Chryso’s Eco-Friendly Beauty Buys: Holiday Shopping Edition by Chryso D'Angelo, November 18 2015, 0 Comments

It's that time of year again! (Lean in, and don't hate)...I actually got a jump start on my holiday shopping. In fact, I may be done before Thanksgiving!

I'm not trying to boast...but I can't help it. I have never accomplished this in my life. In fact, I've always rolled my eyes at people who were tying their last bow just hours before stuffing their turkeys. But this year, I may be one of them—and it feels so good!

It means that, in addition to finding wonderful gifts for my loved ones (I can't wait to see their smiles!), I'll have more time to enjoy the other comforts of the season with my two little girls and husband. I look forward to baking cookies, making a homemade wreath for our door and cuddling up with some hot chocolate.

I can't wait to share the fab items I've found with you. They're great gifts for friends, family members and co-workers. Whether you're just getting started (unlike me) or finishing up your holiday shopping (yup, that would be ME!), this list of eco-friendly, safe cosmetics and body products may be just what you need. They'll make you feel so good about giving—and your loved ones will feel so great about receiving!

Just scroll down for safe cosmetics, natural healing remedies and green body products to gift. Then, sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of the season!


Zosimos – Vegan Minigloss Set, $60

If you’ve got a lip gloss lover on your shopping list, she’ll be in seventh heaven with this set of 14 vegan shades, including Black Cherry, Burgundy, Camellia, Cinnamon, Clear, Cocoa, Dahlia, Earthtone, Garnet, Goldenrod, Mauve, Mulberry, Peachfuzz and Redbud. They are perfect for traveling or storing in your clutch for a fun night out. While supplies last, they arrive in a reusable, lined cosmetic bag made of eco-conscious jute fiber featuring a zipper closure.


• Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Champion Status.
• Ranked 2-3 out of 10 in safety on the 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.


Earth Lab Cosmetics Vegan Lip Stix Mineral Pencil, $18


Whether she’s prepping for a day at work or primping for a night out, she’ll love these organic, vegan, and gluten free lip pencil “STIX.” They glide on soft and smooth, with little smudging. Bonus: they are the perfect tool for creating the "ombre lip" look trending right now. 


  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Has not been ranked on the Compact for Safe Cosmetics

Environmental responsiveness: No animal testing, by-products, parabens, toxic chemicals, bismuth oxycholoride or preservatives.


Good For You Girls 3 Step Skin Care Kit, $18



What teen (or anyone for that matter!) doesn't want to show off a clean, fresh face? 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! Sets available for normal and oily skin.


  • 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.



Ferro Cosmetics Eye Shadow, $15.30

These pure mineral pigments are naturally waterproof, smudgeproof and smearproof, plus you’ll shimmer like a star! Office faves include Champagne, a gorgeous neutral that never creases, coupled with Dirt, a mixture of rich and sultry browns in cool undertones—use it as a liner!


  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Champion Status
  • These products are not ranked by on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.

Environmental responsiveness: When creator Krissy Ferro began making her natural makeup products, she says she checked the safety of each ingredient she intended to use on Skin Deep’s Campaign for Safe Cosmetics database. Ferro’s products are, therefore, paraben-free, chemical-free and cruelty-free.



Elemental Herbs All Good Skin Care Kit, $44

Gifting an adventurous couple this year? Women and men alike can share (or fight over!) the amazing products in this lovely kit. Coconut Body Lotion repairs dry skin with organic botanicals; Tinted Lip Balm Pacific Mist with SPF 18 has a very light white hue and will protect any smacker from the elements; Zinc Sunscreen SPF33 is made of the safest sun protection ingredient—pure non-nano zinc oxide; Herbal Freeze Sore Muscle Spray provides pain relief for sore muscles and achy joints--it goes on cool and warms up fast, ooh-la-la!


  • Has signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and enjoys Champion Status
  • All Good Zinc Sunscreen SPF33 is ranked 1 out of 10 in safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low hazard); Coconut Body Lotion and Herbal Freeze Sore Muscle Spray are not ranked.


Jack Black About Face Set, $75

This is the perfect kit for a man who wants to put his best face forward! Featuring three of the brand’s most popular products, the trio exfoliates with Face Buff Energizing Scrub, conditions with Beard Lube Conditioning Shave (this is, hands down, my hubbie’s favorite product!), and moisturizes with Double-Duty Face Moisturizer, SPF 20.


  • Has not signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics
  • Ranked 3-5 out of 10 in safety on the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (low to moderate hazard)

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