Chryso’s Beauty Buys: Holiday Shopping Edition by Chryso D'Angelo, November 26 2014, 0 Comments

Doesn’t it seem as though the holiday season is officially in full swing as soon as you swallow your last bite of yummy Thanksgiving Day stuffing?

Lucky for you, I’ve been doing my beauty homework and I’ve come up with some fab items you can gift your friends, family members, and co-workers. So, skip the hassle of shopping around and just scroll down for safe cosmetics, natural healing remedies and green body products.

1.Christmas Comforts

Zosimos Botanicals Jute Christmas Stocking, $40

Gift someone an earthy jute Christmas stocking that they can use for many holiday seasons to come. Inside, they’ll find Orange Cinnamon Shower Gel, Vanilla Bean Body Butter, Spearmint Lip Balm and a Holiday Tea Light Set—the five candles include Snowflake, Hannukkah Gelt, Apple Cinnamon, Evergreen and Candy Cane (my fave!).

Safety:

  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Champion Status
  • The products in the stocking rank 0-1 in safety on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Database (low hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: The ZB studio reduces its carbon footprint by using 100 percent wind power and reports that it only patronizes suppliers that use sustainable harvesting practices, grow pesticide-free plants and produce Certified Organic and or natural ingredients. Some of the groups ZB studio supports include the Denali Citizens Council and Reef Check Australia. This company does not test on animals.
 ZB products are sold at EcoPlum and you can earn EcoChipz Rewards Points to donate to environmental causes.

  1. For the Kids

Kids Gnarly Whale Box Gift Set, $32.50

Your little ones will love this assortment for its amazing scents, which include Root Beer, Birthday Cake, and Cotton Candy. You’ll love the products because they are 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free. The set includes Beach Waves, Shampoo, Three Lip Balms a Soap sample, and a Detangler that took my four-year-old's hair from a knotted mess (pancake syrup in hair is never good) to unbelievably manageable.

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Is not ranked on the Skin Deep Database

Environmental responsiveness: The Gnarly Whale donates 5 percent of its profits to Earth Justice: a non-profit law organization that's dedicated to helping protect and preserve places, nature resources, wildlife, and our environment; another 5 percent goes to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a non-profit aquarium that strives to protect marine life and environment while inspiring and encouraging the human spirit through education, rehabilitation, rescue, release and more.

  1. Glam Hair Girls

Rene Furterer VOLUMEA Volumizing Gift Set, $70

Does your sis or best friend go gaga for hair products? Rene Furterer’s set is perfect for anyone who wants to add fullness and shine to hair. The volumizing shampoo is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate so it gently cleanses hair without stripping it of essential nutrients. It also includes conditioner and conditioning spray-no rinse, which masterfully detangles, making hair easier to style.

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • These products rank 3-5 out of 10 on the Skin Deep database (moderate hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: The brand uses renewable botanical sources to source its 100 percent natural active ingredients.


  1. For Teens & Tweens

Good For You Girls 3 Step Skin Care Kit, $19.99

If you know a young lady who is into beauty (and what young lady isn’t?), check out this great kit that comes in a cute zippered cosmetics pouch that she can throw in her gym bag or tote with her to the next sleepover. It includes cleanser, toner and moisturizer and the best part about it is it’s paraben-, sulfate-,phthalate-,proplene glycol-mineral oil-,silicone-,synthetic fragrance-and dye-free.

  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys full member status
  • Ranked 2-3 out of 10 in safety on the Skin Deep database (low hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: Cruelty-Free, 100% Vegan. Good For You Girls products are sold at EcoPlum and you can earn EcoChipz Rewards Points to donate to environmental causes.

  1. Take it To Go

Klorane Shine & Go Magnolia Set, $19.50

Perfect for your travel enthusiast, Klorane travel kits come in TSA-friendly packages that contain all the beauty staples for an extended vacay—shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo (which will help extend a hair style a day or two when it starts to look flat or greasy). The Magnolia set is perfect for dull hair, while the Hydrate & Go Kit is for dry hair and the Soothe & Go kit is for all hair types.

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 2-3 out of 10 in safety on the Skin Deep database (low hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: KLORANE uses only plants grown by their own farmers. As a result, the brand can ensure that sustainable farming techniques are practiced, and that each plant offers 100 percent traceability in order to guarantee purity and safety.

  1. It's a Man Thing

Jack Black The Jack Pack, $49

Perfect for the MVP on your list, this gift set has him covered from practice to playoffs. It includes Turbo Body Bar, Industrial Strength Hand Healer, Pure Clean Daily Facial Cleanser, True Volume Thickening Shampoo, and Double –Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20.

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 2-5 on the Skin Deep database (low to moderate hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: PETA Cruelty-free company, fragrance-free, colorant-free.

  1. Eyes Wide Open

It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty—Celebration Edition, $42

This limited-edition, holiday eye shadow palette contains 14 luxe anti-aging, silk-infused shadows that are all matte, but can transform into pearl shades instantly with the tap of a brush thanks to the “Transforming Ombre Radiant Ribbon” included in the palette. They can be worn wet or dry, alone or mixed together.

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 4 on the Skin Deep database (moderate hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: PETA Cruelty-free company.

Smashbox On the Rocks Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette, $29

Some shades are natural, but other colors totally pop—in a fantastic way. This is a great party palette so keep your lovable fashionista in mind. She’ll appreciate the super-blendable, velvety formula and the highly pigmented color.

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics

  • Ranked 2 out of 10 in safety on the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low hazard)



Environmental Responsiveness: No information.

  1. Skin Smoothers

Farmhouse Fresh Sugar Sugar Gift Set, $36

Adorably-packaged and complete with a wooden spoon, this set features Sweet Cream Fine Body Scrub, which is listed as one of O Magazine’s “favorite things.” It boasts a light cream scent and fine grains that you rub into your skin in circular motion to exfoliate dead cells away. Fluffy Bunny Shea Butter Hand Cream also packs an aromatic punch, plus it’s chock full of hydrating Vitamin E, jojoba and soybean oils.

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics

  • Ranked 3 on the Skin Deep database (moderate hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: PETA Cruelty-free company, fragrance-free, colorant-free.

  1. Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Intensive Moisture Therapy Kit, $19.99

Get ready to pamper someone you love with this soothing, perfecting and hydrating collection. Before bed, users can massage a dime-sized amount of hand cream into palms and warm a small amount of shea butter between their hands, then apply to feet. The set comes with gloves and socks that will trap in the moisture for an intense overnight treatment that will make skin feel smoother by morning!

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics

  • Ranked 1-2 on the Skin Deep database (low hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: Nubian Heritage believes that “what you put into your body is as important as what you put on your body, so to promote health, wellness, eco-consciousness and sustainability,” they support Homecoming Farm, a NOFA-NY LLC certified organic farm and Sophia Garden in Amityville, NY. The Shea Butter used in all Nubian Heritage products is ethically sourced from women’s co-ops in Northern Ghana. Products are not tested on animals and do not contain parabens, sulfates, phthalates, paraffin, mineral oil, petroleum, DEA or artificial fragrance or coloring.

  1. Out of Africa Shea Butter Body Kit, $36

Surprise the relative who wants it all with this great kit, available in yummy vanilla (my fave), Verbena and Lavender. It includes: bar soap, body wash, body lotion, body butter, and a shea butter tin. The non-greasy formula contains antioxidants, vitamins A, E and F and phytonutrients.

Safety:

  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 0-2 on the Skin Deep database (low hazard)

Environmental responsiveness: Why Out of Africa Shea.