Many women have turned to natural beauty products in order to live a more healthy, eco-friendly life. Stocking stuffers are a great way to introduce women to new natural beauty products. But which natural cosmetics and products are good? We’ve reviewed some great new natural beauty makeup and skincare items that you can give as stocking stuffers for women. (Disclosure: I received these products on a complimentary basis in order to complete my review.)
Putting a jar of Giddy Yoyo Raw Love Butter into your favourite gal’s stocking will sweeten up her (and your) life. The edible raw butter is organic, vegan and cruelty free, plus it smells like chocolate! This butter can be used all over the body as a moisturizer, and even a personal lubricant (although its oil base may cause reduced effectiveness of a condom) but I particularly like it for my dry hands, arms, and legs since it’s super buttery texture makes my skin feel like…well, butter! The product says it is good for preventing diaper rash and burn relief whether that be from the sun or oven; however, I haven’t had the opportunity to test that yet. The butter can also be used as a low SPF sun protection. Giddy Yoyo Raw Love Butter is certified organic and made from Cacao butter, Coconut Oil, Rallis Olive Oil and Raw Ground Vanilla Beans. The butter is a fairly solid consistency, but I found that it immediately softened once I applied it to my skin. Although the scent is distinctively chocolate, I found that it wasn’t overpoweringly so. You have to get within a few inches before you smell the chocolate aroma so you shouldn’t have to worry about attracting chocolate lovers at 360 degrees! Giddy Yoyo Raw Love Butter comes in two sizes: 100 ml for $17.99 and 200 ml for $24.99. Purchase Giddy Yoyo Love Butter online.
The woman in your life will thank you for putting Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths from Kaia Naturals in her stocking. Made from unbleached bamboo, these 99% natural makeup remover cloths perform double duty as facial cleansers. I love the scent of these oil cloths and how great my face smells after using them. This is due to the fact that these cloths are infused with jojoba oil, sunflower oil, organic honey, vitamin C, E and B12. Unlike traditional makeup removers, Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths do not strip your skin of its natural oils. I found that the cloths were great for removing makeup and most of my organic mascara. Plus, they are biodegradable! Plant them in your garden and water and they should disappear within 60-70 days. A box of 30 Juicy Bamboo Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil Cloths is $15.50. Order online.
Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara in Black, $19.95 is vegan, gluten free, paraben free and fragrance free. This mascara is a lengthener versus a volumizer. Make sure you keep eyelids closed after applying to let the mascara dry. After wearing Ecco Bella FlowerColor Mascara for several hours, I’m happy to report that it didn’t irritate my sensitive eyes. Although Ecco Bella Flowercolor Mascara is water-resistant, it isn’t waterproof, which makes it easy to remove with makeup removers. Purchase Ecco Bella FlowerColor Natural Mascara online or at The Big Carrot, Green Post, Natural Solutions or Peachtree Health Foods in Toronto. @eccobellabeauty
This organic pure minerals eye shadow, $11.95, from Bellaphoria has become my go-to shade for the holidays. The colour, Sing, is a medium purple, which complements most eye colours including blue, brown, and hazel/green. I wore this eye shadow out for dinner one evening and the colour stayed rich all evening and did not crease. Bellaphoria’s eye shadows are non GMO, gluten free, corn free, soy free, dye free and are not tested on animals. They also contain no chemicals, preservatives, silicone, petrolatum or liquid plastic derivatives. Purchase Bellaphoria Organic Pure Minerals Eye Shadow online.
PurelyGorgeous Moisture Rich Organic Lipstick in Cerise, $23, makes a great natural beauty stocking stuffer for women since this lipstick shade is a raspberry red that looks good on many skin tones. This lipstick applies easily to the lips and stays on for several hours. I found that it was super moisturizing due to the ingredients, which include organic jojoba seed oil, organic cocoa seed butter and organic shea butter. The organic peppermint leaf oil ensures that your lips stay soft. PurelyGorgeous Moisture Rich Organic Lipstick comes in 11 shades. Purchase PurelyGorgeous Moisture Rich Organic Lipstick online.
At the end of the year, many women are thinking about trying detoxing diets. The takesumi detox, $21, from Kaia Naturals offers a different spin on detoxing: it’s a bamboo charcoal natural deodorant that releases toxins from the body. Traditional deodorants with aluminum work by blocking sweat glands to prevent sweating. Unfortunately, aluminum also blocks toxins from releasing from the body and can cause changes in estrogen receptors in breast cells. I am currently in the process of trying the 30-day takesumi detox. For any woman concerned about improving her health, the takesumi detox deodorant would make a great stocking stuffer! takesumi detox comes in three scents: juicy bamboo (grapefruit & orange blend), lime mint and cold-pressed rose and can be purchased online.