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Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best for Natural Skincare and Beauty

Look no further: here's my round up of gift suggestions from the best ethical and natural skincare and beauty brands around...

Written by Amelia Gregory

Trevarno Organic Skin Product Illustration by Alice Jamieson
Trevarno Organic Skin Products by Alice Jamieson.

Don’t forget, gift buyers, that it’s always nice to feel a bit pampered on special occasions, nudge nudge wink wink. Which is why I’m going to share some great ideas for natural and ethical beauty and skincare gifts.

trevarno skincare
I first sampled the Trevarno Skincare brand a few years ago when I wrote about it in print, and I can’t praise their products highly enough: everything is handmade using organic ingredients that are sourced for their therapeutic uses as well as cosmetic benefits at the Trevarno Farm in South Cornwall. And the gorgeous jewel coloured glass packaging will look great in the bathroom, no wonder Vogue is a fan… This season I like the sound of the Luxury Hamper containing such delights as Crabwood and Lemongrass Soap and Grapefruit and Cocoa Butter Lip Balm.

Lush fairyshiki scarf wrap
You can always bank on Lush to produce something a little bit special for Christmas: this year I am particularly loving their Fairyshiki scarf wrap which can be matched with your bath bomb of choice for a great price. Better still is its provenance – the wraps are made from recycled glass bottles, saving 170,000 from landfill. Add one to your Lush order today!

Willow Organic luxury mother baby set
I interviewed the founder of Willow Organic, Sue Stowell, awhile back and continue to be impressed by her blogging prowess – got a query about natural skincare? She’ll most likely have written about it on her website. Since I’m a mum, I’m after the Willow Organic Mother and Baby Box, which is as beautifully presented as all her products are, in a silk box (with a teddy) that can be used to store precious things at a later date. Find her latest top tips on beautifying foods here.

akamuti kalahari watermelon moisturiser
akamuti chocolate face mask
Akamuti is one of my go to brands for baby care and I absolutely adore the new packaging that is gradually coming into use across the entire product range. It makes me feel very proud to know that I instigated this particular hook up between Akamuti founder Lindsay and Jenny Lloyd, when the later illustrated my interview a few years back: an interview about this collaboration is long overdue. I particularly love Kalahari Watermelon body moisturiser, or how about a Chocolate Marshmallow Face Mask? And aren’t the illustrations on the packaging just too beautiful?

CJ’s BUTTer is an American secret that is gradually finding it’s way over to these shores: I was recommended it by someone on Etsy as a great natural brand for using on babies and I use their products on Snarfle every day. The range comes in a vast range of yummy flavours such as the best selling Monkey Farts and best of all it’s great for mummies too: I love their lemon cheesecake lip balm.

ANTIPODES JUBILATION ULTRA NOURISHING BODY CREAM
I discovered New Zealand brand Antipodes at London Fashion Week, and a bespoke facial left me floating on air. Now I’d like to try more: the Antipodes Jubilation Ultra Nourishing Body Cream would go down a treat.

Botanist Dr Paul Richards is the creative force behind Herbfarmacy, dreaming up wonderful products made from the herbs grown on his own farm. Another great brand that I’ve been using for some time – read my interview here. Why not check out some Herbfarmacy gift ideas?

Burts Bees Christmas gifts
Burt’s Bees really know how to package their goods in style: check out their gift section for a host of beautifully presented ideas. My favourite has to be For the Love of Lip Balm – an oversized lip balm tube (modelled with us in the photo above) containing a host of different lip balms for the serious addict to try. (Hands up, I am a lip balm addict.)

figs and rouge lip balms
Speaking of… Figs & Rouge produce 100% organic and petroleum free lip balms in gorgeous tins.

Andrea Garland Pill Box:Lip Balm - Squirrel
And in fact a serious lip balm addict will delight in this Andrea Garland Pill Box Lip Balm decorated with a cute Squirrel from The Lollipop Shoppe, which contains natural lip balm made from 100% shea butter. Speaking of shea butter – why not check out the fab Shea Alchemy? All the products are ridiculously good value and your purchase will help fund Afrikids, a children’s rights organisation in Ghana.

apivita xmas-gift-ideas
Greek brand Apivita have been creating natural products since the 1970s and have evolved in a sustainable manner true to their name, which is inspired by the lifecycle of a bee. If you know someone who would love to sample Apivita then why not give this fabulous vanilla and honey based gift set?

NEOM organics scentwithlove
Lastly, I’m seeing a lot of buzz online about NEOM Organics, who produce gorgeous pampering gift sets that include candles and beautiful scents such as Happiness (with White Neroli, Mimosa and Lemon)

Go on, there’s still time to treat that special someone this year…

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One Response to “Christmas Gift Ideas 2012: Best for Natural Skincare and Beauty”

  1. Ella says:

    Great post! I love that you’re suggesting natural and organic products as Christmas gifts! One of my personal favorites is called “Defend” from Purelement Naturals – it’s a blend of argan oil and essential oils. Now that it’s winter time, I think great, quality, natural products make the perfect gift! After I started using Defend this year, I had my sister and my mom give it a try. Needless to say, they loved it! I’ve purchased a few additional bottles as gifts this year myself. If you’re interested in products like this, I would definitely check out purelementnaturals.com (that’s where I’ve been purchasing my products from). I know that personally I would be more than happy to receive a great, natural products as a gift this Christmas! I’ll be sharing this article with my friends!

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