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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.

Looking for cheaper + cleaner alternatives to beautycounter? Here's a cheaper option for the cleansing balm #beautycounter

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.

Looking for cheaper + cleaner alternatives to beautycounter? Here is a cheaper and cleaner option for the charcoal bar #beautycounter

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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    December 26, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    What about a dupe for the Counter+ Brightening Facial Mist?

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    October 31, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    I’m so confused. I was first on your post with the Beautycounter review (and link to your consultant shop) and then this post says you hate all things Beautycounter? Which is it? It’s fine to change your mind, just curious and if you did may be a good idea to update this post…

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    July 26, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Hello! Thank you for all the great information! I’ve just started using BC because of the safeness of their products. By any chance, do you have a post that is a cumulative list of all other clean/green companies? I’m so new to this clean world 😀

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    June 28, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    Do you have a recommendation for dark under eye circles? Thanks!

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    June 11, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Davida!

    Glad I found your post. I had been using Rodan and Fields, was going to switch to Beauty Counter for safety, but then found your article. Thank you! I am in my early 40’s and looking for alternatives to the BC Countertime line. Any suggestions for daily face care, fine lines and wrinkles?

    Thanks so much!!

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    May 27, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Hi, I really like the BC body butter. But of course I don’t feel that they offer a generous amount for what they charge. Would appreciate your suggestions. Thankyou

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      Davida Lederle
      May 28, 2020 at 1:34 pm

      I absolutely adore the Primally Pure Body Butter! It’s $13 cheaper for the same amount or you can order a larger size which BC doesn’t offer. The ingredients are also wayyyyy better in the Primally Pure Body Butter. Here’s my favorite one:

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    May 13, 2020 at 6:38 pm

    I’d love your recommendations for a clean but effective Dark Spot corrector. After 3 pregnancies my melasma looks to be staying put. I need help fading these dark spots! Thanks 🙂

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    May 9, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Hello! Love this review. Do you have suggestions for a good face wash? Currently using BC nourishing cleanser and would love to switch to something else. Doesn’t haven to be a dupe or anything, just looking for recs! Thank you!

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    Vivian Schaad
    May 7, 2020 at 10:02 am

    First time here in your website! Do you know of any rosacea products?

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    February 16, 2020 at 11:39 pm

    Are the brands you mentioned as alternatives (including Beauty by Earth you mentioned in comments) all completely clean? Or just the products you mentioned? Thank you!!

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      Davida Lederle
      February 20, 2020 at 5:14 pm

      Yes they’re all natural alternatives!

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    February 5, 2020 at 10:02 am

    Thank You Davida (love your name) for this invaluable information and for doing all the research! So glad I came across your site 🙂

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      Davida Lederle
      February 7, 2020 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you so much, Deb!

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    Carol Anderson
    February 4, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    For clean and completely natural products try SunLeaf Naturals. All of their products are 100% natural, non-GMO and no chemicals. Their body oil if fabulous. I love their honey soap and use it everyday. They own their own bees and process all of the honey themselves. This is a family run business in Minnesota. I swear by their products.

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      Davida Lederle
      February 7, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much, Carol!

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