This will be the year I actually take the leap and buy Arbonne skincare.
In the last several months I have gone through some health issues that have made me think about ways to live a more healthful life. I know I can’t control everything, and in the end we do have to die from something, but wherever possible I’m trying to make better choices for my body. At least 80% of the time.
One way I’m trying to do this is by cleaning up my skincare routine. Since I learned that 60% of what I put on my skin is absorbed into every cell in my body, I’ve started reading ingredient lists of all the products I buy – not just food.
The first thing I did was throw out my tub of Vaseline, aka petroleum jelly. Why would I want to put the same petroleum I put in my car, on my lips? Yuck.
Next up? Parabens, which mimic the behavior of estrogen in my body. Unfortunately pretty much every cosmetic or skincare product on the market contains parabens.
Except for Arbonne products. A Swiss company, Arbonne specifically makes products without parabens or petroleum-based ingredients. As much as I try to buy local products whenever possible, buying skincare is one area where it may make sense to go abroad. Did you know that the EU banned 200 chemicals in skincare, while the US only banned 8?
So my friend Lindsey sent me a sample of Arbonne’s Re9 Advanced Anti-Aging set for face… I loved the smell and feel of the products, but $323 for skincare is a lot of money, so I compared the cost of Arbonne’s skincare line vs. Clinique’s.
Smoothing Facial Cleanser $40 vs. Liquid Facial Soap $16
Regenerating Toner $35 vs. Clarifying Lotion $12.50
Intensive Renewal Serum $58 vs. Turnaround Concentrate Renewer $42.50
Corrective Eye Creme $55 vs. Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream $40
Restorative Day Cream SPF 20 $50 vs. Youth Surge Age Decelerating Moisturizer SPF 15 $49.50
Night Repair Creme $85 vs. Youth Surge Age Decelerating Night Moisturizer $49.50
Total: Arbonne $323 vs. Clinique $210
On the surface, it looks like Clinique wins the price wars. Except that when used regularly I’m told Arbonne products should last 6-12 months, and in my experience Clinique products last 3-6.
So let’s recalculate that math, shall we? Arbonne $323 vs. Clinique $420
If this all sounds too intimidating, you might consider their FC5 line. Same safe ingredient policy – this is made of carrot, mango, pumpkin, strawberry, and kiwi – with fewer products to apply each day and a lower price point overall. You can get the Normal/Dry set for $96, and the Combination/Oily set for $80.
Best of all Lindsey has offered a special discount for all ATC readers. Just tell her we sent you, and she’ll give you 20% off as a thank you for trying Arbonne.
As for me, suffice it to say that even if Arbonne wasn’t a better deal, I’m going to make room in my budget for this skincare line. Because unfortunately Clinique’s products – and they’re not particularly upfront about ingredients so this took a little digging – contain both parabens and petroleum-based ingredients. Shame.
Disclosure: My friend Lindsey did send me a sample of the RE9 Advanced Skincare, but I was otherwise not compensated for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.