Recently I posted about self care gifts for the whole family. Here is part two of the gift guide. This time geared even more specifically toward all those interested in clean, green, holistic beauty.
I wrote here about how important it is for our well-being to not overburden the skin with synthetic fragrances, chemical preservatives, and other nasties lurking in many mainstream beauty products. Luckily, there is plenty of clean alternatives, and many of them can make a perfect gift or an irresistible stocking stuffer this holiday season.
While even a few years back it might have been a bit difficult to find a great performing clean beauty product, it is no so anymore. Not only are these clean products made with safe ingredients that won’t harm our skin. They are also as effective -if not more- than conventional products, and they are beautiful to touch, smell, and look at (luxurious packaging).
So, check out this clean beauty gift guide and start shopping either for yourself or that clean beauty enthusiast you want to surprise with a nice holiday gift.
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Skincare self care gifts
For much of clean skincare, I rely on my own, handmade face serums and oils. But there are a few that I rather buy and they are top-notch products, worth a splurge, as the effects on the skin are amazing.
Drunk Elephant skincare products are amazing! This potent vitamin C day serum packed with antioxidants, nutrients, and fruit enzymes to visibly firm, brighten, and improve signs of photoaging.
Babyfacial™ is a pro-quality AHA/BHA “facial” that resurfaces to reveal greater clarity, improved skin texture and tone, and a more youthful-looking radiance. It is worth every penny!
I really love this serum made with only the purest ingredients: hyaluronic acid powder, organic lavender hydrofoil, organic Aloe Vera gel, Chamomile, and Immortelle extracts, and organic essential oils. You can read more about it here and then either make it (DIY) or buy it at my shop.
HA Serum and Face Oil Bundle
Get the Hyaluronic Acid Aloe Vera Botanical Serum for your mornings to plump and hydrate your skin prior to using a moisturizer and sunscreen. Add a Facial Oil to complete the set. Choose Blue Cactus Elixir for normal/oily skin. CoQ10 Antioxidant Face Oil for mature/dry skin. Or 14 Oils Face Serum for all skin types. Use the oil at night as the final step of your routine to nourish and pamper the skin overnight.
Here is a Holiday Gift Guide by Beauty by Earth, another great company with a line of amazing natural beauty products. everything this company offers is organic and devoid of any nasties that can harm our skin.
I can strongly recommend their self-tanning products for face and body. I love them and will never stop using them. Very natural color, no streaks, and 100% natural and clean.
Make-up for a Holistic Beauty Fan
I posted about my personal choices for best clean make-up products here, so here is just a bit of a refresher.
Perfect for the days when make-up is optional yet you still want a touch of coverage with sun protection. Hikes, trips to the beach, outdoor activities and Coola BBCream are made for one another.
Kosas entire line of makeup is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. Everything is formulated without mineral oil, talc, silicones, fragrance, parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. The perfect combo of make-up and skincare in one product.
Creamy, on-the-go formula for a soft wash of color on your cheek and lip. This multi stick comes in many shades, something for everyone.
The clean volumizing mascara is vegan, talc-free, cruelty-free, and paraben-free. And it truly delivers. Lashes are fuller, longer, healthier-looking. No smudging, and easy to wash off without rubbing the lashes off (happened to me before with some conventional mascaras).
Beauty from Within
The skin is our largest organ, and it is one that will show if something is going wrong. Whether lack of hydration, lack of nutrients, vitamins or minerals, the skin will quickly show that it is in need of replenishing whatever it’s missing.
Let’s take collagen as an example. It is abundant in the skin and gives it that youthful bounce and elasticity. However, starting in mid-20s, collagen in our skin starts to diminish. How can we tell? The skin starts sagging, wrinkling, and appears dull and sallow. It is time to supplement with collagen to delay the process of skin aging. It will help the hair and nails as well.
Skin Loving Supplements
Best Collagen Peptides on the market! Made from pure bovine grass-fed collagen and enhanced with enzymes and ginger extract for better absorption and metabolism.
Enhanced Collagen Peptides – Hydrolyzed Type I & III – $29.99
For a vegan beauty lover, bovine collagen will be a no-no. Ora’s vegan collagen-boosting powder to the rescue! Amazing quality and efficacy! Made with Aloe and Silica.
Aloe Gorgeous – Collagen Boosting Supplement (Vanilla Flavor) – $34.99
Our organic and vegan collagen-booster – with no animal collagen. This organic and plant-based blend of vitamins and minerals is designed to boost your collagen naturally with Organic Aloe Vera, Silica, Vitamin C & E, Pea Protein and more.
Make sure to check out other amazing products from Ora Organic, ranging from vegan Omega-3, Organic Turmeric, Green Powder, Pro-and Prebiotics, Skin Calming Vitamins, and more. They are truly special!
For the Love of Hair
Personally, I’ve been obsessed with hair growing supplements for a while, at least since the chemo treatments which, of course, had lasting and detrimental effects on my mane. I tried a few of them and settled on this one. It is a game-changer for sure. So, if you or someone else is looking for a great supplement to spurt the growth and improve the texture and volume of the hair, this is it! Hush Hush Deeply Rooted.
DeeplyRooted – $75.00
This complete hair health supplement harnesses the power of proven vitamins, minerals, botanicals, and patented ingredients to stop thinning hair and hair loss in its tracks. It helped me! I’m on the fourth bottle already and don’t plan to stop any time soon.
While providing the goodness of vitamins and minerals from within with the help of a supplement like Hush Hush Deeply Rooted, it makes sense to also up the ante by promoting the growth from the outside. Choosing an effective blend of essential oils might be challenging unless you leave it to the professionals. Rocky Mountain Oils have just the right blend for this.
The oil combines Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Ravintsara, Cedarwood, Holy Basil, and Sage which might help support and strengthen hair while improving the appearance of all hair types—including normal, oily, and dry.
Self Care Gifts for a Spa-at-Home
Self-care can take many forms. But probably what comes to mind most often when hearing the word self-care is a pampering spa at home: a relaxing bath, a massage, a face mask, and so on. I wrote here about some ways to recreate a spa experience at home. Not only does it make us look better but it also can do wonders for our mental well-being. So relaxing and meditative!
Here are a few items you might want to consider for a spa-at-home lover in your life.
Bath Salts and Soaks
Start with a wonderful herbal bath. Starwest Botanicals Organic Herbal Bath is made of premium quality aromatic herbs and spices and provides a relaxing and aromatic bath blend that’s great for end of the day relaxation, and to help ease a tired and aching body.
Herbal Bath Blend Bags Organic – $30.58
from: Starwest Botanicals Inc.
Epsom Salt Bath Blend
These beauties from Rocky Mountain Oils will make any bath into a different experience. The Tohi Bath Soaks are infused with 100% pure essentials oils and are rich in nutrients and minerals to soften your skin and detox your body.
Since the beginning of the Covid pandemic, many massage parlors have closed their doors. But this doesn’t mean we cannot still indulge in a pleasant self- or partner massage. All that is needed is quickly absorbing massage oil with a good slip. I can recommend two really good ones.
Natural Massage Oil (Unscented) – $9.17
Natural Massage Oil
Blended with only the finest natural oils, our massage oil is formulated for massage, bath, and moisturizing and is designed to enrich and enliven oneâ€™s skin.
Marvelous Massage is one of our favorite carrier oil blends and the name says it all. C… [More]
I cannot imagine a self-care Sunday without a nice face mask. Your clean beauty fan will be so thankful for a gift of an organic clay mask to either cleanse and exfoliate or tighten and nourish their skin.
Clay Face Masks
Here I am suggesting the two masks that I make myself. They are made with organic clays and other nourishing ingredients. There are two to choose from: Dirt Magnet Mask (with bentonite clay and Japanese matcha green tea), and Beautifying Dry Mask (with the Moroccan rhassoul clay, organic rose, hibiscus, and aloe vera powders).
There you have it. I hope these suggestions will have something you’ll find interesting enough to gift either yourself (you deserve it! Pamper yourself!) or a holistic beauty fan in your life. Either way, enjoy and have wonderful holidays and a happy New Year!