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25 Back To School Beauty Must-Haves for Your College-Bound Teen (or Yourself!)

During my freshman year of college, one of the best things my mom did was buy a lot of my toiletries and beauty products in bulk during the summer. She’s a smart cookie for that one. College students often lack the time, money, and transportation to get out and restock their supplies on their own. It’s wonderful to have your own drug- or beauty-supply store in your dorm room. To help you do the same, here’s a list of money-saving beauty must-haves for college students (and mom, you may want to stock up on these too!). Many of these beauty goodies are made from natural ingredients and are sulfate and paraben free. You can purchase these products at drugstore.com or your local drugstores.

Feel free to comment below with your favorite beauty must-have.

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    Click through to see the products, many of which are natural and paraben-free.

  • Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment with Coconut Milk & Almond Oil Razor, $9.59 2 of 26
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    The Schick® intuition pure nourishment razor with coconut milk and almond oil lathers and shaves in one easy step, so you can skip buying shaving cream. Coconut milk and almond oil leave skin smoother, so you'll forget all about razor burns.  

     

  • Shea Moisture Bath Body & Massage Oil, Lavender & Wild Orchid, $9.99 3 of 26
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    Shea Moisture Bath Body & Massage Oil in Lavender & Wild Orchid smells sooooooooo good. The soothing lavender is just what you need to help you relax after a long study session. 

     

  • Quirky Cargo Shower Caddy, $9.99 4 of 26
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    Quirky Cargo Shower Caddy is one of the best ways to keep you organized in the shower and out, and easier to carry than a bulky basket.

  • Burt’s Bees Healthy Hands, Hand Repair Kit, $12.99 5 of 26
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    Burt's Bees Healthy Hands Hand Repair Kit is perfect for a quick pampering session between classes, and won't grease up your pages of notes. 

  • Shea Moisture Shea Butter & African Black Soap Shave Butter, $8.59 6 of 26
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    Shea Moisture Shea Butter & African Black Soap Shave Butter is an all-natural shaving butter with African Black Soap that moisturizes and prevents skin discoloration. You'll find it's worth the splurge! 

  • Thayers Original Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera Formula Astringent, $8.99 7 of 26
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    Thayers Original Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera is just what you need to keep that fresh look during finals, even when you've barely slept. 

  • Summer’s Eve Deodorant Spray, Baby Powder, $4.19 8 of 26
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    Summer's Eve Deodorant Spray in Baby Powder is a time-released deodorant spray for your most delicate parts.

  • Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant, Unscented, $3.29 9 of 26
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    Arm & Hammer Essentials Natural Deodorant is a deodorant that is both aluminum and paraben free, making it a great natural option! 

  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer for All Skin Types, SPF 50, $11.19 10 of 26
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    Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer for All Skin Types is one of the few reasonably priced, high-SPF facial moisturizers that I've found. A good facial moisturizer is a necessity for every woman, and will help you look younger down the road. 

  • Nature’s Gate Jojoba Revitalizing Conditioner, $6.02 11 of 26
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    When you're away at school it hard to find a stylist that you trust with your tresses. Nature's Gate Jojoba Revitalizing Conditioner is exactly what you need to keep your hair healthy and shiny until you can sit in your stylist's chair back home. 

  • Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner, $8.49 12 of 26
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    Giovanni Direct Leave-In Weightless Moisture Conditioner has been one of my go-to leave-ins for years. It's all natural and lightweight, and reasonably priced for such a good product. 

  • Nature’s Gate Herbal Daily Cleansing Shampoo, $5.75 13 of 26
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    Nature's Gate Herbal Daily Cleansing Shampoo gently cleans hair without stripping natural oils due to its sulfate-free formula. 

  • St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control, $5.89 14 of 26
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    I think a facial scrub is a great way to give your face some extra TLC and help prevent stress-induced acne. St. Ives Naturally Clear Apricot Scrub Blemish & Blackhead Control is one of my personal faves. 

  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, $2.99 15 of 26
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    Baking Soda serves so many purposes. Use it as a dry shampoo or a body exfoliate, all while you keep the box in your dorm fridge to help with food odors. 

  • Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera Formula Toner, $8.99 16 of 26
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    Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel with Organic Aloe Vera Formula Toner moisturizes and minimizes the appearance of pores. Who wouldn't want that? 

  • Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover, $6.39 17 of 26
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    Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover is a sulfate-free gentle face wash, which means it won't dry your face out like others. Plus, it's a great two-in-one product!

  • Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, $5.99 18 of 26
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    Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes are all in one refreshing, cleaning, and moisturizing towelettes for times when you can't get to the sink.  

     

  • eos Smooth Lip Balm Sphere, $2.99 19 of 26
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    Lip balm is so important and eos Smooth Lip Balm Sphere is one of the best. It's made from 100 percent natural and 95 percent organic ingredients, which is great when a product is on your lips. 

     

  • Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Body Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin, Milk & Honey, $9.99 20 of 26
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    Burt's Bees Naturally Nourishing Body Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin in Milk & Honey leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and healthy with some of my favorite ingredients, like coconut and grape seed oils.

  • Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $7.49 21 of 26
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    I CANNOT live without coconut oil. You can literally use it from head to toe. It does wonders as an intense deep conditioning hair treatment—one of my favorite uses. 

  • Dove Gentle Exfoliating, $8.99 22 of 26
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    Dove Gentle Exfoliating is an uniquely formulated cleansing bar that helps stimulate the skin's natural surface renewal process. 

  • Studio 35 Beauty Three Prong Jaw Hair Clips, $2.99 23 of 26
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    In college, hair clips are your best friend. Perfect for quick updos when you're out or getting your hair off your face when you're studying. 

     

  • Conair Brush Shower Comb, $1.89 24 of 26
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    Keep Conair Brush Shower Comb  in the shower for quick detangling or distributing conditioner.  

     

  • Scunci Elastics, Medium Black, $2.69 25 of 26
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    Scunci Elastics like these won't pull out hair like those with metal ties, so this beauty must-have is essential for quick hairstyles. 

  • Crest 3D White Whitestrips, 2 Hour Express Whitestrips Dental Whitening Kit, $47.99 26 of 26
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    One splurge! Crest 3D White Whitestrips 2 Hour Express Whitestrips Dental Whitening Kit is easy to use, cheaper than the dentist, and can be worn while cleaning or reading.

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