NewlyNatural on a budget

by kcurly on December 22, 2008

in Money saving tips,Product Reviews,Tips

We all know that there is a recession going on right now and that can put a hurting on the PJs (product junkies) out there.

I write a lot of product reviews on items that I order online. These are not the cheapest products in the world, but they are usually of good quality. However, I think it’s important to find quality products that are near to home and, also,  more on the frugal side. Especially with shipping costs being what they are.

Here is a list of products and ingredients that are inexpensive and can usually be found locally. Though I will recommend these products, I do have to say that I don’t use some of them and would only use them if I had no access to the products I really love.Some of these I have already mentioned and they will be linked accordingly.

I will mention the ones that I prefer and do use first.

  • Food grade Aloe Vera Gel can very often be purchased from whole foods or health foods store. It costs me about 3 dollars for my supply which I use in my homemade spritz. I usually buy AVG every other month.

  • Animal glycerin (made from animal fats) can be bought in most drugstores , but veggie glycerin is often available for purchase in bulk in wholefoods stores and can be very inexpensive.  Here is a wonderful article from NaturallyCurly.com on glycerin. And I want to add that I do not use glycerin much in the dry winter weather.

  • Many oils can be bought at your local grocery store. My favorite is probably olive oil, but among others are castor oil (it’s not just for staying regular!),safflower oil, and almond oil.Here is a helpful list of oils from Motown Girl.

  • Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hairdress for Dry Hair

Ingredients:Water , Isopropyl Myistate , Soybean Oil , Olive Oil , Stearic Acid , Stearyl Alcohol , Glyceryl Stearate , Vitamin E , Matricaria Extract Chamomile , Calendula Extract , Vitamin B , Macadamia Nut Oil , Vitamin A , Coconut Oil , Rosemary Extract , Sage Extract , Vitamin C , Great Burdock Extract , Triethanolamine , Methyl Paraben , Propyl Paraben , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Fragrance , FD&C Yellow No. 5 , FD&C Blue No.

I used this briefly before I discovered the handmade products that I enjoy more. It’s pretty creamy though and fairly moisturizing. I have seen some ladies on the hair boards swear by this, though it would not be my first choice. I does have a lot of good ingredients, which was surprising. It’s also quite light for a hairdress.

However, it does contain parabens (if you are looking to avoid those). I bought it at WalMart for about 3 dollars.

  • GVP Conditioning Balm

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwack) Extract, Methyl-2-Octynoate

This is from the GVP line at Sally’s which uses the same ingredients as the big brands and pretty much yields the same results. This particular conditioner is a knock off of Biolage Conditioning Balm which I have also used and really liked, but was a bit miffed at the price. I was very happily surprised to find it Sally’s for only about 4-5 dollars. It’s very thick so I would just usually dilute it and cowash with it. It too contains parabens and also rosemary.

In addition to these product suggestions, let me also add that NC.com has a pretty good article with some money saving curly tips. Enjoy! Hot Curls on a Budget

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