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Every so often, someone will do a post on things they will/won’t buy generic. I am strictly brand-name on things like lotion and body wash and conditioner—but I’m CHEAP brand-name, which seems like it could be its own category. Like, I buy only brand-name face moisturizer, but the brands I like cost less than $10 a bottle; that seems different than only using La Mer.
So today I’d like to talk about the things we like that are brand-name but CHEAP.
1. Dove Deep Moisture face lotion (photo from Amazon.com). I don’t have a link for this one, and it is for a panicky reason: I saw it on Amazon for, like, $40 a bottle by non-Amazon sellers, and there’s no way I’m linking to that crazy talk because it’s usually $7 a bottle. So I went to the Dove site to get a link from there instead and THE FACE LOTION IS NOWHERE ON THE SITE. Does this mean it’s…gone? I last bought it when it was on a good sale, and I got three bottles of it so I haven’t needed to buy it for a long time.
Well. If you can still find it (and you can bet I’m scouring Target for it the next time I go), it costs about $7, goes on sale for $5 or $6, and I love it. It’s SPF 15 and it’s moisturizing, so I use it mostly in spring, fall, and winter (in summer I like higher SPF). The thickness of it feels perfect to me: not as thin as hand lotion but not much thicker, and it goes on all smooth and nice.
2. Oil of Olay Firming Night Cream (photo from Amazon.com). This is about the same price as the Dove day lotion (I buy it when it goes on sale for $6), but for two ounces instead of four. It’s thicker in a way that seems luxurious, and it smells like a grandma but in a good way. I don’t usually wash my face before bed, but when I DO I always put this on afterward and I feel like I’m doing huge nice things for my face while I’m sleeping.
3. Softsoap Ultra Rich Shea Butter body wash (photo from Amazon.com). I’m linking to it on Amazon but don’t buy it there: I don’t know what that $11 price is about (well, I DO know: it’s the price of shipping added in), but it’s more like $4 in the store, and more like $3 on sale. It has a perfumey scent I like, and unlike a lot of moisturizing body washes, it seems to actually moisturize: I don’t need to use lotion as often when I’m using this.
4. Vaseline Intensive Rescue Repairing Moisture body lotion (photo from Amazon.com). This is $6-7 in the store, goes on sale for about $5. It’s unscented, which Paul likes because he doesn’t want to smell girly, and which I like because although I DO like to smell girly, it’s hard to find a lotion I like that coincidentally has a scent I like. I like that it moisturizes well and leaves my skin feeling all soft and nice, but it soaks in well and doesn’t feel lotiony afterward.
5. Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisture conditioner (photo from Amazon.com). I’m realizing that pretty much everything I like is $6-7 and goes on sale for $5. This one sometimes comes with a pump as a special offer, and I recommend buying it then even if it’s not on sale: it’s a pretty big bottle and kind of bulky and awkward to use without the pump.
There: those are my cheapies. What are yours?
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