Do you have a beauty junkie on your holiday gift list who insists on using only natural products? If you’re worried about having to go to specialty stores to track down eco-friendly treats, you can relax. Thanks to an ever-increasing demand for earth and animal-friendly personal care items and cosmetics, a green beauty routine is easier than ever. From cleansers and moisturizers to foundation and eye shadow, you can find natural products sure to satisfy your favorite tree-hugger.
There are no regulations on the word natural, so the best way to ensure that you know what you’re getting is to read the ingredient list. Many products marketed as natural avoid controversial ingredients like parabens and other preservatives as well as artificial coloring and fragrance. They also typically contain a high concentration of essential oils, natural extracts and botanicals. One thing to keep in mind is that some natural ingredients like Shea Butter and Vitamin E have decidedly unnatural sounding scientific names, i.e., Butyrospermum Parkii and Tocopherol.
If you don’t know what your gift recipient needs, or if she has a favorite brand, sets and kits are the perfect solution and a great way to try something new. The Caudalie Favorites Set contains four luxurious Caudalie favorites in travel-friendly sizes. Does your nature girl work with her hands? If so, she’ll love L'Occitane Hand Indulgences; a collection of rich moisturizers in three delicious scents that will leave her hands silky-smooth. Makeup is supposed to be fun and the bareMinerals Spark a Trend - Light Show Collection won’t disappoint. She’ll outshine the holiday decorations. Natural products aren’t only for the ladies. If you’re exchanging gifts with an eco-conscious guy, you’ll score points with the Arcona Mens Starter Kit, which will give him a complete skin care regimen in a handy kit.