Fave 5: Natural Beauty on a Budget

While grocery shopping, many of us look for healthy organic foods almost automatically these days.  While it's great to focus on what we put in our bodies, what about the makeup, soaps, and lotions that we place directly on our skin?  After hearing more and more about the harmful effects of parabens, phthalates, and other toxins, I started searching for options that are made with safer ingredients.  When I found out I was pregnant, I did a full sweep of the bathroom cabinets to make sure that I wasn't mindlessly applying icky chemicals on a daily basis.  The great news is that there are numerous options available in the grocery store aisles.  So the next time you are loading up your cart with eats for the week, snag a few of these natural products that are a steal, especially in comparison to similar department store items.  I found all of these at different grocery stores in my area.  Whole Foods and Sprouts are two good ones to check.  For more information, check out The Never List , a great resource from Beautycounter about ingredients to avoid.

Earth Science Naturals Apricot Night Cream  I'm pretty much addicted to this lightweight but super moisturizing cream.  I have very dry skin so this has been a great one to have at home and while traveling.  I often use it during the daytime too.

Shikai Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion This lotion has earned a permanent spot in my car for those times when I need something on the go.  I have always been a little OCD about washing my hands so this is a real essential.  So many hand creams are thick and sticky but this one is hydrating without the grease of thicker lotions.

Mineral Fusion Skin Renewing Facial Scrub  Don't you love when you find a product that makes you excited to jump in the shower?  This scrub smooths and exfoliates gently and has a nice scent that smells like a spa day!

Earth Science A-D-E Creamy Fruit Cleanser  If you have dry skin like me,  you will love this one.  For oilier skin, Earth Science has some great gel cleansers too.  It also removes makeup, saving an extra step.  Use this with the facial scrub for a budget-friendly shower facial!

Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mascara  I went for this one after reading numerous Amazon reviews.  So many mascaras start off great and then quickly get clumpy or flaky after a few uses.  This one has held up well and I'm already on my second tube.  Not only is it naturally derived but the lack of harsh chemicals also makes it safer to use with contact lenses.