I am extremely conscious of the fact that blogging comes with it’s downsides, one of which being a tendency to covet high end products. In fairness this is always something I have done, in fact if I had to choose between spending money on something like clothes or skincare and body care, products always are the winners. I do however have quite a few tricks and tips up my sleeve when it comes to how much I shell out and getting the most bang for your buck, as detailed in this post How to save money on your beauty shopping.
Whilst I have a love for great ingredients and luxury products I don’t believe everything has to cost a fortune, in fact these budget buys are some of my favourites because they don’t compromise on effectiveness or ingredients whilst still being very budget friendly:
You will notice a theme in the brands I go to for high quality that fits my budget and I tend to stick with the same repurchases over and over again once I have found something I love. One of my most repurchased products over the years are the Weleda creamy bodywashes, they come in a great variety of scents, including one suitable for babies and have the most glorious creamy texture. As well as being perfect for use in the shower they also are lovely in the bath, as a shave cream or hand wash, the perfect multi-tasker! Sticking with Weleda the iconic Skin Food is another product that will get you a lot of mileage, this thick balm like cream is one I love as a foot treatment, hand cream, face mask for dry skin and for any dry patches of skin anywhere on the body. If you have dry skin chances are like me you get through body oil like it is going out of fashion, well Weleda has again come to my rescue time and time again with their Body oil blends that feel much more luxe than the price point would have you believe. Prices start at £11.95 and a firm favourite at the moment is the Stretch mark massage oil which although designed for pregnant women I think is perfect for anyone with dry skin or if like me you have skin that marks easily. For summer I also highly recommend you check out the Calendula massage oil not only is this oil a total bargain but the bright lemongrass scent will have you dreaming of sunshine!
Another brand where your money will go a long way is Organic surge, if you have been reading this blog for a while you will know I have been working my way through the products for a while and have always been very impressed with what they have to offer. Coming in at under five pounds the Tropical bergamot shower gel (£4.75 for 250 mls) is great value and has a lovely fresh citrus scent which is perfect for the summer. On the subject of summer, the warm weather and summer dresses means extra exfoliation and bare legs. The Tropical bergamot skin perfecting polish (£12.50 for 350 mls) is gentle but effective and the price means you can use it freely without worrying about having to repurchase. What I love about this scrub is that it comes in a creamy rather than an oily base which makes it ideal for using with fake tan or bronzing oils.
Another product which has been repurchased multiple times and not yet featured, **naughty me** is the Crystal spring Pure Aura deodorant spray (Edit – This contains potassium alum – so is technically an anti-perspirant and something I no longer use), aside from the lovely scent I really like this for those days when I am at home and want gentle protection that is kinder on my underarms than some of the baking soda cream deodorants like Schmidt’s or Soapwalla. Whilst the baking soda works a treat and is my go to for days when I am very active, this spray is effective and easy to reapply so keeps me fresh whilst also saving me from getting irritation. I find this to be incredible value for money and the ingredients in my opinion are better than anything else you can find on the high street.
Last but not least I discovered a little gem in the form of this Cleanse and Polish dupe from the Aroma Actives. The Cleansing and brightening balm is actually a cream cleanser (why lie to us??) with a lovely texture and perfect for removal with the hot cloth method. Just like the original cleanse and polish the essential oil content in this one is a bit much for my skin on a daily basis but I whip it out when I want to feel really clean and refreshed. If you are a fan of the Liz Earle version, snap this one up, at that price and when you can just add it to your shopping cart at Sainsbury’s you really have nothing to loose!
As you can see these are all bits and pieces I have bought, but worth of a mention in terms of samples I have tested lately are Monshea Shea butter and Greenfrog Botanicals both which I have really been enjoying and won’t break the bank.
Let me know what your budget friendly picks are below!