What to get the person who has everything? This year, instead of choosing a generic candle or lipgloss for an old friend or as a stocking stuffer, why not elevate your shopping and pick a product that is made from completely natural and non-toxic ingredients. These days there has been a huge proliferation of small-batch skin and haircare brands blended by scientists, herbalists and ambitious newcomers looking to offer powerful beauty alternatives. No longer does natural mean you have to compromise of smell, texture or efficacy. That’s why we’ve compiled our selection of our favourite natural beauty brands to gift this holiday season.
Mermaid Hair Care set by Captain Blankenship
Captain Blankenship’s founder Jana Blankenship grew up wiling away her summers on the coast of Maine. Her typical day consisted of barefoot walks through the woods and diving into the salty ocean. It is these experiences that influence her female-founded and run business. The popular Mermaid Hair Care collection includes a sea salt hair spray, a dry shampoo and a hair oil – all beautifully packaged and created from natural organic ingredients. An added bonus, all the packaging is made from recyclable and reusable glass.
Toothpaste by LeBon
LeBon is the natural toothpaste line created by a husband and wife team. Stephanie is a photographer and art historian, while her husband Richard is a doctor with a speciality in pharmacy and dermatology. Their organic, natural toothpastes are vegan and naturally sweetened with Stevia Rebaudiana. The list of “free from” is long and includes parabens, asulfates, fluoride, titanium dioxide and of course it is cruelty-free. Presented in warm, bubble-gum pink and teal packaging, these are the prettiest little toothpastes you’ll find under any tree.
Idle by Romilly Wilde
This is as close to a natural perfume as you’re likely to find in the mainstream marketplace. Idle by Romilly Wilde is created using a blend of natural ingredients and essential oils. Most commercial perfumes are synthetic, and this elegant earthy formulation is a welcome newcomer. The elegant glass bottle looks charming on any vanity, and it’s worth pausing on Romilly Wilde’s entire beauty line, which has been founded around an idea of “conscious luxury”. All the products are natural and clean yet don’t compromise on efficacy.
When buying beauty products, it’s important not for forget about the men in our lives. The Maapilim beard kit ticks all the boxes – wash, oil and shape. Crafted from natural ingredients, these stylish products both smell and feel great on the skin.
The team behind Boscia believe in harnessing the power of plants. Their activated charcoal products are among their bestsellers. Packed with antioxidants, they help to minimise pores and boost the skin’s natural radiance. The detoxifying black cleanser warms up as you apply it, helping dissolve makeup and refresh the skin. It’s fun and trendy, the perfect gift for the conscientious teen in your life.
There are so many things to love about Chelsea-based skincare professional Nataliya Robinson and her eponymous product line. A stringent combination of botanicals and cutting-edge technology, Nataliya only works with and treats women at her clinic. This all-natural vegan face balm is perfect for the every day and its pretty purple packaging makes it a stand-out selection.
Hair Care From Maria Nila
Swedish hair care brand Maria Nila makes the most luxurious hair formulations that are also paraben and silicon free. Each product is a blend of natural ingredients, suitable for all shades and textures of hair. They also climate compensate, and every time someone buys a Maria Nila product, they plant new trees in South America.
British designer Pam Weinstock finds inspiration in her travels and her love of photography. This luxurious all-silk Queen of the Night eye mask is perfect for travel or to keep in your night table. The inky blue design takes its inspiration from the opera The Magic Flute and the pattern has been created by digitally printing one of Pam’s artistic inspirations onto the silk.
Opulent Rose De Mai by Amanda Lacey
A well-known name in British skincare, Amanda Lacey’s elegant small-batch brand remains a must for those in the know. Sold in an attractive glass jar with delicate gold writing, Amanda works to source the best ingredients from around the globe, always championing natural oils and plant-based options. Her newest product contains rose de mai and prickly pear, which is currently one of the most sought-after ingredients in the beauty world.
Night Sheet Masks
Sheet masks are increasingly popular. That surge in hydration is hard to find in other products, and there’s something achingly luxurious about setting aside 20 minutes to pamper oneself. The golden silk sheet mask is made from real silk and offers an intensive formation of clean and natural ingredients to calm and hydrate the skin. As an added bonus, they’re infused with gold extract, a mineral that hydrates and fights hyperpigmentation. It also adds a pinch of holiday cheer.
Founded by sisters Lauren and Sarah, By Sarah is an award-winning skin and body care company based in London. All made by hand, the founders are so ingredient conscious they list all the ingredients on the front of the label. The idea being that customers feel empowered when they see the carefully selected ingredient list – all-natural, all pronounceable, all items any customer would recognise like organic coconut oil or beeswax. They’ve put together a range of holiday gift sets including this luxurious collection with their organic face oil, the green clay cleansing balm and the organic muslin face cloth.
Cliveden House has been put on the map more than a few times – first during the Profumo affair and then again earlier this year when Meghan Markle chose it as the spot to spend her final night before the Royal Wedding. This own-brand collection made by Cliveden House is vegan and derived from rich natural ingredients. The Nancy and Anna Maria collections of body butters, body oils, bath salts and bath scrubs both have witty and wonderful stories behind them, taking inspiration from the two strong and scandalous ladies of the house. Perfect for the wicked and wise in your life.
Founded and run by a father and daughter in Norfolk, Bessie and Richard Austin ensure their products don’t contain any GM ingredients, SLS, silicones, parabens, mineral oils, artificial colours or fragrances. Everything at Austin Austin is vegan, except for the body creams which contain a small amount of beeswax and their certified organic by the Soil Associated. Created and produced in East Anglia, the artwork on each bottle is done by Christan Newby a multi-disciplinary artist based between London and Madrid. They bring life and whimsy to any bathroom.
The award-winning Bolin Webb razor combines form and function. All designed and made in the UK, these elegant five-blade razors make for an unexpectedly charming gift . The sleek design stands out on any bathroom shelf and they’re sold in a range of colours and patterns. You can also purchase one of the many gift sets, so you’ll also receive one of the clever round stands and a buttery leather travel case.
Sister & Co
Made from all natural ingredients, including unprocessed plant, nut and seed oils, butters, waxes, flowers, clays and salts, at Sister & Co they believe natural products produced in the right way are always more effective than synthetics. So nutritious, founder Sophie Thompson calls her products skin foods. A raw coconut hair oil, coconut cleansing oil and almond bath soak are the three best-selling products that make up our favourite of the brand’s coveted Christmas gift boxes.
It can be incredibly reassuring when the list of withouts is longer than the list of ingredients. And that’s practically the case with Kat Burki’s signature Vitamin C Cleansing Balm – which is without parabens, synthetic dyes, synthetic fragrances, gluten, sulfates, petrolatum and mineral oils. Her products are coveted by a long list of “it” girls around the world including Alexa Chung, Behati Prinsloo, Chloe Sevigny, Georgia Fowler, Karen Elson, Elletra Wiedemann, Olivia Culpo, and Ashley Graham – to name just a few. She rose to prominence thanks to her signature cold processing which results in nutrient-dense products.
Who doesn’t love to receive a cleverly designed package of tea? But even better is Dr David Jack’s BeauTea, which is packed to the brim with superfoods to help your skin and overall wellbeing. The long list of natural and unusual ingredients includes milk thistle, yerba mate, fennel, dandelion root, cinnamon and ceremonial-grade organic matcha. Thanks to the potent combination of antioxidants, this is all about beauty from within. Each ingredient has been carefully selected and included thanks to the benefit it brings to one’s overall complexion.
Diffuser by Ilapothecary
Ilapothecary is the latest venture from Denise Leicester, the impressive creator of the cult beauty brand Ila. In fact, Denise has many accolades to her name, she is also a qualified nurse, aromatherapist, yoga teacher, sound healer, holistic bodyworker and spiritual philosopher. Packed with natural ingredients, what really sets this brand apart is its knowledge and use of British herbs. Packed with the likes of borage and rose geranium, the products are built around age-old philosophies around healing and homeopathy. As part of the brand’s holiday range, it has on offer a diffuser with a sleek aerodynamic design that purifies and scents the air.
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