Wondering why we’re still talking about beauty? Well, we reckon that while there’s some pretty crazy stuff going on right now, with a lot of it out of our hands, our daily self-care rituals are something that we can still control. Taking care of ourselves at the best of times is key, and a simple routine can help us to build resilience when things are tougher. But while we all like a bit of luxury sometimes, these low-cost bathroom basics are loved by our thriftiest customers who have really done their research… you might even have enough left over for a second savvy skin-treat.
Weleda Skin Food Original 30ml $11.40
Even the most affluent among us, like Victoria Beckham and Julia Roberts, swear by the low-cost iconic green tube that’s been around since 1926. The best thing about Weleda Skin Food is that it has so many uses. It can be used as a cuticle cream through to an overnight nourishing sleep mask. It’s great for dry hands, especially if you’ve been washing your hands more often or out in the garden.
“Amazing! Very high-quality concentrated skin cream for a great price, you can use as an eye cream, face night mask/treatment (I heat it, so it melts a bit and is easier to spread) or for dry hands, feet & elbows. Would not be without it now.” - Jules
Hurraw Raspberry Tinted Lip Balm 4.8gm $6.90
For a ‘Zoom-ready’ look, this subtle naturally coloured lip balm provides colour and moisture for dry, dull lips. The ingredients are 73% certified organic. Hurraw have a flavour for everyone! There’s also no unhygienic dipping of your fingertip into a pot of lip balm (those pots are so last year) and the oval design is ergonomic for lips.
“Hurraw are my absolute favourite, Collecting most flavours. I am very fair and it just enhances your natural lip colour.” - Daisy
Essano Moisture Restorative Night Crème 50gm $16.90
Manufactured here in NZ, Essano are doing an awesome job at keeping natural beauty at accessible prices, in fact they are NZ’s bestselling natural skincare brand. This beautiful, rich crème formula deeply nourishes while you sleep, delivering nutrition to your skin from Jojoba oil, Mamaku and Harakeke extracts making it perfect for dry skins and the change in season.
“I absolutely love this cream! My skin feels amazing after using it. I have also noticed a few finer lines become softer. I also have quite dry skin, but my face has been feeling really hydrated.” - Jess
Dr Bronner's Lavender Liquid Soap 237ml $19.70
If you’ve never tried castile soap (a type of soap made with vegetable oils, not animal fats like lard or tallow) start with Dr Bronner’s – you’ll never look back. This gentle cleansing product has 18 uses for all your skincare and cleaning solutions in one bottle. Dr. Bronner's use 100% post-consumer recycled bottles for their products and they are passionate about Fair Trade – supporting the people who grow their ingredients.
“I absolutely love this product. I use it as my shower soap, add a few drops to laundry in place of fabric conditioner and put some in bucket of water when I’m wiping anything down. It’s quite concentrated so lasts quite a while. I highly recommend it.” - Margaret
Aotearoad Rose + Vanilla Natural Deodorant 55gm $12.90
If you’re looking to make the switch to natural deodorant then try Aotearoad, one of the bestselling new products we launched last year. The distinctive cardboard tube packaging houses a beautifully fragranced and vegan-friendly deodorant stick that works to provide long lasting protection from odour-causing bacteria. The plastic free packaging is easy to use and as with all Aotearoad products, it’s handmade here in New Zealand.
“I love this deodorant, after using the same deodorant for many years I started using this as I was looking for a more eco product (less plastic packaging). This is wonderful!” - Ana
Trilogy Rosehip Roller 10ml $13.60
This roller is super convenient to use! Apply to the eye and lip area for a cooling roll-on application of nourishing oil to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or roll onto other places on the body that need high-intensity nourishment, like stretchmarks and scars. This Certified Organic Rosehip oil by Trilogy is famously used by celebrities around the world for beautiful, clear, youthful skin.
I used to spend exorbitant amounts of money on high end products until I discovered Trilogy which I believe make even better-quality products without the king hit to my wallet… I've now got several friends who love this product too* - C Stewart
Hand sanitiser has become a go-everywhere essential in recent months, but many harsh commercial formulations leave your hands dry and irritated. Not ideal! That’s why we love this natural option from local brand Absolute Essential. Skin soothing aloe vera protects and nourishes the skin while 60% certified organic Ethanol meets hospital specified safety standards. Plus, the zingy-fresh citrus, mint and eucalyptus essential oil blend not only smells great but also helps to kill bacteria.
"No more dry hands and it smells nice too. The size makes it very convenient to keep in my handbag for use at any time. Highly recommended." - Vicki
Weleda Revitalising Hair Tonic 100ml $16.90
Sensitized scalp? Or are your locks lacklustre thanks to bleach, perms or hot styling? Say ‘hello’ to Weleda Revitalising Hair Tonic. It’s formulated with rosemary oil and precious extracts of stonecrop and horseradish, to improve nutrient supply to the roots of the hair, strengthen the hair shaft, soothe the scalp and generally keep hair looking lush and conditioned. This non-oily tonic can be massaged into the scalp morning and night and the rosemary scent leaves your hair smelling wonderful.
"Lovely herbal smell. My hair definitely looks happier since using it. And my scalp is loving me for it." - Nadine
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