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9.15.2020

20 Budget-Friendly Clean Skincare Brands
You Need To Try

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One of the most common objections about clean beauty is the prohibitive price tag: a cleanser or serum from an ingredient-conscious brand can cost you upwards of $40, and a bottle of face oil can easily run into the triple-digit. While there is a time and place for luxury clean beauty, what this really means is that for those in the lower income bracket (disproportionately people of color), clean beauty is simply not an option. 

Thankfully, we're starting to see more changes in the industry, with more clean skincare brands offering better (read: more affordable) choices to consumers who have been feeling left out. Your right to choose no longer has to end where your budget stops.

In this post I have put together a list of 20 budget-friendly clean skincare brands, half of which are BIPOC- or LGBTQ-owned (marked with an asterisk), so spread the news to everyone you know!

P/S: Interested in makeup? Check out 16 Affordable Clean Makeup Brands That Won't Break The Bank.


20 Budget-Friendly Clean Skincare Brands You Need To Try[Credit: Acure]
1. Acure

Acure is the perfect starter brand to take your skin from blah to brilliant, and their mission is to provide the highest quality fair-trade, natural and certified organic personal care products. Prices range from $4.99 for their sheet masks and under eye hydro-gels to $19.99 for oils and serums.


20 Budget-Friendly Clean Skincare Brands You Need To Try[Credit: Andalou Naturals]

Andalou Naturals formulates their products with PhytoCellTec® Fruit Stem Cell Science, a proprietary blend of nature’s most potent bioactive stem cells, along with unique and innovative ingredients such as Turmeric, Kombucha, Purple Carrot and Probiotics. Prices range from $3.69 for a face mask pod to $24.99 for their serums. (Get $20 off your first order using this link!)

20 Budget-Friendly Clean Skincare Brands You Need To Try[Credit: @flowwetry]

Anne's Apothecary is a result-oriented face and body care line for all skin types, sustainably and ethically made in Raleigh, NC with all natural, dermatologist-approved ingredients. Prices range from $9 for a bar soap to $32 for a moisturizer or serum.

Must try: Restore Facial Oil ($25) and Dead Sea Mud Facial Treatment ($15) 
[Credit: Badger Balm]

A small family-owned and run company and a certified B-Corp, Badger Balm only use ingredients that fit their rigorous standards for healthy agriculture, minimal processing, sustainable supply chain, and health giving properties. Prices range from $14.99 for their Unscented Face Oil to $19.99 for their Damascus Rose Facial Cleansing Oil.

Must try: Everything they make is stellar- find out which line is best suited for your skin type here!
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5. BYBI

BYBI (which stands for By Beauty Insiders) is founded by beauty experts and trained formulators Elsie & Dominika, a values-driven brand trying to create change in the beauty industry. Prices range from $14 for their Lip Buff and Lip Plumper to $44 for their Supercharge Serum.

Must try: Bakuchiol Booster ($17) and Supercharge Serum ($44)
20 Budget-Friendly Clean Skincare Brands You Need To Try[Credit: Cocokind]

Cocokind is a clean and conscious skincare company that is committed to being as eco-friendly and low-waste as possible, all while remaining accessible to everyone. Prices range from $3 for their lip balms to $22 for their Overnight Resurfacing Masks. (Get $5 off your first order using this link!)

Must try: Oil To Milk Cleanser  ($18) and Full Brow Balm ($14)

[Credit: Flora Nee Naturals]

Flora Lee Naturals is a line of hand-blended, plant-based skincare inspired by founder Nia Baucke's gardening grandmother Flora Lee and a desire to lead a more holistic lifestyle. Prices range from $18 for their toner to $30 for their cleanser and mask. 

Must try: Instant Glow Cleanser & Mask  ($30) 

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Fox+Fern Botanicals is a holistic, hand-crafted plant-based skincare and aromatherapy line born out of a deep love and respect for the natural world, using only sustainably sourced and organic when possible ingredients. Prices range from $7 for their lip balm to $48 for their serum.

Must try:  Detox Herbal Mask ($24) and Sunshine Botanical Serum ($42)

[Credit: Inua Naturals]

Inua Naturals is inspired by African beauty and health traditions that nourish and heal your body from head to toe, using only ingredients that are locally and ethically sourced from small-scale farmers and artisans. Prices range from $17 for their organic Baobab oil to $40 for their organic Moringa Vitamic C serum. 

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10. Jacq's*

At Jacq's, they believe that no one should be excluded from clean, safe products and they set out to create effective science-backed skincare products that champion inclusivity. Prices range from $6 for their beauty and bath bars to $49 for their balm cleanser.

Must try: Healing Face Cleanser ($20) and Revitalizing Face Toner ($30) 

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11. Kinship

Kinship combines wellness with science-led skincare to create affordable yet high-performance and consciously packaged products, with their proprietary Kinbiome™– a proprietary microbiome technology that supports a healthy skin barrier. Prices range from $19 for their spot treatment to $25 for their sunscreen.


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12. Lhamour*

The first natural skincare line out of Mongolia, Lhamour's products are handmade by local women using local, raw and organic ingredients, with several being used in hospitals for skin ailments. Prices range from $5 for baby soap to $30 for their rosehip facial oil. (Use code NIHAO for 10% of your purchase to go towards RAICES!)

Must try: Baby Balm ($20) and Rosehip Facial Oil ($30) 

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Mad Hippie was built on the idea that natural skincare can be as effective as traditional, and they are committed to inspiring people to make healthier choices and to raise awareness for social and environmental causes. Prices range from $15.99 for their cream cleanser to $34.99 for their exfoliating serum.

Must try: Vitamin A Serum ($32.99) and Vitamin C Serum ($33.99) 
[Credit: Meow Meow Tweet]

Meow Meow Tweet is a whimsical line of vegan and cruelty-free products made in small batches from organic, unrefined plant oils and butters, steam-distilled and cold-pressed essential oils and organic and wild-crafted botanicals. Prices range from $12 for their facial soaps to $30 for their exfoliant mask. 

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Mychelle is an industry leader with over two decades of experience behind their effective, eco-friendly and ethically sourced products. Prices range from $12.50 for their Sun Shield Stick to $56 for their creams and serums.

Must try: Quick Clean Micellar Water ($10) and Sun Shield Liquid SPF 50 ($24) 
[Credit: Ode to Self Skincare]

Ode to Self Skincare is a tight edit of products designed to be the simple answer for skin of color to combat dryness, sensitivity and hyperpigmentation. Prices range from $29 for their Toning Essence to $45 for their Body and Hair Oil. (Use code NIHAO for 10% of your purchase to go towards RAICES!)

Must try: Bask Cleansing Balm ($32) and De Palma Facial Oil ($35) 
[Credit: Nola Skinsentials]

Nola Skinsentials wants you to look and and feel good in your own skin with their affordable, hand-crafted, vegan and cruelty-free skincare. They have a monthly sampler kit with discounted bundles, and all their products are priced under $30. (Get 20% off your first order using this link!)

Must try: After Glow Mist ($21.55) and Ultra Glow and Protect Serum ($24.55) 
[Credit: Sun Kissed Blush]

Sheaterra Organics is helmed by mother-of-fourteen Tammie Umbel who is regarded as one of the founding mothers of the green beauty movement. She sources indigenous ingredients and their traditional uses while creating economic opportunities for local populations. Prices range from $8 for their facial soap to $42 for pure argan oil. 


[Credit: Wildcraft Care]

Wildcraft care is all-natural, high quality skincare products that is handcrafted in small batches in their Toronto studio. Prices range from $14 from their All Purpose Salve to $34 for their Calm Face Lotion. (Get 15% off your first order using this link!)

Must try: Cleanse Makeup Remover ($19) and Renew Eye Serum ($32)
[Credit: YUNI]
20. YUNI

YUNI Beauty embodies responsible beauty and is committed to providing high performing, ethically sourced and natural body and skin care products for active lifestyles. Prices range from $15 for their shower sheets to $35 for their facial oil. 


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