Beauty products and eco-friendliness do not always go hand in hand. But if you’re looking for ideas for the environmentally-minded beauty lover in your life, these gifts fit the bill.
Yuzen Monthly Eco-Conscious Gift Box, $26+
Through Yuzen, you can send a beautifully packaged box of “zen” each month. Your recipient will be unwrapping a surprise collection of hand-selected organic personal care products and lifestyle items from eco-conscious companies – and enjoying your gift well into the new year. Choose between one-month, three-month, or six-month delivery options.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot, $35
This lightweight body butter, made with intensely moisturizing argan oil, is cruelty-free and made with natural organic ingredients. Argan oil, the signature ingredient in Josie Maran products, is harvested by Moroccan women in fair trade co-ops, which are dedicated to both the preservation of argan forests and women’s jobs. (Another great pick that gives back: Argan Bear Naked Wipes ($12), which benefit NRDC’s Polar Bear SOS Initiative.)
Juice Beauty Organics-to-Go Kit, $29
Juice Beauty is rigorous about the purity and eco-consciousness of their ingredients and the effectiveness of their products. The company also supports organic farming, solar manufacturing, and the recycled paper business. This kit includes Cleansing Milk, Green Apple Peel, Antioxidant Serum, Hydrating Mist, and Nutrient Moisturizer.
100% Pure Cosmetics Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Tint, $15
The pigments in this line come from antioxidant-packed fruits and vegetables, rather than synthetic colors or crushed beetles (!). The multi-functional Lip & Cheek Tints are made with cocoa and shea butters and come in six colors, including Shimmery Cocoa Berry and Sugar Plum.
Lush Bath Bombs, Bubble Bars, Bath Melts, and Soaps, $3.95 – $14.95 each
With so many fun and colorful options, Lush’s bath treats are perfect for a DIY gift basket. And you can feel good about buying from a company committed to making fresh, handmade products, and fighting for the planet. Shown below (clockwise, from top left): Phoenix Rising Bath Bomb ($6.95), Snow Globe Soap ($7.95), Karma Bubble Bar ($8.60), Happy Blooming Bath Melt ($6.95).
Origins Ginger Treats Gift Set, $39.50
Origins’ tree logo represents the company’s deep commitment to the earth, animals, and people. In addition to partnering with Global ReLeaf, their Plant-A-Tree program has planted over 150,000 trees since 2009. This decadent pampering kit includes Ginger Souffle Whipped body cream, Incredible Spreadable Smoothing ginger body scrub, and Ginger Float Cream bubble bath.
Kiss My Face Soy Candle in Lavender Mandarin, $11.04
All of Kiss My Face’s Peace products benefit Seeds of Peace, an organization that empowers young people in regions of conflict with the leadership skills needed to advance peace. The soy candles with essential oil fragrances (which are paraben-, phthalate-, SLS-, and cruelty-free) also come in Pomegranate Acai, Lemongrass Clary Sage, and Grassy Mint.
Burt’s Bees Favorites in Pomegranate, $20
Burt’s Bees is committed to natural ingredients, company transparency, and giving back. The kit includes Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub, Replenishing Body Bar, Replenishing Lip Balm, Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion, and Signature Spa Pouf.
Korres Lip Butter Collection, $25
If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, these moisturizing lip butters (in Jasmine, Pomegranate, and Wild Rose), from eco-conscious Greek brand Korres, are a perfect choice.
Pangea Organics Brazilian Brown Sugar with Cocoa Butter Body Polish, $20
Handcrafted in small batches from renewable, recycled, and recycled resources, Pangea products are organic, fair trade, cruelty-free, and honestly labeled. The decadent body polish exfoliates with brown sugar and nourishes with cocoa and shea.
Wick’d Bean 12 oz. Candle, $22.50
These hand-poured, environmentally friendly, all natural soy wax candles come in scents like Merlot & Blackberries, Spiced Pumpkin, and Wasabi & Lime Blossom.
Shoyeido Incense Fresh 12-Stick Assortment, $9.95
For the incense newbie, this set comes with Tea, Green Tea, and Coffee scents, plus a biodegradable holder.
Aveda Chakra Balancing Body Mist, $30
Made with essential oils, each of these mists are intended to balance one of the seven chakras according to ayurveda. For example, the chakra 5 mist uses organic grapefruit, rosemary, and ylang ylang to balance the throat chakra, the center of creativity, self-expression, and communication.
Weleda Body Oil Starter Kit, $15.99
In addition to the company’s personal commitment to environmental, social, and economic sustainability, Weleda also supports Conservation International, a nonprofit organization that protects the planet for the well-being of humanity. This kit includes six body oils (Lavender, Wild Rose, Citrus, Sea Buckthorn, Arnica Massage Oil, and Birch Cellulite Oil) made with plant oils and extracts.