Sustainable Gift Ideas for the Green Beauty Enthusiast
November 25, 2020 • 2 min read
Treat your friend who loves all things skincare, wellness and beauty to products that are non-toxic, made with natural ingredients, and intended to make her shine. We’re sharing sustainable gift ideas for the green beauty enthusiast that have been curated and hand-selected for the highest quality and ethical & environmental manufacturing processes. Whether you choose to surprise her with non-toxic, 10-free nail polish, or a book on hydration and natural wellness, support sustainable gifting during the most indulgent time of year.
1. Kooshoo, Organic Hair Ties, $15 USD
The world’s first eco-friendly and sustainable hair-tie company, Kooshoo works with family businesses in LA that weave, cut, sew, and package their products. All their hair ties are ethically made using the softest organic cotton, and have no pesticides or synthetics in them. These ties are dyed in a solar-powered dye house, and are shipped in 100% recycled shipping bags. These plastic-free hair ties are strong enough for all hair densities, and are 100% biodegradable. Perfect for the green beauty enthusiast to use when she does all her face masks.
2. Sajahan, Body or Hair Oil, $55 CAD – use code FORAGE15 for 15% off
A Toronto-based brand that combines traditional Ayurvedic wellness with modern science, Sahajan’s products are clean, devoid of harsh chemicals, and smell fantastic. This body oil is perfect for all skin types, especially as the weather cools down. Choose to treat your friend with either a body oil or a hair oil, both of which are great for the winter weather and nights spent cozy inside. Your green beauty enthusiast friend will feel luxurious with these oils for all her self-care needs.
3. Oko Creations, Reusable Makeup Remover Pads, $16 CAD for 8 – FORAGE20 for 20% off
This brand makes organic cotton, hemp and recycled polyester reusable makeup remover pads. Ethically made in Canada, they use low impact dyes on their products and ship products in recycled boxes. The green beauty enthusiast will love these super soft, low-waste makeup remover rounds, helping her to lower her environmental impact.
Moon Boost Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum is a silky nourishing elixir that achieves greater length, thickness, and longevity of your lashes and brows. The founder formulated this serum to be a green version after seeing her friends and family try various methods of lash lengthening, only to encounter side effects. A safer and more economical alternative to traditional chemical serums or lash extensions, Moon Boost is formulated to be 100% natural, and is PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan.
A special treat for the green beauty lover in your life, this gift set from Apoterra Skincare is the self-care indulgence we all need. Made by hand in NYC, this duo will give your friend silky smooth skin as well as a relaxing aromatherapy experience. Tulsi is a powerful herb, used often in Indian homes, and is known as the “Elixir of Life” because of its healing powers. Give your friend a gift she can really feel great about.
The green beauty enthusiast in your life will love this ode to life’s most basic necessity: water. Holistic nutritionist and wellness entrepreneur, Tori Holmes, has developed ways to turn the simple act of hydration into a self-care ritual. With 50 recipes of water-based elixirs that improve vitality, Holmes uses everything from common herbs like nettle and chamomile, as well as adaptogens and CBD oil to create potent water-based beauty potions.
7. J. Hannah, Hepworth Polish, $19 USD
J. Hannah’s line of nail polishes are carefully-edited, high quality, and targeted at the neutral-loving, colour-resistant mani-enthusiast. All polishes are non-toxic, cruelty-free, and made in the USA, as well as “10-free”, meaning free from the 10 most terrible chemicals often found in mainstream polish. Your green beauty friend will feel super Hep in her earthy tones.
Based in the UK, Fysha makes all-natural soaps with swoon-worthy scent profiles, perfect for the green beauty enthusiast in your life. The base being Extra Virgin Olive Oil that has been ethically cold-pressed in Greece, this brand believes in high-quality ingredients that complement the earth and our skin. Each bar of soap is handmade and cured for 60 days, hand-stamped, and hand-wrapped in plastic-free packaging that is FSC Certified, recyclable and biodegradable. The bars are all 100% palm oil-free, vegan, cruelty-free, and only use 100% plant oils and natural ingredients.
9. The Last Swab, Beauty, $12 USD
Introduce your green beauty friend to the world’s first reusable cotton swab. The Last Swab has created an innovative reusable swab for both everyday uses, as well as for makeup. With 1.5 billion single-use cotton swabs being produced every single day, this alternative is easy to clean, sanitary and reusable, cutting down on excessive waste, as each Last Swab replaces 1000+ single-use cotton swabs. The carry case it comes in is made from corn, and will keep the swab clean and protected.
10. Make This Universe, DIY Deodorant Kit, $34.50 CAD
In a world that is inundated with too much stuff, Make This Universe wants people to get creative and make things for themselves. With a mission to help people and the environment, this brand offers up a variety of formulated kits that help reduce our environmental impact and gain a better understanding of what is in our products and what we’re putting on our bodies. Your friend who loves green beauty will love this hands-on D(eo)IY kit.
11. Noniko, Deodorant Starter Kit, $45 USD
The green beauty enthusiast in your life will love this first and only plastic-free, reusable, 100% stainless steel case deodorant. Made of only 6 ingredients, Noniko’s natural deodorant is the first zero-waste stick on the market that’s also free of harmful toxins and aluminums. Once the first stick is finished, refills are sent out in compostable paper boxes, significantly reducing its impact.
12. Live Tinted, Huestick, $33 USD
Live Tinted’s Huesticks are the best gift you can give the green beauty lover in your life. Vegan, non-comedogenic, hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested and certified cruelty-free, these colour sticks are packed with good-for-you-skin ingredients like Vitamins C and E, squalene and hyaluronic acid. With the founder and owner being a WOC, the company values inclusivity and strives to create a community that is proud of its roots and culture. With a wide range of colours, hue needs anything else?
13. Essential Well Being, $29.95 CAD
Written by Sara Panton, co-founder of the premium essential oil company Vitruvi, this book is packed with Sara’s own knowledge of botanicals and wellness practices, helping you to live more naturally. This modern guide provides more than 100 DIY essential oil recipes, rituals and suggestions. The green beauty enthusiast will love customizing their beauty, body and home routines, turning them into easy yet sophisticated wellness experiences.
14. Sundays, Nail Polish, $18 USD
Green beauty nail polishes for the green beauty enthusiast! Sundays Nail Polishes are 10-free, non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free, with colours that don’t compromise on shine or colour. Offering a limited selection of timeless, classic colours that come in a comfy-grip bottle to make the task of applying nail polish easier, these polishes couldn’t be better. Nail the gift giving experience by grabbing a few of these or the gift set.
15. Cultivate Apothecary, Botanical Mask Set, $150 USD
It’s not often you come across a truly sustainable beauty brand. Cultivate Apothecary is as sustainable as it gets, handcrafting their whole-plant botanical skin care line using only ingredients that have been grown on their own farm. Using the concept of terroir, Cultivate is committed to environmental stewardship, farm to face skincare, and complete transparency. The green beauty enthusiast in your life will enjoy this masking ritual, knowing that the ingredients stem from regularly replenished and abundant land. With elements so pure, who could mask their enthusiasm?
16. Axiology, Balmie Sets, $36 USD
These award-winning, plastic-free, multi-purpose sets will be just the thing for the green beauty enthusiast in your life this year. These 3-in-1 sets can be used for eyes, lips and cheeks, giving colour and shine everywhere. Instead of packaging them in wasteful lipstick tubes, these naked crayons are wrapped in paper for a truly planet-friendly alternative. Packed with oils, butters, antioxidants, and natural colours, these zero-waste Balmies will win a kiss of approval.
17. So Young, Beauty Poche, $29 CAD – Sustain15 for 15% off
The perfect poche to keep all their beauty products, this pouch from So Young is designed to make self-care on the go stress-free. With elegant gold hardware, an interior mesh pocket, and an easy-to-carry handle, the green beauty enthusiast in your life will be able to do their skincare routine from anywhere. With a linen/cotton exterior fabric, insulated interior, and PVC, Phthalate, Lead and BPA-free materials, this poche will perfectly complement the green products that get put inside.
18. Étymologie, Superberry Ceramide, $112 CAD – FORAGE20 for 20% off
Help the green beauty enthusiast in your life get their glow on while also reducing their skincare steps. The Superberry Ceramide from Ètymologie is a moisturizer and serum hybrid, formulated with ceramides, plant-based collagen, and CoQ10 to help replenish and restore the skin barrier. Twelve antioxidant rich and sustainably-sourced super berry oils deliver essentials to the skin for juicy radiance. With sustainably-sourced ingredients, glass bottles, carbon offsetting, and social equity programs in place, this brand will deeply align with your friend’s values.
19. Bare Hands, The Dry Gloss Manicure Kit, $39 USD
This gorgeous at-home nail care kit nourishes, strengthens, and shines for a healthy, polished and natural nail. Packed in a vegan leather case, the glass polisher, together with the cuticle oil work to hydrate and condition, using only the purest ingredients. After recognizing how toxic the mainstream nail care industry is, Bare Hands was born to help women easily, naturally and sustainably achieve salon level manicures. This kit will ensure you nail your holiday gift this year!
20. Pampas and Reed, Body Scrub, $21 CAD
Helping to promote skin regeneration and healthy skin cell turnover, these body scrubs are the perfect gift for the green beauty lover in your life. Choose from a wide range of scents including Acai, Forest, Lemon, Grapefruit, Rose and more. Pampas and Reed is inspired by their home near the prairies. Their love for the earth is reflective in their natural ingredients and plastic-free packaging. We guarantee the GBE in your life will reedy love this!
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