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.
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.
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.
Where to shop organic beauty
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
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
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
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