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Budget Vegan Skincare Products – Frugal Living Tips

The Best Budget Vegan Skincare Products

As a vegan mum who loves to have healthy skin whilst also being mindful of how I spend my money I wanted to share some frugal living tips on creating a skincare routine that works for health, budget and supporting animal welfare.

Whether you are vegan or not, I believe it is important to know what you are putting on your body and how you are spending your money. Every penny you spend supports that cause, and as I am vegan for various reasons, one being to support animals, I do my best to purchase products that are vegan and cruelty free.

Any money I spend I aim for it to be on something I need (such as paying the house bills) or something I support (dog rescue centres and vegan products). I am going to share with you various vegan skincare products that I love and vary in budget – because we all have different budgets!

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What are the Best Cheap Skincare Products?

First and foremost I want to make it clear with you that labelling a product as cheap does not mean it is rubbish/useless/a waste of money. Some cheap products can certainly be a waste of money, whereas some can do the job perfectly. Another point to ask yourself: what is cheap to you? We all have different budgets, income and spending habits. A product at £5 might be cheap to one person, whereas another product at £30 could be cheap to someone else. Are you buying a single product or a set? Because when buying a set, of course, the overall price will be higher but it works out cheaper per individual product when buying a skincare set.

All products mentioned are vegan, I have used them and they fit the bill for frugal living tips. I absolutely love them or I hoped I would love them but didn’t work for my skin type but work perfectly for others, so as you can see I am being totally honest about what I recommend here.


Facetheory is vegan and cruelty free. The company uses botanical extracts, sustainable packaging, and is on a mission to make the best clean skincare products whilst being affordable.

My favourite product is the Clarifying Cleanser C2 at only £11.99 and lasts one to two months.

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The Ordinary

I really wanted to love all of The Ordinary skincare products. I love that they are vegan, super affordable, have simple packaging, and focus on scientific formulas to target skin needs. Sadly, my skin kept breaking out in acne with the products I chose. However, I do know that these products work amazing for others, and they might for you too!

I do love the 100% Plant-Derived Squalene which I used on my daughter’s skin when her body had a reaction and nothing else worked to calm the skin. For only £12 on Amazon, I love this oil as a moisturiser.


My beloved Arbonne which has continued to be a strong love affair since I became an independent consultant and started using the products in 2018. You might think I am biased because I am a consultant with the company, however, the clue is in this – I love the products and company! All vegan, cruelty-free, botanical and science-based, and a B corporation.

When you sign up as an independent consultant or preferred client you will get a discount off the products which makes them more affordable and budget-friendly.

I absolutely love the RE9 Advanced Skincare Set which has done wonders for my skin and is totally worth every penny. The RRP is £219, as a preferred client it is £175.20, and as an independent consultant, it is £142.35. One of the great benefits of being a consultant with Arbonne is I save £76.65 on this set that has helped my skin so much whilst saving me pennies.

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Faith in Nature

Being vegan and having super sensitive skin I have to be very mindful of what products I use and having no crazy fragranced products. I know this post is about skincare, however, I am briefly mentioning haircare too. I have tried many haircare products over the years to see what works, what I like and what is in my budget.

Over the years I have found two brands of vegan haircare I love. My skin doesn’t react to them, are vegan and cruelty free, my scalp doesn’t itch, and my hair doesn’t get greasy 1 to 2 days after washing. My two favourite haircare brands are Arbonne True Hair Daily Shampoo and Conditioner, and Faith in Nature Shampoo and Conditioner.

This Faith in Nature Jojoba Shampoo is only £5.78 a bottle.

Little Soap Company

Finding a good quality vegan soap that washes the body and can be used to shave is like finding gold at the end of the garden. Well, that’s how I feel about soap. Many soaps are not vegan, and even some vegan soaps can be too fragranced and drying on the skin. I love the simplicity of soap – no plastic packaging, cheap, lasts just as long or longer than body wash, lasts longer than shaving cream, and is superbly simple.

My favourite vegan soap that I use to wash the body and shave is Little Soap Company. It is vegan, organic and free from detergents, SLS, alcohol, parabens, sorbates, silicones, sulphates and preservatives. I use the Pure Rose Geranium soap and is only £3.99 on Amazon.

Kind Natured

What is it about dry heels… so inconvenient, kinda gross and frustrating. Or is that just me? It seems the older I have got I have slightly dry heels and it grosses me out so I started using a foot cream to hydrate this area of the body. I have used a few vegan creams which didn’t work. The best affordable vegan foot cream I could find that actually works is from Kind Natured.

I use the Kind Natured Coconut and Shea Nourishing Foot Cream which is vegan and only costs £4.99 and lasts a good chunk of time as a little bit goes a long way on just the heels of the feet.

What Skincare Brands are Vegan?

Buying vegan skincare products can be affordable, healthy for the body and a compassionate choice for animal welfare. When putting together frugal living tips it is important to stick to what is essential whilst being sustainable. Fortunately, sustainability is at the heart of many vegan skincare products. Here is a list of some vegan skincare brands that includes what I love and some I know are vegan but I haven’t used.

Common Questions/FAQ About Budget Skincare

To wrap up this post about budget skincare and frugal living tips, I wanted to cover a few common questions people ask when looking for quality skincare that is affordable, healthy and actually gives the results you desire. Nobody wants to waste money on products!

Is Simple Skincare Bad for Skin?

I have used various skincare products over the years due to my sensitive skin and reactions to fragrances and certain chemicals. For a few years, I only washed my hair with bicarbonate of soda and apple cider vinegar, and washed my face with water and used organic natural plant oils to moisturise. Over time my hair started to look dull and lacked life, and my skin was ok but nothing worth noting. It definitely cut costs only buying these products, however, it was frustrating as my hair and skin were starting to lose pizazz. But I needed to minimise chemicals, and being vegan I was struggling to find products that worked.

This is when I found Arbonne. The products have worked amazing on my skin and hair, zero reactions, and my hair and skin have glowed. You can keep it as simple as you like or use a variety of products. The ingredients combine plant botanicals and chemicals that are derived from science and nature to create products that work whilst being healthy. I was unsure if I would like them or if they would cause my skin and body to react due to the long list of ingredients, however, it has been the complete opposite.

What I have found over the years is this: keeping it simple for skin can work depending on the products you use.

Need more frugal living tips? Read 7 Money Saving Tips from a Frugal Stay at Home Mum.

Are Vegan Products Better for Your Skin?

Yes! I am vegan and I will only promote vegan products. Vegan products are better for your skin because they are filled with plant ingredients which help to nourish the body. Not all, but many, vegan products generally contain better ingredients that will promote a healthy body. Non-vegan skincare products might have been tested on animals, and contain animal parts. This is NOT ok in my books – my personal and professional opinion.

I am not going to go into the science of why vegan products are better for the skin, as that’s not the point of this blog post. I am keeping it simple by stating that in my personal experience vegan products have been better on my skin.

What is the Best Basic Skincare Routine?

Depending on your budget I will give you two options for the best basic skincare routine.

Option 1: Use the Arbonne RE9 Advanced Skincare Set.

Option 2: Use the Facetheory Clarifying Cleanser C2 and Arbonne RE9 Advanced Restorative Cream.

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Which Product is Good for Face Skin?

My favourite products for the face are:

What is the Best Budget Moisturiser?

I have tried various organic plant oils and moisturisers of various budgets and my ultimate favourite moisturiser is from Arbonne. It is worth every frugal living tips penny and lasts quite some time as a little bit goes a long way. This is my favourite moisturiser:

Are Expensive Skincare Products Typically Better Than Cheaper Alternatives?

Not necessarily. It really depends on the ingredients, and no matter what the cost of the product it comes down to what is in the product. I have spent a lot of money on brands that did nothing for my skin, and spent much less and still done nothing for my skin. And then I have spent more on some brands and worked wonders, and spent less on other brands and worked wonders.

It all depends on the quality of the ingredients!

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The Last Thing You Need to Know About Budget Vegan Skincare – Frugal Living Tips

When it comes to affordable budget-friendly skincare focus on what you can afford and what you want from the product and that will give you the brand and products that work for you. Stop complicating the process of skincare, and stick to what works for you rather than getting caught up in the latest trends.

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