In collaboration with LoveLula
Christmas is the time for giving, but somehow picking the perfect present seems to get harder every year. The myriad of choices is overwhelming whether you are giving or receiving, and finding the right match has never been trickier. If you’re shopping for a beauty lover, our advice is to choose an eco-friendly option that will be kinder to the animals and the planet as well as the recipient. LoveLula showcases some of the world’s finest natural and organic beauty products. Brands are hand-picked and tested: only products containing the highest possible percentage of high grade, ethically sourced natural and organic ingredients are chosen. Each product must be effective, luxurious and guilt-free, and free from parabens, SLS and animal testing. LoveLula even has a dedicated vegan section, making it easy to shop without worrying about animal-derived ingredients.
From lipstick to perfume, candles to skincare, here are our top picks from LoveLula this Christmas.
PHB’s handmade lipsticks contain fair trade shea butter and jojoba oil to deeply moisturise and soften lips, plus organic rosehip oil and vitamin E to repair dryness and help keep lips looking youthful. Pure mineral pigments provide rich colour and deep texture; Mulberry is a gorgeous vibrant shade with pink and purple undertones – the perfect lip colour for the winter. It feels soft and creamy on the lips and has a subtle sheen. The colour is really buildable, allowing you to create different looks ranging from a sheer tint to a more dramatic effect. Mulberry will compliment all skintones, and the purple undertones make teeth look whiter too!
The perfect little stocking filler, this Lyonsleaf mini cleanser is a great introduction to oil cleansing and even comes with a muslin cloth. The product is designed to moisturise, cleanse, exfoliate, nourish, repair, rebalance and protect all in one. Made from 100% natural plant oils including babassu, macadamia, jojoba and sweet almond oil plus clary sage, patchouli, benzoin and rosemary essential oils, this cleanser is suitable for all skin types. The formula is thick and creamy, and melts beautifully on contact with the skin. It effortlessly removes makeup and leaves skin feeling clean, soft and smooth. The balm can also be used as a moisturiser; only a little is needed to nourish and hydrate the skin.
Balm Balm’s 100% Organic Eau de Parfums Collection contains five mini single note fragrances including sensual ylang ylang, balancing geranium, calming lavender, soothing mandarin and uplifting bergamot. Made with just pure grain alcohol and essential oils, this is the perfect gift for those looking for a natural perfume. The perfumes can be used individually or mixed and matched to create unique scents depending on your mood. The mini size means the bottles are ideal for keeping in your handbag, allowing you to dab on a little more perfume when you want to top up your scent or boost your mood.
Greenfrog’s mini neroli & lime body wash is a great stocking filler. It is made from organic soapberries, grown sustainably in the Himalayan Mountains, where they have been used for washing the whole body for centuries. Soapberries are used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat soft, sensitive and dry skin, and will leave your body clean without disturbing its delicate pH levels. This body wash is infused with high quality, antioxidant and moisturising organic aloe vera and combined with uplifting neroli and antibacterial lime. Creamier than most body washes, the gentle formula acts a deep revitalising conditioner for your skin. Although it doesn’t lather up as much as traditional products, the product is still effective in cleansing the skin whilst keeping moisture levels balanced.
PHB’s candles are made in the UK using 100% natural & ethical ingredients. They are made from soy wax instead of paraffin – a petroleum by-product – which can lead to the release of soot when burning, contributing to serious respiratory issues. Each candle is carefully blended and poured by hand, and is scented using only pure essential oils. Cedarwood, cinnamon, clove & orange combine to make this candle essential for creating a cosy atmosphere during the winter months. The candle gently scents the room without being too overpowering, but enough to help you de-stress and unwind.
Another perfect stocking filler, OKKO’s mini ‘try me size’ foot balm stick is designed to condition and soothe the feet. Organic calendula oil helps to calm and heal the skin while eucalyptus leaves feet feeling refreshed. The stick is easy to use and melts on contact with the skin, leaving your feet soft and smooth without feeling greasy. The aroma of rosemary and eucalyptus helps you to feel de-stressed yet energised. For an extra conditioning overnight treatment, the balm can be massaged into feet and covered with cotton socks.
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