The good news is, you don't have to shop high-end products to get superior quality. "How expensive something is, is not an indication of quality, particularly when it comes to beauty care," says Summer Rayne Oakes, a model/entrepreneur who has spent the last decade working on sustainable practices -- she graduated cum laude from Cornell with degrees in environmental science and entomology, and even has a Prius C paint color named after her. She cites a Euromonitor study that found that the average markup on premium cosmetics is about 78 percent.
So if you're looking to green your routine without dropping a fortune on $90 face serum, you're in luck. Oakes says to look for food-grade ingredients in your beauty products. That information is often easy to find. "Brands that are doing this have a tendency to share this -- whether on their labels or on their sites."
The easiest natural products to find on the cheap? Soaps, body washes and hair care. "Out of experience I discriminate less on products like [those] compared to makeup products, because cosmetics have to look good on versus being used to wash something off, or clean yourself."
Here, 21 natural beauty products to help you clean up your routine.
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A Stellar Mascara That's All Natural
Get look-at-me lashes -- sans harsh chemicals and dyes -- thanks to this inky black mascara. The glossy formula makes lashes look naturally gorgeous; it's clump-proof and lifts and separates like nobody's business.
A Shower Oil for Sensitive Skin
You've heard of cleansing your face with oil, but did you know the same benefits apply to your body? Skinfix's ulta gentle formula is made with jojoba oil, and lightly foams to cleanse away the day's dirt and grime. The best part: It's unscented, making it perfect for those with sensitive skin.
A Superhydrating Lipstick
This balmy lipstick applies oh-so-smoothly onto lips, leaving them with a pigmented wash of color. It's 100 percent natural, and the adorable, honeycomb-printed tube is recyclable. With the under-$10 price, you can pick up more than one of the 14 shades, guilt-free.
For the Free Spirit
Unleash your inner hippie with this tranquil, soothing mist. It's infused with rose quartz essence (natch), which purportedly promotes confidence and self love.
The lightweight, softly scented spray is created with anti-inflammatory rose essential oil, along with anti-aging moringa seed extract (which keeps skin superhydrated) and rhodioloa rosea root extract (an antioxidant that helps firm skin). Mist it on hair and skin for a quick pick-me-up, or spray it on after applying your makeup to set it with a dewy, natural finish.