Many of us who already use natural, niche or cruelty free beauty have become accustomed to having to shop online for our beauty products. Just a few years ago if you looked on any high street you would find the same big names wherever you went. The Clinique counters, complete with heavily made up people in white coats are still pretty much everywhere, but there has also been major shift in the last few years. Thanks to consumer demands for cleaner, cruelty free or niche beauty products, there are so many more choices available on the high street than ever before. Brands that would have been hard to find, have made it mainstream and the selection is getting better all the time. There is still the issue of green-washing to consider, never take any brands marketing on face value and always read the ingredients, but I am pleased to report that there are some great buys out there for anyone who either doesn’t like to shop online or who needs to shop locally.
Not every brand in this post will have the same ingredients standards (please always read the label), but here are some of my favourite beauty buys from the high street, covering natural, organic and cruelty free beauty. All of these products are free of mineral oil, SLS, parabens and microbeads as a minimum. Everything mentioned is also well priced and costs less than £20:
Beauty Kitchen – If you are in desperate need of some natural skincare and in range of a Holland and Barrett then Beauty kitchen have you covered with everything you could need. In fact Beauty kitchen are my number one high street beauty recommendation! I raved previously about the Sea Horse plankton range – see that review here, but the Abyssinian range is also a sure winner. It is gentle and suitable for most skin types, the creamy cleanser is fantastic and they also have masks and moisturisers. The Abyssinian oil Aroma facial concentrate* is a lovely facial oil packed with soothing ingredients such as calendula and oat as well as the signature ingredient – Abyssinian oil. The Night Halo Potent Sleep mask* is a really unique product. This is a gorgeous overnight treatment, packed with rich ingredients but the texture is remarkably light and melts in to the skin. If my skin is ever dry I apply a thin layer before bed and wake up to smoother, softer skin. A really beautiful product.
Dr Organic – I have tried quite a lot of products from Dr Organic, but my absolute favourite range is the Rose Otto line and in particular the moisturisers. The Rose Otto day cream* has a beautiful texture, it is really moisturising but not heavy or sticky and features aloe vera, rosewater, borage and shea butter. It comes in at under £10 which is an absolute steal for such a lovely moisturiser, I have also converted a friend of mine using the Manuka moisturiser and she also loves it. If you are a fan of the REN Moroccan Rose range, the Dr Organic Rose range has some brilliant body-care products that just as nice as REN and are a fraction of the price too!
Waitrose Mini soothing Baby bottom butter – When it comes to products for children, finding ranges on the high street that aren’t just cheap mineral oil is not as easy as you would think. This bottom butter is a gorgeous soothing and moisturising butter, it is scented with vanilla and is mineral oil free. It is also vegan and cruelty free making it perfect for anyone who struggles to find vegan options for kids. It can be used as a nappy cream, but also as a general body butter anywhere you have dry skin. It is also an absolute steal at well under five pounds. Also well worth pointing out that if you are looking to splurge on clean beauty or skincare, Waitrose is the place to go, my local store stocks Nourish, Weleda and Neal’s Yard Remedies.
My Trusty Skincare -I discovered this range when I was one of the judges for the Beauty Awards with OK magazine and it is fantastic. Developed by NHS skincare scientists who were dissatisfied with moisturisers, they developed the My Trusty skincare range based on the benefits of linoleic rich sunflower oil. All of the profits from the range go back to NHS patient care and the range is completely free from parabens and SLS. They have a great selection of body-care products, including hand creams and body butters, some of which of completely unscented, so great for sensitive skin. The Sunflower face and body oil is worthy of mention as a great multi-tasker that is light and easy to use. The range is available on the high street at Superdrug, Lloyds pharmacy or Tesco’s stores and all the prices are generally under £10.
Senspa Thai Rituals bath soak – When it comes to bath products you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a lovely experience without drying your skin out with the SLS (find out why you should ditch the SLS here) and artificial fragrance the usually get in high street products. This bath soak is one of my most repurchased of all time, the scent of the entire Thai range is divine, wonderfully fresh thanks to the orange flower oil. It is a product that feels much more expensive to use than it’s affordable price point would suggest, perfect for a relaxing pamper evening on a budget. Senspa prove that clean beauty doesn’t have to break the bank.
Weleda Skinfood – A classic multi-purpose product, Weleda can be found on the high street in places like Holland and Barrett* and Revital* stores and is a brand I love and trust. Skinfood is a really rich cream, made with gorgeous botanicals such as calendula and organic pansy. I use it as a foot cream, face mask, hand cream and on any dry patches a true clean beauty hero!
Have you got any clean high street beauty buys I haven’t mentioned. Let me know in the comments!