Organic and natural buys under R180

Monday, 30 July 2012

We all want to look our best, while feeling our best and doing our best for the planet. That’s a lot of pressure don’t you think? Especially when it often comes at such a high price – literally. Make-up and skincare products don’t really come cheap, but BeautySA has found these budget natural and organic beauty buys, all for under R180.


Inthusiasm Natural Cosmetics Liquid Foundation, R180 for 35ml
Inthusiam’s liquid foundation comes in glass bottles with tubes as refills. The light-weight foundation offers buildable coverage with a bit of a minty, earthy smell – ingredients include cinnamon bark, rosemary leaf, lavender flower, lemon peel and peppermint extracts.

The Body Shop Concealer, R99
The creamy concealer contains Community Trade marula oil to moisturise and condition your skin, while the beeswax seals in moisture and the vitamin E acts as an antioxidant.

Zao Cream Eyeshadow, R179
Not just an eye shadow, Zao’s cream shadow can be used as blush, lipstick or corrector. The multi-purpose shadow should be applied with your finger and blends to create a powdery finish. Certified as organic by Ecocert, Zao’s cream eye shadow ingredients are 100% natural, 10% organic and are not tested on animals. What’s great is that the bamboo casing is refillable so there’s no need to keep chucking it in the bin.

Inthusiasm Natural Cosmetics Eye Pencil, R100
This soft kohl eye pencil blends really well, so you can do a lovely smoky eye with it. Ingredients include potato starch, calcium stereate, jojoba seed oil and vitamin E, and is uninhabitable by bacteria, so it should last longer than other pencils.

The Body Shop Big & Curvy Mascara, R99
The Body Shop is known for its Fair and Community Trade ingredients, and their Big & Curvy mascara is no different. Ingredients include Community Trade marula oil from Eudofano Women’s Co-operative in Namibia, African Community Trade beeswax and advanced polymers and natural complex.

Inthusiasm Natural Cosmetics Lipstick, R110
This mineral-based lipstick is 100% natural, contains no animal products, synthetic chemicals or alcohol. Aside from providing broad-spectrum UVB and UVA protection and being water-resistant, Inthusiasm’s natural lipstick offers great, moisturising colour. It also smells like a regular lipstick – in case you were thinking it had a herbal scent to it.

Badger Lip Tint and Shimmer, R77
More a solid lip balm than a liquid tint, Badger’s Lip Tint and Shimmer smells a bit like chocolate (yum). Its certified organic ingredients include extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, Fair Trade certified cocoa butter, aloe vera, seabuckthorn berry and rosehip.

Victorian Garden Cucumber & Jojoba Eye Make-up Remover, R56 for 50ml
This refreshing and cooling make-up remover has no discernible scent, but combines seaweed and organic aloe with cucumber extract and jojoba wax. It’s hypoallergenic and pH balanced.


Esse Gel Cleanser, R130 for 100ml
With a pH balance of 4.5, this foaming (and slightly tingling) wash contains peppermint and spearmint oils that form part of its other 100% natural ingredients. Certified organic by ECOCERT, the gel cleanser is safe to use on blemish-prone skin and can also double up as a body wash.

Esse Cocoa Exfoliator, R180 for 50ml
Suitable for all skin types, Esse’s exfoliator relies on fine cocoa particles. With 56.5% of the total ingredients derived from organic farming, it also contains wild African oils.

SOiL Organic Shea Butter, R80
High in vitamins A and E, pure shea butter can improve skin conditions such as scarring, acne, eczema, psoriasis and stretch marks, as it’s a powerful moisturizer that protects and nourishes skin.

Sante Mint Toothpaste, R49
Sante’s Mint toothpaste doesn’t leave behind a pasty residue but contains active ingredients of sage, organic green tea extract and xylitol. Made from real chalk, it offers gentle cleaning.

Ju’Me Balm, R130 for 50ml
A non-greasy, multi-purpose balm, soothes eczema-prone skin, nourishes dry and itchy skin and can help create a radiant complexion.

• Zao products can be bought online or click here to find a stockist near you.
• Inthusiasm products are available at the GreenLove online store.
• Badger products are available at the GreenLove online store.
• Victorian Garden products are available at the GreenLove online store.
• Esse products can be bought online [] or click here to find a stockist near you.
• SOiL products are available at Wellness Warehouse and selected health shops as well as online and FaithfulToNature.
• Sante products can be bought online or click here to find a stockist near you.
• Ju’Me products can be bought online.

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Megan Kakora has helped launch the websites of, and been the online editor for, some of South Africa’s biggest glossy magazines. She believes in less-is-more, except when it comes to her collection of nail polish colours.
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  1. Fouzia Damon

    The Body Shop Big & Curvy Mascara
    Another fav of mine is body shops mascara this product is phenomenal .I have sensitive eyes and this product works for me must buy.

    1 year ago •

  1. Fouzia Damon

    The Body Shop Concealer

    All natural concealer which is of a great quality and cost effective it works and covers dark marks effectively this is truly a good buy.

    1 year ago •

  1. Sophie Nesbitt

    I use lush products .. In fact I’m addicted to them & my shower is full of their shower gels, shampoos, etc. Mr S also❤️ their stuff & uses their shaving products. We both use their skin care & I love their make up too. Def ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    4 years ago •

  1. cassina

    I buy my favorite organic cosmetics at They have always some cool promotions on! Check Skin Clay brand, they use only natural ingredients and they have good prices.

    4 years ago •

  1. Safiya Rawat

    I have and love the Soil organic shea butter. I would love to try the natural lipstick.

    5 years ago •

  1. Busisiwe Ndzube

    Organic shea butter, I love it!

    5 years ago •

  1. Jeanine

    I love the Body Shop Concealer for those days when you wake up with a spot or for those dark rings after a late night

    5 years ago •

  1. Sue1N

    Soil Organic Shea Butter sounds like an amazing product! Anyone using it?

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    What is that Body Shop concealer like? Love their products – have always wanted to try that concealer

    6 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    I had a look at the Victorian Garden products, I would love to give them a try.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Most of these products are nicely packaged too. I’m most keen to try out Badger’s lip tint.

    6 years ago •

  1. Olga

    Thank you for this article. Some interesting suggestion.
    Been thinking of the green option for sometime as far as possible.
    Physicians Formula should be available at more outlets or online.
    You either have to go to Dischem in Durban or order on ebay.

    7 years ago •

  1. Vadapalli

    Body shop concealer is my go to concealer!!! It blends well…

    7 years ago •

  1. Antoinette Naidoo

    Great tips I’m sure the products wil be great to

    7 years ago •

  1. Tammy Dollie

    Organic is the way to go! Love it

    7 years ago •

  1. Anita

    OH thank you so much for this article, always thought it is expensive to buy organic, but you showed me the way!

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Stewart

    Ooh, I want to try that Victorian Garden Eye make up remover. I can already feel the cool refreshing sensation of cucumber and jojoba on my eyes!

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Thank you for the info! The Zao Cream Eyeshadow sounds fab! :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    Body shop is my favourite beauty shop stop ;-)

    7 years ago •

  1. Rochelle Kay

    I personally use Inthusiasm Natural Cosmetics Liquid Foundation, Victorian Garden and Soil Shea Butter. They are awesome!

    7 years ago •

  1. Bella

    Few of these goodies I would love to try

    7 years ago •

  1. ricebunny

    wow i always thought organic products would be more expensive

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    This is great. I love all things organic.

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    Esse products are great and they have a packaging return policy. Double “greenie” points :)

    7 years ago •

  1. le Grange

    I use the Esse Skincare range and I absolutely love it. I love the fact that it is 100% organic and the fragrance of these products are so different!! So earthy. I love it and would recommend it to anyone!! :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Samantha

    Love the Body Shop, it always smells so nice when you walk into one of their stores.

    7 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Body Shop products are a favourite and must have!

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    The Body Shop Concealer!!! just bought it and can’t wait to apply it!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Hey great article, body shop concealer sounds nice.

    7 years ago •

  1. Guccigirl

    It’s wonderful that you’re letting girls out there know that you don’t have to spend a fortune to go organic / natural.

    7 years ago •

  1. CarolynMcM

    One normally thinks that natural and organic products are expensive, just goes to show that there are affordable ones out there. I haven”t heard of some of these brands, but will definitely have a look at the websites mentioned above. Thanks for a very informative article!

    7 years ago •

  1. Zu

    Love Body Shop products, the only problem with the concealer is the size in which you cant use just any sharpener, it has to be body shop sharpener.
    SOIL organic shea butter is quite ineteresting, i should be able to use it on my baby’s skin

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for the information, the natural produscts are always pricey.

    7 years ago •

  1. Linda Ferrari Mnaphi

    Love All of the above except i have never been a fan of lipstick, i am however curious about it so need to know which is the best, one that does not smudge and stuff

    7 years ago •

  1. Mohamed

    Thankd for the article! Body shop and JuMe here i come!

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Love Yu Me products!!!!! They last long and they are do affordable.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    There seem to be so many products on the market that I haven’t even heard of or seen in the shops before – these articles teach us something new every day!

    7 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    I have the Zao cream shadow in Golden Bronze #254. The colour is very natural; nothing too crazy just a soft shimmery shadow cream that blends in very well with my olive skin tone. I ditched the brush and use my fingers to gently pat all over my eyelids – do not rub as it will accentuate wrinkles & creases! I wear it as is when I am in a rush or combined with pink or green. Finish up with some bronzer and a cranberry lip/cheek tint and I’m done! What’s great about this product is the fact that it multitasks. Its creamy texture and yellow hue makes it perfect to conceal those dark circles under the eyes.
    A simple two-in-one product to brighten your eyes in no time!

    7 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    This post is perfect for us budget girls. :) I’ve never seen that TBS concealer – love the look of that.

    I love Esse products. I also must try the Ju’Me Balm – such pretty packaging as well. :)

    7 years ago •

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