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Vote with your dollar is a motto that’s important to CE and so when it comes to the times we shop at bigger chains, it’s important to do just that. As we peruse the aisles of everything from large, corporate retail stores to privately owned specialty markets, the idea of quality over quantity can greatly shift. Bigger packages with lower price tags entice us despite the slew of unknown ingredients, while lesser known products offering up organic ingredients we’ve been told time and time again are incredibly good for our health come at a much higher price point — as do bigger, higher-end products whose ingredients we remain wary of but want to trust based on the expense alone. The beauty world is no exception.

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But … is it possible to get quality beauty products without putting a significant dent in your bank account?

When you’re trying to one-stop shop for a variety of things from food to footwear, retails stores can seem like the go-to. And when beauty products are on your list, rest assured you can actually find healthier-for-you products at larger chain stores. Below are five products with Environmental Working Group‘s safety score provided for each.

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV may be strong in its smell, but it’s also mighty in its health benefits. For my skin, I put it in a spray bottle with water and use as a toner to fight acne and dark spots. Thanks to the acidity in it being closer to the natural pH of skin than other products out there, it really does work wonders.

Price: $6.24

EWG Score: 0 – low hazard

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Dr. Bronner’s 18-in-1 Hemp Pure-Castile Soap, Lavender

Anything essential oil has a place in my heart, and when you can buy a body wash that happens to also work as a means for washing your face, hands, and hair, as well as for bathing, shaving, brushing your teeth, rinsing fruit, aromatherapy, washing dishes by hand, doing laundry, mopping floors, all-purpose cleaning, washing windows, scrubbing toilets, washing dogs, controlling dust mites, and killing ants and aphids, it’s hard not to take a deeper look into such a miraculous product. This fair trade and organic product contains only vegetable-based ingredients. I like the lavender kind because of this essential oil’s impact on the autonomic nervous system.

Price: $10.79

EWG Score: 1 – low hazard

Aura Cacia: Pure Botanical Essence Grapeseed Natural Skin Care Oil

Research has found that grapeseed oil is rich in linoleic acid, which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid that can ward off the loss of your skin’s natural moisture. Not only does a little of this product go a long way, but it’s also incredibly affordable. With the winter months come dry skin, including hard to battle areas like the feet and hands. Put a few drops in your hand and massage onto your knuckles and the bottoms of your feet.

Price: $4.40

EWG Score: 1 – low hazard

Crystal Essence Chamomile and Green Tea Roll On Crystal Body Deodorant

I spent years wearing deodorants labeled as the cure-all for sweat and stench, but kept worrying about the absorption of harmful ingredients like aluminum and parabens into my skin. Then I picked up Crystal Essence and was shocked to find that it provided me with what I was looking for. The scent isn’t overwhelming and it gives me the protection I need. Infused with essentials oils and natural extracts, this specific product combines the stress reduction of chamomile with the strong antioxidants of green tea.

Price: $7.84

EWG Score: 3 – moderate hazard

Acure Organics Moroccan Argan Oil + Argan Stem Cell Triple Moisture Shampoo

I have a tough time finding organic products that will mend my snarly mane, but argan oil really does the trick. This chemical-free product, with its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, provides the hair natural moisture while still getting the cleaning job done well.

Price: $9.99

EWG Score: 1 – low hazard


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