Like most changes in my life recently, this was inspired by my four month stint in France earlier this year. Because everyone talks about eating healthier (which is important), but what about everything else? Why cut chemicals out of your food only to have them be absorbed into your skin through your skin, body, and hair care? That's why I've been slowly replacing all of the go-to generic brands with affordable, natural alternatives.
It's been about a three month process because, as a "broke college kid" I don't have $250 to drop on an a jar of natural oil -- no matter how much good it could do for my skin. Instead I've been investing in things I can afford, that will also not contain harmful chemicals. I have six items from The Body Shop, which I can tell you is a bit pricier than the skincare aisle of Target. But I only paid for three of them, because I bought all six during a "Buy 3, Get 3 Free" promotion that was good for anything in the store. Can I spend over $100 on these items in one day? Heck no. But $50 for six? I'll take that any day.
That, darling, is how you go natural on a broke college kid budget.
I've had my Mask of Magnaminty mask from LUSH for a few months, the Avéne moisturizer I picked up for next to nothing in a pharmacy in Angers, the Tom's toothpaste and deodorant, cucumber sunscreen, style milk, as well as my shampoo and conditioner (pictured below) all came from Target.
The one item I've spent the most money on is my bottle of rosehip oil, and if memory serves me it was around $35.
Are these the best quality products I could be getting? No, because there will always be something more organic, more natural, with less chemicals and additives. But for my small budget, I am pretty darn happy with these products. They're a definite step in the right direction, and I can use them in confidence knowing that.
I have also noticed a dramatic difference in my hair and skin since making the switch over to natural products. My hair (which is a few inches past my shoulders, super thick and curly) takes less time to dry than it has in years past. Think one hour instead of three or four, as I've always let it air dry. My skin has been problematic since seventh grade, and I've noticed a dramatic decrease in new acne since beginning my Body Shop product regime. The rosehip oil has helped to slowly diminish the noticeability of acne scars, and hormonal breakouts are few and far between these days.
Products pictured : Yes To Cucumbers Natural Sunscreen, Whole Care Toothpaste, Tea Tree Oil Skin Clearing Lotion, Pai Rosehip Oil, Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Wipes, Seaweed Clarifying Toner, Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser, Aloe Calming Toner, Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil, Mask of Magnaminty, Skin Recovery Cream, Curl & Style Milk, Long-Lasting Natural Deodorant, Curl & Shine Shampoo, & Smooth Collection Conditioner.