While I love shopping for cosmetics and skincare at Sephora or Walgreens, I get a special thrill when I unexpectedly score a beauty find at the grocery store. I was at Trader Joe's earlier this week and was walking by an end cap when a huge bottle of body wash caught my eye. (Okay, I can't lie... the first thing that really caught my eye was the Sriracha Ranch Dressing! The body wash was an added bonus).
I picked up the bottle (of body wash, not the ranch dressing sadly) which turns out to pull triple duty as a shampoo/conditioner/body wash and as with anything at Trader Joe's, I was happy to see it contained plenty of natural ingredients and was reasonably priced. I also prefer more a lightly-scented body wash and after giving it a sniff, it appeared to meet the smell test so I decided to give it a try.
It made me realize there are some other beauty products from Trader Joe's I've been using recently and thought I would share them along with my new find.
Trader Joe's All for One-One for All Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash ($7.99/32 fluid oz)
This is the official, fancy name for the above-mentioned body wash. It came out in stores this past August and can obviously be used as a shampoo & conditioner or a body wash. I use it as a body wash and so far, I really like it, which is good as it's a BIG bottle. I say so far because sometimes I'll use a new product a few times and think I like it and then decide I don't because I'm fickle like that. I also like that it comes with pump, which is handy, again because of the size of the bottle.
According to Trader Joe's website, All for One-One for All is pH-balanced, hypoallergenic, and paraben/sulfate-free. It's also biodegradable and free of harsh chemicals, which my super sensitive skin is very happy about. I'm still not sure how I feel about the scent, which according to the ingredient list, is a combination of bergamot, lemon, sage, clary, ginger, and jasmine. I don't hate it, but I wouldn't say it smells like any of those things. If anything, it has a slightly medicinal scent. No matter, though, it leaves my skin clean and soft, so I think it's a keeper.
Trader Joe's Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover ($3.99/20 towelettes)
I'm a sucker for makeup remover cloths, mostly because I'm often very lazy in the evening and don't feel like going through my entire bedtime skincare routine. I keep packages of makeup remover cloths beside my bed and the couch so if I'm about to doze off, I can at least remove most of my makeup and not break one of the cardinal rules of good skincare.
Also, micellar water was quite the trend this past spring, which if I'm honest, is really why I bought this product. Micellar water contains micelles and is often described as falling somewhere between cleanser and toner on the skincare scale and is typically used with a cotton round. One of the more well-known brands on the market is Bioderma (which I love!).
Micelles are teeny-tiny molecules that gobble up dirt and oil on the skin (think of them as little Ms. Pac Mans). Because there's no need to rinse micellar water, it's already a great product to have on hand, but having micelles in a cleansing cloth? Even better! I love these cloths; not only do they remove my makeup, but they also leave my skin feeling super soft. These are a must to use at home, for travel, and to have in a makeup kit.
Trader Joe's Nourish Moisturizer Oil-Free Antioxidant Facial Moisturizer ($5.99/6 fluid oz)
I picked up this moisturizer as a recommendation from a beauty seminar I attended earlier this year. It's fragrance-free and the second ingredient is aloe vera leaf juice, which is perfect for my sensitive skin. It's also very lightweight and was great for the summer. Because it doesn't contain SPF, I use it as part of my bedtime skincare routine and like to mix it with M.A.C.'s Lightful C Marine-Bright Moisture Cream for even more added moisture and a brightening effect, too.
These are some of current favorites from the Trader Joe's beauty aisle. What are yours? I would love to hear about your favorites in the comments below.
Yours in beauty,
Lady Bon Vivant