A trip to Trader Joe’s is unlike any other grocery shopping experience. Every corner greets you with gorgeously packaged foods, fresh produce, and a ready-made food section that rivals many local lunch spots. Plus, they’re all at affordable prices (thank you, private labeling). And, that’s not all. Wedged somewhere between the Joe O’s Cereal boxes and rows of Speculoos Cookie Butter is a different kind of Trader Joe’s phenomenon: a curated collection of beauty products that will seriously blow you away.
From luxe body butters to gentle facial cleansers, Trader Joe’s beauty offers a variety of skin care products — many of which are dupes of high-end favorites. Like TJ’s groceries, these skin care products are super affordable. And when we say affordable, we mean under $10 a pop (most are under $5).
Whether you’re in search of a new face wash or boutique-worthy bath and body products, we’ve got you covered with our guide to Trader Joe’s best beauty buys.
1. Trader Joe’s Coconut Body Butter
Don’t let its price tag fool you. The Coconut Body Butter ($5.49) from Trader Joe’s boasts some serious luxury. Formulated with a blend of coconut oil, shea butter, aloe vera leaf extract, and antioxidant-rich vitamin E, the creamy body butter glides onto the skin and instantly softens and smooths it. What’s more? In addition to its stand-out ingredients, the nourishing butter is also enriched with marshmallow extract — a powerful anti-aging ingredient known for its ability to stimulate cell regeneration.
2. Trader Joe’s Facial Cleansing Oil
Whether you’re a fan of the Korean beauty double cleanse or are looking for a multi-tasking cleanser that removes makeup and rids the skin of pore-clogging dirt and debris, Trader Joe’s Facial Cleansing Oil ($6.99) is sure to become your new go-to. Like most Trader Joe’s beauty products, the affordable price tag means nothing compared to its formula. Enriched with all natural argan, coconut, and abyssinian oils, the oil cleanser works hard to remove stubborn makeup and cleanse the complexion — without stripping the skin of its own natural oils.
3. Trader Joe’s Nourish Shea Butter Hand Cream
In search of a hand cream that will nourish the dry, rough skin on your hands without making them feel greasy? Let Trader Joe’s Shea Butter Hand Cream ($1.99) do the job. Rich in natural moisturizers, such as shea butter, cocoa butter, and almond oil, the nourishing hand cream works to soften and soothe the hands, sans the grease. What’s more? In addition to its hydrating ingredients, the formula also includes antioxidant-rich vitamin E — a powerful anti-ager known to reverse premature signs of aging. With hands being one of the first places to show signs of aging, applying a cream enriched with anti-aging ingredients — such as vitamin E — really makes a difference.
4. Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash
On a budget but still want a splurge-worthy body wash? Consider Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Body Wash ($3.99). The TJ’s team worked with an upscale boutique to formulate the refreshing rinse and — by some miracle — it costs less than $5. Enriched with a blend of organic peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus, the rejuvenating body wash works to cool, cleanse, and clarify upon application. And thanks to its added tea tree oil, the tingling wash is also anti-acne. So, if you’re prone to body breakouts, this should clear things right up.
5. Trader Joe’s Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes
A godsend on nights when you’re feeling too lazy to remove your makeup, makeup wipes are a skin care must-have. Unfortunately, many formulas aren’t actually powerful enough to remove makeup, which often results in harsh rubbing. Over time, that can lead to — gasp! — wrinkles, especially around the eyes. Instead of ditching makeup remover wipes altogether, look for a formula that is enriched with micellar water, such as Trader Joe’s Micellar Cleanser & Makeup Remover Towelettes ($3.99). Specifically designed to gently remove makeup with ease, these wipes take the power of micellar water to the next level. They melt off makeup and lift away dirt and debris. Plus, the wipes feature a hypoallergenic formula made of softening and soothing plant extracts, too.
6. Trader Joe’s Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub
You’d be hard pressed to find a Trader Joe’s product that can’t compete with its expensive counterparts. Case in point: the Blueberry & Acai Facial Scrub ($5.99). Featuring a blend of antioxidant-rich ingredients, the high-quality, anti-aging facial scrub works to naturally exfoliate dry, dead skin cells and provides the complexion with protection against environmental skin aggressors. The result? Silky soft skin that glows.
7. Trader Joe’s Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion
Enrich Moisturizing Face Lotion ($3.99) is a cult-favorite among Trader Joe’s customers. Made with all skin types in mind, including sensitive, the fragrance-free face lotion features a vitamin-rich formula that works to nourish, hydrate, and protect the skin. What’s more? The daily moisturizer is non-comedogenic and contains a broad spectrum SPF 15 for added sun protection.
8. Trader Joe’s Head to Toe and Everything in Between Moisturizing Balm
All-purpose skin salves are a beauty must-have. You can use them to replace lip balm, cuticle oil, moisturizer, and even tame flyaways. Formulated with a variety of nourishing ingredients, including shea buter, mango seed butter, and coconut oil, the Head to Toe and Everything in Between Moisturizing Balm ($3.99) from Trader Joe’s promotes deep hydration — without any greasy residue.
9. Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Honey Mango Cream Shave
Want to know how to get your closest shave yet? Swap out your bar soap for a creamy, moisturizing shave cream. Enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E, Trader Joe’s Moisturizing Honey Mango Cream Shave ($3.49) is a shower must-have. Thanks to its unique blend of botanical skin conditioners that maximize your skin’s absorption of water, the nourishing shaving cream allows for a closer, smoother shave — sans the nicks, cuts, and irritation.