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7 Safe + Affordable Skin & Hair Care Brands

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Hiya Gorgeous!

The drugstore used to be my ultimate destination for all things beauty. Hair spray? Check! Blue sparkly eye shadow for 99 cents? Check! Hot pink nail polish? Check! As I strolled down those aisles as a 16-year-old girl with blond, teased hair, I cared about one thing: buying as many lotions, potions and makeup items as possible at cheap prices. (I worked hard for that babysitting money!)

Today I have other standards in mind, but I still want to be able to pick up a few things at the local drugstore. So I’ve had to do my homework to make sure the products I choose are safe for my health and kind to animals.

Luckily, there are a growing number of companies making products with non-toxic formulas.

And thanks to consumer demand for truly healthy products, drugstores, grocers and all-purpose stores like Target are beginning to stock more of these lines. Since I know you love a good deal and want to be a savvy shopper, I’ve rounded up a list of some of the safer, kinder brands you’ll find at your favorite drugstore or supermarket.

Drugstore Finds: 7 Safe and Affordable Brands for Your Skin and Hair

ACURE Organics

This skin and hair care line was founded on sustainable principles to provide high quality fair trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Everything ACURE makes is free from animal testing (PETA and Leaping Bunny certified), parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives and artificial colors. ACURE was established as a way to honor the founder’s grandmother, who battled breast cancer for over 10 years—they even raise money to provide free mammograms for at-risk women. Their products promote healthier living at an excellent price point.

Try the Lemongrass + Argan Stem Cell Everyday Clarifying Shampoo (EWG rating: 2), and Daily Nourishing Conditioner (EWG rating: 3), $9.99 each.

Dr. Bronner’s

This family-run company has been committed to making socially and environmentally responsible products since 1948! Known for their liquid castile soaps made from ethically-sourced vegan ingredients, Dr. Bronner’s uses certified organic ingredients from certified fair trade and organic farms around the world. This helps ensure fair prices, living wages and community benefits for farmers, workers and their families.

Try one of Dr. Bronner’s first and best products, the Peppermint Castile Liquid Body Soap (EWG rating: 1, Leaping Bunny Certified), $6.69.


This forward-thinking company has been testing products on its family—never on animals—for over a century (since 1912 to be exact). SheaMoisture is the legacy of Sofi Tucker, the daughter of healers from Sierra Leone and a widowed mother at age 19. At the time, Sofi made shea butter, African black soap and other natural remedies to support her family. Four generations later, SheaMoisture is run by Sofi’s grandson, and the company is known for hair and skin care products made with certified organic and natural ingredients. You can count on SheaMoisture products to be eco-friendly, cruelty-free and Fair Trade.

Try the Lavender & Wild Orchid Hand and Body Scrub (EWG rating: 2, PETA certified) for smooth summer skin, $9.99.

S.W. Basics

This all-natural, simple yet effective line of skincare was created to address the founder’s own sensitive skin. S.W. Basics believes that products should be made from scratch using only whole, high-potency ingredients. Furthermore, they only include absolutely essential ingredients and don’t add a bunch of extra filler, so you’ll see products with short ingredient lists that include ingredient names you actually recognize. In fact, each product has 5 ingredients or less! S.W. Basics also supports sustainable agriculture by only buying from organic, Fair Trade or small-farm sources.

Try the ever-popular Cream (EWG rating: 0, PETA certified) and ditch your preservative-filled moisturizers, $32.

Pacifica Beauty

This vegan and cruelty-free company began as a natural fragrance line but has expanded over the years to include a full range of cosmetics, perfumes and skincare products. Pacifica Beauty focuses on formulating innovative, safe and sustainable products that have helped elevate natural beauty to the mainstream, changing perceptions about natural beauty products across the country.

Try the Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation (EWG rating: 1, PETA certified) for a moisturizer with benefits like SPF, $18.

Mineral Fusion

Based in Denver, Colorado, Mineral Fusion offers a wide range of nail polish, body lotions and hair and skin care products. Everything is formulated to deliver the beneficial power of minerals, and all Mineral Fusion products are made in the USA. Many of them are still handmade. The company uses effective natural ingredients, forgoing gluten, parabens, talc, artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, sodium lauryl sulfates and phthalates. Mineral Fusion never tests on animals, and they are committed to sustainability, utilizing wind power, soy inks and packaging from recycled materials that can be recycled again.

Try the Mineral Blush in Airy (EWG rating: 2, PETA and Leaping Bunny certified) for a gorgeous summer glow, $21.99.


With a passion for beauty and the environment, Eco-Tools launched in 2008 to offer vegan, cruelty-free makeup brushes made with recycled materials and sustainable bamboo handles. Eco-Tools is well known for their incredibly soft cosmetic brushes, but they also offer a range of accessories, lashes and bath products.

Try the 5-piece brush set (PETA certified), which includes everything you need to apply your makeup like a pro, $14.49.

There ya go, 7 brands to explore the next time you hit the drugstore.

Again, these companies can be trusted to provide cleaner, health-conscious products, but beware of imitators.

Many companies claim to be “all-natural” and “organic,” but this is often marketing hype. It all boils down to the ingredient list, so be sure to read beyond the tagline and get to know what’s inside the bottle.

Check EWG’s Skindeep Database if you’re unsure of an ingredient’s safety, and remember: What goes on your beautiful skin is as important as what goes inside your glorious body.

Your turn: Do you have a safe drugstore brand you trust? Share your recommendations in the comments!

Gentle request: If you work for a beauty company please be cool, we’re trying to keep these comments as unbiased and useful as possible. Sharing your product is welcomed and awesome. Hundreds of comments about your product and/or why you’re cranky that it wasn’t included is NOT awesome. Thank you!

Peace & affordable beauty,

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  1. lisa hall says:

    Adiva Naturals Is a all brand that ive been using on my skin and hair for about 15 years. Every product is an experience. I mean its like like some kind of best kept secret complete with a beautiful beautiful boutique store with grass as the flooring. Totally incredible product line. Very affordable. Actually under priced for the level of quality.

  2. Jessie says:

    This brand isn’t in drugstores, but it’s the best organic skincare I have ever used. the Sun Cream, Toner, and Serum are all part of my daily routine. I love it!

  3. Ashley says:

    Have you tried or know anything about the skin care company True Botanicals?

  4. Scarlett says:

    Thanks for the entire list! Apart from all the brand you have mentioned, I would like to suggest you QuenchMe skin care products, they are small and relatively unknown, but they have wonderful highly formulated products at very reasonable prices. Mostly designed to be the most effective yet gentlest formulation possible. Their line is not extensive, but each product is high superb in its own way. I would recommend to everyone who is looking for healthy and glowing skin.

  5. Srinivasan says:

    Made with minimal ingredients: almond oil, rose water, beeswax and honey, this cleanser is simple, yet effective. It will remove impurities and leave skin clean, soft and smooth without any harshness.

  6. Kristen Park says:

    I love Pacifica! So happy to see them on this “approved” list.

    Juice Beauty skincare is great as well! And I also like their cc cream, lip crayon, and mascara.

  7. Filip Brown says:

    Thanks for this really helpful post. hair loss is ruining life of youngsters also.

  8. Thanks for the Best 7 Safe and Affordable Brands for Your Skin and Hair.

  9. Wendy says:


    I wanted to try S.W. Basics products for my skin. I have dry and sensitive skin, and I bet S.W. Basics will help me with the problem because these products are natural and safe for the skin. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Michelle says:

    I love L’Occitane for their shea butter creams for body, hands and feet and no extra ingredients.

  11. Olwyn says:

    Thanks for all your much needed and very welcome research Chris. If you have a list of teas that have no aluminium in them, I would be grateful! Apparently aluminium is a direct cause of Alzheimer’s…
    And alum is in a lost of personal care products, tinned drinks and food, and tea…. I am distressed!

  12. That is a great tip particularly to those new to the blogosphere.
    Brief but very precise info… Thanks for sharing this one.
    A must read article!

  13. Melissa O'Brien says:

    Thank you for the article. However, some of the links are not working.

  14. Nat says:

    Dear Kris, I love your blog. I find what you are doing amazing and so helpful! I was wondering, do you have any recommendation for sunscreen?? Again, thank you so much & big hugs from California : )

  15. Jenny S. says:

    Hi Kris,
    I am using Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Butter Body Lotion With Frankincense & Myrrh. It is definitely rejuvenating, and I feel that my skin is hydrated and a little tighter. I usually have a very dry skin, but after I started using this, my skin never felt so soft and moisturized. I do recommend this product. It has a fragrant but very mild scent. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Amanda says:

    Thank you for sharing about SheaMoisture! One of my favorite companies and I am always sooo happy to support Sierra Leonean businesses. It’s a country that has so much wonderful history and natural remedies from there abound!

  17. Valeria says:


    Any brands you can suggest in UK and Italy, please?

  18. Toni Camacho says:

    I love all the products Kris mentions on this blog and i appreciate that Kris is bringing awareness to consumers of brands that are healthy to use. Mountain Rose Herbs also carries great skin care products. I have used several of the brands listed here in the past and they inspired me to learn create my own brand too. like these brands do not test on animals and all my ingredients are organic.

  19. nienke says:

    In Holland (Europe) we have a beautiful brand WELEDA all organic no mineral oils and lovely smell of essentatial oils like lavender. Shampoo, massage oils, deodorants, skin care called “skin food” (put nothing on your skin that you would not eat)

  20. Maddie Chase says:

    Does anyone know more about the product Tate’s The Natural Miracle Conditioner? All the ingredients listed are fruits,water, herbs, flowers and vegetables, no expiration date, no describable smell. Unable to email company for more information.

  21. Jean says:

    Thanks so much for this article! I have a few allergies and sensitivities (ie aloe, beeswax, etc.) that make it very hard to find good natural products. Also, I’m very fair skinned and aging. I spent hours today on the EWG website and didn’t find anything new that I wanted to try. I have already tried almost everything at Whole Foods Body. For some reason I wasn’t aware of SW Basics and this looks like an awesome solution for me. I like very few ingredients in my products (less chance of a reaction to something.) That is one reason I hate Acure. I mean do they really need 85 different ingredients for a moisturizer? What’s not in it?

    Anyway, I just found an awesome cleanser for sensitive skin by Garnier. It’s the Clean gentle clarifying cleansing gel for sensitive skin. I built my own report on EWG and it’s rated a 2 with no allergies and immunotoxicities on the bar graph. It’s about 6-7$ for a large bottle that lasts. I’ve seen it at Bed Bath & Beyond and Walgreens. Please let me know if anyone is aware of a good eye cream. That is what I was trying to find today.

  22. Wyndie says:

    Pure Haven Essentials is an amazing and affordable line of safe products. We spend a lot of time educating about ingredient awareness too! Love this line!

  23. Stephanie says:

    Great article Kris!!
    I am not in drugstores but I make all natural affordable skin care, my goal was high quality ingredients and affordable!

  24. Paris says:

    I love the LOVELY LADY skin care products. Based in Colorado, I have met the owner/founder and she is a very conscious woman on a mission. Clean products that are fantastic!

  25. Ally says:

    I had no idea Mineral Fusion also makes hair products until the little bottles caught my eye at Expo West! I love their powder foundations. Such great info, as always thanks for sharing!! <3

  26. kim says:

    I would love to go natural in skin care but what i have tried doesn’t work and i often really don’t like the scents of these natural products and i have searched high and low for a kick ass hand lotion that has no scent and have not yet found one. Maybe you can help…

    • Jean says:

      Aveeno eczema hand lotion is unscented and really nice. It’s rated pretty well by EWG. It’s not totally natural, though. I have super sensitive skin and lots of allergies and have never had a problem with their lotions. I find them to be very hydrating. I love many of the aveeno hand and body lotions and they are usually rated really well. Just be sure to get the unscented varieties and you should be in good shape. I usually get them at Safeway in San Jose, CA, but they are really easy to find in stores.

    • Stephanie says:

      I can make you a lotion bar with no scent. It’s all natural and simple!

  27. Adele says:

    Hi Kris,
    In the UK and I have very inflammatory rosacea.
    I use without problems:
    The organic pharmacy. Toiletries , skincare and make up.
    Pai. Skin care.
    Neals Yard. Body. Toiletries.
    Dr Organics. Toiletries and skincare.
    Dr Bronner for my boys hair gel/styling products.
    Earth paste. Toothpaste but I have to get it from the US.
    Antipodes. Their balm is awesome for everything from bumps to make up removal.
    Olive oil. At a push I’ll use olive oil to remove make up if my skin becomes reactionary! 🙂
    There are others but they tend to be my go too..
    Hope there’s something there of use.
    Adele. X

  28. AlysonJade says:

    PURE haven essentials (PHE) is not sold in drug stores but online and through home and personal sales. They are applying for their USDA organic status. They have a nice range of products, new ones coming out all the time, and you can read each ingredient on the simple labels. They also have a mission of educating the public about how to shop as an “ingredient detective” to avoid the top 20 or so toxic ingredients that are harmful to the body.

  29. leanne says:

    Yes To is an affordable brand which is becoming more popular in the UK.

  30. Sally L. says:

    FYI: Pacifica Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation is a “4” on EWG.

  31. Maryellen says:

    Thank You Kris for all of these wonderful tips, I am sharing with friends and family

  32. Courtney says:

    What does Cream moisturizer smell like?

  33. Alicia says:

    I have been using ACURE products for past several years. These are really pretty great, do not have artificial chemicals and quite affordable too. I would recommend everybody to use them.

  34. Hi I am in Scotland and I can’t get enough of your emails. I am in a similar situation as your self and in the process of changing my life style. One of the first things I changed was my skin care, I found a fantastic 100% organic and natural product called Balm Balm, which I love and is very reasonably priced x

  35. Jenna says:

    LOVE Shea Moisture! As for makeup, all I use is Mia & Lillie Cosmetics’ Buttery Creamy Lipsticks. They are natural and moisturizing! This is their site

  36. Angela says:

    Juice beauty. For foundation it is Nice and smooth. Really good product.

  37. Cindy says:

    My son has eczema and we starting using Kirks Castle bar soap and love it. 3 bars for 3.99 at Walmart. Made with coconut, it was recommended by a naturopathy, that is all we use on our skin.

  38. gilor says:

    Hi Kris,
    Do you have recommendation for brands who have worldwide free deliveries?
    I coulidn’t find any…. 🙁

  39. AnnMarie says:

    Hi thank you for the list. May I ask, you said there was a .99 cent blue eye shadow; what brand was that?
    Thank you!

  40. Megan says:

    Good looking out! Thanks for these recommendations! Let me know if you ever want to review or try Lemongrass Spa products and I will send you some. 😉

  41. Erin says:

    Not drugstore, but Radiantly You has truly natural products for under $20. EVERY ingredient is listed on the label. Nothing to hide. The company was started by a young mom who wants natural products to be available to all. New products coming out this Fall.

  42. Cristina says:

    Hello can anyone tell me if Kiehl’s Brand is healthy and good for my skin?
    Thank you

  43. Sarah says:

    I’m looking for safe, PPD hair color for my roots. I tried Palette by Nature, but it didn’t cover. Any suggestions?!

  44. Eileen says:

    I am an etsy seller and all of the products I make are organic and handmade by yours truly in my Brooklyn studio. I call my line “Habitual” because putting on lip balms and beauty products can be habit forming. The Habitual name speaks to the presence of beauty habits and skincare rituals in everyday life and how these habits and rituals leave an imprint on our bodies, minds, and the environment. Start forming good habits today x
    Check it out:
    (and free samples anytime for you Kris, of course 🙂

  45. Sue says:

    Milani Cosmetics and Hard Candy are both cruelty free and available at Walmart !

  46. sally says:

    swee Lei Lani , I get from the Rexall Drugstore here in AB Canada. I like the product, and very affordable.

  47. lisa says:

    Thank you for including the EWG ratings!!!

  48. Annette Hansen says:

    Hi Kris,
    I’m wondering if you know anything about Arbonne? I’m just looking into it and they say their products are botanically based, completely pure and safe. No animal testing, vegan, no added chemicals whatsoever. I’m sure in this day and age you can’t “promote” a network marketing company and that’s fine, I’m just wondering if you’ve looked into them at all bc your standards are very strict and you’ve changed my outlook on health in amazing ways, so I trust your opinion. Only asking if you’ve happened to look into them and what your feedback is?
    Thanks so much!
    Love, peace, happiness,

  49. Geri Boulton says:

    Pur Minerals make up from shoppers drug mart (Canada) I’ve used and really like their eye shadow, 4 in 1 liquid foundation, and 4 in 1 pressed mineral powder with Foundation, powder, concealer and SPF

  50. Jessika Berkay says:

    Hi Kris! I know you’re already familiar with Ava Anderson Non Toxic because I’ve seen how you LOVE her mascara! 🙂 You absolutely must try her hair care! The shampoo is aloe based with zero harmful chemicals. A 16oz bottle for 15.95 that lasts me 6+ months. Amazing stuff that I know you’d love…especially the educating and empowering message she shares! Thank you for all your inspiration too! Love what you do, gorgeous! 🙂

  51. Lisa Penn says:

    Are there any safe hair sprays out there?

  52. Annette Sonnenberg says:

    I love the fact that these products are made by small companies and not animal tested. Thank you. I would have liked to see a picture of the bottles so it would be easier to recognize them in the stores.

    • Kris Carr says:

      Really great suggestion Annette, when possible we will do that. Thanks!

    • Jean says:

      you can go to their websites and check them out before going to the store. you can usually find a store locator on individual websites so you don’t waste time going from store to store. you do need to do some of your own research. I know it’s a drag, but it’s easier to spend the time at home online first and find what appeals to you. also each brand will have many different products that all look different. you shouldn’t expect to be spoonfed.

  53. Bebby says:

    Dear Kriss
    How about body shop?

  54. Chelsea says:

    I have opened a shop that sells Australian Owned and Manufactured Natural Products. I have fallen in love with these products and have become so passionate about natural products.

    I sell a range of products in my shop and on my website which include:

    – Tri Nature
    – Rustic Hyde
    – Puraforce

    I am still trying to source some other companies so post like these are great 🙂

  55. Krissy says:

    I love ALL that you do!
    I was triggered by the first company who’s mom had breast cancer that donated money for mammograms. Mammograms cause cancer and are never helpful. I’m sure you know this but just had to point it out. In fact I would never purchase the products because I would never want my money going to big pharma!
    Anyway thanks for listening! You are a rock star!

  56. I’ve found a great Mineral Deodorant that seems to be the best natural one that I have tried – based on Pomegranate – Paraben Free – with NO Aluminium Chlorophydrate.
    Crystal Essence.
    Sold in pharmacies here in New Zealand with our local Breast Cancer pink ribbon recommendation sticker on it. Imported from USA.

    Another beautiful skin care range is Sukin which also has natural Aluminium free deodorant. This is produced across the Tasman Sea by our neighbours in Australia. Sukin Australian natural skincare. Fresh fragrance, and just glides onto the skin. Love it !

    Love your work Kris !

  57. Gena says:

    thank you!
    thank you!
    thank you!
    I really appreciate this information +
    I so appreciate you.
    xo Gena xo

  58. Kathleen says:

    Thank you so much for this information! I have been looking for guidance in this area for quite awhile.

  59. Charlotte says:

    Thank you for helping us find more natural products in the marketplace. Unfortunately, Pacifica does not have natural fragrances. If you look closely at the ingredient list it says something like signature perfume blend with essential and natural oils. This basically means they can use synthetic fragrances and essential oils. Fragrance and perfume is a particularly grey area for companies and they can basically put whatever they want in there. This particular product, the CC cream also has mica, which has undetermined toxicity levels and is a known irritant.

  60. Alyson says:

    What a great list! It’s super helpful. I’m happy to see some of my favorites made the cut 🙂 Did you not add BURT’S BEES because it’s not vegan? Just curious since I use there lipsticks thinking they are safer and better than other drug store option like say CoverGirl or something.

    • AMANDA says:

      I love Burt’s bees products!

      • Marzena says:

        I do understand that there was a problem with traces of lead in their red lippy
        Not sure if they corrected it

    • Laura Mcleod says:

      It could be that Burt’s Bee’s wasn’t mentioned because they were purchased by Clorox. Some people care about product ownership. This is happening more and more these days. Ben & Jerry’s is owned by Unilever… and so on.

  61. Catherine says:

    Dear Kris, Thank you!!! I cherish this information. You have no idea how you have helped to encourage my mother and I during our very difficult time; my younger sister was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer about twelve weeks ago. Scared and overwhelmed, I went to the library and checked out every book with the word “cancer” in the title. I found your books and I felt so inspired and blessed. Please keep doing what you are doing and know that there are many of us who you may never meet but that have been immeasurably helped by your good works 🙂 Thank you so much for the gift that you are. I am praying that my sister and the other countless people who are touched by this disease will read your story and have hope. Love and peace, Catherine

  62. Hi from Theo
    here are skincare products that are a very high quality from science and nature
    one of the beset brands available online or thru a distributor
    you get to purchase at wholesale 30% saving.

    Very Innovative and now anti-aging is here you may like to take a look
    to learn more
    many thanks, if you have any questions do ask , you will get a friendly reply from New Zealand

    • Cora says:

      Hi there, thanks for your comment & thanks to Kris for this blog website & everything else she puts on it.
      Im also in little NZ & have been diagnosed with C & it’s so hard to find something totally natural for my skin & make up! Everything I have found has 1 ingredient that’s unsafe can’t fine any pure natural. I have been using olive oil as a face moisturiser but it just isn’t enough my skin is still parched & flaking.
      I will look at this link you have put here.

  63. Jadi says:

    *Sigh-of-relief*! Some of my FAVORITE products are on this list! Thank you for getting to the bottom of this, and sharing in a clear and concise way, Kris*

  64. Abigail Self says:

    Ava Anderson Non-toxic!!

  65. Dahlia says:

    Hi! Great list Kris, thank you so much for it!
    Could you (or anyeone!) please explain a little bit about the EWG rating system? Is a higher number better? Or a lower number? And what exactly is this based on?

    Thank you!

    • Linda says:

      EWG stands for Environmental Working Group. A lower number is better. The lower the number the less toxic. You can download their app and scan products at the store. you can also look them up online. They have a sunscreen guide also.

  66. Ava Anderson is a safe, healthy and affordable line of personal care products, home cleaning and cosmetics without toxic chemicals. endorsed by Healthy Child and the Environmental working Group

  67. sabrina says:

    Eminence has never let me down!

  68. Avs says:

    Hi Kris. I use most of these brands already! The other product I totally love is the Seaweed Bath and Co. They specialize in shampoo and soap. Reading the reviews, I’ve read their products helped a lot of people with skin problems… Thank you for your awesome posts!

  69. Stefani says:

    Oh thank you so much for putting this together!!!!!

  70. Sarah Thomas says:

    Zoe Organics is AMAZING and can now be found at Target!

  71. Aimee says:

    No Burt’s Bees? Bummer.

  72. Susan says:

    Thanks so much for this list. I have some of these products before, but didn’t realize that SheaMoisture was sold at CVS. I have one across the street from work and will be running over there to purchase it.
    Thanks again.

  73. Pristine Beauty is a 100% natural, vegan, cruelty-free and gluten free company that was founded by me, Blaire Kessler, a breast cancer survivor. Our motto is Hollywood Glamour Naturally!!

    • where is listing of the ingredients in your products, difficult to find???

      • Pristine Beauty’s ingredients are easy to read and readily available on our website. We continuously receive accolades from Total Beauty and have signed the Compact For Safe Cosmetics. We sell our products at select Whole Foods and many brick and mortar spas and boutiques across the country.

        Kris, I love everything you stand for. Thank you so much for helping us all lead more fulfilling and harmonious lives!!

  74. Terry says:

    Thank you for this useful and practical guide! And thank you for all that you are doing for people, animals and the earth!!!

  75. Carol says:

    Have you any information on the product
    Line “mad hippie”. ?

  76. Linda says:

    Thank you, Kris! We need this list in a downloadable file that we can save to our device so that we have it when we shop!

    • Kris Carr says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Linda! I’ll keep that in mind. For now, depending on your device’s browser, you may be able to bookmark this blog for future reference! xo, kc

  77. Patrice says:

    100% pure. Make-up and skin care

  78. Joni. Parker says:

    Derma e is sold ar Walgreens now, Their day. anf night moisturizer is on sale for 14.99 this week, great price compared to Whole Foods 24.99 price. tag

  79. Dawn Ellis says:

    Beauty counter! We are sold online and through direct sales. Safe, luxurious and effective products. We use no ingredients links to human health issues. The strictest screening process and a commitment to the environment. Our mission is to get safe products into the hand of everyone. We have a political presence and it is our goal to change the beauty industry! Become a part of the movement and check us out!

    • Sally says:

      Unfortunately I havent been able to verify that Beautycounter ingredients, not solely the finished product, aren’t tested on animals. They’re not Leaping Bunny or PETA certified. They did say that they’re a young company and looking into this. Hopefully they’ll achieve certification soon. I wouldn’t be comfortable purchasing them w/o the certification.

  80. Mariana Baptiste says:

    Hi, I have a question, do you have any information about the brand “MINÉRALOGIE”, I think this is from NY.
    It seems safe, but not sure.
    I live in southamerica and this is probably the only “apparently safe” brand that I can find where I live.
    Thanks in advance.
    God bless you.
    PD: How about BURT’S BEES brand? This I also find where I live.

  81. Hi Kris! I your blogs and your books. The zen juice is my fav. Having it agin this morning… Thank you for sharing. I would be honored to share Arbonne with you. arbonne has the most impressive ingredient and green policy I’ve come across and it’s made in the USA! (I am melanoma survivor and water treatment engineer at the EPA so I cancer friendly products that I don’t have to worry about removing from our drinking water or harming our Eco system – our sunscreen is reef friendly too! 🙂

  82. Nicole says:

    I’ve seen these brands at Whole Foods, and even Target. Walgreens carries some of this (but very little). But CVS has none of these brands available. With their new CVS Health initiatives, including removing cigarettes from stores, you’d think that natural and organic products is something they’d move towards! I think I’ll try to reach out to them on this! 🙂

    • Kris Carr says:

      Let us know what you find out!

    • Joanna Newkirk says:

      CVS is bringing in a large selection of Mineral Fusion all EWG certified to several stores in California. Probably as a test to see the response. I like their eye shadow. I bought the liquid liner but I am not thrilled with that so I will go back and get a pencil. I bought their skin cream but found when I got home that the EWG rating was to high for my needs. One thing to remember with brands is that some products may be fabulous regarding toxins but other items may be very high.

  83. Debra says:

    I recently found Soapbox shampoos and conditioners at Target. Per their labels they’re free of sulfates, parabens, pthalates, EDTA, and artificial colors, The label also says they’re cruelty free and not tested on animals. Plus, your purchase goes toward providing clean water to an impoverished location. I’ve used a couple varieties and I think they work well. Really low priced, too!

  84. Julia says:

    Desert Essence has amazing products. I get it at my local drugstore. Most of the ingredients are organic, but I can read and understand every ingredient on the label and nothing scary is inside!!

  85. Sara Correia says:

    We are not available in drug stores, but we have amazing, safe, and affordable skin care an makeup at Beautycounter!

  86. Iwona says:

    Thank you Kris for your very precious notes and advise .
    I live in UK and wonder if you are aware of any UK based company with no or little toxic ingredients . What is your view on Arbonne . They promote themselves as ” pure , safe and beneficial ” ??
    Many thanks and best wishes Iwona

    • Hi Iwona I am also in the uk and use a skin care brand Balm Balm which is 100% natural and organic. The tubs appear rather small but a little goes a long way and they are very reasonably priced

    • Nic says:

      Arbonne’s marketing claim is that their products are ‘pure’ ‘safe’ and ‘plant based’ – but many of their ingredients are chemically altered in laboratories into very different products from their original safe “plant based” ingredients by the time you put them on your face – they are unhealthy toxins. Words like ‘pure’ and ‘natural’ are usually meaningless marketing phrases used to convince the open-minded consumer to relax and part with their cash. So don’t trust promotional phrases designed to get you to spend your money. (It might be worth asking yourself why it is so difficult to get a full ingredient list for Arbonne products?!)

    • Emma Stott says:

      I love Liz Earle products based in the isle of white I have not found a single thing in the range that is not super effective and a joy to use. Lush also had some nice ranges. Enjoy exploring x

  87. Tali says:

    Hi Kris….I love Acure products! I don’t know how drug-store available all of these below brands are…but easy to purchase online and affordable…..

    1) Lavera
    2) 100% Pure
    3) La Mav
    4) Andalou
    5) Sukin (some of this range is good – very affordable)
    6) Black Chicken
    7) Eco Face

    Also…a lot of great up & coming cosmetics lines on etsy! I’m from Australia…hence some Aussie brands in there too. Kora Organics makes the most beautiful body moisturiser & shower gel I have ever tried!! But is a little more expensive. I often shop @ – you may like to check this out for some great Australian products xx

  88. Sally Palmer says:

    I’m in Australia and love receiving your emails. A great organic and very affordable skincare range down under is AUM Anti Age Organics #AUMbeauty it’s available online and they have amazing products

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