With the holidays rolling right around the corner, I figured I would follow up on last year's holiday post and create another "ultimate gift guide" for the natural beauties in your life. This year, I've done things a little differently and separated them into categories, so you will find perfect little gifts for everyone. I hope you (and the lucky receiver) enjoys!
Perfect Presents for the Subscription Lover
We all have those friends that love subscribing - not only are they getting a good deal, but they are the first to get to try fab new products, or read up on the latest wellness trends before everyone else. Below are some of LPN's recommended subscriptions - just in time for the holidays!
1. Natural Health Magazine Subscription
I love Natural Health Magazine. I've had a subscription to the UK version for the past year, and have loved it. When I'm back in Canada visiting my wonderful family and friends, I always pick up the latest issue of the North American version. Surprise one of your best's with this wonderful subscription treat! Both ship worldwide. The UK version 12 issues for £ 33.30 & North American version is 6 issues for $19.97
2. The Vegan Box Subscription
Have a veggie in your life? Treat him or her to a subscription of The Ultimate Vegan Box! Your lucky natural buddy will receive vegans goodies monthly to their door - it really is the gift that keeps on giving! A one month subscription is $26.95, a three month subscription $77.95. The Vegan Box contains a combination of full size, travel size and sample size items, such as snacks, superfoods, beauty & lifestyle products! Not based in the Australia? Check out some EU Vegan Box options: Vegan Box Germany & Vegan Box France. In the US, check out Conscious Box - $19.95 / month & Vegan Cuts - $19.95 / month.
3. Cosmobox Subscription
Cosmobox does a great job of putting together a yearly subscription, or a one-time off subscription for a loved one. Each box is packed with natural beauty goodies ranging from head to toe. The one-time subscription box is $20 USD, but if you're feeling very jolly, the yearly subscription goes for $17 USD / month. Each box comes beautifully packaged with a variety of top-notch products. Mine this month came with Some gorgeous Weleda Pomegranate Body Lotion, some of my favourite liquid castille soap by Dr. Bronners, a pretty pink nail polish from non toxic nail company Suncoat among other lovely products. Each box comes with 5 natural surprises - and you never receive a repeat product (great for beauty bloggers like me ;-)
Holiday Treats for the Evening Queen
She's the one that uses her evenings to unwind, relax, and reconnect with her inner natural beauty. Help her enhance this routine with some perfect evening natural luxuries this holiday!
1. tru melange Peace Authentic Aromatherapy Candle
Nothing starts off an evening routine better than some candles. During the holidays, it's nice to get a little "Christmasy" with vanilla, peppermint and cinnamon essential oils. Grab this beauty 3.5 oz, 100% soy candle with pure peppermint & vanilla essential oils for your natural best. The candles are hand poured in the US and are decorated beautifully in their perfect travel tin. Whole Foods carries them for $8 but you can also find them online here.
Christmas came early for me this year, with this absolutely GORGEOUS holiday pack from Eco Diva Beauty, one of my absolute favourite online natural beauty shops. This lovely gift package includes a soft cotton robe by Plum Pretty Sugar, a perfect canvas tote bag & the Brand New Day Scrub from One Love Organics.
The Brand New Day Scrub is wonderful since it doubles as a mask. A combination of corn starch, sweet pea flour & pineapple extracts combine to lift away the day that was. To use as a scrub I put about a quarter size of powder in my hand and used my finger tips to drip 4 drops of water onto the powder. I then used a circular motion to apply the product to my skin - a mini microdermabrasion! To make the mask, simply combine the powder with equal parts water and massage onto skin. For extra hydration in these winter months, mix it with some honey! Check out last week's post on honey beauty benefits too, if you missed it.
This gift bag as a whole, is perfect for AM & evening ritual lovers alike, so it will be perfect for the early riser natural beauty too. A perfect gift for the special ladies in your life, who deserve a truly luxurious pampering (don't they all?!). There's still time to get yours before the holidays, so pick up the package online at Eco Diva Beauty, right here!
Nothing says goodnight like a good cup of chamomile tea, but what about slathering that beneficial oil all over your body before you catch your z's? Help your loved ones get the best (and softest) sleep of their life with this luxurious chamomile body serum by One Love Organics. A combination of seabuckthorn and pumpkin seed oils soften the driest of skin, so it's perfect for these dry winter nights. The scent is light, and never overpowering, so it's great for the sensitive beauties too. Plus, chamomile is calming - something everyone can't seem to get enough of around this time of year. Grab a bottle online at Eco Diva Beauty for $41 here.
4. All Organic Cotton Sleep Masks from Natural Sleep Shop
I find some of the best natural finds on Etsy, and this little gem is no different. These hand made organic sleep masks are not only effective, but also beautiful. No bug-eyed beauties here, only pretty florals and adjustable straps fit everyone. Nothing says natural beauty like a full night of undisturbed sleep... so be sure to pick one up for you, and your loved ones. Shop the beautiful patterns for £18.90 at their Etsy shop here.
5. Badger Balm Sleep Balm
Sweet dreams aren't far away with this lightly scented relaxing balm. I've been using this one to help me combat jet lag for the past year, and I have to say it's one of my favourites. While it won't stop you from waking up at the crack of dawn when you're on a nine hour time different (I speak from experience), it is truly relaxing and helps you get back to counting sheep, just a little bit faster. The handy tin means easy travel companion and the price means you can afford to grab one for everyone's stocking stuffer - $9.99 from many natural shops. If you're having trouble finding it at your local Whole Foods, check out Badger Balm's site to order here.
Holiday Tools for the Non-Toxic Belle
She can (almost) never have enough beauty tools, so pick up this season's must have beauty tools for someone special (you know, you are special too ;-)
1. Shiseido Eyelash Curler
One of my earliest posts was on this beautiful tool - making bambi-eyes out of even the most stubbornly straight eye lashes. I won't go into too much detail now, as you can read about my rave here. Shop online for $20 USD.
2. Eco Tools Bamboo Comb & Headband
Perfect for gently combing wet hair, and keep the hair mask off your skin, this bamboo duo is a great toll for every natural beauty's bathroom. Both environmentally friendly and gentle, these products are the perfect little stocking stuffer - and only $5 USD for the set!
3. The Pure Beauty Blender
The PureBeauty Blender is the same great beauty blender you've heard about for the past few years - latex free, and doesn't lift makeup off when covering under eye circles & spots - but this one is a little less toxic. It is made of non-latex foam and is free of any dyes or colorants. Grab one of these little saviours to finish off your holiday makeup flawlessly - a natural airbrushing! The shape is extremely user-friendly, which means your girlfriends will like it too! Grab one (or four) online for $24.
4. Haut Cosmetics Vegan Taklon Brushes
Some of the most effective, gentle (and best-named) vegan brushes will be found on Haut Cosmetic's website. These vegan-friendly brushes are not only soft and fantastic for everything from primer to concealers, they are also Clean Care certified. Read my post on Clean Care here. I used the "need a lift" brush - perfect for applying under eye concealer flawlessly - as well as the "a fresh start" for perfect BB cream and foundation application. Shop both brushes (and more within the collection) online at Haut Cosmetic's shop. A fresh start retails for $23.50 CAD & need a lift for $18.50 CAD.
5. RMS Beauty Living Luminizer
While this might not be a "tool" per say (more of a product), I think of this as my "highlighting tool". The perfect addition for any holiday party sparkle (ok, more along the lines of glow, but you know what I mean). I've raved at length in a previous post here, Shop online for $38 USD from The Detox Market.
Natural Lip Product LoversNothing fits in a stocking better than a natural lip product (ok, I can think of a few things that do - a foot, namely - but let's go with this analogy for now). It is no secret around these parts that I am a fan of natural lip products from far and near. Here are a few of my holiday faves that will keep your pucker pretty even after a trip under the mistletoe (reapplication may be necessary ;) 1. Bite Beauty Food Grade Plumping Lip Oil Looking for that pouty pucker this holiday season? Pick up one of BITE Beauty's "hot" lip products. The resveratrol (from red wine polyphenol) & Polygonum cuspidatum (a large herby plant) act to plump your lips by driving blood flow to them. Don't be surprised if this peppermint-scented lip oil sends your lips a 'tingling (written to the tune of "Here we come a Caroling"). With a blend of castor seed, argan and olive oils, your lips will feel smooth as ever, while the peppermint & cinnamon bring a nice red flush and plump to the lips. I love that it's created with food grade ingredients, so there is no harm in this one making its way into your eggnog latte (made without eggs, and with almond milk, of course!). Shop a tube here for $25 USD. 2. EOS Mint Lip Balm Evolution of Smooth (EOS) balms are everywhere, it's hard to walk into a natural shop and not find one. My favourite for the holiday season is the mint scented one. With 95% ingredients, and the perfect amount of pepperminty tingle, this is the perfect balm for those chilly winter nights spent by the fire. Coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter & olive oils protect your pout, while there is a hint of stevia, so you taste sweet too! Shop at most stores for about $3.50 USD each. Having trouble finding one? Check EOS online shop. 3. Kjaer Weis Organic Lip Tint Compact -Bliss Full For the luxury beauty in your life, pick up the gorgeous packaged Kjaer Weis organic lip tints. They come in a selection of beautiful colours, but my current love interest is Bliss Full. The products are made in Italy, and packaged in beautiful & luxurious tins. Makeup artist and creator Kristen Kjaer Weis formulated these beautiful lip tints to go on with buildable colour. I apply mine directly to my lips with a clean finger. Check out Bliss Full & a host of other colours on Eco Diva Beauty. Each new tin retails for $51 USD, find refills online for $24 USD. 4. Red Apple Lipstick in Sugar Sugar Free from all the nasties (of course), but also free of gluten and soy, Red Apple lipsticks are beautifully vibrant and nourishing all at the same time. With too many colours to choose from, shopping at Red Apple is great for those who love to "try 'em all". I'm particularly fond of "Sugar Sugar", which is referred to as a "mod pink" reminiscent of the 1960s. While it may not be your typical holiday colour, it certainly pairs well with a pretty pink flushed cheek and some organic rosé. Check out all their gluten-free lipsticks here - each retailing for about $23.50 USD. 5. Ilia Lipstick in Wild Child A high impact Merry Christmas is what this beautiful lip stick says. Ilia's 85% organic ingredients combine to create great buildable colour. Organic castor seed oil, organic sesame seed oil, organic jojoba seed oil, organic sunflower seed oil, organic beeswax all combine to leave your lips feeling lovely, which also helps to avoid colour "feathering". The colour may look shocking out of the tube at first, but even a fair skinned gal like me can get away with a few coats. For those that want an extra colour punch, just apply a few more layers. Ilia is another natural, yet luxurious brand that even your chanel-loving friends will love. Shop it online from Eco Diva Beauty for $25 USD.
Did I miss something you think would fit on one of these lists? Comment below! xxWell my beauties, I hope this holiday guide has helped you find the perfect little something for every natural beauty on your list. Wishing you a very, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all the LPN'ers around the world! X K