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Green Beauty on a Small Budget

Posted Sep 22 2008 10:16am
If you're reading this blog, it probably means that you're at least interested in living organically. Some of you may be able to let your purchases reflect your desire to live a toxin-free life, while others of you may feel like it's all out of reach. If anyone knows about the desire to live organically, but being limited by a teeny tiny budget - it's me. That's why I'm starting this multi-part series dedicated to sharing "green" beauty secrets and products with you that won't cost an arm and a leg. I'll give you some beauty tips as well as the names of some great products that will make your dollar stretch a little further. Today, I'm going to give you little tips for saving on organic skin care:

Tip #1: Buy Clay Facial Masks in Bulk
This completely natural, and fragrance free clay is known for it's purifying qualities, so it's perfect for demanding skin. It tightens pores and tones the facial skin while taking away impurities. Many high end brands sell dry French Clay for facial masks for $20+ per 2 oz. Mountain Rose Herbs sells 1 pound for $8.95 which would probably last a whole year.

Tip #2: Make Your Own Facial Oil

The book Gorgeously Green has a nice & simple facial oil recipe that all the ladies on the Gorgeously Green forum are RAVING about! Here's the recipe:

Rose Face Oil Recipe:

a. Fill each bottle almost to the top with your base oil/oils. Use apricot or sweet almond oil.
b. Add 5 drops of each of your essential oils. Try rose, lavender, and geranium.
c. Finally, add 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil.
d. That's all.

You'll probably need anywhere from 2-4 oz of the base oil (check out the book for more details), and assuming you already have the organic essential oils on hand, it would definitely come out to be much cheaper than buying a high-end product.

Tip #3: Steam Your Face

How To: Fill your sink with hot water. Add 5-10 drops of lemon, lavender or rose essential oil. Put your face in the steam and cover your head with a towel to trap the steam for 5 minutes. Very good for your skin & you will be glowing afterward! Great to do to open up your pores before applying any kind of mask.

Tip #4: Use a Hydrosol for Toner

Mountain Rose Herbs sells lavender, rose & orange blossom hydrosols for $5.75 for 4 oz. Other companies charge $20+ for hydrosols with these very same ingredients. Yeah the label may be cuter on the high end brands, but if it's the same thing....why not?

Tip #5: Use Witch Hazel for Toner

Any brand will do, but be sure to check the ingredients because a few companies out there have been known to sneak some questionable ingredients in there. (FYI: Our husbands have *suggested* that we not use plain witch hazel, as it tends to smell like bacon once applied to the face - not so sexy. So we would suggest you go for the lemon or rose version.)

Tip #6: Use Desert Essence 'Thoroughly Clean' Face Wash

One bottle of Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Face Wash costs $4.57 on Vitacost right now - which is a great deal for even conventional face wash. While it isn't completely organic, they use some organic essential oils and their ingredient list is lacking anything you can't pronounce. Not only is this product cheap, it's gotten some pretty great reviews by people with demanding skin. Definitely worth checking out!

Stay tuned for some cheap finds for body care in the next couple of days!

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Questions, Comments or Suggestions? Email us at hello@figandsage.com! xo, S+E
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