Christmas Green Beauty Gift Ideas Under £15/Stocking Fillers 2016



For the final part of this year's gift ideas, I've put together my top picks for the more budget friendly green beauty gifts, priced under £15. These could also work great as smaller stocking filler style gifts. I've used products from most of these brands before and I know I would personally love to receive any of these items since they're all on my personal wish list too!

True Organic All You Need is Me mini - £9.99
I've been meaning to try this intensive moisturising cream for ages now! It's an all natural multi-purpose cream which is said to be amazing for dry, irritated skin and a great alternative to the popular mainstream 'eight hour cream'. To add to the list of pros, the packaging is made from sugarcane instead of standard plastic and the ingredients are 95% organic.

LYONSLEAF 100% Natural Body & Face GIFT SET - £12.99
It's no secret that Lyonsleaf are one of my favourite brands and I think their gift sets make an amazing gift at a great price! This particular set features minis of the Beauty Balm (reviewed here) and Body Butter (reviewed here) along with a cotton flannel and muslin cloth. A little really goes a long way with these products and you'll be impressed with their quality and effectiveness!

Pai Instant Radiance Collection - £14.00
Pai are a fantastic brand for sensitive skincare. This collection contains minis of Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil (in a rollerball tube) and Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator - ideal for giving skin that much needed glow we are often lacking throughout the winter months. At the time of writing, you can currently pick this up at Naturisimo for only £9!

JOIK White Chocolate Bath Truffles - £10.00
Many bath products you'll find on the high street are filled with less than desirable ingredients. These bath truffles are 100% natural and made with simple, moisturising ingredients. Cocoa butter gives this one the chocolate scent, but JOIK also make bath truffles in other variations such as lavender or citrus, so you're covered for various scent preferences.

Content Beauty & Wellbeing Gift Card - £10.00
We all know someone who is fussy or indecisive, so a gift card can be the perfect solution to give them the chance to browse online and choose exactly what they want! One of my favourite places to shop is Content Beauty & Wellbeing, where you can buy digital gift cards starting from £10, or another great choice is a voucher from Naturisimo.

Konjac Mini ChRistmas Rudolph Sponge - £6.99
How cute is this mini konjac sponge with Rudolph packaging?! Pretty darn cute I'd say! This particular sponge is made with red clay for dry and sensitive skin, or you can choose the Blitzen sponge which is made with bamboo charcoal for teen/oily skin prone to breakouts. The perfect Christmas stocking filler!

Looking for more Christmas inspiration? Check out my green beauty gift ideas for her and for him!

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Christmas Green Beauty Gift Ideas for Him 2016



There's no doubt that green beauty for men is nowhere near as popular as it is for women, but that doesn't mean the guys in your life have to miss out on a natural beauty gift this year! I've been browsing for inspiration and hopefully this guide will give you some ideas to put under the tree this Christmas! (Check my previous blog post if you're looking for luxury green beauty gift ideas for her.)

Willow Organic Men's Wash & Soap Box - £29.00
Willow Organic have a small capsule collection of essential products for men, fragranced with organic spicy cedarwood and citrus for a masculine scent. This looks like an ideal classic shower set, containing a 2-in-1 moisturising Face & Body Wash and exfoliating Black Rice Soap. I think this would make a fail-safe gift option!

EDEN Men's perfumes - £18.00
My other half loves the fragrances from Eden Perfumes. They smell great and, unlike with conventional perfumes, we don't get headaches from the scents! I've already picked another one up for him ready for Christmas. The fragrances are vegan and made with botanical ingredients, many of which are created to smell very similar to popular "mainstream" perfumes and aftershaves - you'll be impressed with how similar they smell!

WELEDA Mens Wash Bag Gift Set - £19.95
Weleda are easily one of the leading natural brands and are always a great option for effective products. This wash bag would be great for taking away on travels and contains their Men Active Shower Gel, Shaving Cream and Moisture Cream.

ERMANA Smooth Men's Gift Set - £45.00
This gift set seems like it would be a great luxury treat for a hardworking man who likes to take care of himself! Packaged in a limited edition box, it includes Smooth Men's Facial Oil to help keep skin youthfully hydrated and Tone Muscle Balm for easing strained muscles and to help improve circulation.

John Masters Organics Collection for Men - £41
I've recommended John Masters products in the past and I still think they're one of the best options for men! This gift collection features Eucalyptus & Agave Face Wash & Shave Foam and Moisturiser & Aftershave - two products with 2-in-1 formulas to streamline the skincare routine.

GREEN PEOPLE Hydrate Men's Skin Kit - £15.95
If you know somone that's in to skincare, this could be the perfect gift for him! Green People are always a great choice and they've created this special edition gift with travel sized Grapefruit & Bamboo Microbead-free Exfoliator, Orange & Aloe Vera Face Wash and Seaweed & Green Tea Face Serum. A donation from each gift sold goes to Butterfly Conservation to protect British butterflies, moths and the environment.

Look out for budget friendly gifts and stocking filler ideas coming soon! 

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Christmas Green Beauty Gift Ideas for Her 2016



It's unusual for me to start feeling festive before December, but this year it's hit me much sooner! Each year I like to put together some green beauty Christmas gift inspiration for those of you on the lookout for ideas. As always, I'll be splitting things up into a three-part series, starting with my favourite selection of luxury gifts for her (followed by gift ideas for him and lastly budget friendly gifts/stocking fillers). With natural and organic beauty becoming ever more popular, the selection available is definitely growing so it's been tough narrowing it down to my top gift ideas!

The Nature of Beauty by Imelda Burke - £19.99
So this first item isn't technically a beauty product, but I just had to include it! Written by the founder of one of my favourite stores Content Beauty & Wellbeing, The Nature of Beauty is set to be the definitive guide to the modern world of natural beauty, organic skincare and clean cosmetics. The book is available from December 1st (I already have my copy pre-ordered!) and I think it would make a perfect gift for anyone with an interest in natural and organic beauty, and it would be particularly helpful for those who are just starting to think about making the switch.

Yarok Party Hair Selection - £59.00
Yarok are easily up there amongst my most loved haircare brands. Their products have never failed to impress me and their ingredients are fantastic (their entire line is vegan too). This selection featuring Yarok Feed Your Ends Leave-In Conditioner (reviewed here), Feed Your Style Dry Shampoo and Feed Your Shine Serum comes gift wrapped in a gloss box with gold ribbons from abeautifulworld and would make the ideal gift for someone who loves to take good care of their hair!

Little Ondine Discovery Collection - £42.50
If I had to choose just one nail polish brand to use exclusively, Little Ondine would be it! If you haven't heard of Little Ondine, they're unlike any conventional nail polish you've tried before. Their formula is water-based, completely odourless and simply peels off your nails to remove. These polishes have revolutionised the process of painting my nails - you can read more in my previous review here. This discovery collection contains 3 full sized colours, a Twin mini which combines a luxury polish made with pure silver and base/top coat, along with a dotting tool for creating nail art.

Alima Pure smoky Eye Set - £50.00
The special occasions over the festive period are always the perfect excuse for a dark smoky eye look! This set from Alima Pure contains four products inside a reusable clear makeup bag, including their Natural Definition Black Mascara, Natural Definition "Ink" Eye Pencil, Pearluster "Cypress" Eyeshadow and Luminous Shimmer "After Hours" Eyeshadow. This would make a great gift for makeup lovers!

Balm Balm Organic Facial Collection - £45.00
This Christmas gift set features all the items you need for a full facial skincare routine. It includes Balm Balm Super Light Coconut Cleanser, Witch Hazel Toner, Hibiscus Face Mask, Little Miracle Rosehip Serum and an organic cotton muslin cloth. If you're looking for a truly clean and natural brand, you really can't get much more pure than Balm Balm's 100% organic range!

ILIA Beauty Mini Lip Trio - £40.00
Anything mini when it comes to makeup always has me instantly interested, even if only for the cute factor alone! I've only tried one product from ILIA Beauty myself, but I always hear great things from other bloggers about their lip products in particular. This limited edition trio comes in a copper pouch with two Tinted Lip Conditioners in the best-selling shades Bang Bang (red) and Nobody's Baby (nude) and Femme Fatale Lipstick.

Look out for natural/organic gift ideas for the men in your life, coming soon! 

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Christmas Green Beauty Swap 2016



Around mid-November with the colder weather and shorter days is when it starts to feel like the end of the year is fast approaching, which also means it's about time to organise the 4th annual Christmas Green Beauty Swap! For those of you who are new here, the idea is to exchange gifts with other green/natural/organic beauty lovers across the world! It's a lot of fun getting to know new friends who share similar interests and, of course, giving and receiving gifts to open on Christmas Day too! If you'd like to take part in this year's Christmas swap, just read through all the info below and email me with the following details to sign up...

HOW IT WORKS:
  1. Send me an email at ria@naturiabeauty.com with the subject "Christmas Green Beauty Swap 2016" to say you'd like to take part, along with:
    - Your name
    - Email
    - Blog URL (or social media handle if you don't have a blog)
    - Country of residence
    - If you'd prefer a swap within your own country or an international swap.

    (The last day to sign up is 20th November)

  2. You will be randomly paired up (using random.org) and I'll send out emails to introduce you to your partner on 21st November, after sign-up closes. From there, you'll agree on a budget and timescale for your swap and let each other know if you have any allergies or specific ingredients you prefer to avoid in your beauty products.

  3. Get shopping for green beauty gifts! Keep chatting with your swap partner and browse their blog/social media to find out their likes & dislikes so you can get them something they'll love! 

  4. Exchange shipping details and post your parcel to your swap partner - make sure you send it with enough time to arrive before Christmas. When you receive your swap parcel, put it under the tree ready to open and enjoy on Christmas Day! If you have a blog, feel free to write up a blog post about your swapping experience to share what you received and remember to use the hashtag #GreenBeautySwap on social media!
GUIDELINES:
  • Send your parcel by recorded/tracked delivery if possible. That way it can avoid parcels going missing and your swap partner will be able to track the parcel. Also, send your package before the last recommended xmas postal times to make sure your gift arrives in time for Christmas Day!
  • Make sure you package everything securely, especially if you're sending internationally. 
  • Also be sure to check what you can/can't send if posting abroad to avoid any customs issues.

P.S. If you'd like to help get more people involved, feel free to share this post on social media using the hashtag #GreenBeautySwap :)

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abeautifulbox A/W Sampler 2016



Twice a year, abeautifulworld release a beauty box containing their selection of high performance organic and natural products. You might know that I've never missed a box since they first started three years ago, so of course this A/W sampler released yesterday was no exception! I always enjoy trying out their product picks, but before opening it up this morning I couldn't resist snapping a quick photo of the smiling bag as it has become a much requested tradition!

The pink boxes are reusable which I love to use for giving gifts, and I also have an old one that I keep my nail polish collection in. As always, you get more than your money's worth with the contents. The sample products included in my box: Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner and Squalane Facial Oil (reviewed here), S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask, Yarok Feed Your Curls Defining Creme and Feed Your Moisture Shampoo, GM Reverie MILK Anti-Frizz Leave-In Nourishing Treatment, BRAD Biophotonic Ultra Elastin Sculpting Firming Cream Complex, Josh Rosebrook Nutrient Day Cream, The Body Deli Melon Peptide Creme Gel and a Birch & Brook "Library" Scented Travel Candle.

The box itself was £20, and the candle alone is worth £18 - it's not usually what you'd expect to see in a beauty box and although I would have prefered a different scent (this one is not for me as it's very woody), it won't go to waste as I think it will make a lovely gift for a friend or relative this Christmas! The full sizes from Josh Rosebrook, BRAD and The Body Deli have pretty hefty price tags (definitely outside my budget!) but it'll be interesting to sample some high-end luxury products to see how they perform. I'm most excited to try the S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask which I've been meaning to pick up for ages, as well as the Yarok and Indie Lee samples - two brands I already love.

As these boxes are limited edition, they've already sold out unfortunately, but you can follow @abw_uk on Twitter, @abeautifulworlduk on Instagram, or join the waitlist for news of future beauty boxes.

Did you manage to grab abeautifulbox before they sold out? What do you think of the contents?

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