Good news, my fellow bath and beauty product fanatics- you can get totally gorgeous without spending a fortune with DG Body at Dollar General. Even better news? It will cost you a fraction- a FRACTION – of the amount you spend on big names. I know what you’re thinking. There is NO way DG Body can stack up against national brands. Well, turn that skeptical frown upside down, sunshine, because I put a diverse range of products to the test and I’m telling you, they really do compare!
Comparing DG Body to their National Brand counterparts: how do they stack up?
I’ve been a long-time Dollar General shopper for many things, including a few of their DG Body products. Nail polish remover, cotton balls, the sort of thing that really doesn’t require a brand name. When it comes to things like body wash and skin care products, though, I either went with my favorites or went without. This challenge was a real eye-opener.
Now, I’m not saying you have to ditch all your favorites. I’d never say that. There’s room in the stockpile cabinet for everyone, but knowing that you can pick up comparable bath and beauty products at a fraction of the price means you’ll never have to be without your comfort products. It also means you can try out a few new types of products that you wouldn’t normally pick up! Let’s check out what I compared.
The DG Body contenders:
- Cocoa Butter Lotion
- Fragrance-Free Lotion
- Deep Cleaning Astringent Sensitive Skin
- Night Soothing Make-up Removing Facial Towelettes
- Rejuvenating Eye Roller
- Nose Cleansing Strips
- Coconut Lime Body Wash
- Facial Cleansing Buffs
Grand total for all products came to under $30, and I got duplicates of a couple of products for my mom, who lives with me.
How do they compare?
I took my stash of DG Body products home and started trying them out right away. I was especially interested to see how the body wash stacked up against my beloved Bath and Body Works stash. For the most part, I buy body wash for the fragrance, and simply because that fragrance makes me feel happier as I shower. The cleansing ingredients don’t really differ from brand to brand, unless you’re getting something with very specific ingredients clearly displayed on the label. Other than that, there’s really no difference between Suave body wash and B&BW aside from the fragrance. So for me, the big question was: can DG’s Coconut Lime scent hold a candle to the 20 fragrances currently under my sink? Surprisingly, yes, it can!
The two lotions were another big draw for me. My son is prone to very dry skin. His father has eczema, so I try to avoid scented lotions with him. DG Body Fragrance-Free Lotion works just as well as the big name brands that I’ve used on him, including Vaseline and Eucerine, and it only cost me $1. Another huge draw to this? I want to make my own scents using essential oils, but since it’s just for personal use, I can’t really see going out and buying bulk lotion bases. I also don’t really feel like making my own base. Since the DG Body Fragrance-Free lotion is gentle, effective and inexpensive, I can mix away until my heart’s content and never have to worry about wasting expensive bases or hours of work. The Rejuvenating Eye Roller was a pleasant surprise! It’s comparable to Olay’s Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller. At $5, it was my most expensive purchase, but considering its national-brand counterpart costs about $22+, it was a total steal. It’s so much fun to use and feels great on my chronically tired, puffy eyes. I go through make-up removing wipes like proverbial hot cakes. I use them every night, whether I wore make-up that day or not, because they provide a clean foundation for the rest of my cleansing ritual. My mom uses them and sometimes even Jake uses them to de-gunk before bed. Sal’s daughter also goes through them like crazy. I was spending up to $5 for a package of the cheapest Neutrogena make-up removing wipes I could find, which gets expensive after a while! The DG Body Night Soothing Make-up Removing Facial Towelettes work fantastic and cost just $2.50, plus you get 30 instead of 25. When I need to really get a deep down clean, I break out the Deep Cleaning Astringent. I picked up the Buffs because I still remember when the Buff Puff came out and I have a sentimental attachment to them. They give your favorite cleanser an added scrubbing kick.
Finally, we have the Nose Cleansing Strips. About two months ago, my mom discovered a black head on her nose. In all her 59 years, she’s apparently NEVER dealt with a pimple on her nose. Thankfully, I got those genes. Don’t hate me. Anyway, she went a little bonkers with trying to get rid of it. She ended up looking like a certain red-nosed reindeer because she tried every home remedy she could find all at once. The next day, I went out and got her Biore strips. Since the Biore strips worked so well, they of course became an instant “beauty emergency” staple. As awesome as they are, I was a little surprised at the cost, at least in the stores in my area. So I was really interested to try out the DG Body Nose Cleansing Strips. To be fair, I don’t have blackheads on my nose right now, so I didn’t notice anything on the strip when I was done, but the overall experience felt exactly the same as the name-brand experience.
By the end of my little challenge, I was pleased to discover that all the DG Body products I grabbed stacked up great to their national counterparts. I will always be one of those girls with a cabinet full of different brands, just because I love trying out new stuff, but when it comes to certain staples, I’ll head down to my local Dollar General to stock up first!