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5 Natural Skincare Alternatives to Beautycounter

April 8, 2019

This Alternatives to Beautycounter post has been a long time in the making and probably one of the most highly requested posts by you guys. I certainly have not been quiet about my distaste for all things Beautycounter so I find myself fielding your questions and concerns about the brand more often than I anticipated. You can read my review of them here but in a nutshell here’s why I don’t use Beautycounter products:

1. The quality does not match the price – to be fair, no clean beauty products are as cheap as conventional, but the quality of Beautycounter products is not outstanding and certainly not worth the price tag. Such is the reality of an MLM where you have to pay your downline…

2. They’re not THAT clean– now I’m not here to tell you that your skincare products should have no synthetics. I do think there’s value in some synthetic products and especially as you’re transitioning to natural beauty BUT some synthetics are just unnecessary and there are other alternatives out there that are cleaner.

3. I don’t buy from MLMs– This is a heated topic with many sides of the argument but plain and simple I don’t like multi-level marketing. I understand that it is not a pyramid scheme (anyone who sells any MLM products will drill this message home) but the way the structure is built requires someone – or more accurately, many people, to lose. I’ve heard from so many of you who lost money trying to sell Beautycounter and it is not fair that a company should be profiting off their consultants failures and blaming it on them. You’re welcome to disagree but this is my opinion.

SO let’s chat alternatives. I decided to pick some of the more popular products out there and offer equivalent options that cost less and/or are cleaner options. I asked you guys on Instagram to share some of the Beautycounter products you’d like to see alternatives for and picked these 5. Of course there are many others and I’m happy to add more if you want to see them, but for now let’s look at these.

Natural Skincare Alternatives to Beautycounter

Beautycounter: The Cleansing Balm ($80)
Alternative: Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm ($34)

The Cleansing Balm is actually my favorite product from Beautycounter but HOLY HELL why does it cost $80? That’s absurd. I actually left it in a hotel bathroom and almost cried because it was still halfway full. Luckily I found this Trilogy Make-Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm for less than half the price. The ingredients are pretty on par too.

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Beautycounter: No 1, 2, 3 Facial Oils ($69)
Alternatives: Acure Argan Oil ($13), Trilogy Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil ($29), Ann Marie Gianni Herbal Facial Oil ($43)

I also really like the facial oils from beautycounter because the ingredients are great, but once again you do NOT need to be spending $70 on a bottle. If you are new to clean beauty, opt for something simple like the Acure Argan Oil or Trilogy Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil. If you’re looking for something with a bit more oomph I swear by the Ann Marie Gianni Herbal Facial Oil, which I use every single day.

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Beautycounter: Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion ($49)
Alternatives: Andalou Naturals Daily Defense Lotion ($15), Acure Brightening Day Cream ($17),  January Labs Moisture Balancing Lotion ($28),

Honestly, I hated this product. Like truly loathed it, but I also understand why it exists. Many people looking to switch over their skincare to cleaner options oftentimes want the look and feel of conventional skincare. As someone who lives for the oil life, I have a really hard time using any kind of lotion which essentially is just a blend of water, oils and alcohol to get them all to mix together. And here’s the truth, there are SO many alternatives of the exact same product without the $50 price tag. Pretty much any of the cheaper brands from Whole Foods or your health food store carry the exact same product for way less.

A safer alternative to the beautycounter overnight peel

Beautycounter: Charcoal Cleansing Bar ($26)
Alternative: Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Soap ($12)

I’m not gonna lie, it seems like theft charging $26 for a bar of soap, no matter how amazing it may be. I still think $12 is pricey for a bar of soap (+ added charcoal I guess?!) but at least Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Soap is less than half the price and a cleaner product. Beautycounter’s cleansing bar contains alcohol which is probably why I found it so drying on my skin but the Herbivore Botanicals version doesn’t so may fare better for those with dry and sensitive skin.

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Beautycounter: Overnight Resurfacing Peel ($63)
Alternative: Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum ($90)

I’ll be honest, there aren’t a ton of alternatives out there for this product as it’s not very, well natural. Anything with the word peel in it is going to be synthetic. Which I can be cool with because there’s a time and place for everything. That being said, the overnight resurfacing peel is pretty darn synthetic and between the 12 different acids, 3 different alcohols and gums included in the product, I’d probably never use this. The alternative I’m offering is my HOLY GRAIL product. Yes, I’m aware it is more expensive (and hella expensive at that!) but if you’re really into the idea of peels I want to offer you a safer alternative that I can say with 100% certainty it works. I tell people this all the time but my acne did not heal until I started using the Marie Veronique Intensive Repair Serum. Now I only use it about 2 times a week so the $90 goes a long way. I know it’s a splurge but I promise you it’s incredible and the ingredients are way more legit (no alcohol, no gums etc…).

Note: I also think the Mad Hippie Exfoliating Serum ($34) is a great option, however I’ve only used it once so I can’t speak to its effectiveness. Stay tuned!

A safer alternative to the beautycounter overnight peel

So there you have it! 5 Natural Skincare Alternatives to Beautycounter. I tried to offer a nice variety where I could and affordable options when possible (damn you Marie Veronique!). Of course, at the end of the day #youdoyou and reach for whatever products you love and want to support. I’m a personal believer in voting with my wallet and choose to spend my money on companies that don’t profit off of other people’s failures. There’s also just cleaner and cheaper options available.

With that, if I didn’t include any products you love (either beautycounter or alternatives) definitely let me know in the comments and I’ll try to offer them as suggestions or find better alternatives. Enjoy!

Note: I am not an esthetician or a licensed dermatologist. Please see someone certified (ideally holistically!) to evaluate your skin and help you determine what is best for you.

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    June 5, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Quick question though: what eye cream and mascara are you currently using? Also it would be helpful if you had all of your “Beauty”/Makeup/Skincare posts in one tab! Sometimes it is hard to find certain articles. Thanks for your amazing tips!

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    Dominique Blume
    June 5, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Love this post! I’ve been slowly switching out my beauty/skincare products to more “green” and safe ones and have seriously been contemplating Beautycounter. This post was so helpful though and changed my mind about needing to spend the BC pricetag for quality products. I ordered their Countermatch Adaptive Moisturizer, but if it doesn’t work for me I will definitely try your alternatives!
    P.S. I ordered LilyLolo’s mascara and foundation right after I watched one of your videos 🙂

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    June 2, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Love this information! Any alternatives to the tinted hydrating foundation and the all over acne treatment?

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    April 30, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Any thoughts on alternatives to beautycounter dew skin moisturizer? The BC sunscreen also felt amazing on my face, but ugh that price tag.

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    Stacey Hoffman
    April 18, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Thank you for this!!! I use BC but love these more affordable alternatives. I love How accessible acure products aRE.

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    April 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Hi! Long time reader here. I’m confused because in the review of BC that you linked you said were becoming a Beautycounter rep and you recommended a variety of their products. What changed to you now having a full “distaste” for their products?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 11, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      Read the full review – I explain why I’m no longer a consultant also watch my full product review. I only liked about a 1/4 of the products.

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    April 11, 2019 at 11:30 am

    Hi there! I’m very intrigued by your description of the Marie Veronique serum (and by intrigued I mean I immediately purchased it). Can you give some more detail as to how frequently you use it and in what stage of your skin care regimen you put it on? I’m trying to make the switch to more natural products but keep getting clogged pores and breakouts on my cheeks and chin, so hoping this helps!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 11, 2019 at 12:51 pm

      Hi love! So at first I used it every day (for probably about 2-3 weeks) which is more than they recommend but with a nice oil on top it did not dry out my skin at all. Now I use it 2x a week (I slowly decreased) and find it’s helped so much with clogged pores and decreasing my breakouts. Just make sure you use some kind of oil or moisturizer on top!

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        April 11, 2019 at 8:31 pm

        Thank you so much lady!

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    Liz OCarroll
    April 10, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Love this post so much and deeply appreciate your honesty. especially since I don’t doubt you get plenty of “feedback” from the BC army.

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    Lauren H.
    April 10, 2019 at 10:59 am

    Any suggestions for a basic daily face cleanser?

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 10, 2019 at 4:23 pm

      Just in general or as a comparison to beautycounter???

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        April 23, 2019 at 8:31 pm

        I have this question too! Suggestion for a daily face cleanser (say, to use with a Clarisonic type of tool)? Thank you!

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    April 9, 2019 at 10:38 am

    I love this Vitamin C face serum. It does have a little bit of alcohol as a preservative, but it’s made in small batches, and a ton of research went into making it. It’s helped clear up my occasional hormonal acne, and it reversed some dark spots that I got on my face after moving to FL, despite using sunscreen and hats! It’s better than any other serum I’ve used and is inexpensive for how long it lasts.

    Any alternatives to the dew skin with SPF? I’m not committed to the tint, but I’ve had a hard time finding a natural moisturizer with spf that doesn’t make my face break out.

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    April 9, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Thanks for this post! Any ideas for their charcoal mask? Also for their foundation? I’ve tried the arMS and it sorta sits on top of the skin and doesn’t look natural. I used to use perricone and loved it but abandoned it because it wasn’t clean.

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      January 26, 2020 at 10:43 am

      Several brands offer charcoal masks. Origins on the higher end. Loreal on the lower end. I’ve used both, but not side by side. I always like the clean feeling. Also, Aztec clay mask is a great alternative, and not expensive at all!

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    April 8, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Thank you for this!! Any recommendations for a mattifying powder? I currently use the BC one because it’s translucent and works well to absorb any oil I accumulate throughout the day (I usually use it when I get home from work, if I’m going to be leaving the house for dinner etc so I don’t have a super shiny face in the evening!).

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      April 8, 2019 at 11:48 pm

      yes! The RMS “un”powder is amazing! price point is slightly cheaper and the ingredients are much safer 🙂

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