October 23, 2012

How to Save Money While Going Non-Toxic


Transitioning to a green beauty routine can be expensive if you buy the luxury items that contain flecks of 14 karat gold. But if you know what you're doing, you can actually save money while making the switch. It's not immediately obvious, so I wanted to share what I've discovered on my journey.

DIY
Whipping up your own recipes is fantastic for so many reasons. By customizing the blend, you can include the exact ingredients that work for your skin, not the masses. By making them yourself, you can also control the quality of the ingredients. On top of it all, simple concoctions will be made of simple ingredients that will cost pennies compared to packaged products. Some of my recipes to come!

Take advantage of samples
Most green beauty sites, like Spirit Beauty Lounge, the Nature of Beauty, Bubble and Bee, Marie Veroniques, Future Natural and Vapour Organic Beauty have great sampling offers. They understand the need for a test run. Some of them have free samples, and others have miniature sizes at lower prices.

Pay attention to return policies
If a company doesn't take returns, you'll want to know before you order a new shade of lipstick online. Otherwise, you know you are free to test a product out for a week or so, and see how your body adjusts. Whole Foods is a great example: anything is returnable with a receipt. Pay attention, and you can easily minimize risks. 

Multitaskers
Once you simplify the ingredients in your products, you'll find that they can transform into multitasking workhorses. My make up remover can also stand in as my facial moisturizer, body oil, or cuticle cream in a pinch. Scout out some that work for you, and not only will you de-clutter your cabinets, but you'll save money too.

Sales!
Most of the companies I love have sales from time to time. Like them on Facebook, sign up for their email newsletters, or follow me on twitter, and you'll know when a deal's on.


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