings my own.