The truth is when it comes to clean beauty your right to choose ends where your budget stops and that is a problem.
Yes, the zeitgeist is full of brands offering cleaner, healthier options for our skin and bodies. However, money still dictates who has access to safe, non-toxic beauty. Those with lower incomes, especially disproportionate numbers of people of color and immigrants, don’t have the option of avoiding certain chemicals in their beauty routines–this is absolutely unjust.
Why is it that in America being healthy means being wealthy? A right to health is no different than a right to food. Similarly, everyone should have the right to decide which chemicals they are exposed to.
And yet, in today’s clean beauty craze, brands are taking advantage of conscious consumers by charging a premium for cleaner, healthier options. We believe it’s time for us as consumers to start holding beauty brands accountable for creating more affordable options. Thankfully, there are some brands getting it right. Searching for a clean beauty product that won’t break the bank? Try our curated list of recommendations.
Affordable clean beauty options
$6 – Herbal Essences’ new Honey & Vitamin B Sulfate-Free Shampoo has earned a coveted stamp of approval from the Environmental Working Group. It’s also comparable in price to Herbal Essences’ other formulas.
$10 – The Inkey List offers a retinol serum that meets Sephora’s clean requirements.
$20 – Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum formulated with 97% of ingredients from natural origin.
$13 – Burt’s Bees All Aglow Lip and Cheek Stick is 100% natural. It’s made without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances.
$10 – Botanics All Bright Radiance Concentrate Serum brightens complexion naturally with exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) from the hibiscus plant and a blend of active botanicals.
Photo Credit: Target, Sephora, ULTA
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