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I hope you’re enjoying the run up to Christmas, although I know only too well how stressful it can be! But it’s not just all the preparation – the cooking and the decking the halls – that takes its toll. The festive season usually involves a little over-indulgence too, and while there’s nothing wrong with that, it does leave us bleary-eyed, a bit puffy, and generally, a bit flat.
We all need a bit of self-care and me-time pre and post-festivities. So what better gifts to give – and to get – than gorgeous beauty treats that will pamper, revive and restore. Always a winner in my books!
And now, more than ever, it’s so important to give gifts that are not only kind to skin, but to the planet, and to animals. With this in mind, I’ve compiled a handy gift guide with some of my favourite natural, cruelty-free and sustainable Christmas gift sets, lotions and potions – the perfect presents for all your family and friends.
Happy, stress-free shopping!
My Natural Beauty Christmas Gift Guide 2019
Perfect for: The man-on-the-go
If you’re surrounded by men in your family, but have no idea what to buy them for Christmas, join the club! I’m always stuck for ideas but this year, I’m glad to say, I’ve got the perfect present.
The Gruff Stuff
The Gruff Stuff is a brand new 100 % vegan and cruelty-free British brand specifically designed for men. It comes in sleek black packaging which is made from recycled plastic and paper. My husband is definitely going to love The Gruff Stuff as his favourite colour is black!
This capsule range of three ‘can’t-live-without’ essentials is perfect for men on-the-go who don’t have time to phaff around with dozens of products.
The Spray On Moisturiser – ideal for daily hydration – contains protective vitamin C, along with anti-inflammatory Vitamin E and Wild Australian Plum extract, and calming Aloe Vera Juice to soothe post-shave skin.
Deliciously scented with cedar wood and citrus extracts, it suits all skin types. This innovative spray-on formulation was voted one of the ‘Best Moisturisers for Incredible Skin’, by GQ Magazine, so it’s already gained cult status with men in-the-know.
Gruff Stuff also includes The Eye Balm, which contains Matcha green tea to detoxify and boost blood circulation, as well as line-smoothing antioxidants and vitamins.
The third easy-to-use product, The Spray On Body Lotion, is a blend of healing and hydrating Aloe Vera Juice, and skin softening Babassu oil and Kakadu plum extract.
The Gruff Stuff is the brainchild of founder David Sparkes. “ I’m incredibly proud to launch my own range of uncomplicated skincare,” says David. “The Gruff Stuff is about simplicity with no added fuss. All products are quick and easy to use, developed with sustainability in mind.”
All the ingredients are ethically and responsibly sourced and the products are dermatologically tested. The range is ideal for all skin types including sensitive skin.
As well as being vegan-friendly, it’s also free from gluten, parabens and mineral oil. The Gruff Stuff is available at Wolf & Badger, Fragrance Direct and online here.
Perfect for: Beauty Queens and luxury skincare lover
At the mention of ‘beauty queens, my daughter springs to mind! Whether you’re buying for a beauty queen or a skincare lover, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love finding deluxe beauty products in their Christmas stocking.
Emma Hardie’s Daily Essentials Collection Cracker
Emma Hardie’s Daily Essentials Collection Cracker is the perfect stocking filler. Containing three daily must-haves to help you achieve naturally radiant skin, the collection is a great introduction to skincare expert and facialist Emma Hardie’s range.
This all-you-need trio includes the award-winning Moringa Cleansing Balm (15ml) and a Dual Action Cleansing Cloth, the ultimate duo for an indulgent yet effective cleanse. Then there’s the Midas Touch Revitalising Cream (15ml) to hydrate and plump dehydrated skin. And to shield against Protect & Prime SPF30 protects against harmful UVA and UVB rays whilst creating a flawless makeup base. Skincare sorted!
Perfect for: Hardworking hands and mums!
Hands get so dry during the winter months, especially after doing all that washing up after Christmas dinner. Mums everywhere will be grateful for a bit of hand therapy!
Dr Hauschka Hand Care Gift Set
This beautiful Dr Hauschka Hand Care Gift Set, contains a best-selling Hydrating Hand Cream to soothe and nourishes hands, ensuring they are silky smooth.
The strengthening Neem Nail & Cuticle Oil strengthens and conditions nails and cuticles, helping to prevent flaking and promoting flexibility. For naturally polished nails, there’s a handy Nail Buffer to achieve a high-shine without varnish.
Perfect for: Eco-Warriors and Vegans
If you’re looking for a beauty gift that’s 100% natural and eco- friendly, look no further than Conscious House, London. Founded this year by Rebecca Dallimore and Nicolle Barreiros, the brand is committed to sustainability and cruelty-free living, striving for zero-waste and the use of plastic-free alternatives.
This line of handmade beauty products and accessories are made using ingredients and materials sourced from trusted suppliers. They also give 10% of their profits to two charities, which makes me like them even more! SEED Madagascar, a sustainable development charity working primarily in the southeast of Madagascar; and Mind, the mental health charity in England and Wales.
Their soaps are a particular favourite of mine, especially the gorgeously scented Jasmine and Vanilla Soap Bar which can be used to cleanse face and body, leaving it soft and hydrated.
To prep lips for the party season, make-up artists always recommend using a lip scrub to buff away any flakiness, especially if you’re wearing red or berry shades.
Conscious House Berry Lip Scrub has a mousse-like texture that’s easy to massage into your lips. The scrub contains natural Beetroot powder which gently exfoliates, leaving lips smooth and chap-free.
Formulated with 100% plant-based ingredients, this all-natural scrub not only buffs away flakes, it contains moisturising Apricot Kernel Oil to condition and protect lips from chapping. Just massage in, and remove with a tissue or muslin cloth – or leave to absorb. Now you’re ready for the mistletoe!
Perfect for: Stressed-out teachers
It’s tricky to buy the right gift for teachers. I’m pretty sure they don’t want another framed photograph of our little darling, or another box of chocolates!
Instead, why not give something that’s pampering and relaxing? If anyone deserves a treat, teachers certainly do!
Sanctuary Spa’s Gift Sets
I love the Sanctuary Spa’s Gift Sets which are not only affordable, they are the perfect mini-treat.
Hand & Feet Mini Treat, contains Hand Cream and Heel Balm, presented in a gorgeous giftable box, ideal for indulging hands and feet.
The Dainty Duo Gift Set, contains a skin-smoothing Body Scrub and Wet Skin Moisture Miracle with hydrating shea and cocoa oils to give skin a home-spa treat.
Everyone loves a scented candle, especially at Christmas, so you can’t go wrong with the best-selling Signature Sanctuary Heart Candle. The delicious floriental fragrance combines citrus and floral notes with warm musky tones.
Perfect for: The Lady of the House and the VIP
We all have someone ‘special’ we want to splash out on – and spoil. And let’s face it, they are sometimes the most difficult to please!
One of my favourite natural and cruelty-free beauty finds is PRAI, a brand that not only looks and feels luxurious, but is actually super-affordable.
We don’t always spoil ourselves to luxe skincare, so it’s always a joy to receive a gorgeous beauty treat. Not only are PRAI vegan and Leaping Bunny certified, founder Cathy Kangas is on the Board of the Humane Society and actively campaigns to protect animals all over the world. I love the fact that a percentage of the proceeds from every sale go towards this deserving charity.
A huge success in M&S stores (PRAI is their leading skincare brand.) PRAI have proven that natural skincare can be luxurious, and also affordable. Presented in a Christmas Tree-shaped bauble, the Beauty Neck Rescue Kit, contains PRAI’s best-seller of 2019 – Ageless Throat & Décolletage Crème, (50ml) – and its new nighttime ‘sister’, Ageless Throat & Décolletage Crème Night(15ml).
And for the festive season, I’ve fallen in love with the limited edition sparkle-embellished Throat & Décolletage Night Crème, the perfect stocking filler!
If the ‘lady of the house’ has been partying hard or staying up late wrapping presents, what could be more fitting than one of PRAI’s 24K Gold skincare treats? Packed with precious metals, peptides and a host of glow-boosting and fatigue-busting ingredients.
I’ve got my eye on the 24k Gold Wrinkle Repair Night Crème, (hint, hint). Apply before bed to ensure you wake up looking refreshed and with a dewy, smooth complexion!
And we all need that after Christmas!
Perfect for: Teens and the young at heart
There’s nothing more comforting than the soothing scent of vanilla. The perfect mood-booster for hormonal teens (and a must for vanilla obsessives everywhere!)
Soaper Duper’s Deluxe Shea Butter Gift Set
Soaper Duper’s Deluxe Shea Butter Gift Set, contains a mini Shea Butter Body Wash with Monoi de Tahiti oil, moisturising Shea Butter, a Mini Shea Butter Body Butter, power-packed with heavenly-scented pressed vanilla pods and hydrating oils and a Konjac Shower Puff.
All of Soaper Duper products are also free from parabens, mineral oils, plastic micro-beads, SLS/SLES and animal derivatives. This will go down well with eco-aware kids – and grown-ups – everywhere.
Hope this natural beauty Christmas gift guide has helped you sort out some of your shopping!
Check out my festive make up tips here.
Have you checked out my Zero Waste Christmas Gift Guide yet?