Healthy Holiday Gifts for Everyone on your List

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It’s Lauren ‘Mermaid’ McCabe here, your Free To Be Power Yoga teacher. Today I’m swinging by the blog to talk about healthy holiday gifting.

Each year, I give at least one gift to friends and family to help them live healthier, happier lives. This year, I’m giving the gift of safer beauty and personal care products to the people I love.

Did you know that some of the most common ingredients in personal care products have been linked to health issues, including cancer?

The beauty industry is vastly unregulated, and there’s inconclusive safety data about many ingredients in the products you use every day.

As a power yoga teacher, I take a million showers a day, and I want to make sure the soaps and moisturizers I’m constantly putting on my body are good for me. That’s what landed me to work with Beautycounter, a company that makes safer products for women and families.

Every single ingredient in Beautycounter’s products undergoes rigorous safety testing (never on animals), and their sourcing and production processes are ethical.

Below, I’ve included some of my top picks for safer beauty gifts for the holidays. Trust me when I say, these products are beautiful, effective AND good for you.

Follow the links below to see what I'm talking about, and if you have any questions, please let me know!

For Moms, Mother-in-Laws, and Moms-to-Be:
Shimmer & Shine Body Set: ($59) This 3 piece set includes a Citrus Mimosa Body Butter, Lemongrass Sugar Body Scrub, and Glow Oil. These three are loved by all, and I always give future moms the Body Butter since it’s filled with safer ingredients that won’t harm the little one.

For Guys:
Counterman Gift Set ($45): Everyone deserves safer products, including men. This 4 piece set includes a face exfoliator, shave cream, after shave tonic and oil-free moisturizer PLUS a dopp kit, great for travel.

For Teens:
Clean Beauty Go-To’s: ($45) This set is perfect for teens. It comes with our safer Countercontrol Face wash (which balances oily or acne-prone skin), SOS Acne Spot treatment, lip gloss, and mascara. This is what I’m giving my 13-year-old niece. Shh… don’t tell her. :-)

For Sisters or Makeup Lovers:
Illuminating Cream Highlighter: ($32): This is my top makeup seller, and if you give this, I guarantee you it will be loved. This creamy highlighter stick can be applied to cheeks and face for a natural glow. It comes in pink, pearl and bronze, and the pink 'Rose Glow' is my personal favorite.

Smaller gifts for stocking stuffers & tokens of appreciation:
Here’s a tip for smaller gifts: purchase holiday gift sets and break them up as gifts:

  • Best of Beautycounter (4-piece set): $89 I’m giving the Charcoal Mask and No. 1 Facial Oil to my sister-in-law, the Countermatch Face moisturizer as a secret Santa gift and keeping the Facial Cleansing Balm for myself for travel (it makes an amazing night treatment and sunburn salve).
  • Mini Lip Gloss Vault (10 piece set): ($89) I’m giving these mini lip glosses out as stocking stuffers for my nieces.
  • Glow & Go Mini Oils (3 piece set): ($30) These oils help balance your skin, plus each has a luxurious aroma  -- Jasmine, Citrus & Ylang Ylang. For every Glow & Go Mini Oils set you purchase this holiday, Beautycounter will donate one set to a patient undergoing cancer treatment at UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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