For the green fashionista in your life, here are 12 all natural beauty gifts designed to pamper and hydrate. And, bonus for you, they’re all priced under $40! These personal care and beauty products aren’t the stuff you’ll find at Target, so they’re perfect for the friend who won’t accept anything mainstream.
In case these don’t hit exactly the right note, I’ve also included essential strategies for shopping natural skincare too.
Artnaturals anti-aging set includes three serums for mature skin. The Vitamin C serum brightens, the Retinol serum fights fine lines, and the hyaluronic acid serum locks in moisture. Each formula comes in a 1 fl. oz. container. Nearly 9,000 shoppers rate this budget-friendly set 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The three serums are vegan and cruelty-free. They also contain no sulphates. gluten, parabens, or GMOs.
Beauty by Earth’s giant bath bombs are formulated with specific outcomes in mind, from joint relief to relaxing detox. Ingredients like epsom salt, essential oils, and shea butter ensure a relaxing, luxurious, and moisturizing experience.
The bath bombs are also vegan, cruelty-free, and nontoxic.
Rosewater cleanser by BambuEarth is a soothing, gentle wash that works to restore the skin’s moisture barrier. This is a lovely gift for someone who fights against dryness in the winter months. Organic rosewater hydrosol plus tea tree essential oil and vegetable glycerine are the only three ingredients in this product. Together, they have a balancing, calming effect as they remove residue and toxins from the skin.
The Eight Saints delivers on its promise for natural, effective skincare by focusing on a short list of skincare ingredients that actually produce results. The brand’s formulations are simple and straightforward — made without toxins, synthetics, and chemical fillers.
Eight Saints under eye cream de-puffs the under-eye area and minimizes expression lines. Key ingredients are hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and cucumber hydrosol.
Cleen Beauty’s everyday essentials skincare set includes five products for a super affordable price tag. A body moisturizer, face cleaning wipes, face wash, under eye brightener, and defense serum are included. Shoppers rave about the moringa body butter and rosehip jelly face cleanser.
All five Cleen Beauty essentials have no parabends, phthalates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances, or dyes. They’re also vegan and cruelty-free.
The fashionista who crave thicker, fuller locks will adore Handcraft Blends all natural hair oil. It contains simple and powerful ingredients to promote healthy hair growth — castor oil, rosemary, and peppermint. She can use it on her scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, and even on her body as a moisturizer for the skin.
Pharmacopia blends shea butter, jojoba oil, aloe vera, and chamomile extract to produce this luxurious and aromatic body lotion. I first came in contact with this product in a hotel — a trial size was stocked in the bathroom. The scent is glorious and it goes on nice and clean.
Pharmacopia verbena body lotion has no parabens, sulfates, or harsh chemicals. It’s also cruelty-free and packaged in post-consumer recycled plastic bottles.
John Masters organic hair spray relies on aloe leaf juice and acacia senegal gum for a soft hold that lasts all day. Organic bergamot oil adds a light, mood-lifting scent. Some reviews do say the sprayer gets clogged — so you might gift this spray with a hand-decorated bottle to make it extra special.
Jason — which is Greek for healer — produces this soothing lavender body wash, crafted with Vitamin E and Pro-Vitamin B5. It softens and hydrates skin while delivering a delicious and calming shower experience.
Honest Beauty makes this clean mascara formula that also contains growth-boosting castor oil and thickness-enhancing natural fibers. It’s appropriate for those with sensitive eyes and those who wear contact lenses.
This is a vegan formula that’s also cruelty-free.
Farmacy’s natural makeup remover leans on sunflower and ginger root oils to remove makeup gently. No stripping or scrubbing required, even for the longest-wear makeup formulations. Your giftee can use this soothing cleansing balm to wipe away impurities and leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.
Disposable face towelettes are handy for traveling but they can also be lifesavers for sensitive skin. Regular towels can be storage vessels for bacteria and dead skin cells. And no one wants to wipe those things on their face after a fresh wash.
Clean Skin Club face towels are 100% biobased, chemical-free, and unscented. They’re also made from dermatologist-approved fibers.
How to choose the right natural beauty gift for someone?
For eco-conscious fashionistas who value sustainability and natural ingredients, organic beauty products and gift sets are a no-brainer. Spa gift sets are nice because your giftee can try different products rather than just one.
You can buy a premade gift basket or, if you’re feeling creative, make one.
Keep these tips in mind as you shop for the perfect self-care products for your friends and family:
- Does your giftee have sensitivities? All natural, organic, and vegan products tend to leave out harsher ingredients, but they can still be irritating. Make sure you select products that are appropriate for sensitive skin and all skin types.
- Does your giftee religiously use one brand or product? If your gal pal is a loyal user of, say, Dermalogica cleanser, avoid products that compete with her existing regimen. Instead, look for items that will add on to what she’s already doing.
- Does your giftee have a specific sustainability focus? Lots of products describe themselves as “all-natural,” but this term can mean different things. So it’s best to shop for qualities you know are important to your friend. Examples include cruelty-free, vegan, eco-friendly packaging, and free of parabens and sulfates.
What to include in a natural beauty gift set
It’s pretty easy to create a personalized gift set or care package. Get yourself a nice basket or tin from a store like Home Goods and stock it with:
- Clean beauty lip balms (I like EcoLips)
- Aromatherapy moisturizers with botanical oils (Try Ancient Greek Remedy)
- Natural handmade soaps (head to the local farmer’s market for these)
- Soothing toner
- All natural exfoliate
I like these picks because they probably don’t overlap too much with what your giftee is already doing.
What to include in a spa-at-home gift set
Here are some ideas for the perfect spa-at-home gift set:
- Homemade scrubs
- Sheet masks
- Natural essential oils
- Bath bombs and/or shower steamers
Green beauty gifts
All natural skincare and cosmetics make thoughtful and interesting gifts for your eco-conscious friends and family. There are many budget-friendly options out there, too. Just make sure you read the ingredients list and research the brand to verify that the products meets your (or your giftee’s) green requirements.
For more gift ideas, see: Best practical gifts for cash-poor friends and Top gift cards for everyone on your list.