Trader Joe's Skincare Routine: Hits and Misses


Constantly on a mission to provide myself and my friends with college budget friendly alternatives, I turned my attention to none other than my weekly grocery store stop, Trader Joe’s. As someone who is obsessed with the store - don’t get me started on their seasonal pumpkin ice cream - I thought to myself, if I like everything else here why not try some of their skincare products? While Trader Joe’s doesn’t currently sell any makeup, they have a surprisingly wide selection of skincare products, ranging from makeup removers, to oils, to bath soap and sprays.

Over the past couple of weeks, I switched out some of my holy grails with products from this neighborhood mecca to see what was worth the hype.


Average Joe’s

While these weren’t big hits for me, I didn’t really have any problems with them either. Their Micellar Cleanser and Makeup Remover Wipes were better than most when it came to removing stubborn mascara, but were just a tad drying for me. Similarly, the Blueberry and Acai Facial Scrub and Lavender Salt Scrub got the job done gently, but nothing that I was blown away by.


While their body washes, bar soaps, and Lemongrass Coconut Body Oil smell so calming and soak in quickly, my skin didn’t miraculously transform overnight or feel much different in a few hours. In the end, I simply have other products I prefer rather than these.

Not For Me

There were really only two products that just weren’t right for me in the end - the Facial Cleansing Oil and the Facial Cleansing Pads. While the oil was really good at taking off makeup without stripping my skin, it seriously irritated my eyes while washing. This was a one and done product for me so I will most likely not be using it again.

The Facial Cleansing Pads were nothing outstanding for me. In fact, I thought that they were almost a little too rough for everyday use. That coupled with the very strong tea tree oil smell will probably leave me only breaking them out to finish the bin off on days where my face feels super dirty.


Best in Class

Despite the misses, there were several product that I would actually keep in my rotation. Their Vitamin E Oil is something I’ve used on and off for awhile and it works really well to keep everything smooth, see how I use it at my blog post here. I am also obsessed with their 100% Organic Argan Oil. I love slathering this on my face prior to moisturizer at night and waking up with the softest skin.


One of the products from Trader Joe’s that has received the most hype os their Rose Water Facial Toner. This is definitely a dupe for Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray, only it’s slightly more drying due to the alcohol in the toner. I would totally keep this in my purse or take it with me on the go, it’s super refreshing and smells great.

Their Hyaluronic Moisture Boost Serum is also a really great affordable hydrating serum. If you’re not sure if hyaluronic acid is something you can benefit from, this is a very affordable way to see if you like how it feels. It’s extremely cooling and soaks in quickly.


Lastly, in the shower I love to keep their Moisturizing Mango and Honey Cream Shave and their Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Hair Mask. The shave cream is super moisturizing and smells delicious, and the coconut hair mask is super thick and only takes a few minutes - rather than some pricier options that require you leave it on for up to 20 minutes. It also didn’t leave my hair feeling oily after rinsing and drying at all!

Are you a Trader Joe’s groupie like me? Comment below with your favorite products!