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Your organic beauty gift guide

Head to The Oracle for the best natural and organic beauty gift sets

Whether it’s a treat for yourself or a present for someone special, a luxury beauty set will always make a welcome Christmas gift. This year, however, keep it natural – we’re talking vegan, organic and chemical-free beauty products.   Think about it! Your skin is your largest organ and absorbs much of what we put on, so treating it to pure, plant-based ingredients will enrich and feed it from the inside out. It’s better for your conscience too – products tend to avoid excess packaging, use biodegradable materials and are not tested on animals.

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Natural, organic and vegan beauty: what’s the difference?

But what makes a product natural? What is organic beauty? And how do you really know if your cleanser is cruelty-free or a body scrub is vegan? Follow these tips to help you figure it out:

1. Check the ingredients label

Any product can be labelled natural or organic even if it contains just 1% plant or organic-based ingredients. Always study the ingredients list to find out if a product is as natural or organic as it’s claiming to be. If it’s packed full of botanicals, they’ll be listed first and any synthetic ingredients will be added at the bottom.

2. Avoid these common ingredients

If you’re shopping for natural beauty: parabens, sulphates, silicones, petroleum. If you’re shopping for organic skincare: salt and clay. If you’re shopping for vegan cosmetics: glycerin, collagen, gelatin, retinol, lanolin.

3. Look for logos

The Soil Association’s COSMOS The product is organic, chemical-free and is made with at least 95% organic ingredients. The Leaping Bunny No animal testing was involved in making the product. The Vegan Society The product contains no animal extracts or animal by-products.

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Where to shop organic beauty

Now you’ve got the lowdown on all things natural, vegan and organic, we’ve rounded up the best natural beauty brands and gift sets to shop for this Christmas in The Oracle.

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An award-winning Mediterranean-inspired natural skincare brand that uses high quality, responsibly sourced natural active ingredients to create an irresistible collection of skin, body, grooming and haircare products. Our pick: Delicious Almond Collection, £49 and Invigorating Cedrat Collection, £59, both L'Occitane

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Burt’s Bees

Born in a bee-keepers backyard in America, this award-winning range of 100% natural face, bath, babycare and body luxuries offers cruelty-free and chemical-free makeup too. Our pick: Burt's Bees Baby Bee Getting Started Gift Set, £12.99, Boots

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Shea Moisture

Ethical beauty at its best! This certified organic brand uses natural, organic and sustainably produced ingredients in its skin and body care products and is one of the few brands to offer sulphate-free shampoo. Our pick: Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Shampoo, £12.99, and Conditioner, £12.99, Boots

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Boots Botanics Organic

Inspired by nature and using the best quality natural products, the world’s most effective organic plant extracts lie at the heart of every product to target your skin’s specific needs. Our picks: Botanics Organic Facial Oil 100% Organic 25ml, £11.49, and Hot Cloth Cleansing Balm 97% Organic 70ml, £8.99, both Boots