Holistic make-up artist and nutritional therapist Sjaniël Turrell shares her favourite clean beauty heroes to gift this festive season, from stocking fillers to luxurious facial oils and spa vouchers.
Beauty gifts are always popular at Christmas, with the opportunity to encourage people to take a little time to relax and indulge in self-care wrapped up in stocking fillers and spa vouchers. In the current climate, being more aware of our purchasing choices, how long they will last in our environment and how good they are for our wellbeing, can be extended to the holiday season and our consequent gifting choices. Below is a list that hopes to encompass every aspect of the best of clean beauty, for any budget. These products and experiences are chosen with sustainability, social impact and only the best natural and organic ingredients in mind, with each and every one of these beauty gifts certain to impress, pamper and above all, bring joy!
Gifts from £25 and under
Therapi Honey Lip Nectar, £9.50
Combating even the driest winter lips, this super nourishing lip balm from Therapi Honey is made in the Cotswolds using local beeswax and honey as well as organic oils.
Sienna Byron Nail Varnish, £16
Eco-luxe nail varnish Sienna sports sustainably sourced wooden lids and come in a 100% vegan, 10-free and water-permeable formula.
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Muhle Organic Men’s Shaving Cream, £13.65 + Razor, £35
Ama The Salon Brixton Gift Vouchers, from £20
Brixton local Ama, has become a firm favourite for non-toxic hand and foot treatments. Call or visit to buy a voucher for your choice of free-from nail varnish and gel nail treatment options.
Hiro Cosmetics Mascara, £17.95
Hiro is the natural hero black mascara: 100% natural and vegan sans silicone and yet it stays on without crumbling or smudging.
Paper Thinks Recycled Leather Makeup Bag, £18
Stylish and sustainable, these makeup bags come in a variety of gorgeous colours and are made from recycled leather found in industrial waste – a perfect gift on its own or filled with your favourite natural beauty bits.
Weleda Skinfood Essentail Trio, £16.95
If you know, you know. And if you don’t – this hero skincare product combo for even the driest skin is perfect for you or a loved one.
Organic Savanna Lip Balm, Lotions and Aloe Vera & Avocado Soap, from £5
The beauty gift that keeps on giving to the communities in Kenya who hand make these products using locally-sourced natural ingredients with 100% of profits being reinvested into job creation and education. If you’ve ever been to Africa, these wonderful scents will take you right back. You can also shop all Organic Savanna products on Akojo Market.
Konjac Sponge Premium Gentlemen Sponge with Charcoal, £9.99
A konjac sponge for the man in your life, this gentle vegetable sponge will help cleanse and remove impurities from the skin but not pollute the earth as it is completely biodegradable.
La Eva x Petersham Nurseries Lotion, from £20 (add wash for £18)
This unisex organic and beautifully scented lotion is a simple but effective face and body moisturiser in sustainable glass bottles – empties can be refilled at Petersham in Richmond – perfect for bathrooms and kitchens alike.
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm and Lipsticks, from £9.99
You can’t go wrong with the tinted lip balms from Burt’s Bees because they are nourishing and subtle thus suit everyone, if you want to gift a more statement colour, go for the lipstick, sporting a large selection of colours and a creamy and nourishing texture.
Evolve Beauty Hyaluronic Serum 200 Gift Box, £12
A unisex hydration serum perfect for adding to your winter skincare regime – this travel size also in a festive gift box.
Gifts from £50 and under
Irene Forte Vanilla Hand Cream, £39
Never underestimate the power of a good hand cream, this hydrating and protective formula is much needed in the cold, wintery Christmas climate. Sustainably packaged with vegan friendly ingredients.
Green People Men’s Gym Bag Heroes, £45
For a man on the go, this kit is the perfect travel and gym companion. No need to use any of those nasty generic all-in-one gym soaps, spoil your man with some organic goodness instead.
BYBI Beauty Build Your Own Bundle, starting at £47
Choose a stunning, recyclable silver or rose gold beauty bag and mix and match your favourite BYBI Beauty products to add to it. There’s a minimum of three products, but it’s large enough to fill with a whole lot more and individual BYBI products make great affordable gifts too!
Saint Iris Adriatica Purity Paste, £48 + Masking Brush, £22
You’ve never tried a body product like this one – a quick drying mask for all over the body that exfoliates, softens and hydrates your skin. It works a miracle on dehydrated wrinkles of neglected hands! For the full experience add the ingenious body masking brush to your gift.
Kamila Aubre Eco Luxe Scents Purse Spray Gift Set, £50
Botanical fragrances that evolve with their environment, sustainably created in Belgium using only the most ethical ingredients. You can choose a limited-edition gift set that includes three travel size perfumes wrapped in an eco-luxe black box including a card and accessories.
Content Beauty Organic Facial Gift Card, from £45
Spoil your loved one to the ultimate experience in organic pampering – a choice of facial treatments from Content Beauty.
RMS Beauty Hidden Desire Palette, £40
Afraid your teenager or ‘mainstream makeup’ friend won’t think an organic makeup palette is cool enough? This palette has received rave reviews from every beauty blogger in the know and is probably the most sought-after makeup gift out there!
The Beauty Archive Earthbound, £36
A multi-tasking cream pot that works as the perfect bronzing cheek or eye colour. Easy to apply with the fingers, it leaves a subtle sheen of reflection for that fresh and finished look.
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An Atlas of Natural Beauty by L’Officine Universelle Buly, £28
Give the gift of eternal knowledge with a beautifully designed and illustrated atlas of all the plants and herbs that have been used since days of old to make the natural beauty potions we still love to use today. Gift-wrapped and personally inscribed with a personal message using antique calligraphy techniques.
Gifts from £100 and under
By Sarah London Organic Facial Gift Set, £70
Want to buy amazing skincare for those who don’t like to fuss? By Sarah has wrapped up skincare simplicity and efficacy in one box with her organic skincare regime of a cleansing balm, face oil and a muslin cloth. The sustainable gift box has a festive sleeve made from crushed grapes saved from landfill, produced using 100% green energy. For something extra special, why not take a trip to their private room at No.30 in Kensington which, for the festive season has transformed into a seasonal skincare, sustainability and wellness events space.
Neal’s Yard Remedies Courses, from £75
Neal’s Yard is a much-loved favourite with organic beauty gifts aplenty, but how about a new beauty learning experience? Choose from courses on aromatherapy to natural beauty and perfumery, massage and more. Course vouchers available on the Neal’s Yard website.
May Lindstrom Problem Solver, £89
May Lindstrom products are on clean beauty wish lists everywhere. This luxurious face mask not only cleanses but also helps to repair the unhappiest and most unbalanced skin.
A.S Apothecary Gneiss Hand Carved Facial, £65
A.S Apothecary takes sustainability throughout their brand very seriously and have created their own facial massage tool – hand carved locally on the Isle of Harris from Gneiss rock that is over 2.5 billion years old, then wrapped in Harris tweed for delivery. A truly ethical self-care gift.
Dr Alkaitis Organic Essentials Travel Set, £63
If you have a man in your life who loves (or needs) good skincare, Dr Alkaitis is a firm favourite for those with troubled and imbalanced skin. This unisex brand is filled with biodynamic and organically grown medicinal herbs and oils and does so much more than simply moisturise.
Guy Morgan Dagger Rose Duet, £64
A unisex gift set that has art, the senses and great skin at its heart, the best-selling Dagger Rose Duet is beautifully packaged in 100% recyclable gift boxes without any of the seasonal unrecyclable glitz and glitters. The beauty of these products go far deeper than the highly desirable aesthetic.
(M)anasi7 Custom Eye and Brow Quad, £58
A compact and stylish all-in-one product for those with a Scandi aesthetic – this is all you need to do your eyes and brows in similar minimal-but-effective fashion.
Kosas Mixed Metal Trio, £54
For the makeup-obsessed teen or the resident party girl, this trio has high-effect pigment and glam in champagne, silver and gold that glides onto the skin as a liquid and dries with high shine.
Twelve Beauty Reverent Antioxidant Dry Body Oil, £75
With extracts of cinnamon, ginger and turmeric, this therapeutic dry body oil needs no downtime as it instantly absorbs into the skin – it also smells wonderfully festive. Launch date 8 December.
Gifts from £100 and over
Romilly Wilde The Power Pair, £155
This duo of Advanced Super Cell Serum and Active Boost Face Oil from Romilly work together as the powerhouse in combating skin aging whilst delivering essential nutrients and hydration.
Tata Harper Natural Ageing Skincare Set, £375
Tata is the queen of active and effective natural ingredients for aging well. If you’ve never tried the Elixir Vitae Serum – its effect has received many rave reviews for combating wrinkles, along with the eye cream and Creme Rich moisturiser. This is a spoil for sure!
De Mamiel A Great Nigh In, £305
The ultimate gift set for the most luxurious self-care ritual with seven products, including the cult Seasonal Facial Oil, must-have Altitude Oil and everything you need for face and body in-between!
Prosody Travel Set, £155
Sustainability and innate respect for the rhythms and life cycles in nature are the core values of these Eau de Parfums. 100% natural but entirely modern and current in structure, it seems that the ultimate in sustainable luxury has been achieved. You may choose only one but experiencing them all would be a wonderful gift for anyone with six travel size fragrances to choose from.
Lovorika London One on One Session, £120
Beautifully crafted old-world fragrances with a difference – organic, vegan and sustainable – these plant-based perfumes from Lovorika are based in a dry oil which eliminates the irritations of using alcohol and synthetic bases on the skin. Dedicated to transparency, all ingredients are listed. Buy the gift of a bespoke custom-made fragrance or simply try one or all of their four vintage fragrances starting at £20.
The Nue Co Functional Fragrance, £120
A fragrance as an anti-stress supplement, this perfume is specially designed with neural pathways in mind and actively lowers cortisol levels during times of stress whilst still achieving a pleasant olfactory experience.
Alexandra Soveral Bespoke Facials and Perfumes, starting at £120
Alexandra is famously one of the best organic facialists in the business, with her miracle working hands and vast knowledge on all things skin, plants and perfumes, you can spoil your loved one with an unforgettable facial or a personalised perfume consultation.
Louise Young Vegan Brush Set, £110
For both professionals and the makeup-obsessed wanting ethical brushes, this professional vegan brush set is one of the best on the market with high quality, super soft bristles and will last for years.
Eminé Rushton Bespoke Holistic Facial, from £110
A truly holistic facial treating the health and mood of the skin and mind – tucked away in Kent, a deeply restorative treatment awaits…