This time of year, every publication from Vanity Fair to Vegetarian Times publishes its holiday shopping guide. Last week we presented our natural-leaning, fitness-focused guide to giving.
This week we hone in on beauty gift sets. In the past, nothing said “cop out” or “last-minute gift” like a shrink-wrapped gift set from the mall. But the selection has completely gone upmarket from Jean Nat é bath sets. Now top purveyors of skin and body care curate their own product selection, often packaging them at an attractive holiday discount.
Red Flower Radiant Skin Set
This elegant kit contains all six certified organic products in Red Flower’s Nature skin-care line. This line is loaded with omega-rich plant oils and arctic berry antioxidants, many sourced from Finland. Perfect for the Ivory Soap girl who needs an update. $42, redflower.com
Kahina Travel Kit
Kahina Giving Beauty taps the nourishing benefits of hand-pressed argan oil, made by women’s cooperatives in Morocco. The three-piece kit, ideal for dry, combo, and mature skin, includes 100% Organic Kahina Argan Oil, Facial Cleanser, and Facial Lotion, $78, kahina-givingbeauty.com
Aesop Gertrude Street Kit
Australia’s most unisex-y natural line (think Kiehl’s without the chemicals) makes this comprehensive and gorgeously packaged five-piece facial kit (includes Fabulous Face Cleanser, Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant, Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque, B & Tea Balancing Toner, Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream). About $110, at APC, 131 Mercer Street, Soho, 212-966-9685, www.aesop.net.au
Tammy Fender Limited Edition Body Care Kit for FEED
Tammy Fender’s handcrafted Clay Body Wash and Tucuma Butter Body Balm set benefits farmers in impoverished areas and comes in a FEED hemp travel bag. The wash doubles as a shampoo and the balm, a conditioner. $95, store.tammyfender.com
H. Gillerman Organic’s Bounce Back Rejuvenation Kit
Organic aromatherapist, and Alexander Technique specialist, Hope Gillerman created an 8-day program for mind-body detox. The relief starts immediately—e.g. in the middle of a awkward holiday dinner—with the aid of roll-on remedies to promote relaxation, rest, mental clarity, and easy breathing. $85, www.hgillermanorganics.com
SkinnySkinny Soap Set
Six organic bars of Williamsburg’s SkinnySkinny soap (of your choice) packaged in a box made from a book. Cute or what? $48, www.skinnyskinny.com
Amazon Beauty Rahua Holiday Gift Set
This hair-care set comes with shampoo, conditioner, and an unbelievable leave-in finishing treatment. They all use uber-rich rahua nut oil, which restores a healthy shine to lackluster locks the all-natural way. $110, www.spiritbeautylounge.com