Friday, 15 January 2016

Budget Skincare - Waitrose Pure Range


I am constantly asked for budget friendly items and I love finding them, but they have to actually do something, not just 'be cheap' in order for me to recommend.

I hadn't looked at the Waitrose Pure range properly in a while, and when I saw it instore today, I figured it was time to revisit.

While they won't win any prizes for innovation, and the packaging gives new meaning to the word 'basic', you could do a lot worse than to check these four out if you are looking for skincare and your budget is your priority, or, you simply refuse to spend a lot of money on skincare. Fair enough.

The name of course, is a stretch, you can call it "pure' all you want, it's not going to turn this into an organic range. It is however, fragrance free, vegan, everything is recyclable etc - so it's ticking a lot of boxes that more expensive brands don't even attempt.

Performance-wise, again, as expected, it's basic, but it's a lot better than brands that claim to be simple in their formulations and are actually anything but. 

Standout products for me are the four above. 
I would avoid the eye gel if you have sensitive eyes as despite saying it's for sensitivity, it contains a little menthol - which is unnecessary and odd in an eye cream. If, however, you suffer from tension headaches. migraines, work in schools/hospitals etc, if you apply a little after your moisturiser (back to front), you may find it gives light relief to the area.
The hand cream is non-sticky and perfectly adequate for all but the most dry of skins.
The moisturiser contains shea butter but is actually extremely light to use - to the point where it may not be enough for really dry skins, but normal/combination should be ok.
The facial oil is your best bet. It's not completely pure, it's not 'green', but if you are young and want a starter oil, are watching the purse strings, or just like collecting different products to dabble in and out of, try this out.

There are other products, including a face wash and face wipes, which I would still avoid, but then we know that. :)

The price points are beyond affordable - and at the moment they're 50% off, meaning that the average price is £1.49, so you could buy all of the above for under £6.00.

Pure Face Range is available from Waitrose.com and Ocado.com (the offer is not valid on Ocado. They're a whopping £2.99 each.)









22 comments:

  1. Going to pick up the face oil to try! Thanks Caroline :)

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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  2. What do you think about this tonic - Aqua, Dipropylene Glycol, Glyceryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Chloride, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol ?

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  3. Do you take recommendations? :)

    When I was last in the UK got a gel/oil cleanser at Boots on a whim (it was half off it would be rude not to. Also have a *cough* problem with cleansers :). Botanics Hydration Burst Dual Action Cleanser. It's a thick gel (not as thick as Emma Hardy balm mind) that turns into an oil. Lovely fresh scent, emulsifies well and removes everything. Main ingredient is olive oil (no mineral oil). It's lush to use (at least for my dry skin). It's Ł2.99 at the mo.

    Also Superdrug's Simply Pure hydrating serum. When my skin is all wtf from the weather (super cold outside/heating inside) it works a treat to soothe everything and brings my skin back to normal again. Makes it really plump. I use Vichy on normal days because it's more wet (obvs been hanging out here a while :)

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    1. yes I have the botanical hydration burst and it's a good cheap oily cleanser for me, leaves my face a tiny tiny bit tight even though it's oil. Doesn't put me off though as it's literally a teeny bit.

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    2. Agree about the Superdrug Simply Pure serum. Also their Vitamin E Moisture Boost Serum, which I use in the winter.
      And for a budget product their Naturally Radiant range is amazingly good.
      Actually forget the "for a budget product" bit - it is amazingly good, full stop!

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    3. Scarlet - a lot (A LOT) of cleansers left my face feeling tight. But now it's much better. It a combo of things I think - double cleanse in the evening/lots of hydrating steps and oil/water intake/omega 3s. But a few winters ago for example - dry as the freaking Sahara desert! Baby bottom cream was the only thing that helped at one point (don't shout Caroline :)

      Avis - oooh thanks for the rec, will have to check it out when I'm in the UK next. Have the vitamin E hot cloth cleanser and I love the texture. The scent however... a bit too almond-y for my taste? Naturally Radiant range - what do you recommend? The serum seems interesting? Honestly - I was all Boots is where it's at, but am finally branching out a bit :)

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  4. When it comes to eye cream/gels... how close to the eye ahould I put it?

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  5. I really wanted to like this range but the eye gel stung (I am not usually at all sensitive) and I didn't find the hand cream moisturising enough

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  6. what are your thoughts on the Aroma Actives range at Sainsburys?

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  7. @bertas thanks for the recommendation on the Botanics cleanser, I will look for that.

    Ocado are also stocking the Waitrose Pure range but not on offer.

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  8. I usually splurge on skincare, but I do love trying some drugstore tuff from time to time as well. Don't think this line will make me excited though.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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  9. I have used their facial polish before and that works great too. I will have to try the serum next

    Lauren | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  10. The shampoo and conditioner in this range are also really good.

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  11. That sounds amazing!!! Thank you:))

    http://yumiandyuji.blogspot.kr/

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  12. I picked up this last week, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it. £2.99! http://www.boots.com/en/Botanics-Hydration-Burst-Dual-Action-Cleanser-125ml_1754226/

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  13. Hi Caroline, I'm allergic to almonds so products with almond all give me eczema - do you know of any budget oils like this (or anything under £40 really) that are good but not almond based? Thanks, I love your blog/YouTube, and would really appreciate any recommendations for my rather specific question! x

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  14. I haven't tried it on my face yet, but a swipe of the oil on my hand was amazing - hardly any scent, absorbed greaselessly immediately, but when I next washed my hands the water beaded on the oil.

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  15. I find the B range at superdrug really good especially the melting gel cleanser and the rejuvenating serum and usually on offer so you can pick them up cheaply even though at full price they're not the cheapest.

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  16. I find the B range at superdrug really good especially the melting gel cleanser and the rejuvenating serum and usually on offer so you can pick them up cheaply even though at full price they're not the cheapest.

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  17. It doesn't give the ingredients on the bottle!!! What if u have a nut allergy

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    1. The label on the oil is double layered and shows ingredients underneath

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