Natural Skincare Christmas Gift Guide – 2019

It might only seem like five minutes since Christmas 2018 but with under 8 weeks until the big day, it’s time to embrace the festive season as the countdown to Christmas is well and truly under way…

When it comes to gift giving, there is nothing more satisfying than opting to shop independent and celebrate small businesses that have a true passion to create beautiful, ethical products.

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My gift guide this year is a true celebration of indie skincare, showcasing British brands that have been handpicked by yours truly. My aim this year is to show that natural, cruelty-free beauty products don’t have to cost the Earth yet can still be as effective as high end products. That is why i’ve chosen a range of gift ideas to suit every budget, from token gifts and stocking fillers to gift wrapped delights – all for under £40.00 – to give you a little inspiration for giving someone the gift of great skin this Christmas.

Amaranthine: Face Mask – £3.50 each°

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When it comes to small gift giving, whether it be secret Santa presents, stocking fillers or even a treat for yourself, they don’t get any easier than Amaranthine’s Face Masks that come in handy single-use package for every skin type. These face masks, which are all palm oil free, are a great way to introduce that special someone to green beauty or give them a weekly skincare treat they’ll love. Due to the variety of masks available, they are perfect for all ages from teens to your grandma – and everyone in between. I’m already a huge fan of Amaranthine’s products and their face masks are a true treat for the skin and are a great way to explore the brand without making a full-size commitment. Amaranthine certainly have you covered for every skin type with high quality face masks that are a sure way to impress the lucky recipient.

Bowe Organics: Lip Balm*

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If there is one Winter skincare essential no one should be without it’s lip balm to prevent dry and chapped lips in the cooler weather. Bowe Organics are one of my favourite lip balm discoveries this year as the nourishing, fragrance-free formula, containing cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and raspberry seed oil, keeps lips in tip top condition while also maintaining a youthful appearance.

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The sleek, modern packaging means it will look stylish on any dressing table and make a great addition to your bag for on-the-go application. The two sizes available (pictured above) cater to all your lip care needs whether it be at home, work or even a night out – making them the perfect stocking filler for everyone (including yourself!) this Christmas.

Soap Folk: Organic Soap Sampler°

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When it comes to eco-friendly gift giving, soap bars are certainly a winner – especially when they look as good as this! Soap Folk are one of my favourite creators of soap bars as they not only leave skin feeling clean and fresh but they are also long lasting (and look incredibly pretty in their paper packaging).

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Soap Folk’s Organic Soap Sampler makes the perfect gift for any age and is not only a lovely stocking filler or travel companion but are a great way to try each fragrance before buying full-size. The best news is that Soap Folk create their sampler bars from full-sized soap bar off cuts making them as zero-waste as possible. The lovely Kraft card box, with printed illustration, presents the soaps beautifully and is all included in the very generously priced gift set that makes the gift of soap very special indeed.

Butter Bar Soapery: Solid Body Butter Bars

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Butter Bar Soapery were among my favourite brand discoveries last year as their beautiful range of handmade products make them perfect for gifting. These Body Butter Bars would certainly make a gorgeous gift this year as not only do they look amazing but the nourishing cocoa butter-rich formulation makes them the perfect plastic-free treat for the cooler weather.

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The handy tin not only keeps your butter bar clean and ready to use but it’s also fully reusable and recyclable after use so great for the environment too. Using the Body Butter Bar is so easy, as the warmth of your skin allows the butter to melt leaving your skin feeling super soft and intensely nourished. The stunning blends, which also come in a limited edition festive fragrance, means that there is something for everyone and will be the perfect, pretty skincare treat for someone special this year.

Peace of Eden : Distant Healing Voucher

We all know the negative effects that stress and physical illness can have on our skin and well being, and how difficult it is to set aside time in our daily lives for some well-deserved self-care. This Christmas, why not give someone special the gift of peace and healing in the comfort of their own home to aid relaxation and promote a sense of wellness. Louise at Peace of Eden specialises in Reiki and Crystal Healing in her healing room in Boughton, Northamptonshire and also provides distant healing at a time that suits you, wherever you are in the world.

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This voucher entitles the recipient to a 30 minute distant healing and can be sent directly to you or the recipient via email free of charge, or if you would like a physical voucher such as this then it can be mailed to a destination of your choice (postage fee applies). While the healing is in progress, all you need to do is lie down in a quiet room and relax – you can apply a face mask, listen to music or simply just enjoy the peace and tranquility around you. Afterwards, you’ll receive a full report on your healing via email and be able to give feedback to Louise on your experience. Peace of Eden’s Distant healing voucher is the perfect gift to give this Christmas to someone who needs to relax, feel a sense of wellbeing or feel relief from physical injury or illness – it is the perfect way to feel calm after the festive period and start the new year with a fresh outlook whatever your destination.

Narloa: Body Oils

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During the Winter months our skin needs some extra TLC and body oils are a great way to combat dryness and dull complexions often experienced during the harsher weather conditions and central heating. Narloa’s newly launched body oils are not only intensely moisturising but also smell just as good as they look. Marigold Body Oil is perfect for drier, more sensitive skin types as it is highly nourishing and boasts soothing and healing properties. Rose Garden is especially formulated with normal, damaged or combination skin types in mind thanks to its lightweight texture. Each blend is beautifully scented and feels gorgeously silky on the skin.

If you would rather be more creative and give someone a more personal gift then Narloa also give you the opportunity to create a custom blend for that special someone. Simply choose one of four base oils, and two essential oils to create a perfect blend for the lucky recipient. Each personalised blend comes with a custom label so you know exactly which body oil you’ve created with a simple design that makes it the perfect gift for any age or gender.

Nudge Boutique: Citrus Hair & Body Gift Set°

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Nudge Boutique formulate products with more mature skin types in mind, focusing upon skincare issues of women who are noticing the first signs of aging and celebrating body confidence at any age. The brand recently launched a brand new range of Shampoo Tablets and the results of the plastic-free, solid shampoo has been impressive to say the least. These haircare delights, formulated for a variety of different hair types, demonstrates that opting for plastic-free shampoo doesn’t mean you have to compromise on performance and quality.

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These Orange and Shikakai Powder Shampoo Tablets smell just like Christmas, with a glorious orange aroma that is uplifting and refreshing. Paired with a mini pot of Nudge Boutique’s beautiful Kokum Body Boost Butter, and presented in a lovely Kraft card match box, this Citrus set is sure to bring joy to everyone this Christmas and is the ultimate gift for any lover of citrus scents.

The Natural Beauty Pot: Miniature Bath Salts Trio Gift Set°

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I absolutely love soaking in a hot bath during the Winter months especially when I have my trusty bath salts at hand, and when they look and smell as good as this, bath time certainly becomes a truly pampering experience. The Natural Beauty Pot’s Miniature Bath Salts Trio Gift Set contains three of the brand’s best selling bath salts all packaged in a beautiful Kraft card box with printed exterior.

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These beautiful bath salts each offer a unique blend of essential oils, Epsom salts and dried flowers to heal and revive the skin and the senses (Calendula & Lemongrass), promote relaxation (Rose) and bring a sense of calm to the mind and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin (lavender). The scent from each bath salt container is heavenly, with an intensity that is strong yet perfect balanced when immersed in water. These stunning frosted glass bottles and pretty design makes this a truly beautiful gift for someone special this Christmas, or as a well-deserved treat for yourself to explore the brand further and discover something new.

No Secrets: Bath Jelly (One & Four)°

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There is something incredibly decadent and luxurious about utilising oils within your bath time ritual, especially when they smell as dreamy as this. No Secrets has certainly revolutionised the bath oil with their Bath Jellies that provide the ultimate bathing experience which is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before, all gift-wrapped in a stunning gift box as standard.

The gorgeously silky smooth jelly, which is almost gel-like in it’s texture, is massaged into the skin where it then melts away into the bath water, creating a stunning bath time elixir which smells incredible. Skin is left feeling beautifully soft and highly moisturised without any greasy or oily residue remaining after use. Bath Jellies are like nothing else you’ve tried before and would make the perfect decadent treat and brand new bathing experience for someone special this Christmas.

Kri Skincare: Essentials Discovery Set°

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Kri Skincare, formerly Guiltless Skin, are a vegan-friendly brand dedicated to simple, no-nonsense skincare that shows that less is certainly more. The Essentials Discovery Set is presented in a printed white pillow box and contains three essential skincare items including their popular Purify Cleanser, Illume Serum and Endless Moisture Face Cream. These sample size items are all 10ml and are housed in glass to reduce plastic waste and adds to the brand’s dedication for complete transparency within their range.

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This gorgeous gift set is a great way to change up your current routine for the seasonal change and would make the ideal gift to introduce a family or friend to a natural skincare routine. Each of these products are perfect for Winter as they are incredibly moisturising on the skin and help protect it from the elements and central heating. This is a great gift idea for anyone looking to discover a new brand as the clean, sleek packaging makes it perfect for any age or gender and would fit into anyone’s current beauty regime with ease.

Bespoke Aroma: Foot Scrub

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From Bespoke Aroma’s newly launched Spa range comes their natural Foot Scrub which is housed in a beautiful glass jar with reflective lid. The foot scrub comes in an outer box and looks incredibly stylish and high end, making it the perfect gift for that special someone who loves an effective yet luxurious products that certainly achieves great results.

Our feet are often very neglected during the Winter months and can often feel achy and tired during with the cooler weather. Bespoke Aroma’s Foot Scrub, which is perfect for all skin types, combines raw organic coconut oil, organic argan oil, Himalayan salt and Rosemary and Peppermint essential oils to exfoliate feet and leave them feeling soft, smooth, less achy and smelling incredibly fresh. The foot scrub is a true treat for the feet, leaving them feeling revitalised after use. A great gift for anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet or as a foot care treat, maybe with a pair of socks or slippers, to give feet a well deserved pamper.

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There’s one thing I love more than shopping independent and that’s shopping locally – and when you find a brand as good as The Ilex Wood, it makes it easy to support local businesses. The Ilex Wood have been a favourite for sometime as their salves are an essential item in my beauty stash as well as first aid kit. This gorgeous facial skincare gift set features their popular Rose and Frankincense Facial Serum and Face Cream in a beautiful presentation box that will make a lovely gift for any skincare enthusiast over the festive period.

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Both products, which are palm-oil free, are beauty essentials when it comes to Winter skincare, as the oil-based serum and face cream will protect your skin from the elements and provide intense nourishment while being lightweight enough to wear under make-up. The scent is is heavenly, with a perfectly balanced aroma that will make a lovely gift for anyone this Christmas.

Casa Mencarelli: Gift Voucher°

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Gift giving can be a minefield if you’re unsure of the recipient’s skin type or scent preferences but Casa Mencarelli have you covered by offering digital gift vouchers that can be sent directly to you, or the recipient, to spend as they wish on the brand’s website.

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The gift voucher value starts at £25.00, but can go up to the value of £100 if you’re feeling generous. With some incredibly beautiful products to choose from, from cleansing to masking and everything in between, the purchase options are endless.

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I’ve been a huge fan of the brand for sometime and what I love most, besides the beautiful products themselves, is the size options available. Miniature products like those featured above start from £8.00 and as the products themselves are so concentrated, the travel minis certainly give a true indication of what to expect from each product. If you’re looking for a foolproof way to give the gift of beauty this year then Casa Mencarelli’s Gift Voucher might just be the way to go.

Buff Bodycare: Nuit Warming and Relaxing Pamper Gift Box°

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When I tried Buff Bodycare’s Pamper Box earlier this year I was excited by the variety of blends available for each box, and the incredible value for money the gift set truly is. Each Pamper Box comes in this beautiful white cube with a free gift message written on the inside of the lid. The set contains a mini body oil, sea salt scrub and candle in the same blend, and is completely plastic free.

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The Nuit blend is a real Winter warmer with Ginger, Bergamot, Sandalwood, Patchouli and Palma Rosa to give a warm yet relaxing aroma that epitomises the festive season. The set is a treat for the senses and is the perfect gift to maintain super soft and moisturised skin during the Winter months, and keep your mind clear throughout the festive season.

Eden Days Body: 100% Natural Mask and Scrub Set°

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If you’ve been following me for a while you’ll know that i’m a huge fan of Eden Days Body as their plastic-free product range is high quality yet demonstrates just how affordable green beauty can be.

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This mask and scrub set contains everything you need for your masking ritual,with mixing dish, wooden spoon, application brush and full-sized jars of both Zuki Zuki Organic Face Scrub and Clay Day Clay Face Mask. Both products are powdered to ensure freshness and gives you endless possibilities to personalise your mask for your skincare needs. All these lovely items come in an MDF wooden box with top opening lid which makes for a great storage solution after the festive season.

Clockface Beauty: Signature Collection Cleansing Balm°

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Clockface Beauty are among my favourite skincare brands with an award-winning range of waterless products that are luxurious and never fail to impress. I recently reviewed this gorgeous cleansing balm and have to say that it is among one of the best i’ve tried as not only does it melt away all traces of make-up and impurities from the skin but it also leaves my face feeling intensely nourished and incredibly soft.

The Cleansing Balm comes in an outer box to bring an extra layer of luxury and would make a beautiful addition to any skincare collection. The generously sized pot makes this incredibly good value for money as the concentrated formula means you only need a small amount to work it’s magic. As Cleansing is a crucial part of any skincare routine, it really will make the perfect gift to give someone special this Christmas.

Inner Senses: Face Discovery Set*

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As a brand ambassador for Inner Senses, it is no surprise that I am a huge fan of their beautiful products that are all natural, organic and are formulated to promote a sense of wellbeing as well as aid a variety of skincare concerns. The Face Discovery set contains trial sizes of all the brand’s facial products, including four facial oils and Greenhouse oil cleanser, an organic muslin cloth and a jute drawstring bag.

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Each trial sized product will last approximately 7-14 days, depending on how often you use it, and gives you a great indication of which oil is right for you. Face oils are an integral part of my own skincare routine all year around but are a great way to ensure that your skin stays nourished and protected during the cooler months. This plastic-free gift set really is a great way to try the brand for the first time, explore the use of face oils in your routine and would also make the perfect travel companion too.

Meadow Skincare: Starter Kit*

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Meadow Skincare have been one of my favourite brand discoveries this year as their waterless product range always gives great results. The Starter Kit is a fantastic introduction to the brand as the generous sizes allow you to explore each product without the full size commitment, as well as being perfect for on the go application or travelling.

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The Starter Kit contains miniatures of all their facial skincare products including a cleansing balm, gentle exfoliant, hydrating balm, overnight oil and calming face mask so your complete skincare routine is covered.

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As well as the beautiful samples, the Starter Kit also features a bamboo washcloth and spoon so you have all the accessories you’ll need for the complete skincare ritual. If requested, the set comes beautifully packaged in a Kraft gift box such as this at no extra cost or alternatively, to reduce packaging waste, will come in the outer shipping box. Meadow Skincare’s Starter Kit is a great set for all ages and as it’s formulated with sensitive skin in mind, will be perfect for even the most problematic skin during the Winter months.

Apothaka: SOS Recovery Duo*

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When it comes to body care, our hands are the most hardworking yet often the most neglected part of our body that we forget to pamper. Thankfully this gorgeous SOS Recovery Duo from Apothaka, which comes in a lovely cotton drawstring bag, has got you covered as their nail oil and hand cream will make the perfect gift this Winter.

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Apothaka’s SOS Recovery Nail and Cuticle Oil is incredible for stronger, healthier nails due to it’s nourishing formula that prevents nails and cuticles from drying out therefore stopping breakages and peeling nails in their tracks. The gorgeous hand cream has a lovely silky texture that absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave hands feeling sticky or greasy. This is the ultimate hand care package that would give someone the gift of beautiful hands and nails this Christmas – and treat the senses to the beautiful citrus scents at the same time.

Skin Alchemists: Sweet Dreams Intensive Skin Treatment°

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Last, but by no means least, is these beautiful Intensive Skin Treatments that will offer the lucky recipient a truly pampering experience this Christmas. The treatments are designed to be used as a candle for 10 minutes, then the warm wax (that never get’s too hot) can be poured onto the skin and massaged in like a body oil. The nourishing blend of cocoa and shea butter, along with maracuja oil, leaves skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth while the essential oil blend calms the mind and eases you into relaxation to aid a good night’s sleep. The hot oil is perfect for massage and can help with muscle tension and reduce anxiety, and truly promotes and encourages some well-deserved me time. The Skin Treatment pot can then be re-purposed after use and makes for a truly decadent gift for someone special this Christmas.

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I hope this gift guide has given you some gifting inspiration of your own and shown that green beauty doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective. Gifting great skincare has never been so easy with a variety of gifting options from these incredible indie brands that have a true passion and dedication for handcrafting products that truly make a difference.

Will you be gifting any of these goodies this year, or maybe treating yourself to a well deserved skincare purchase through the festive period? If you do, let me know in the comments below which gift you’re most excited about.

Take Care,

Emma @ Beauty Folio x

*Disclaimer: Thank you to the lovely brands who have agreed to be featured in my guide and to those who have kindly discounted* or gifted° some items. I have chosen and handpicked the brands and products featured myself and if any items have been gifted or discounted, it has not influenced my thoughts and opinions as everything on Beauty Folio remains #triedandtested with honest feedback on each product. I will never give a positive review on a product I don’t believe in just because it has been #gifted, and each product i’ve received free of charge will be labelled as such.

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