Conscientious Christmas Gifting
If there is one thing this year has taught us (two things actually), it is the value of friends and family, and the value of taking time out to heal. So too it is with nature and the earth, so we’ve come up with some great eco conscious gifting ideas for Christmas – whether it is for Kris Kringle, a Stocking Stuffer, or a classic Christmas Gift Set. Read on to find out what our picks are for the best eco conscious, earth friendly gifts this Christmas season.
Esmi Skin Minerals
With a philosophy of creating environmentally conscious skincare that delivers results, Australian made Esmi Skin Minerals Skincare (and Makeup) is one brand you should have at the top of your list. 100% ethically sourced, cruelty-free and vegan, as well as having no SLS’s, with a belief in feeding skin what it needs, your skin will love these goodies. Making gift selection simple, the products are colour coded for Hydrating, Detoxifying, Anti-Ageing, Brightening, Nourishing and Anti-Redness, so you can easily find something to suit. Our favourites this Christmas, the new, decadent Gentle Foliants, made with natural exfoliants (not microbeads which can harm our marine wildlife). We love the Rose & Bamboo Gentle-Foliant (pictured), with mixed fruit enzymes for dry skin, and the Fresh Sea & Salty Sand Gentle-Foliant with papaya enzymes and 24k Gold flakes for oily skin. There is also a Hydrating and Ageless Volcanic Sand Gentle Foliant with cranberry enzymes and Vitamin E, for all skin types. Bonus – the large size means they last a really long time. Esmi Skin Minerals Gentle-Foliants 180ml each, RRP $105 each. Click here for stockists.
Another favourite eco conscious Aus beauty brand Sabbia Co. Founded on the Gold Coast, Qld, after Ocean loving founders visited a remote beach in Sri Lanka and were devastated by the amount of single-use plastics that surrounded them. With a mission to minimise our impact on the environment, they have developed a range of facial kits made out of sustainable, biodegradable, reuseable and chemical free tools that can cleanse, exfoliate and remove makeup with just water. A range of sustainably sourced and packaged skincare rounds out the brand. The brand has products to suit all ages, making Christmas gifting simple, including Co- Founder Katie’s must have Face It Face Kit (perfect for your 20’s), containing all the tools to gently cleanse and remove makeup, along with either the ‘matcha clay mask’ or ‘charcoal adaptogen mask’ to target the beginning of hormonal skin changes. For someone in their 30’s, the lightweight hydrating Collagen C Serum is perfect for someone starting to experience the first signs of skin maturing, whilst the Multi-Vitamin Moisturiser with vegan peptides helps to improve the skin barrier and stimulate collagen production, making it perfect for someone in their 40’s.
For someone in their 50’s, the Antioxidant Repair Oil with Seabuckthorn and Blueberry Oil helps to promote skin hydration and elasticity, whilst a combination of the Collagen C Serum, Multi-Vitamin Moisturiser and Antioxidant Repair Oil are perfect for someone in their 60’s and beyond, with menopausal and post-menopausal skin. My favourite – the vegan Mineral BB Cream, with Rosehip Oil, Aloe Vera Leaf, and plant extracts, which keep my skin soothed and hydrated, with a gorgeous subtle hint of tinted colour. Sabbia Co Face It Face Kit RRP $222.29, Sabbia Co Collagen C Serum 30ml RRP $79.99, Sabbia Co Multi-Vitamin Moisturiser 60ml RRP $69.99, Sabbia Co Antioxidant Repair Oil 30ml RRP $89.99, Sabbia Co Mineral BB Cream 60ml RRP $65.99. Click here for stockists.
There must be something in the water in Australia (or we are just super eco conscious), as we just keep turning out gorgeous eco-friendly beauty brands. Founded in Sydney (by the daughter of renowned skincare brand Dermaveen), vegan and cruelty-free Vatea formulates plant-based products without parabens, sulphates, artificial fragrances or dyes, for skincare that helps keep skin healthy, and helping to prevent skin irritation. The brand celebrates the efficacy of natural medicines and ingredients through its use of tamaru, moringa and coconut oils from the South Pacific, and extracts from the Australian Outback across the range. My favourites for gifting this Christmas, the hero Vatea Pure Body Oil (250ml RRP $42.00), with extracts of lavender and chamomile, which can be applied directly to skin to deeply nourish, or added to a bath for added relaxation. It’s super concentrated, so a little goes a really long way. I also love the Vatea Beautiful Moisturiser (500ml RRP $42.00), with Shea Butter, Glycerin, Cocoa and Sunflower Seed Oil, which deeply hydrates normal and dry skin. If you are after a gift set, the Pure Body Oil is included in the Rejuvenate Collection, which also includes Soothing Oil Wash, Love Lip Balm, Beautiful Hand Cream, and a Body Brush (RRP $78.00). Click here for stockists.
Long-lasting, sustainable, and just a little bit festive, we are loving the Face Halo Classics Makeup Removers Christmas Set. Comprising a 3-pack in Original, Pro, and a Christmassy Cherry, these makeup removing Face Pads are designed to make removing makeup a breeze using just water, with their effective, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, and cost-efficient pads. No rubbing or scrubbing is required – the HaloTech fibre strands (which are over 100 times finer that a human hair), reach deep into pores to grab makeup and dirt, leaving skin gently clean. The pads also gently exfoliate skin, removing dead skin cells, leaving skin soft and smooth. The pads should last approximately 200 uses each (that’s over 6 months), if used once a day to remove makeup, so just think of all those wipes, and cotton balls that won’t be going into landfill. Face Halo Classics Makeup Removers 3 Pack RRP $33.00. Click here for stockists.
Weleda really puts their money where their mouth is with their eco friendly products. The products are made from natural and organic ingredients, grown in their own Weleda gardens, according to the principals of biodynamic cultivation. The Weleda garden in Germany is home to 120 species of plants for harvest, over 1,000 wild plant species, 50 bird species, and hundreds of species of wild bees. This Christmas, Weleda is offering “Gifts from our garden”, with a collection of 4 sustainably sourced and ethical trade gift sets for face and body. With each gift sold, Weleda have committed to the pledge to plant a Weleda forest of 1 million trees, in collaboration with Treesisters. Priced from $29.95-$39.95, and with added value, these gift sets will delight your eco conscious giftee. Our favourite – the Skin Food Indulge and Restore, featuring Skin Food Body Butter 150ml and Skin Food 30ml – RRP $39.95, valued by Weleda at $49.90. Click here, or phone 1300 551 454 for stockists.
Have you ever passed the signs to Tropical Fruit world on the long drive up the Pacific Highway between Sydney and Brisbane? Did you know they have their own skincare range, with the core of every product having up to 25 per cent avocado oil, complemented by active botanicals and Australian Native Extracts. Avocado oil’s numerous benefits make it the perfect base for this natural skin care range – the oil’s ability to stimulate collagen production makes it the perfect gift for a giftee with mature skin needs. The range is all priced from $19.95-$109.95, and features Avocado Face Moisturiser, to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles and support elevated collagen production, Avocado Body Moisturiser, enriched with organic avocado oil, skin-enhancing botanicals and seed butter, Pure Avocado Face Oil, a lightweight, easily absorbed 100% organic avocado oil naturally containing eleven vitamins and fourteen minerals, Pure Avocado Body Oil with 100% pure organic avocado oil sourced from cold-pressed fruit and refined for ultimate absorption, Avocado Hand Crème a luxe everyday hydrating crème rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, Avocado Lip Balm a deeply nourishing and hydrating balm for the lips fortified with complementary botanicals, Avocado Face Wash a gentle cleanser containing avocado and macadamia oils and infused with active botanical extracts and aloe vera, and finally Avocado Revitalising Face Serum – deeply hydrating, this serum helps improve skin luminosity whilst reactivating renewal enzymes to enhance skin clarity and radiance. I’m spoiling myself and treating myself to the Tropicology Lip Balm, Hand Creme and Face Moisturiser for Christmas. My giftees just may get a few products too. Click here for stockists.
With truly natural and/or organic formulations, certified to NATRUE standards, Dr. Hauschka has the perfect gift selection for your eco conscious giftee. Cruelty-free, not tested on animals, and free from mineral oils, parabens, synthetic fragrances, phthalates, and PEG’s, the products are also dermatologically tested for sensitive skin. With gift sets like Beautiful Skin RRP $65 (featuring the best-selling Rose Day Cream 30ml, and Facial Toner 30ml), or Bright Eyes RRP $85 (featuring the iconic Hydrating Eye Cream 12.5ml with a bonus Volume Mascara Black Mini 3ml), or maybe the Delicate Hands RRP $32 (featuring the best-selling Hydrating Hand Cream 50ml with a bonus 60g Soap), you’re spoilt for an eco conscious choice. I love the idea of the travel sized sized beauties in the Beautiful Skin Gift Set – it’s on my wish list. Be quick for these beauties they’re selling fast. Still available at David Jones and Nourished Life.
Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet? We hope we have helped you a little with your eco friendly Christmas shopping tasks. Sit back, enjoy, and have a wonderful restful Christmas.
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