The Best Sustainable Beauty Gifts For This Christmas

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It’s that time of the year again; rewatching The Holiday with a hot cup of choco (and a splash of baileys, let’s be real), endless Christmas get-togethers, and furiously shopping to find that special gift that’s juuuuust right. But don’t let the stress of sourcing the perfect {gift} for your eco-conscious friends or family make things difficult. At Cult Beauty we use the power of Provenance® — an independent software solution that holds brands to their word — which means you can shop your own (or your friends’!) values confidently. From leaping bunny-approved {make up} to the latest vegan {skin care}, find the best sustainable {gifts} you need to impress your avocado-loving bestie like the true gifting pro you are. 

The best cruelty-free gifts for your pet-loving bestie

Gifting cruelty-free make up needn’t be hard, not when you’ve got Urban Decay at hand with their exclusive {Naked Ultra Violet Palette}. Perfect for any make up maven, this eye palette features the brand’s signature barely-there nudes, as well as colour-popping lilacs, mauves and lavenders; which means you can gift spellbinding looks without the guilt.  

Know a fragrance-ophile who is also eco-conscious? How about gifting the beauty world’s first socially conscious luxury fragrance by Sana Jardin? Introducing the sublimely floral Eau de Parfum {Jaipur Chant}, an embodiment of fabulous florals and feminine notes laced with Moroccan jasmine, narcisse and musk. Not only is the gorgeous scent leaping-bunny approved, but the brand advocates the economic empowerment of women through ‘The Beyond Sustainability Movement’, starting with helping female flower harvesters in Morocco to ‘upcycle’ their floral waste and ending with the wearer using fewer spritzes for a longer-lasting fragrance. 

Or what about high-quality, wild-foraged, natural skin care? {Furtuna Skin Rituale Luminoso Transformation Travel Set} unites a trio of hardworking essentials brimming with organic botanicals to swiftly restore lost luminosity to dull and fatigued complexions, all while delivering 100% protection against free radical damage. Not only are these products leaping-bunny approved, but also EWG verified (meaning we know exactly where their ingredients come from) and Good Face Product approved (meaning they don’t contain any no-no ingredients from the Good Face Index Forbidden Toxins List.) 


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The best recyclable gifts for your zero-waste work wife

What about gifting products from brands that are conscious of their environmental impact and develop ways to lessen their use of plastics? Well, we have a selection of perfect products that your re-use/recycle friends will love. Let’s start with shampoo and conditioners. Gone are the days of re-buying a bottle of your most precious, frizz fighting, volume-giving shampoos and conditioners. Now, thanks to forward-thinking brands such as OUAI and Larry King, you can repurchase a well-loved product in recyclable pouches, and refill your bottles. OUAI’s fabulous selection of shampoos, conditioners and body washes cater to those with {fine hair}, curly or {thick hair} – or opt for their cult classic {Detox Shampoo}. They even have refills of the gorgeous {Hand Wash} and {Hand Lotion}. 

Larry King hair care is another brand committed to making products with their environmental impact at the forefront. Their shampoo and conditioner refills are housed in aluminium that’s 100% recyclable. Plus all of their other products come in FSC certified cardboard cartons or glass. For every Wash Cycle Bottle (300ml shampoo and conditioner) the brand also donates a % to planting trees with OneTreePlanted! If that doesn’t make you feel good about buying your next hair hero from these brands, we don’t know what will. 

Or, How about gifting something that will last a lifetime? {Refillable Fine Leather Lipstick Cases} from La Bouche Rouge Paris are a statement against single-use packaging and waste. Set to become an heirloom for you, your friends and your family – housing lipstick after lipstick after lipstick -these bullet cases are crafted without plastic and entirely recyclable. Made from the very last metres of existing leather offcuts from the prestigious Tanneries du Puy in France, these little luxuries are made to last a lifetime. Available in Red, Blue, Pink, Camel, Chocolate, Beige and Black (made from upcycled vegan leather), you’ll want to cherish this luxe case for ever and ever.

The best vegan-friendly presents for an avocado addict 

Finding vegan-friendly beauty products has become more and more available as veganism has taken the forefront of modern-day life. Whether you’re looking for effective vegan skin care or hair care, we’ve curated the best gifts for your vegan besties.  Let’s start with an effective whitening system to achieve perfectly pearly whites. A brand determined to minimising the detrimental contribution of dental care products to landfil, {Spotlight’s Oral Care Teeth Whitening System} could be the perfect gift to achieve and maintain a gorgeously dazzling smile. Included in the system is the 14-day course of teeth-whitening strips harnessing hydrogen peroxide to gently but thoroughly minimise staining, and the Toothpaste for Whitening that aids stain removal, polishes your teeth and eliminates cavity-causing bacteria. This powerful duo is not only vegan, but the toothpaste is also completely recyclable. 

Or what about gifting skin care created by the scientists behind the world’s first creation of a plant-based replica of EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor)? This powerful range helps to supplement your body’s own natural EGF supply and encourages healthy, supple and luminous skin. {BIOEFFECT 30 Day Treatment 3 x 5ml } is the brand’s most potent formula of three growth factors that work in harmony to target the two decisive layers of your skin. The Epidermal Growth Factor works to kick collagen and elastin production into gear, The Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF) encourages increased density and reduces the depth of wrinkles and fine lines, while Interleukin 1A (IL-1a) helps to boost elasticity to achieve that bouncy finish that’s associated with supple, youthful skin. 

{Briogeo Vegan Boar Bristle Brush} is another fabulous vegan-friendly gift option. It’s a boar bristle brush, without the boar bristles. Paving the way to a high-shine (less frizzy!) finish, this super brush is perfect for detangling straight, wavy, curly or coiled hair. The bristles in this frizz-fighting wonder feature ballpoint tips to gently massage the scalp – stimulating bloodflow to invigorate your roots, all while gliding through every strand to separate while minimising ‘ouches’. 

And finally, why not gift a cult classic fragrance from the scent maveric Jo Malone, with {Jo Loves Mango Thai Lime Home and Away Set}. This vegan-friendly formula is a zesty explosion of ripe, juicy mango with fresh makrut lime and a kick of black pepper. A chic, unique scent to excite any gift receiver. 

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Rina Teslica

Rina Teslica

Copy Intern

Rina is the newest member of the copy team and has always had a passion for skin care and beauty. What started as a love for The Body Shop and their famed Born Lippy lip balms (in 'Watermelon' of course!), she is now more interested in finding products with proven effectiveness instead of broken promises. When she's not intently reading ingredient lists, you can find her immersed in multiple true crime podcasts.