Welcome to Well+Good’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guides, where we recommend five (or more) healthy, stylish gifts for everyone on your list (or for you to add to yours!)
When shopping for the natural beauty mavens in your life—like your 5-free manicure-obsessed bestie, or your glowy-skinned aunt who swears by natural face oils—chemicals and can’t-pronounce-’em ingredients just aren’t going to cut it.
But any green beauty fan would be stoked to find our natural beauty picks by the menorah or tucked into a stocking. And we certainly won’t judge if you double-up to try these yourself. Hey, you want to make sure they’re good, right? (Though trust us, they are.) —Molly Gallagher
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This carry-on ready set from beloved, luxe line Kahina comes with its amazing rejuvenating Facial Cleanser, 100 percent Organic Argan Oil, and light Facial Lotion. It’s a great for the jetsetter to pack alongside her sunscreen and kaftan for that much-needed winter escape—or for her gym bag, so she can clean up in natural style.
This new beauty tool, released this summer, is like the cult-fave Clarisonic but way smaller. And you don’t need to deal with replacing the brush heads, making it the perfect pick for that pal who loves to be ahead of the beauty curve. It’s super gentle and effective, cleansing skin and boosting circulation (AKA your glow). After just a few days, one of the Well+Good editors noticed a marked difference in her dry, dull skin.
Holiday gift math time: Ilia’s super soft Tinted Lip Conditioner, plus a makeup bag chic enough to double as a clutch, equals a match made in natural beauty heaven. The set also includes Ilia’s Lip Conditioner (key as we head into the coldest months), and Tinted Moisturizer. Plus, the makeup bag—by Freedom of Animals—is made from “eco-faux” leather (comprised of post-consumer materials), woven with organic cotton, and colored with vegetable based dyes.
Red Flower’s founder, Yael Alkalay, is an expert at creating super luxurious bath experiences, which means her French Lavender soap is the perfect little something for the hardworking colleague or your on-the-go-mom who just needs to unwind and chill. The soap is a blend of french lavender, essential oils, eucalyptus leaf, rosemary, and mint, so it’s soothing, calming, and refreshing. Aaaah.
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An awesome idea for the diehard fitness fan in your life, this kit comes with Mio’s Workout Swipes (which remove sweat and makeup to banish breakouts) and Workout Wonder gel (which is awesome pre- or post-sweatfest to cool and soothe muscles). She’ll store it in her gym bag and think of you after every workout.
There’s a sweetness to the packaging that might make your little sister steal your pretty vegan polish. So why not gift it to her instead? The light pink and gray colors we sampled went on perfectly. (Other winter-ready hues include a slightly shimmery burgundy or full-on gold glitter.) And the line is 5-free. Who knows, maybe painting your sister’s nails over a healthier holiday cocktail will become a favorite new tradition?
Unlike some body butters that feel too thick to glide on, this natural option, with just six ingredients and a subtle vanilla scent, actually feels like buttah (AKA light and super luxurious). It comes in a chic glass jar that’s pretty enough for the nightstand, so it’s ideal for slathering on right before bed.