11 of the Best Clean Beauty Products You Can Find at the Drugstore
Once upon a time, finding cruelty-free, clean, and natural haircare, makeup, and skincare products meant making a trip to a healthfood store. Thankfully that's no longer the case.
With more information at your fingertips about what goes into your beauty products, you might be interested in switching to cruelty-free, non-toxic formulas that leave certain ingredients out. (Unsure about any ingredients in particular? The Environmental Working Group's cosmetics database is a good place to start.) Thanks to the demand from beauty shoppers who give a damn, there are more clean product options than ever — and that includes on the shelves of your favorite drugstore.
Whether you're trying to reduce waste by using shampoo that comes in a bottle made from post-consumer recyclable materials or a natural mascara that doesn't smudge or get runny, there are plenty of affordable clean options out there.
Ahead, a rundown of the best affordable cruelty-free, clean, and non-toxic beauty products you can find at the drugstore.
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Weleda Skin Food Cream
This cult favorite multi-purpose cream is super thick, moisturizing, and its formula is certified natural by The International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association (NATRUE). Slather it on your face, or any rough spots that need extra hydration like your elbows or hands, because unlike many thick creams, it leaves skin glowy, not greasy.
SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
This dense shea butter, coconut oil, and neem oil smoothie hydrates curls so that they're soft and defined. Work it through wet hair before styling, but take note that a little product goes a long way.
EcoTools Start The Day Beautifully Kit Makeup Brush Set
Certified by Peta, this brand's makeup brushes are cruelty-free, vegan, and made with synthetic bristles. The handles come from renewable bamboo and recyclable aluminum. While the Eco Tools makes sustainability a priority, the brand puts together some of the most affordable, curated brush kits out there. Take this five-brush set as an example: it includes angled foundation, blurring, defined crease, angled liner, and full blush — aka the essential tools any beginner or pro needs for a full face of makeup.
Burt's Bees 100% Natural Origin Matte Stick
If you swear by Burt's Bees' classic lip balm, consider this matte lipstick an upgrade. More pigmented than a tinted balm, it offers just as much color payoff as your favorite matte lipstick without drying out your lips. The six available shades include berry, pink, and neutral options.
Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil
With rosehip oil as its hero ingredient, Botanics 100% Organic Facial Oil locks in moisture for hours. The omega- and fatty acid-rich oil also works to improve uneven skin tone.
Bare Republic Mineral Spray Vanilla Coconut SPF 50
The natural vanilla and coconut scent of Bare Republic's mineral, SPF spray will make you look forward to applying sunscreen every day. The SPF 50 formula's skin-protecting antioxidants are an added bonus.
W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Pro Mascara
Natural mascaras have a bad reputation for flaking and smudging — but W3LL PEOPLE's cult-favorite formula is the exception. Thanks to hyper-pure mineral pigments, it has the same jet black finish as any other mascara. While the ingredients speak for themselves, the mascara is also verified by the Environmental Working Group for non-toxic health and safety.
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer
Ah, powder bronzers. Many help you achieve that elusive lit-from-within glow, but other formulas can look chalky and uneven. That's why Physician's Formula infused its mineral-based bronzer with murumuru butter, a nourishing plant-derived ingredient that hydrates and melts into skin for a seamless, radiant finish. Plus, it comes in four shades that work across a number of skin tones.
Love Beauty & Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Shampoo
The MO of this drugstore hair and body care brand is to keep its carbon footprint as small as possible. And this shampoo for color-treated hair does just that: its bottle is made from 100 percent recycled materials and it's also formulated with ethically-sourced oils and extracts.
Sailor by Captain B. Sailor Sea Salt Refresh Spray
For piecey, textured, just-left-the-beach-waves, make this spray your go-to product. Along with salt water, it's infused with botanical extracts that nourish hair so it doesn't get dried out. As for the spray's pretty blue scent, that's natural too, using blue chamomile.
Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation
All coverage, no filler, Pacifica's cruelty-free, vegan foundation has a pore-smoothing, radiant finish. What's left out of 30 available shades? Silicone, parabens, phthalates, talc, BHA, BHT, petroleum, and drying alcohols.