Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Green Beauty Gifts and Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

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I have received an overwhelming number of emails from you requesting more green beauty picks, in general, but also as holiday gift ideas, and therefore I wanted to feature a few brands that are worthy of your consideration.
Gurunanda makes some of my favorite oil diffusers and essential oils, and the Kissed Exotics Collection from GuruNanda, which features five luxurious essential oil roll-ons with a wealth of aromatherapy and wellness benefits, is a wonderful gift idea.

The Set Includes:
Immortelle Kiss: Smooth, Herbaceous, Floral
Jasmine Kiss: Floral, Fruity
Neroli Kiss: Floral, Citrusy, Sweet
Rose Kiss: Floral, Sweet
Blue Chamomile: Floral, Herbaceous, Sweet

The powerful essential oils are presented in a lovely gift box, and each oil can be used for its aromatherapeutic properties, or worn as a perfume. Each of the roll-ons require no mixing, diluting or diffusing, and they are portable and ready to use. (Available for $56.99-$59.99 from Gurunanda and on www.amazon.com)
These exotic roll-ons come pre-diluted in fractionated coconut oil, so they’re ready to use! Apply your favorite exotic essential oil to your wrists, temples or bottom of your feet to enjoy the benefits. Alternatively, you can inhale the aroma directly from the bottle to experience the rejuvenating effects.
Not long ago few people were aware of oil pulling, but it has now become a rather mainstream practice. Gurunanda Oil Pulling was, "formulated with Ayurvedic knowledge to promote weight loss, better breath, healthier teeth and gums, thicker and more lustrous hair, and radiant skin."

Their pulling oil is organic, made in the U.S.A., and it "blends a precise ratio of oils to balance the 3 Humors (Dosha’s)."  It is a balanced blend of pure sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and peppermint oil.

To Use: Before eating or brushing your teeth, swish around in the mouth and spit out to "pull” bacteria and other toxins from the body. Pulling Oil has long been used to help promote weight loss, better breath, healthier teeth and gums, thicker, more lustrous hair, and radiant skin.

GURUNANDA® Pulling Oil is 100% organic, alcohol-free and contains no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors. ($14.99 for 8 oz. from Gurunanda and Amazon)
Jacq's is an all natural vegan-friendly Miami-based skin and body care line– which was founded by Barbara Jacques after she learned that she had an ovarian tumor during the first trimester of her pregnancy. Their effective products feature lovely textures, gorgeous earthy aromas and healthy ingredients.

According to Jacq's,

Barbara's desire to learn more about her growing tumor, her body and the effects of food and beauty ingredients led her to experiment in her kitchen—with the goal of creating safe products for herself and her family.

Jacq’s was not only inspired by Barbara’s experimentation, but also by her Caribbean background and world travels. Each product is composed of all natural and/or certified organic botanical ingredients that are locally grown/harvested in South Florida.

Jacq’s is a completely vegan and PETA-certified line and strives to support local businesses and minimize their carbon footprint by partnering with local farmers when possible.

($6.00-$49.00 Available from Jacq's)
Josie Maran Argan Balm (Unscented) is a wonderfully nourishing multi-purpose balm that heals dry skin. It can be used on lips, face, body and hair. Essentially use it anywhere you feel dry. I love the unscented version, but it also available in a delectable array of aromas.
According to Josie Maran,

Wherever your rough spots – calloused feet, frayed cuticles, cracked lips, or sunburn – this balm is the bomb. The healing and hydrating properties of argan oil are concentrated in solid, leak-proof form, perfect for an intense hit of moisture wherever it’s needed most and forms a protective barrier that locks in moisture and throws away the key.

Cruelty Free | Paraben Free | Sulfate Free | Phthalate Free | Synthetic Fragrance Free | Mineral Oil Free | Formaldehyde Free | PEG Free

Ingredients: Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)**, Beeswax**, Glyceryl Dibehenate**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax**, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate**, Orange Peel Wax**, Abyssinian Oil (Crambe Abyssinica) Seed Oil**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Gardenia Tahitensis (Tiare) Flower Extract**, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit**, Citrus Nobilis (Madarin Orange) Peel Extract**, Bassia Latifolia Seed (Mowrah) Butter**, Tocopherol.

($42.00 for 4.6 oz. from Josie MaranDermstore and Amazon)
Trufora is a wonderful cruelty-free, vegan brand that features healthy anti-aging skincare products with clean ingredients, but their formulations utilize cutting-edge scientific innovations and technologies, and the end result is a superior range of products that are remarkably effective, healthy and a joy to use.

According to Trufora,

The name Trufora was chosen to represent exactly what makes our products so unique – truth in formulation. There really are no other skincare products like Trufora, and our fingerprint icon represents that perfectly.

Trufora goes beyond anti-aging to achieve beautiful, healthy and balanced skin with a completely new approach to Dermatologist developed skincare designed for all skin types and all ethnicities.

Trufora uses only the highest quality, scientifically advanced, effective, safe and non-irritating ingredients at concentrations that reveal beautiful skin - quickly.

Feel the Trufora difference at the first use, and see the Trufora within the first weeks of use. Beautiful, healthy and youthful skin is achieved without irritation and without compromising your health, your social conscience or your environmental conscience. Effective, Ethical Skincare.

(Available from Trufora, Dermstore, Skinstore and Skincare RX)
ONC Natural Colors ($24.00 from ONC and Amazon) and Quinoaplex by ONC ($54.99 from ONC and Amazon): If you are seeking a healthier approach to color-treated hair, then ONC natural Colors offer you an effective dye that is free of ammonia, resorcinol, parabens, silicone and nonoxynol. It features a gentle protein based formula that is professionally developed in salons.
Furthermore, their hair colors feature a pH that is low and the color contains, "certified organic argan oil, aloe vera, orange extracts, chamomile, comfrey, coconut oil, vitamins C and E, therefore it is hair color and hair care in one bottle."

Additionally, their QUINOAPLEX by ONC can be used after and between hair color treatments to, bind, moisturize, and nourish hair with natural quinoa protein, to restore even the most damaged hair, "giving strength, protection and volume. It improves color retention. With certified organic ingredients in its formulation, QUINOAPLEX R₃ rebuilds hair damaged during chemical color or bleaching."
Renewalize Essential Oil Misting Bottle ($19.99 from Renewalize and Amazon): I recently discovered this brilliant glass misting bottle. It features a continuous fine mist instead of large squirts that deliver way too much product. You can use it as a face mist, but also for hair.

According to Renwalize,

Make dry, frizzy hair disappear with the refillable Renewalize® Oil Spray Bottle. Fill with your favorite moisturizing oils, such as Argan or Jojoba. A revolutionary new tool that dispenses just the right amount of oil without feeling heavy or thick. A highly unique, brand new product your readers will love to find out about!

• Mists oils instead of squirts (unlike traditional EO spray bottles)
• Add essential oils to create DIY serums for hair and skin.
• No clog filter.
• Large wide mouth bottle for easy pouring and cleaning.
• Dark, protective film to prevent glass from shattering and keep out harmful UV light.
• Environmentally friendly - reusable hair treatment spray bottles means less in the land fills.

SAFETY: The bottle is made of BPA Free, food safe glass for better storage and to prevent chemicals from leaching into the oils as with plastic containers. To keep sunlight from breaking down oils, a dark film has been applied to keep UV rays from penetrating the glass. This film also helps to keep the glass from shattering when dropped, for greater safety and easier cleanups. Tile bathroom floors, slippery oils and bare feet makes this a must have feature.
Surya Brasil Mail Polishes ($18.00 from Surya Brasil): If you are looking to switch to healthier nail polishes, then Surya Brasil's are 7-Free, Leaping Bunny Certifies, Cruelty-Free and Vegan. Furthermore, their formula is long-lasting and their colors are gorgeous.

Free of: Camphor, DBP, Formaldehyde, Parabens, and Toluene, animal testing and ingredients of animal origin.

Application: Apply 2- 3 coats over desired base. We recommend applying Surya Brasil 7-Free Extra-shine top coat/oil dryer over the nail polish for a longer lasting manicure.
Source Vital Apothecary Deozein Natural Deodorant ($16.95 for oz. from Source Vital): If you are seeking a natural deodorant spray, then this earthy woodsy-scented natural deodorant is worthy of your consideration. If you prefer florals to woodsy scents, this aroma may not be to your liking but I find it quite soothing and lovely. Furthermore, it is free of dangerous ingredients.

According to Sources Vital Apothecary,

This natural, aluminum zirconium, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum chloride-FREE deodorant in both liquid spray and roll-on form, is perfect for anyone looking for an alternative to conventional, chemical-heavy anti-perspirant deodorants.

All Source Vitál skin care, body care and aromatherapy products are derived from nature and hand-crafted in small batches. We fuse seaweeds, botanicals and essential oils to create the most active and effective line on the market. Our products are natural, packed in eco-friendly packaging and never tested on animals. They are free of SLS/SLES, GMOs, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colorants, pharmaceauticals, and other harsh chemicals.

Deozein DOES NOT contain:
Aluminum chlorohydrate
Aluminum zirconium
Aluminum chloride
Other harsh chemicals
Not just a cover-up, this formula eliminates body odor for both men and women. We formulate Deozein with pure essential oils, natural mineral salts and seaweed extract, to help protect skin from the bacteria that cause odor.

Key Ingredients:
Ammonium Alum – Cleansing, purifying
Brown algae (Laminaria) – Remineralizing, purifying, cleansing
Patchouli Essential Oil – Soothing, calming, earthy scent
Tea Tree & Cajeput Essential Oils – Purifying, cleansing
Lavandin Essential Oil- Soothing, light herbal scent

Overall Assessment: These products would be great stocking stuffers, but are also worth trying for the new year– particularly if you are seeking to add more green beauty products into your routine.

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  1. I'm a fan of the Gurunanda EOs and their diffusers. I am in the mood for some new oils so I need to check out their kits. There are so many more wonderful green beauty brands these days. We are indeed lucky that there are so many to choose from.

    1. I am a fan of their essential oils as well, and their diffusers get a lot of use in our household! This new set of oils is really lovely and their aromas are just amazing! There really are so many more green beauty brands available to us these days!

  2. Wonderful list for those who only use eco products. I love the Suraya Brasil polishes, they are beautiful and last wonderfully on me. I'm glad to hear the Josie Maran balm is fragrance free.

    1. Thanks, Marcia! It's noice to have so many eco choices! I agree with you about the Suraya Brasil nail polishes- they are gorgeous, wear well and are healthy!

  3. I LOVE gurunanda EOs! Especially their blends.

  4. The Argan Balm sounds like it would be perfect addition to a winter skincare routine!

    1. It is incredible, and it is most definitely a perfect addition to my winter skincare routine! I highly recommend it!

  5. So many interesting picks! I definitely want the argan balm in my life.

    1. The Argan Balm is absolutely incredible! I highly recommend it!


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