The treasures at TJ’s run far beyond cookie butter and Mandarin Orange Chicken. Turns out, there are great (and affordable) beauty products, too! Here are the best ones to throw into your cart during your next shopping trip.
Trader Joe’s Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion
We did a double take when we first saw the price of this lotion. But it’s the real deal. Free of both fragrance and PABA (meaning it’s great for sensitive types), the SPF 15 formula is also laced with skin-softening vitamins A, C, and E. It’s whisper-light, absorbs quickly, and costs less than a box of cereal. What’s not to love?
To buy: $4
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Facial Cleansing Pads
Think of these blemish-fighting discs as the grown-up version of those medicated pads you used as a teenager. Soaked in tea tree oil, witch hazel, and chamomile, they clear away dirt, oil, and grease in just a few swipes. And best of all, unlike the acne pads of yesteryear, these leave skin feeling clean and soft, not stripped.
To buy: $4
Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Cream Shave
Okay, yes: If you’re not accustomed to the no-lather thing, this shaving cream can take a little bit of getting used to. But trust us: The learning curve is worth it. The lotion-like formula provides an ultra-close, nick-free shave, leaves legs silky smooth, and smells like tropical, honey-mango-scented heaven.
To buy: $3
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash
On mornings when you’re cursing your iPhone alarm, this zingy body wash is just the thing. The invigorating, minty scent is nothing short of awesome—and definitely a more pleasant way to wake up. Sure, it’s not quite caffeine, but coffee can’t get your skin this deliciously clean, now can it?
To buy: $4
Trader Joe’s Antibacterial Hand Soap in Fresh Linen Scent
Why settle for boring hand soaps in the bathroom? Give your powder room an upgrade with this gorgeous wash. It’s wrapped in a beautiful label that looks like fancy wallpaper! What’s more, the formula is loaded with good-for-skin ingredients like aloe, vitamin E, and rosemary, and the crowd-pleasing scent smells like fresh laundry.
To buy: $4
Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap, $11.99
This cult-favorite has been around since 1858 for good reason: It’s pretty much the ultimate multitasker. Not only can you use it to wash your body (or face or hair), but it also works to clean pets, dishes, floors, even clothing. We also love its bracing peppermint scent, and the fact that TJ’s stocks the massive, 32-ounce version.
To buy: $12
Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter
Got dry patches of skin? Then this thick, frosting-like balm is just what you need. It obliterates rough spots on contact thanks to a super-softening blend of shea butter, coconut oil, vitamin E, and aloe vera. (Doesn’t hurt that it smells like a decadent dessert, too!)
To buy: $5
Trader Joe’s Nourish Spray Sunscreen
A quality-sunscreen for under six bucks? We were skeptical, to say the least. But the protection level is fantastic (SPF 50 and broad-spectrum), the formula itself is a joy to use (a non-sticky spray that dries clear, not chalky), and, of course, the price is pretty much the best thing under the, well, sun.
To buy: $6
Tom’s of Maine Simply White Toothpaste
This paste proves you don’t need a slew of impossible-to-pronounce chemicals to keep your pearly whites looking pearly and white. Instead of harsh bleaching agents, the powerful formula uses natural silicas to remove stains and brighten. We also love that its refreshing, yummy taste comes from natural peppermint oil.
To buy: $4
Trader Joe’s Nourish Shea Butter Hand Cream
A good hand cream has to be moisturizing enough to tackle rough, flaky skin—but light enough not to leave a greasy, oily mess behind. This little miracle manages to strike that elusive balance. It’s packed with shea and cocoa butters, Vitamin E, and almond oil, so it’s hydrating without leaving a too-slick residue. And the under-two-dollars price means you can stock up with multiple tubes for your purse, your desk, and your nightstand.
To buy: $2