Frugal Friday: Best in Drugstore Beauty 2009

Don't ever let anybody tell you that it's impossible to find high quality, natural drugstore products these days. For the most part, you can find a great product at a decent price.

If you're on vacation and the airline loses your bag of toiletries, never fear! With a trip to Ulta, Walgreens or Target, chances are you'll be able to carry on in no time!

Let's see what Chic & Green likes best of everything tried and tested:

By far the best out there, this smells fabulous, works like a dream, and is gentle. I recently bought this again and have to say that after comparing it to my other favorites, this one is my clear favorite. At $8 for a 12 ounce bottle, it's also the most economical of my favorites.

Again, this works like a charm. I actually like all of their conditioners, but love how this makes my hair feel after swimming. It smells comforting and warm--like a bakery treat. Again, at $8 for a large 12 ounce bottle, you cannot beat the price.

Sunscreen is one of the trickiest areas to find a truly natural AND effective AND non-greasy product. I have honestly not tried one I loved. Not yet...

I typically mix zinc oxide or a cocktail of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in my own facial cream. I have tried several "natural" sunscreens, though. The one I probably like best is marketed for hands and body (so it's a large bottle, unlike ones marketed as a facial SPF). I used this on my face successfully and without greasiness. I keep buying and trying, hoping to find a perfect one...

$8.49 for 8.5 ounces

Again, it is not perfect. This is the best I have used on my boys, though. It's thick and smells has worked like a charm all summer long. It's $5.89.

Bar Soap: None Meeting C&G Standards at the Drugstore

I have yet to find a drugstore or other commericial soap without palm oil. Even my favorite Burt's Bees.... Never fear! The best soap on earth is still by my friend Nan Goodwin of Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps!

A true bargain--I get this for $5.92 for a 16 ounce bottle at Lucky Vitamin! Nourishes, lathers nicely, and smells soft and comforting. No SLS or harsh chemicals. A real find!

Again, under $6 for this gem. It's a thick, emollient cream which is perfect for elbows, knees and feet. I use this when I want something other than straight coconut oil or shea butter. Smells fabulous!

Smells divine. This is a neutral, realistic vanilla bean scent. This is a stellar alternative to the popular Avon Naturals (which is anything but) Body Lotion, which is known for its wonderful vanilla aroma. Best place to buy? Try it for $6.89 for 11 ounces from Enviroproducts World.

While not technically a drugstore find, this is really the ONLY affordable and natural lip product worth writing about. It puts the others to shame. Too many "natural" lip products contain a host of polymers and carmine as a colorant. This is a good pick. $14

High-end caliber makeup found in the aisles of Target, Walmart, and the grocery store. This is a gem. Retails for $14, but with coupons from the Sunday paper and weekly drugstore sales, you'll find it all the time for $9 or so.

This is a GREAT powder. It last all day without looking chalky and the colors are natural. The one negative? The packaging on the paperboard compact is very flimsy and breaks easily, so be careful. Application tip: use a fluffy kabuki brush to apply. The brush included is not of the best quality.

This replaced Tarte Lash Hugger as my all-time favorite mascara. Paraben free AND effective! Who could ask for more. Retails for $9.95, but frequently on sale.

Another winner from Almay. Silky, blends beautifully, and an ample selection of beautiful shades.

Soft, finely milled, and with an ease in application. Silky smooth! Lasts all day and rivals the high end companies...sorry I forgot the pic for this and didn't notice until after I posted.

NOTE: Despite trying the available options for concealer and eye liner, I didn't find anything worth recommending at this point.


Frances said...

Thank you so much for this list! I am a student and finding natural products within my budget is some times a headache. It is great to know that these are real recommendations as well, not just a product promotion!

thanks again!
- a reader from Vancouver, Canada

Karley said...

Thank you, Frances!

I will be the first to tell you that I make mineral foundation and eye shadow, wear it, and sell it.

HOWEVER, there are other options that I want my readers to know about--I like to keep trying new things just as much as anyone, especially as products continue to go greener.

Thanks for reading Chic & Green!~

Nanzy said...

Wow this is a really good post, I trust you on the Organic & Natural department so I'll be coming back to this post when I need new drugstore stuffs =) Thanks!

Aunt Nancy said...

Thank you, Karley!!!!



City Girl said...

As always, great information. I linked to that specific post yesterday from my post :)

Karley said...

Thank you, CGL!

Nan, Thank YOU--your soaps are the best on Earth (and perhaps Mars as well)

Lady P said...

you know that i love it when you do the research for us!!
grazie mille again for all your hard work
i take your advice to the store with me all the time

Kristin said...

Went hunting for a few of these items today but was unsuccessful. I was looking specifically for Burt's Bee Shampoo as I too need to maintain "color". LOL They had a few different types of shampoos but not the one you highlighted in your post. Not much luck with the children's sunblock. I need to hit a local drugstore next.

Thanks again for this fabulous post!

Kristin said...

Found the shampoo at Wegmans for $.50 less than the other stores too!

Anonymous said...

Great post. One of my resolutions this year is to try to go greener and more natural with my beauty products. So many things I find are incredibly expensive though! It should not cost $20 more for a safer product that is insane, I was glad to see some drugstore options here as I don't like to spend a fortune on items I go through quickly. I saw the Physicaians formula organics stuff but wasn't sure how natural it was, does the mascara give alot of volume? it is so cute I have wanted to try it but wasn't sure.