If you ask us, the best way to impress family and friends over the festive season is with an assortment of green beauty goodies that, let’s be honest, no one could possibly resist! Whether you use this gift guide to get your teenage daughter/sister/friend into organic skincare or you think your husband/boyfriend/dad/brother/buddy is in need of some natural skincare motivation, whomever of the two you’re buying for this Christmas, our edit of the best products to turn teens green and boys botanical will please even the pickiest of present receivers.
Mums and Sisters
Want to spoil a special lady in your life? You can't go wrong with the Tata Harper Natural Glow Collection - a beautiful gift set, containing some of our favourite Tata Harper body essentials for glowing body and hand skin. It's perfect for restoring glow to winter skin. Or why not give them a bottle of Boobs' Essential Oil - a caring reminder for them to check their breasts regularly for lumps and changes.
A gift we'd love to receive? No doubt the Wild Medicine x Content soap - our favourite from the range (we may be biased) for the loving vibrations it radiates thanks to a combination of Rose Quartz, Rose Geranium and Pink Himalayan Salt - though the whole Wild Medicine range is pretty groovy! Just take your pick here. We're sure that a Mantraband bracelet would go down a storm too - a matching 'Friends Forever' perhaps, or a reminder for them to 'Live What You Love' is as cute as it is thoughtful.
For more ideas, check out our Mother's Day gift guide here.
Get your teen off to a smart start when it comes to her beauty regime with our pick of skincare and cosmetics to make her as excited about organic beauty as you are. To inspire her to go organic, give her a copy of No More Dirty Looks, an easy-to-read guide book and entertaining informative resource to help her better understand the concept of organic beauty and skincare. If she’s tempted by make-up, RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine in Bloom is a pretty shade of pink that ‘feels’ like make-up but won’t have her looking beyond her years. Likewise try the ILIA Beauty’s Lip Glosses in Love Buzz and Back To Life, or if your she’s a nail polish lover, she wont be able to resist our Kure Bazaar selection of brights (try Coquette, Kelly or September).
If make-up’s not her thing, she might like the aromatic combination of wild flowers in Laidbare’s cocoa, avocado and rosehip oil infused Body Butter and the entire range of Hurraw Lip Balms (if you’re stuck on the flavour to choose, we think Vanilla or Black Cherry are your best bets.)
The early teen years are a good time to get a skincare routine instilled and with our gift set mini’s, it’s all the more easier to get your teen into the right regime. Encased in a cute custom designed cotton travel bag (a must-have for fans of all things pink), One Love Organic’s Travel Kit makes for a great introduction to an organic beauty regime and even includes an instruction card of how to use the range! If pink’s not her thing or you’re buying for a teen boy, Skin & Tonic’s Gift Set or Pai Skincare’s Anywhere Essentials are both great collections of simple, unfussy teenage-skin safe mini’s to get pickier teens on board.
For a sweet treat, teens will have fun dunking Page Thirty Three’s Giant ‘Tea’ Bath Bag into a bath and their skin will thank them for it too! Featuring a nourishing and gentle combination of lavender, goats milk and cacao butter, this is a fun stocking filler for teens of all ages.
If there’s a man in your life you’re trying to convert to organic skincare you can’t go past these man-friendly essentials that won’t threaten a single ounce of his manliness (trust us, some of the manliness men we know use these!). Below we have formulated a mini regime for the mornings and evenings that you can print off and give to your other half/brother/buddy if he doesn’t quite know where to begin...
PM: This is the time of day when your skincare really matters (honestly, if you choose to do anything at all when it comes to your skin, this regime is it). Remove the grime, pollution and dirt that will have accumulated on your skin throughout the day (yes, this happens every day – especially those days you come home late from the pub) with Skin & Tonic’s Steam Clean Cleanser (rumour has it, in East London this cleanser has become a bit of a well guarded men’s skincare secret). All you need is the included Skin & Tonic’s Face Cloth and a basin full of warm water and you’re set! Then follow with a fine layer of Skin & Tonic Beard Oil on face and massage into your beard to keep it soft and shiny (believe us, no girl likes a prickly beard).
AM: If it’s that time of the week when you need a shave, Apply the Grown Alchemist Shaving Gel to wet skin, shave and rinse off with warm water! Lucky for you it’s that time of the day when you don’t have to wash your face if you don’t feel like it (as long as you’ve followed the regime above in the PM). Simply give your face a rinse off in the shower after shaving before lathering up with Intelligent Nutrients Harmonic Body Wash. Rinse off. Dry off. Apply the Dr Alkaitis Organic Soothing Gel and Soapwalla Deodorant and you’re good to go!GIFT SETS: Want a natural beauty routine all packaged and ready to go? Our top unisex pick is the Grown Alchemist Facial Kit - made with plant botanical facial formulations that cleanse, hydrate and protect, leaving facial skin and lips looking young and radiant. It's one that you can happily borrow yourself come cleansing time.