It’s twelve days until Christmas, Gents, and odds are you haven’t finished (or even started) buying gifts yet. Don’t panic – if your better half loves natural beauty products then look no further for eco inspiration. By Anthea Ayache
Are you scrambling to find beauty-inspired Christmas stocking fillers for your loved one? Confused by the mass of products scattered across her dressing table and bathroom cabinet? Fear no more, there’s an eco-revolution taking place in the beauty world, and, with a huge growing fan base right here in the UAE, it’s never been easier to pick up non-toxic, cruelty-free products that look and feel gorgeous.
We’ve pulled together our favourite 12 natural beauty crowd-pleasers for under the tree or Christmas stocking fillers to suit all budgets. Thank us later!
The Ethical Silk Company’s Pure Mulberry Silk Pillowcases – AED 195
These eco-friendly silk pillowcases have huge benefits for both skin and hair. An age-old natural beauty secret, silk is renowned for preventing hair breakage and encouraging a natural moisture balance on skin. All items in The Ethical Silk Company range are handcrafted using eco-friendly mulberry silk that sees the fibre extracted only after the worm has emerged from its cocoon.
Available from: https://www.theethicalsilkco.com
Art de Parfum Excentrique Moi Fragrance – AED 550
All Art de Parfum fragrances are 100 percent cruelty-free, environmentally-friendly, and free of materials that add to third world exploitation. They also happen to smell great too! We love the deep floral scent of flowers, patchouli and tea that makes up Excentrique Moi. Choose from five fragrances including Sea Foam, Sensual Oud and Signature Wild. Perhaps a tad expensive for a Christmas stocking filler but a definite winner for under the tree!
Available from: https://artdeparfum.com/
SensAsia Elemis Spa Treatment – From AED250
After all the craziness of the last few weeks and run up to the festive season, why not treat your loved one to some spa time? Festive gift vouchers and e-gifts can be purchased for all treatments on the Urban Spa menu, including their Elemis range. The popular British beauty brand is natural, organic and botanical. Oh, and for every AED495 spent on SensAsia’s festive gift vouchers you’ll get an AED100 reward card thrown in!
For more info visit www.sensasiaspas.com
Sam’s Secrets Jade Facial Massager – AED 150
Jade facial rollers have been used for centuries as a natural anti-ageing tool and they’re gaining a lot of popularity again – that means bonus points to you for being ahead of the curve! A simple beauty tool, the roller visibly improves the appearance of skin and promotes lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness, whilst the cooling effect helps to close pores. Each jade roller is individually carved using ethical jade crystal.
Available at www.samssecrets.com.
Herbal Essentials Aloe Vera & Honey Under Eye Gel – AED325
This premium, oil-free eye gel from award winning UAE beauty brand Herbal Essentials, is formulated with moisture-enhancing Hyaluronic Acid and enriched with Aloe Vera Leaf Juice for an added boost of hydration. All of the skincare range from this much-loved brand contain pure Himalayan Spring Water packed full of macro minerals, which benefit the skin. As for eco-credentials, they are all-natural, paraffin and paraben free with the PETA’s ‘Beauty Without Bunnies’ stamp of approval.
Available at www.herbal-essentials.com
Cocolux Candle Sol Collection – from AED120
Scented with zesty citrus and bright florals, the Sol Collection is inspired by jasmine and reminiscent of a cool sea breeze. If your other half has had a crazy end of the year, this could be the perfect relaxing gift to help her unwind. Kind to the planet, these magnificently scented candles are made from coconut wax so free from the toxins released by soy, palm and paraffin wax.
Available from Namshi, John Lewis, Sivvi and The Above Normal at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Shiffa Luxury Gold Body Oil – AED 250
Nothing says Merry Christmas like the gift of gold. But, if the real deal isn’t quite within budget, this should get her smiling. This luxury blend of essential oils (jasmine, lemon, orange and Argan) infused with real gold pieces gives a purifying, cleansing, softening and anti-ageing effect. You’ll also be supporting local as Shiffa is a home-grown natural beauty brand. Pop this in her Christmas stocking to tell her how much you care about her – and the planet!
Available at UAE online natural beauty retailer Balmessence
Organic Glow Beauty Lounge Vouchers – AED variable
Grab some gift vouchers for beauty treatments at this wholly organic, cruelty free, non-toxic salon for your darling eco-warrior. You can choose from chemical- free mani-pedis, natural hair conditioning masks, freshly blended body scrubs, ammonia-free hair colouring or all-natural fruit facials. And you’ll know she’s in safe hands – this is the first and only eco salon in the UAE and has been growing its client list since it opened eight years ago!
See the full menu and book online here
Living Nature Summer Bronze Pressed Powder – AED206
It may be winter but there’s no excuse for pasty-pale skin. If she’s been too rushed off her feet for a natural sun-kissed complexion these last few months, gift her this Summer Bronze Pressed Powder from New Zealand brand, Living Nature, so she can get the look before Christmas lunch. It’s certified natural, fragrance-free and suitable for all skin types.
Available UAE online natural beauty retailer Balmessence
Less is More Neem Scalp Relieve Collection – AED 198
This nifty travel pack is great for any eco fun-loving girl who wants to keep her locks healthy on-the-go. Less is More is certified organic and uses natural ingredients to help relieve any scalp issues. The set contains Neem scalp relieve Shampoo 30ml, Neem Scalp Relieve Conditioner 30ml, Herbal tonic 30ml and Azur -Hairbrush.
Available UAE online natural beauty retailer Balmessence
The Organic Pharmacy Cellular Protection Sun Cream SPF30 – AED245
It may be winter but that doesn’t mean much to us in the UAE. If your princess is a sun worshipper, then a natural sunblock could be an ideal Christmas stocking filler. This sun protection cream contains micronised minerals that protect the skin against UVA/UVB rays as well as being packed full of active ingredients which prevent premature ageing and sun damage. It is also infused with potent ingredients like Rose Hip, Shea Butter, Calendula and Aloe to nourish the skin and keep it hydrated all day.
Available at Harvey Nichols, Dubai, and Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre.
Kate Spade Santa Thermal Mug – AED 100
Now we know this isn’t anything to do with beauty – although a good pick me up of coffee in the morning does do wonders for dull, tired eyes! But, we just love this quirky and super festive Kate Spade Christmas coffee cup so much, we had to slip it in. Pop it in her Christmas stocking and watch as she does wonders for the environment…yes, she’ll love it so much she’ll never use a disposable cup again!
Available at Kate Spade stores nationwide