Eccentric Products for the Conventional Woman

Are you trying to stretch your money until next payday?  Are you are tired of spending your hard earned cash on products that are overpriced or not readily available in your area?  Or, do you just want another alternative to your specialty products and cosmetics?  In either event, you don’t have to remain chained to high priced, overrated, or hard to find products anymore.  There are several solutions to many of the products that you use every day and the great part is that they are cheap, readily available, and some are even natural.



Imagine this scenario. You’ve just run out of deodorant and you can’t make it to the store until after work.  Not to mention that you need to freshen up for happy hour after work with little time to spare.  In both scenarios, you are missing one thing: Deodorant.  When you’ve run out of deodorant, you’re on your way to an embarrassing, sweaty, smelly moment as the hours wear down.  However, if you think outside of the box, you don’t have to worry about being smelly or sweaty with this solution. Baking soda neutralizes odor and prevents perspiration in even the most intense situations.  Baking soda, formally called sodium bicarbonate, is easy to use and is ideal for those with allergies to traditional antiperspirants.  Additionally, a box of baking soda is less than one dollar at most retailers.  Take one fourth of a teaspoon and mix with just enough water to make the baking soda wet without dissolving it. Apply directly to your underarms and you are finished.  

Acne Face Wash

If you are tired of spending your hard earned cash on acne wash products that just don’t work then you are in luck.  Aspirin is not only extremely affordable but it works and is readily available in your medicine cabinet, local retailer, or health store.  Take an uncoated aspirin and a few drops of water to transform your ordinary aspirin to an instant acne facial treatment.  Aspirin is comprised of salicylic acid which is the active ingredient in most acne products.  However, in comparison to other acne products that are laced with other harsh chemicals, aspirin lacks other ingredients that are otherwise found in acne products.  You can even use aspirin as an acne mask.  Just apply to wet skin.  Using small circular motions gently buff the skin and let the solution set on the skin for at least 15 minutes.   Due to aspirin’s gritty texture, it can also be used as an exfoliation tool.  Regardless if you use aspirin as an acne wash, exfoliant, or even an acne mask, aspirin is economical, user friendly and easily accessible.

Makeup Primer


Whether you use Makeup Forever’s HD Micro-perfecting Primer, Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, or even Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer, your wallet may not be happy with you after forking over big bucks for these products.  Depending on the retailer, SmashBox’s primer costs up to $36 for only two ounces of product.  Urban Decay on the other hand costs up to $24 for less than one ounce of their primer potion while Makeup Forever’s HD Micro-perfecting Primer costs up to $32 for its primer formula.   If you would like to save money and refrain from purchasing overpriced products you have to think outside of the box.  Monistat’s anti-chafing gel is more than an anti-chafing product, but it also doubles as a makeup primer.  Not only can you use Monistat’s Anti-Chafing Gel as a foundation primer, but you can also use it as an eye shadow primer as well.  In using the gel as a primer alternative, you are eliminating extra bulk of two separate products while concurrently eliminating the cost for multiple primers for the eyes and face.  Moreover, the anti-chafing gel is available at most retail stores and even online for fewer than eight bucks for one and a half ounces.  The Monistat chafing gel is easy to apply and only takes a little to cover your desired area of application, thus stretching your money even further.



Mouthwash carries a high price tag which is unfortunate for most individuals and families on a budget.   Once again, baking soda is a natural and affordable alternative.   Baking soda fights the acidic bacteria found in bad breath by neutralizing it.   After brushing your teeth or prior to brushing your teeth, acidic bacteria from food and free radicals fester in the mouth.   Baking soda is a base, therefore, it neutralizes acidic bacteria that is found in the mouth and is essential in removing bacteria and germ buildup.   To use,  mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with a glass of water and use like you would your regular mouthwash.   The end result is fresh breath for under a buck.

Author: April Flores

A up-and-coming BHM blogger!

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  1. Very interesting! I’ll have to try some of these.

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