Thursday, 24 July 2014

Budget Natural Beauty.....Cleansers

Most of us, especially these days, are on a tight budget and I'm no exception.
I've always had a budget when it comes to beauty, but for the last few months my beauty budget has been feeling the squeeze and I've had to become a lot more thrifty, but of course I don't want to compromise on the quality of ingredients or the natural element to my skincare products.
I've been concentrating on using up my considerable hoard of products, but certain products, such as cleanser and toner need to be purchased on a regular basis still.
  The two cleansers I want to share with you today are certainly budget friendly, have good quality natural ingredients and above all do a thorough job of cleansing the skin.
First up is a fairly new find - Bee Good 2 in 1 Honey & Propolis Cream Cleanser £11.50 for 100ml. (buy here )
Bee Good is a new British brand to the market, using British Honey, Propolis and Beeswax, combined with natural botanical and plant oils in all their skincare.
All their products are free from parabens, synthetic colours, mineral oils, silicone, SLS or SLES and are of course cruelty free and bear the 'leaping bunny' symbol, which not all brands area able to print on their packaging, so another big thumbs up from me there too!
Bee Good also donate a share of their profits to British Beekeeping causes, so this also pleased me immensely as I am a keen gardener and advocate of saving bees and wrote a article on it last year, which you can find here.
This really is a beautiful cleanser, its very concentrated, and feels luxurious.
I find I need to use less of it than my other cleansers as it glides so easily over the skin, dissolving every trace of make up easily and effectively and really allowing you to massage your face for quite a while, if that's what you like to do, without it disappearing into the skin.
I really like to give my face a good massage with it first, straight onto dry skin, then I just dampen my fingers with a little water, turning the concentrated cream into a slightly more milky cleanser and massage my face again, before wiping it away with a muslin cloth, which comes with the cleanser,
soaked in warm water.
My skin literally glows after using this cleanser and it never feels dry or tight, but soft and smooth, and really it's no surprise as it's jam packed with moisturising wild flower honey and crambe oil plus propolis which has naturally anti bacterial properties, so good at helping to keep any little breakouts at bay too!
It also smells fabulous very fresh and reminds me slightly of oranges, although there are no oranges used in the formulation!
The packaging is also rather lovely and always makes me smile to see the little bees & the British flag.
I have to say over the course of the couple of months I've been using this cleanser it has become my absolute favourite, yes it's a budget buy, but even if money was no object I would buy this cleanser over and over again.
The second budget cleanser is by Lavera from their Basis Sensitiv range, their 2 in 1 Cleansing Milk, with organic jojoba & organic shea butter. £7.45 for 125ml (buy here )
Many of you green lovelies may already be familiar with Lavera as a brand, however I feel it is much underrated and not talked about as much in green blogs,  as perhaps it deserves.
I have used this cleanser for a good while now and before I discovered Bee Good, this would have been my No 1 budget cleanser buy without question!
Lavera is a German brand,  is cruelty free, suitable for vegans, contains 100% natural and organic ingredients and free from parabens, petrochemicals or toxic chemicals.
Although this cleanser is very affordable, the quality of it certainly doesn't reflect that, it really is beautiful.
It contains lots of lovely plant oils and extracts, organic jojoba, soybean oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil, aloe juice, calendula flower extract & rose flower water to name but a few, all of which  focused on soothing, calming, moisturising and conditioning the skin. 
Although it is described as a milk, it isn't thin or watery at all, it isn't as thick or luxurious in feel as Bee Good's cleanser, but it has a nice substantial, but very smooth,  consistency that applies to the skin beautifully.
It removes all traces of make up including mascara,  effectively and very efficiently, and in a very gentle way, so perfect for sensitive skin. I've never had any problems using this over my eye area, there has never been any stinging or soreness at all.
I use it in exactly the same way as the Bee Good cleanser......I like to massage my face & neck and I can do this without any problems at all, but if I'm in a rush this still gets all the make up off my face quickly.
I just remove it with a muslin cloth or flannel soaked in warm water.
I absolutely love the scent of this cleanser, it's fresh but yet comforting at the same time, an odd description I know,  but if you have previous experience of the Lavera Basis Sensitiv range it smells exactly the same as all the other products - lovely!
I do have relatively sensitive skin, although this has become much less of an issue since I started using natural & organic skincare, and is actually the reason I started to turn to more 'green', less chemical laden, brands in the first place.
However, my skin likes to keep me on my toes,  and has a naughty session now and again and this cleanser is the one I reach for as soon as it starts to misbehave!
It soothes and calms my skin and helps to restore the balance, when it's feeling under the weather.
 That being said, you don't have to have sensitive skin to enjoy the benefits of this cleanser, it is suitable for all skin types and I use it regularly even when my skin is 'normal' (whatever that is!?!) My skin always feels soft and smooth and looks refreshed after using it, and it never feels dry or tight.
This really is a fabulous all round 'good doer' it doesn't cost the earth to use and above all it does a superb job of cleansing the skin.
I love it and again if money were no object I would still purchase this, and have indeed re purchased this over and over again.
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Alcohol*,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Myristyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Rosa Damascena Flower Water*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water*, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Lysolecithin, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Beta-Carotene, Lecithin, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Benzoate**.
* Ingredients from certified organic agriculture.
** Natural essential oils.
I have used many many cleansers over the years, and yes, quite a few of them have been rather expensive, such as REN and Pai and although there is nothing wrong with them at all, and I still rate and like both brands and would recommend them in a heartbeat, I really wanted to show, whether you are a 'old hand' at natural skincare or a newbie just finding your way, I hope you will have discovered that 'going green' with your skincare doesn't have to be expensive, you don't have to spend £20 plus on a cleanser to get the quality, brand ethics,  natural ingredients or results.......there are some amazing budget brands out there!
Till next time my lovelies!
Jenny xx 



  1. Lovely to read a post championing the more mid-affordable ranges which give the higher end products a run for their money. I've been wanting to try the Bee Good Cleanser. It's had such favourable reviews so far. And I also love the Lavera Basis range too. Trusted and affordable x

    1. Thanks Charlie! There are so many expensive natural beauty products out there I think sometimes the more affordable ones get passed over in favour of the 'luxurious' high end products, and can make green beauty seem inaccessible to many people, which is a real shame and not the case at all, there is something to suit most price range I find :-) xxx

  2. Great post Jen! The Bee Good cleanser has had great reviews all round. I'm currently trialling out their Cleansing Water which is lovely. It does have PEG's in it which is a bit annoying however I'm willing to just look past that for the sake of a fabulous company helping the bees! xx

    1. Thanks Amber! If you haven't yet tried the cream cleanser then you really must lol! I have their cleansing water too, review coming soon, and yes I agree about the PEG's too, it is a shame and hopefully in time they may find a replacement for it in the formulation. xxx