Saturday, 11 June 2011

Quick Tip: Food-Grade Hair Goodies

Are retailers playing into our vanity? Food-grade products and ingredients are often cheaper than their cosmetic-grade counterparts. Here are some real-world examples of what I mean.

 Example 1:

  Food grade aloe vera vs. aloe vera meant for cosmetic purposes:


Lily of the Desert (cosmetic) : $4.39 for 4oz.

Lily of the Desert (food) : $4.89 for 16 oz

Lily of the Desert (food): $9.29 for 32 oz

Lily of the Desert (cosmetic): $8.89 for 12 oz


Price Breakdown:

 *values have been rounded to nearest hundredths and calculated without tax
  • Cosmetic grade aloe vera: 
    • 4 oz:  $ 1.10/oz
    • 12 oz: $ 0.75/oz
  • Food grade aloe vera:
    •  16 oz: $ 0 .31/oz
    •  32 oz: $0. 29/oz

Example 2:

Food grade coconut oil vs. coconut oil intended for cosmetic purposes:


NOW Coconut Oil (cosmetic): $6.49 for 7oz

NOW Coconut Oil (food grade): $ 10.99 for 20 oz

Price Breakdown:

*values have been rounded to nearest hundredths and calculated without tax.
  • Cosmetic grade coconut oil: 
    • 7 oz: $ 0. 93/oz
  • Food grade coconut oil: 
    • 20 oz: $  0.55/oz

As you can see, same brands, same items, different price. To get more for your money, search for the food grade option for the product or ingredient and compare it with the one intended for cosmetic use and decide from there what works for your needs and lifestyle.

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