Holiday Gift Guide #1: Gifts for the Green Beauty Newbie

Gift guides are a lot like online window shopping and if there's one thing this girl on a budget loves, it's a good window shop.  This year I've put together a series of six guides - each with a specific recipient in mind - and I'm going to run one each week until mid-December.

Today's guide - as I'm sure you've already gleaned from the title - is all about gifts for someone new to green beauty.  Regardless of whether your giftee has already expressed an interest in natural products or they're the last conventional/synthetic holdout in your life, gifts for the green beauty newbie are all about making natural products fun and non-threatening.  We already know that natural doesn't just mean sweaty patchouli and here's your chance to prove it and leave them wanting more!
Deep Steep Holiday Releases
I love Deep Steep products all year, but I get extra excited for their holiday releases.  This year's collection includes relaunches of last year's Peppermint Vanilla and Sugarplum, as well as new additions of Snowflake and Sugar Candy Apple.  Deep Steep products have awesome ingredients and use only natural fragrances but they're pretty perfect for that Bath & Body Works devotee we all have on our shopping list, no?  The holiday releases don't always end up on the Deep Steep website, but they're often at Winners and T.J.Maxx, and they're also available online from iHerb and Vitacost.  

rareEARTH Candles
I featured these in one of my first gift guides and, two years later, they're still the most gorgeous candles I've found.  Completely natural, the candles are scented with only essential oils and made from clean-burning beeswax and non-GMO soy wax.  They're also colored by hand using only mineral pigments and are stunningly beautiful.  

Subscription Boxes: Beauty Heroes + Petit Vour
Subscription boxes are great way to introduce someone to a variety of new products, plus how fun is it to keep getting monthly gifts into the new year?  Petit Vour is an inexpensive vegan and cruelty free box that sends a good mix of samples, minis and full size products.  If you're feeling a little more spendy, Beauty Heroes is a more unique subscription that offers one full size item each month - deemed their "hero" product - plus a sidekick that's either another full size or a deluxe trial size.  

Lina Hanson Global Body Serum
The Global Body Serum is a beautiful body oil.  It has a light texture that smoothes on nicely to both wet and dry skin, sinks in fairly quickly and hydrates super well.  It also smells incredible - a vanilla/citrus scent reminiscent of creamsicles, but also grown up and sophisticated at the same time.  It's an indulgent product that I think almost anyone would be happy to receive.  If you're worried your newbie might not be ready for an oil moisturizer, the serum can also double as a delectable perfume or a luxurious bath oil.  

Rocky Mountain Soap Gift Sets
Rocky Mountain Soap, who has quickly become one of my favorite body care companies, has a great selection of gift sets for the holidays that will allow to show your recipient just how easy it can be to swap out the toxic contents of their shower for awesome healthier alternatives.  Pictured above are the Vanilla Ginger Cake Box and Peace and Calm Gift Set, but there are tons of other scents and arrangements to choose from.

Intelligent Nutrients Hair Products
Intelligent Nutrients makes some of my very favorite hair products.  Ingredients are amazing, almost everything is certified organic, and, perhaps most importantly, the products really work.  For the holidays they've put together a bunch of discounted sets including the two travel ones pictured above - one featuring the Harmonic line and one the PureLuxe - but depending how much you want to spend, you could certainly put together your own gift with full sizes or different products of your choice.  

I hope this is helpful if you're planning to introduce someone to green beauty this holiday season!  Make sure to check back next week for the next gift guide.

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  1. Great list I want everything! I picked up Deep Steep Snowflake in TK Maxx and it smells amazing, totally love it & I got it at reduced price so even better :D

    1. Lucky you! That's actually the one I've been most hoping to find - I remember being quite fond of The Body Shop's Snowflake scent in middle school :) I haven't been able to track any of the holiday scents down yet around here.

  2. I love seeing gifts from other countries! I feel like America has such a wider variety of green beauty products, although the UK is catching up!

    1. Maybe not quite as big of a selection, but I don't think the UK does too badly :) There have been quite a few gifts in your guides the last couple weeks that have caught my eye too!

  3. love your picks Caitie! boxes are a great way to start, IMO, and definitely the ones you mentioned are among the best! I still need to try IN products and those candles sound amazing!!

    stop by and chat ♥

    1. Thanks Tianna! I can't believe you haven't tried IN yet! They're definitely some of the best for natural hair products in my book :)