I love curating gift guides during the holiday season and this month I will be sharing these on this blog.
The first chapter of my Holiday Gift Guide 2014 is bath and beauty goods. As you may already know, I’ve spent a good portion of the year reconsidering my beauty cabinet, including my “go-to” products and their questionable (and hard to pronounce) ingredients. Investing in the skin is one of the best things a person can do and while I believe some of the most effective beauty products (mindful eating and homemade concoctions) are not stocked in the make up and beauty isles, there are some brands and goods I’ve been eager to try. If you are into oils, scrubs, fragrances…and brushes, this post is for you.
1. Dr. Hauschka Skin Care – Clarifying Face Care Kit, $24.95
Holistic Face Care – This set provides you with travel sized products that help to “retrain” oily or acne-prone skin to calm and balance oil production. Rather than masking or suppressing the skin’s natural functions, our products for oily, blemished and combination skin work with your skin’s natural processes to cleanse and minimize the appearance of your pores while helping to moderate oiliness. Our products guide skin to a balanced state so it becomes comfortable, supple and smooth.
2. Soul Sunday Florence Coffee Scrub, $16 or $40
100% natural, vegan, paraban-free, dye-free – Organic coffee grounds exfoliate, while organic coconut oil and sweet almond oil nourish and moisturize.
3. Aesop Jet Set Kit, $37
From Aesop, a four bottle kit of travel essentials for maintaining daily upkeep on-the-go. Features Aesop’s Classic Shampoo, Classic Conditioner, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, and Rind Concentrate Body Balm.
4. MIO Skincare Natural Dry Body Brush, $20
Proven to exfoliate, stimulate circulation and detoxify, body brushing is an easy yet effective way to rejuvenate tired skin. Slightly larger than the palm of your hand, it’s crafted with natural boar bristles and rubber massage nodules. Hold it by the sustainable bamboo and cotton handle, brushing upwards in the direction of your heart from legs to upper body. Helps reduce toxins, bloating and cellulite.
5. NA NIN Landslide, $56
Blended notes of patchouli, cedarwood, rosewood, and sandalwood. Inspired by the ultimate gypsy lady, Stevie Nicks. Hand mixed by Kate Jennings in her Richmond, VA home.
6. CAMP Coconut Beach Face Scrub, $28
Whisk away dull, dead skin with this exotic, purifying scrub. Rhassoul clay deeply detoxifies, reduces redness and clears impurities while soft cane sugar and soothing oatmeal polish skin’s surface. Luxurious coconut milk hydrates skin and leaves it soft and glowing. To increase therapeutic benefits, try using as a mask.
7. Calm Down Bodywash, $20
CALM DOWN Organic Bodywash is enriched with organic essential oils of ginger and lavender, which are known to help calm and quiet an overstressed and wound-up mind. Lather up with a little whenever you need to take it down a notch and relax. The all-natural, honeylike gel is made of only eight simple ingredients, and is completely free of parabens, SLS, petroleum, silicones and harsh, mysterious chemicals. And its gentle, low-sudsing formula is gentle on even sensitive skin.
8. Diptyque Philosykos Solid Perfume, $48
The fig tree in all its glory. The Diptyque Philosykos solid perfume captures the freshness of fig leaves, the green fruit, the slightly milky sap, and the bark. A touch of white cedar gives it even sunnier depths.
9. Etta + Billie Cedarwood Soap, $10
A rich, fresh + woodsy scent. Activated charcoal and rhassoul clay detoxify and smooth. Etta + Billie soaps are handcrafted in small batches using organic ingredients. Naturally and gently cleanse without stripping moisture from your skin.
10. Izola Reflections Toothbrush Set, $12
A year’s supply of toothbrushes – Reflect as you brush with this toothbrush set crafted from sustainable bamboo. Each one is engraved with a different word: “Ruminate,” “Concentrate,” “Meditate,” and “Contemplate.”
What products in this collection would you like to try? Stay tuned for more like this and let me know in the comments what other types of gift guides you’d like to see.