Ethical Christmas beauty gifts
On the hunt for ethical beauty gifts this Christmas? Skin and body treats are always appreciated during the festive period, and even more so when they’re cruelty-free, non-toxic and consciously-sourced!
From hand-poured soy candles to luxurious organic treatments, we’ve rounded up the very best ethical Christmas gifts for that everyone will love.
Ethical Christmas beauty gifts for women
Luxury treats from Isla Apothecary
Isla Apothecary is a great choice for all of your ethical beauty gifting needs. The brand uses ethically-sourced raw botanicals ingredients, which are organic and wild-crafted where possible, as well as natural materials like clay, sugar cane and salt. Each ingredient is also listed with its common and INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) name to help you know what’s in each product.
Developed out of the belief that greater alignment with nature helps one’s skin and spirit thrive, Isla Apothecary’s products are wonderfully potent, aromatic and ritualistic – perfect as a luxurious Christmas treat!
The Discovery Kit is ideal for anyone in need of a winter pick-me-up. These four travel-sized products are perfect for incorporating self-care into your daily routine. It’s also fantastic for those keen to dip their toes into the natural beauty waters.
Alternatively, give loved ones an at-home spa experience with one of the brand’s gorgeous treatments. We love the Refine + Radiate Beautifying Face Mask, a customer favourite that promises to soothe, nurture and restore moisture to skin.
Looking for body products? Opt for the Lemongrass and Rosemary Renewing Foot Treatment. This is a fantastic option for anyone who typically spends Christmas on their feet!
Plus, enjoy 15% off your order at Isla Apothecary with the code LIZLOVES at checkout.
Unwind with IRUSU. Candles
Founded in 2019, London-based brand IRUSU. has quickly garnered a reputation for its line of non-toxic, ethically-made candles. The brand only uses sustainable soy wax and essential oils, with everything hand-blended, poured and numbered in Stoke Newington, North London.
From soothing stress to enhancing alertness, each of IRUSU.’s five signature blends are designed with a specific purpose in mind, but all are sure to provide a quiet, reflective moment for anyone in need. ‘Irusu,’ literally means ‘To pretend not to be home when someone knocks at your door,’ after all!
The brand’s newest addition to its family, Clear, is a real winner. Featuring sage, vetiver and coriander, this earthy blend promises to soothe, ground and bring clarity to your space and mind.
The Earth, Dawn and Dusk set is another of our favourites. This trio of full-size products contains scents that are perfect for morning and night. You can also use them anytime you need to feel grounded. Plus, you save £10 by purchasing the three together.
Organic gifts from Neal’s Yard Remedies
Neal’s Yard Remedies is a fantastic place to source ethical beauty gifts. The family-owned British brand has been certified organic since 1991, and is a true pioneer in ethical and sustainable practices. In fact, it was the first brand in the world to score 100 out of 100 for its ethics.
The brand is especially well-known for its deluxe Christmas boxes. We love the Radiance Wild Rose Collection, which features four gorgeous face and body products. Or, if you’re willing to splurge a bit more, this ultra-luxurious Frankincense Intense set is ideal for spoiling loved ones with. As a plus, the festive boxes are sturdy and beautiful to look at. Why not keep them to store all your beauty products, or any other odds and ends?
There’s also an excellent range of affordable options that are perfect as stocking fillers. Given the extra handwashing we’ve all been doing, the Melissa Hand Care Duo is sure to be a hit with everyone.
Alternatively, this sleep-themed set is perfect for anyone who has trouble getting enough holiday shut-eye. Letting kids open it as a Christmas Eve gift may even boost your chances of a lie-in the next morning!
We also adore the Winter Woodland Aromatherapy Blend. Containing silver fir, cypress and eucalyptus essential oils, this delightful little product creates a truly magical experience when added to a diffuser. It’s Christmas in a bottle! What’s more, research shows that scents can have an uplifting effect on your mood, so it will keep up spirits well beyond Christmas.
A pillow mist with universal appeal
Luxury beauty brand Olverum is a company that focusses on using carefully selected plant extracts with therapeutic properties.
The products offer a luxurious way to unwind, soothe aching muscles, relieve stress and even promote a good night’s sleep. The unisex fragrance of Olverum adds to its universal appeal, with the oil leaving skin feeling silky and smooth.
We particularly love the Restful Sleep Pillow Mist from Olverum. Spritz this soothing blend of bergamot, amyris and lavender onto linens for a peaceful night’s sleep. It also makes a wonderfully soothing meditation spray when sprayed around the room.
Nourish and glow with Dr. Lipp
Dr. Lipp began its journey in 2004 with a 100% natural multi-use nipple balm made from just one ingredient. Although it’s since expanded its line of products, the brand has upheld its commitment to using minimum ingredients. Its 10-ingredients-or-less policy ensures reduced strain on the supply chain, benefitting the environment. Nasties such as petrochemicals and synthetic colourants are also excluded, and the brand does not test on animals.
This set, featuring six miniature tubes of the original cult balm, is a great choice. Dr. Lipp devotees will appreciate the whole pack, or you can split it up between friends. The CBD Calm Balm is also a great alternative for anyone prone to stress over the festive period.
Alternatively, give the gift of rosy cheeks and lips with Dr. Lipp’s set of Superfood Tints. This trio of tinted balms uses pigments from red radish, elderberry and sweet potato, giving you a glow that’s natural in more ways than one! As an added bonus, these can also be used on lips, cheeks and even eyelids.
Use the code LIZLOVES at checkout for 15% off orders.
Jade tools from Annmarie Skin Care
Crystal rollers and gua sha massagers for the face are a great gift for the beauty lover in your life. A staple of traditional Chinese medicine, jade tools promise to sculpt, soothe and boost radiance when used for acupressure massages.
We love Annmarie Skin Care’s Xiuyan jade tools because the brand is very transparent about its supply chain. This ensures that its stones are definitely ethically-sourced, with fair and sustainable practices used from start to finish.
The Jade Stone Roller is a fabulous option for beginners, given its sturdy handle and easy-to-use shape. More advanced beauty tool users will also love the Gua Sha Lifting Tool, which gets deeper to really contour and awaken skin. Use a gentle pressure and pair with an oil or serum for a real facial treat.
Alternatively, you can also bag some savings by buying the two together. This set is a must for any skincare enthusiasts in the family.
Handcrafted products from BAO Skincare
BAO Skincare’s founder Beth began creating natural skincare in 2012 as a solution to her own sensitive skin. Formulations have been refined over time but products are still handcrafted in small batches in Beth’s Dorset home studio, using all natural ingredients. The brand also has certifications from COSMOS Soil Association and The Vegan Society.
There are a number of gorgeous boxes curated especially for Christmas to choose from. The Peaceful Hour is an excellent option if you want to treat someone special. This giftset comes complete with a healing bath and body oil, soothing lavender and ylang ylang bath salts, and pot of Nourish Urself Balm, the brand’s cult favourite shea-based balm.
The Head to Toe Love set is also well worth the price tag. With everything from a hand cream to a body scrub, this box features the majority of BAO’s range.
If you’re looking for something smaller, go for BAO’s Lip Saviour. Who doesn’t love getting a new lip balm for Christmas, after all? They’re the socks of cosmetics: perfect as a stocking filler and greatly appreciated throughout the winter. This one is the dreamiest formula around, too. Made with organic cocoa butter, it will leave your lips hydrated, nourished and repaired.
Natural gifts made from Scottish seaweed
Award-winning organic skincare brand ishga has an excellent men’s range of ethical beauty gifts that’s perfect for hard-to-shop-for males.
The brand’s star ingredient, Scottish seaweed, is hand-harvested from the rugged Hebridean coast and combined with local spring water to unlock more than 86 vitamins and minerals, making it vegan as well as sustainable. Learn more about the brand with our behind-the-scenes interview with ishga.
The Men’s Marine Set is a great option for anyone whose washbag needs a bit of upscaling. Featuring an exfoliating face wash, marine cream and shave oil, it has all the essentials. A full-size version of the luxurious Men’s Beard and Shave Oil makes a great gift on its own too.
And who’s to say the man in your life wouldn’t like a little spa treatment, too? The Spa at Home Collection is ideal for anyone and everyone in need of some me-time this Christmas.
Enjoy 15% discount across your entire order with the code LIZLOVES at checkout.
Bare skin with Naked Necessities
Naked Necessities’ shave kits are a fantastic ethical and zero-waste gift option for anyone wanting to green up their shaving routine.
All products are ethically-sourced, with everything made in the UK. Plastics have also been eliminated from the supply chain.
The limited edition Blue Ocean set is a customer favourite. This spin on their classic set contains the same products, just with a fun blue handle instead. Each features a high-quality razor made from brass, chrome and wood, as well as an orange and lavender scented vegan soap.
Plus, if they love it, they can easily repurchase replacement heads and blades, or become a Naked subscriber and get them delivered to their door. This means they can continue saving on waste all year round, keeping oceans cleaner.
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Words: Tilly Alexander