THE CRUELTY-FREE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE 2017

The Cruelty-Free Christmas Gift Guide 2017

I have received gifted products from all of the brands featured.

Are you looking for cruelty-free presents for your friends and family this year?

If you’re passionate about supporting natural brands — who are actively taking a stand against animal testing by ensuring that both their product and ingredients are cruelty-free — then this is for you!

I’ve rounded up some of this year’s most popular cruelty-free beauty gifts and toiletries with something special for everyone in the family and your circle of friends to enjoy!

So, will you be shopping cruelty-free this year?


YesTo

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http://www.yesto.co.uk/

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Leaping Bunny certified and available in a wide range of shops and online stores (many of them being your big household names including Boots, Superdrug, TESCO, Holland & Barratt, Amazon and ASOS) Yes To products are always made with at least 95% natural ingredients (those that come from or are made from a renewable source found in nature), are free of parabens, and packaged using recyclable materials.

They’ve created a wide range of collections based on the main natural ingredient used and their intended purpose and their product ranges cover your face, hair, body and lips.

YesTo Face Masks

Their face masks would make a great stocking filler including this Vitamin C Glow Boosting Paper Mask which aims to refine your pores and brighten your skin. For just £2.99, this single-use mask is lightweight for a comfortable feel and is made from 100% cotton.

If you’re not a fan of paper masks, their DIY Powder-To-Clay Cucumber Mask is a good alternative and is made from 99% natural ingredients making a fabulous Secret Santa present for £4.99.

Lastly, their Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment is formulated with grapefruit extract, lilac and tea tree oil (alongside a good helping of Vitamin C!) to reduce the appearance of pores and provide a radiant complexion. For £12.99, it would make an awesome gift idea or could even be a brilliant addition to a homemade ‘cruelty-free’ beauty hamper!


Kit & Kin

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https://www.kitandkin.com/

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You might have seen adverts for Kit and Kin on social media featuring Emma Bunton? Well, that’s because she’s the co-founder of this natural baby brand alongside Christopher Money, the Director of Product Development who brings over his 15 years of experience developing mother and baby products.

All of Kit and Kin’s products are clinically and dermatologically tested and they only use natural, nourishing, eco-friendly ingredients alongside sustainable materials.

Their nappies will biodegrade within 3 to 6 years instead of the hundreds of years associated with usual nappies and these, together with their wipes and skincare products for both mother and baby, are all cruelty-free with the brand being a member of PETA.

Kit & Kin Baby Bath Products

This bathtime bundle would make a wonderful present for the new parents of a young baby.

For £13.49 you’ll receive a bottle of hair & body wash together with a bottle of bubble bath — both of which have been infused with naturally nourishing plant extracts. This duo of gentle bathtime products are certified natural by The Soil Association and made without any harsh chemicals or synthetic fragrances.


Sleek

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http://www.sleekmakeup.com/uk

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I first came across Sleek whilst stocking up on new makeup in Superdrug a few years back and their eyeshadow palettes were definitely the draw! In a beautiful selection of shades, their products are highly-pigmented and a rival to some of the more high-end brands being around 75% cheaper on similar products.

None of Sleek’s products are tested on animals, including the raw materials, and the brand refuses to sell its products in China where animal-testing is required by law.

Sleek i-Divine Spirit Animal Palette

This i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette is just £8.99 for 12 shades and comes in a whopping 26 variations! The photo above shows the ‘spirit animal’ palette which is limited edition and mineral-based.

I think it’s a great mix of neutral colours with pops of blue and deep, warming reds/oranges. Both the shimmers and mattes are totally gorgeous and it’s easy to see how they can come together to create a variety of different looks!


Angela Langford

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http://www.angelalangford.com/

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If you’re wondering why Angela’s name rings a bell, you may remember her from MasterChef where she reached the final round of their 2014 show.

Angela says that ‘creating skincare products is very similar to creating recipes’ and in a bid to make her own skincare items whilst living in Spain, her venture grew from supplying her products to family and friends to the brand she’s developed today.

Just like you would only want the best ingredients in your cooking, Angela wants only the best ingredients in her skincare range and as such, the brand is strictly cruelty-free with high-quality natural ingredients (and, where possible, organic ingredients too!)

Angela Langford Rest & Regenerate Night Balm

The perfect gift for mothers up and down the land (including myself, *winks*) the Rest & Regenerate Natural Night Balm from Angela Langford is a sleeptime saviour! Simply massage a hazelnut-sized amount on to your face and neck every night and let the key ingredients get to work so you wake up to brighter, healthier and more radiant skin. Up with your little ones for half the night? Who knew!

With a whole host of natural ingredients including avocado, jojoba, argan, rosehip, evening primrose, macadamia, shea butter, pumpkin and vitamins A and E (amongst others), the balm also contains essential oils to help fight the ageing process and improve skin tone! With so many natural ingredients crammed into this ‘pot of wonder’ and a flurry of positive reviews, the £39.50 price tag is more than justified!


Earth Friendly Baby

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http://www.earthfriendlybaby.co.uk/

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Certified both natural and organic by Ecocert Greenlife, Earth Friendly Baby by Lansinoh is a fabulous ethical choice for babies and toddlers. In line with this, the brand does not support animal testing and both its products and ingredients are completely cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

Earth Friendly Baby Products

Why not make a little bundle for your baby, any expectant parents or as a thoughtful alternative to buying toys/clothes as gifts for young children?

This Soothing Chamomile Shampoo & Bodywash (around £4-£5 RRP) smells heavenly and has been dermatologically approved for baby’s sensitive skin. It’s complemented by the Soothing Chamomile Body Lotion (usually £5-6 RRP) with the chamomile flower blend being known for it’s anti-inflammatory, calming properties. Lastly, this Moisturising Shea Massage Oil (approximately £6-£7 RRP) is ideal for daily baby massage and has a lovely lavender scent to help your little one drift off to sleep.

All of the products can be bought from stores including Amazon, Boots, Mothercare, Ocado, Waitrose and TESCO.


Neal’s Yard Remedies

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https://www.nealsyardremedies.com/

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Neal’s Yard Remedies started off with a small shop in London’s Covent Garden back in 1981. The business comes with a passionate belief that beauty should be ‘natural, not synthetic’ and their products are filled with ethically-sourced, natural and organic herbs, botanicals and essential oils.

They’re certified by Cruelty-Free International, have an eco-friendly factory and only use recyclable packing, sourced in the UK (where possible) to reduce transport miles.

Neals Yard Bath Salts

These bath salts make amazing gifts whether it be for friends, family members or your Secret Santa and they’re just £15 each! They smell super relaxing and the brand have thought of everything as the wooden scoop is made from FSC® certified wood and the bag is also made from organic cotton grown without the use of pesticides!

With purifying sea salt from the coast of Brittany together with essential oils, just 2 scoops are enough for the perfect aromatherapy bath!


WooBamboo!

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http://woobamboo.com/

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Think of how many plastic toothbrushes you’ve owned? Hundreds, I expect, and so WooBamboo are here to show you their eco-friendly alternative!

Made using organically-grown moso bamboo, these toothbrushes are coated in a natural wax to keep them silky and dry. The bristles are dental-grade and recyclable whereas the bamboo handle itself is completely biodegradable!

WooBamboo Natural Toothbrushes

With a whole range for babies and kids, adults and even your furry friends, there’s something for everyone and they’re great for adding to your stockings. On Amazon, it’s around £5 for a pack of two kid’s toothbrushes, £4 for an adult toothbrush and £9 for a doggie toothbrush.

And if you’re worried about them stealing bamboo from the pandas — it’s OK. Pandas don’t eat moso bamboo so it’s all good!


XO Balm

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https://xobalm.com/

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After struggling with eczema, irritation and dryness for many years, founder Charlotte decided to use her knowledge of the beauty industry to make a balm that wouldn’t overstress her skin and wasn’t greasy and fiddly like prescription emollients.

Aside from skin, her friends and family found the balm useful for dry ends of their hair, a primer before applying make-up and for restoring skin irritated by hand-washing and sterilising when you’re a new mother (I remember this well, my hands were red raw!)

XO Balm is a multi-purpose product that comes in a handy tin for easy, on-the-go application. It has a simple formula with just four ingredients — coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil and chia seed oil — that together deliver a unique blend of hydration, protection and nourishment.

XO Balm

At just £12.50 for a 45ml tin with a mirror and spatula, XO Balm sits on the skin with a matte finish making it a practical and comfortable alternative to standard emollients and creams. With so many uses, who do you know who would benefit from a tin of goodness like this?


Dr. Bronner UK

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https://www.drbronner.co.uk/

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Founded in 1948, Dr. Bronner’s offer a range of fairtrade and organic products including soaps, lotions, lip balms, haircare and shaving gels.

The company are undertaking measures to become as close to ‘zero waste’ as they can during production and all of their products and ingredients are certified cruelty-free. Many of their products are also certified vegan.

Dr Bonner's Soap

These pure-castile soaps are fantastic ‘all-rounder’ presents with over 18 uses ranging from your face, hair and body to cleaning your dishes! They’re also made with organic oils and are certified fairtrade with a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle.

Scents include almond, peppermint, rose, lavender, baby (unscented), citrus, eucalyptus, green tea and tea tree with a variety of sizes to suit your needs. Prices start at £2.15 and go up to £49.99 dependent on what size you require and there’s currently 20% off the larger sizes!


Urban Veda

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https://www.urbanveda.com/gb/

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Aside from being cruelty-free, Urban Veda products are naturally formulated using Ayurvedic herbs, flowers and fruits, multi-vitamins, fatty acids, bio-oils and antioxidants.

Their packaging is also 100% recyclable and all of their products are vegan!

Urban Veda

The Radiance Body Ritual Travel Set is an awesome gift for your Secret Santa or anybody who is always travelling for work (or pleasure!)

For just £11.99, you’ll get the body wash, body scrub and body lotion (50ml of each) with gentle, natural formulas which promise to nourish dry and dehydrated skin.


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this today and that you’ve discovered some new cruelty-free brands!

If you’ve got any additional questions or there’s anything I’ve not covered that you’d like to ask any of the brands involved, please do let me know.

22 Comments

  1. November 19, 2017 / 11:20 PM

    I did NOT know Sleek were cruelty free – that’s amazing! These photos are stunning too Lucy, you’ve really show the products off beautifully.

  2. Angela Milnes
    November 20, 2017 / 3:25 AM

    This is a great list of non cruel products. I love the look of the woo bamboo toothbrushes!

  3. November 20, 2017 / 11:55 PM

    I got so excited when I saw this cruelty free Christmas Gift Guide pop up as I am making one too and I am passionate about promoting cruelty free products like you. I use sleek all the time and I was recently introduced to Urban Veda by TOTM which is a cruelty free period company and they gave me some samples of the Urban Veda products. I was hooked! x

  4. November 21, 2017 / 2:25 AM

    This past year, I’ve completely switched my products to those that are cruelty free. I love the YesTo products especially. They always smell great and make my skin (and hair) so pretty. x

  5. November 21, 2017 / 11:46 AM

    What a great selection. Cruelty free is really important to me too so I love this, those face masks look amazing.

  6. November 21, 2017 / 1:12 PM

    I love this! Such a good idea for a gift guide. Some brand I have not come across before either – the Kit and Kin range looks lovely for littles x

  7. November 21, 2017 / 6:10 PM

    This us a great post and you have some good products. It is good to know what is cruelty free and it is a good cause, so amazing to be aware. Thank you for sharing.

  8. November 21, 2017 / 8:41 PM

    I love Sleek. I have quite a few of their eyeshadow palettes and think they are a great brand

  9. November 21, 2017 / 10:24 PM

    Ah this is brilliant. Always on the lookout for new cruelty free brands, and a few of these I didn’t know were!

  10. Helen
    November 21, 2017 / 10:53 PM

    Everything sounds great, I love the idea of all cruelty free presents. A few of these brands I already know and love but some I’d not heard of before. I really like the sound of everything from Yes To so I’ll be checking those out now.

  11. November 22, 2017 / 9:04 AM

    I love Neal’s Yard and I didn’t realise that Sleek was a cruelty free brand.

  12. We're going on an adventure
    November 22, 2017 / 10:04 AM

    Some gorgeous picks there – some of which I didn’t even know were cruelty free! Bonus.

  13. Scandi Mummy
    November 22, 2017 / 2:22 PM

    I love the products in this guide! Especially that eye shadow palette, it’s just gorgeous.

  14. November 22, 2017 / 3:03 PM

    Love this gift guide, it’s right up in my street as I only buy natural and cruelty free products for both myself and the children. Thanks for sharing.

  15. November 22, 2017 / 4:29 PM

    I have to confess, I’ve not heard of half of these brands of products! The “Yes To” products look great though – I’d definitely purchase a few of these (though probably for myself, not gifts haha!) x

  16. November 22, 2017 / 4:38 PM

    You’ve got so many lovely ideas here. I love Neal’s Yard. I am so naive thinking that everything is cruelty free in this day and age, I need to check things properly

  17. November 22, 2017 / 8:39 PM

    Wow what an amazingly helpful list you have created. Thank you so much! While I haven’t used all of these by no means, Neal’s Yard appeals to me the most for some reason.

  18. November 23, 2017 / 12:19 AM

    What a beautiful gift guide! I actually use Dr. Bronner products quite often, but I love the look of the paper masks from YesTo!

  19. November 23, 2017 / 8:15 AM

    I love cruelty free and organic products! I’ve seen a lot of yesto products, but have never purchased one before. I need to go black friday shopping, and will def buy that one!

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