‘Organic’ has shifted from a buzzword to a part of our everyday lives; in a bid to avoid pesticides, factory farming and other nutritional nasties, more and more of us are opting to nourish our bodies with organic food, and concern about what we put onto our bodies is gaining momentum too. Organic beauty is an exciting and fast growing market, and, thanks to incentives such as The Soil Association’s ‘look for the label’ advice (more info on this at www.soilassociation.org), it’s now easier than ever to guarantee that what you’re buying is actually certified organic and not just a pretender. Here’s our pick of organic beauty buys this Christmas.
Olverum Bath Oil
Described by The Sunday Times Style Magazine as ‘bath nirvana’, Olverum is a unique and highly concentrated therapeutic bath oil which contains 10 pure essential oils, carefully blended to work in synergy. It’s great for stress relief, aids restful sleep, and is a soothing antidote to a cold – all with an aromatic, unisex scent.
From £23.50, www.olverum.com
Odylique Superfruit Concentrate
A super-strength blend of organic rosehip oil, sea buckthorn and pomegranate, this concentrate packs in five omega fatty acids, plus antioxidant vitamins and natural miracle ingredients, phytosterols, to target dry skin and all aspects of skin ageing.
Magic Organic Apothecary (MOA) Daily Cleansing Ritual
MOA’s natural, no-nasties range incorporates hero herb, yarrow – found in British hedgerows and used for centuries to heal and repair. Award winning, this skin-saving gift idea pairs natural salve, Green Balm, with a soft bamboo face cloth to give skin a balancing deep cleanse and remove excess oils and impurities.
From £17.50, www.moa.london
Hairapeutix Pre-Shampoo Treatment
A vegan-friendly, pre-shampoo treatment that’s made with natural ingredients and is free from silicones, parabens and chemicals, this treatment is designed to be used before washing and combines natural oils to revitalise, condition and restore tired hair.
Only launched this year, this drinkable gift contains 100 per cent botanical ingredients: organic wheatgrass, alfalfa, kale, nettle and dandelion leaf, plus organic seaweed, chlorella and spirulina, which all club together to help strengthen the immune system and restore pH balance. Delicious with freshly pressed juices and smoothies.
£29 (20 sachets) www.chrisjamesmindbody.com
Burt’s Bees Nature Wrapped Up
A top-to-toe beauty boost, this gorgeous gift from Mother Nature packs in shea butter hand repair cream, hardworking coconut foot cream, nourishing body lotion with milk and honey, and 100 per cent natural beeswax lip balm with vitamin E and peppermint, all in a pretty, seasonal package.
Sukin Facial Masque and Restoring Night Cream
Give the gift of intense hydration and a smooth, healthy glow with this facial masque rich in mango seed butter, avocado and olive oils, followed by a generous slathering of deeply hydrating nighttime moisturiser enriched with rose hip, evening primrose and borage oils to protect skin from harsh winter weather.
£14.95; £11.95, www.sukinorganics.com
Benecos Orange and Sea Buckthorn Christmas Gift Set
This zesty, orange-scented body care gift set includes everything you need for a refreshing Christmas, including revitalising shower gel and body lotion, and a non-greasy hand and nail cream containing a mix of seven organic plant ingredients to smooth, soothe, hydrate and nourish your hands and cuticles.
Lion Heart Omega 3 Capsules
Hailed as ‘the ultimate skin plumper’ and an ‘anti-ageing essential’, a box of Lion Heart capsules will make Christmas just that little bit happier for anyone conscious of ageing. Acting from within – like an internal moisturiser – and free from heavy metals, mercury, and pesky PCBs, they’re made up of Omega 3, an essential fatty acid that’s great for skin health.
£28.50 (120 capsules), www.barebiology.com
Soveral Male Grooming Range
Ranging from multi-vitamin liquid moisturisers, to eye-brightening serums, the new Soveral organic men’s range combines the benefits of topical vitamins and antioxidants with pure active essential oils to revive tired skin, tackle puffy eyes, and generally polish and preen from head to toe.
From £43, www.alexandersoveral.co.uk
Green People Hydrate Set
This suitably masculine beauty set contains a power-packed men’s facial exfoliator, wash and serum to naturally soothe, hydrate and recharge with the help of vitamins and plant proteins and is also scented with organic essential oils.
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hair Collection
A shampoo, conditioner, mask and detangler, each wonder product in this hair collection contains certified organic and natural ingredients to beautify manes from root to tip. Ethically sourced, organic Shea butter deeply moisturizes, Argan oil promotes shine and elasticity, and Sea Kelp provides a mineral-rich nutrition which seals and smoothes the hair cuticle.
From £10.99, www.boots.co.uk