The Best Nontoxic Drugstore Beauty Buys Of 2018

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Let's be real: There are situations where time to shop for beauty products feels all but nonexistent and money isn't as abundant as we'd like it to be. Nowadays, you don't have to spare quality for budget. In fact, many natural brands have made their way into drugstores, and it's having a ripple effect. Thanks to consumer demand and changing tides in the industry, several conventional drugstore brands have taken suspicious ingredients out of their formulas in favor of safer alternatives.

Burt's Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick

Burt's Bees has done it again. Their sensitive line is one of our favorites, and the new lip to cheek colors are our current favorite BB release. Coverage is buildable, and the center cylinder of ultra-nourishing coconut oil creates a diffuse effect that's perfect for daytime lip and blush color. The stick format makes on-the-go application easy, and the price can't be beat.

All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick, Burt's Bees, $13

Burt’s Bees All Aglow Lip & Cheek Stick

ACURE Organics The Essentials Moroccan Argan Oil

Argan oil is excellent for oil cleansing, frizz-taming, moisturizing face and body, and is a particularly good "starter" for first-time face oil users. ACURE's version is 100 percent pure, cold-pressed, organic argan oil—probably the best bang for your buck when it comes to organic drugstore beauty.

The Essentials Moroccan Argan Oil, ACURE Organics, $10

ACURE Organics The Essentials Moroccan Argan Oil

ApotheCARE Essentials The Restorer In-Shower Oil

Known for its well-designed scents, ApotheCARE Essentials is one of the best-smelling lines you'll find in the drugstore. This in-shower oil includes cold-pressed rosehip oil and aloe vera to deliver moisture, and a few mild cleansing agents so you don't have to double up on shower gel. Bonus: It makes a great natural shaving medium.

The Restorer In-Shower Oil, ApotheCARE Essentials, $11

ApotheCARE Essentials The Restorer In-Shower Oil

Love Beauty and Planet Argan Oil & Lavender Deodorant Stick

Aluminum-free is the way to be, and Love Beauty Planet gets it. Yet another drugstore brand that's elevating scent (smell the trend here?), the argan oil and lavender deodorant is earthy and calming without the sticker shock that often comes with natural deodorant. This one is made without parabens and alcohol and uses 43 percent recyclable ingredients in its packaging.

Argan Oil & Lavender Deodorant Stick, Love Beauty Planet, $7

Love Beauty and Planet Argan Oil & Lavender Deodorant Stick

SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl-Enhancing Smoothie

Made for thick, curly, and natural hair, the curl-enhancing smoothie is a leave-in conditioner that adds hydration to processed, frizzy, and lackluster curls. Neem oil, one of the key ingredients, is known to help skin and hair due to its high antioxidant content. It can be applied to wet or dry hair and is used to help style, allowing the naturals shea butter, avocado oils, macadamia oils, mango seed butter, and other plant-based ingredients to hold the curl while diminishing frizz.

Coconut Hibiscus Curl-Enhancing Smoothie, SheaMoisture, $14

SheaMoisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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