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What drugstore brand is comparable to arbonne?

ibteachnu asks…I can no longer afford Arbonne. What drugstore brands are comparable to their hydrating wash, balancing toner, facial serum, and day creme? I’ve already replaced their RE-9 foaming body wash with Olay’s age defying body wash. What are your thoughts on that product?

Right Brain responds

After that big battle about Arbonne, we no longer let Left Brain answer questions about Arbonne, so this one is mine.

Arbonne Hydrating Wash

At almost $40 for a 3 ounce bottle of the Arbonne Hydrating Wash, it’s no wonder you can’t afford Arbonne anymore. No cleanser is worth that expense. Cleansers are put on and then rinsed away. Unless the skin is specially prepared before-hand, cleansers have limited ability to deliver anything to the skin. They simply remove things.

Arbonne does make it challenging to find ingredient lists, but with enough Google searching you can usually find them. The basic ingredient list for the Hydrating wash is as follows.

Sodium Cocoyl Sulfate, PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Stearic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauroamphoacetate

This isn’t a complete list but it’s enough to get the general gist of the product. Basically, they are using standard but more gentle surfactants.

Olay alternative?

Oil of Olay is always a good choice. It is made by P&G and is one of the most thoroughly tested skin care lines available. It also has the most cosmetic chemists and scientists behind its development.

The ingredients in this particular product are different than the ones found in Arbonne. Here’s the ingredient list.

Water, Petrolatum, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Lauric Acid, Fragrance, Trihydroxystearin, Sodium Chloride, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Butyrospermum (Shea Butter) Extract (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), DMDM Hydantoin, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, PEG 14M

ALES & ALS are typically harsh detergents but the harshness is more than off-set by the fact that a moisturizing ingredient (Petrolatum) is the second ingredient. The Petrolatum will protect skin from the harshness of the detergents so overall, the Olay product should be more gentle than the Arbonne product.

Closer Drugstore Alternative

The Olay product and Arbonne products should behave similarly but if you are looking for something even closer, consider trying some of the following.

Johnsons Soothing Naturals Hair and Body Wash – hair and body wash. Contains PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate as the primary surfactant.

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash – Contains three of the primary surfactants found in Arbonne

Beauty Brains bottom line

Everyone has different skin and you need to experiment to figure out which type of cleansing product works best for you. However, there is no need to spend a lot on a cleansing wash. Go to your local drugstore and find a product that will work for you. It will be good for your skin and wallet too.

How much do you spend on skin cleansing products? Do you think it is worth it? Leave a comment below.

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  • tina June 10, 2014, 4:33 pm

    Mmhh…..arbonne v johnson or oil of o….hardly a comparison.going from a vegan range to full blown animal cruelty…ok…great advise there..not!

  • Linda August 10, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Petrolatum???? Really? Why would you want to put that on your skin? No real comparison between the two products. I guess it’s hard to understand why some ingredients are not in some products and others are. Do your homework.

    • Randy Schueller August 10, 2014, 2:50 pm

      Hi Linda. Petrolatum is one of the most effective skin moisturizers available. As long as it’s properly purified (which it is) it’s completely safe.

  • Lara June 19, 2015, 1:37 pm

    I’ve been testing Arbonne this week for a friend. The products give a very good result, but I agree that sadly they are not at all budget friendly. I found the following brand at my local health food store for about 1/3 the price and I believe they sell at Whole Foods also. Its also sold on Amazon if you don’t mind mail order shopping. See the main site with ingredients at http://www.andalou.com. All natural, organic, vegan, no animal testing, no parabens, etc.

    • TheDreadedWoodenSpoon October 19, 2015, 1:01 pm

      Thank you so much! I also have been a faithful Arbonne user, constantly being mistaken for at least ten years younger than I am. I stopped using it, and grocery clerks started insisting on carrying my bags for me (leading me to believe they think I’m old). I insist on cruelty-free vegan, and can jolly well carry my own bags, so will definitely try Andalou. 🙂

    • Gaylynn Cottongame March 21, 2018, 3:43 pm

      Which cleanser is best for skin over 50? My skin isn’t real dry or oily. It’s really a combination of the two.

    • Jbennie February 19, 2019, 4:38 pm

      Thank you for the reference! I’ll give it a try!

  • Jennifer Anderson January 22, 2016, 10:19 am

    I’m not so concerned about the cost of the product, as I have never found anything that works as well as Arbonne – I think I’m worth it. My frustration doesn’t lie with the product, but actually ordering. I don’t like to order anything I don’t need or want, but it seems every time I order it goes something like this……….well, if you order $10 more dollars, then you get $$ free. Well, no product that I want costs $10…so, I either don’t get the bargain or I pay more for products I don’t want. I also don’t like having to pay for a MEMBERSHIP.

    • Chris July 8, 2017, 9:57 pm

      Arbonne products are definitely pier and safe. They give a greater result in maintaining that acid mantle of the skin and reducing wrinkles.
      No membership is required. There is an option of saving 20% on all products if you pay $20 a year to be a preferred client.

      • Gaylynn Cottongame March 21, 2018, 3:40 pm

        How do I get in on this? Do I have to sell alot of products or just what I buy?

        • Carla Briccotto May 18, 2018, 5:34 am

          I so respect your review however I do find the comparison to the adage “apples to oranges” with regard to the ingredients. I am an Arbonne consultant and prior spent over $1800.00 trying many products. My skin now looks great

        • Carla Briccotto May 18, 2018, 5:39 am

          I am an Arbonne Consultant and happy to explain the benefits . You are able to purchase any product at retail, choose to become a Preferred Client, or a Consultant.

  • Holly Boyer October 6, 2016, 11:54 am

    Stay away from products with petroleum or any form of it. It is like wrapping your skin in Saran Wrap. Your skin is the biggest organ in your body. petroleum prevents your skin from performing its natural functions.

    • Randy Schueller October 6, 2016, 12:39 pm

      Hi Holly. I think you’re a little confused. “Petroleum” is not used in any beauty product. You’re probably thinking of “petrolatum” which is one of the most effective moisturizing agents known. It works by occluding the skin which means it prevents moisture from evaporating. It’s been used for over a hundred years and when it’s properly purified it’s completely safe. There is no evidence that it interferes with any natural skin functions. If you do find proof of that let us know because that would be a major scientific breakthrough!

      • Helene December 22, 2017, 5:32 pm

        I do not know what to believe anymore. Petrolatum or mineral oil acts like a film to prevent from moister to leave skin. Now if it doesn’t let it out well it certainly cannot let it in. Ta! Da!

        • Kelsey December 7, 2018, 1:59 am


          you can’t read

        • Vanessa July 3, 2019, 9:00 am

          You’re reading the word incorrectly.