2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I am thrilled to share with you my spectacular gift guide full of products for anyone and everyone on your list! Whether you’re looking for amazing skincare, delicious snacks or even something for the dog, check out this guide to create the ultimate vegan and cruelty-free holiday season for you and your family!!!

Food & Snacks

Instead of “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, try out these snacks (no fire needed)! They’re healthy, delicious, and sure to please everyone’s taste buds!

Organic Living SuperFoods offers unique and flavorful snacks that you would never guess were healthy! Their Dark Chocolate Coconut Chunks, Cinnamon Pecans and Coconut Fig Superfood Squares incorporate traditional holiday flavors that everyone loves but in guilt-free, good-for-you snacks! Their Supergreen Smoothie Mix amps up your smoothies and their Pomegranate Acai Matcha Antioxi-T Blend will be a hit with tea lovers! Read my full review of the products above!

You also must try their different flavors of sprouted nuts… I’m talkin’ Pizzalmonds, Buffalo Almonds and Ranch Cashews, and Salt & Vinegar Almonds (read my review here)!  They also just launched their brand new rewards program that will let you earn points that can be redeemed for coupons and discounts!

The holidays aren’t really the holiday without cookies! Thankfully, Maxine’s Heavenly makes these vegan Pumpkin Pecan Spice cookies that everyone will love! They’re gluten-free, soy free, and absolutely delicious! Check out my review of these cookies and their other fantastic flavors! They’re better than homemade and perfect for hostess gifts and stocking stuffers!

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Oganikk Artisanal Spinach Chips are healthy, handmade spinach chips that are everything you want in a snack, without all of the bad stuff! They’re bursting with flavor and packed with nutrients! The Cheezy Paprika flavor is my personal favorite… check out my review of these incredible snacks here. Who wouldn’t love some tasty snacks for the holidays?

Bath & Body Products

“Baby, its cold outside…’ so enjoy these fabulous soaps, bath bombs, bath soaks and shower gels in a steamy hot shower or bubble bath!

Not Soap, Radio specializes in creating products that are fun colors, have funky names, and fabulous, oh-my-goodness-I-smell-amazing scents! The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower is sweet, fruity, and refreshing! You, or whichever lucky person gets this on your shopping list, will definitely exit the shower or bath feeling re-energized and renewed!

This Peace, Joy & Sanity gift set comes with 3-bubbles for bath/shower and 3- hand/body lotions so it is the perfect way to try out the products! They come packaged in small travel-friendly bottles and truly smell amazing! Read my full review of this gift set and The Phoenix Bubbles for bath/shower, here. I also am a huge fan of their fragrance for hair/body… read more here! They have TONS of gift sets available now so head on over to their website!

If you’ve been on social media sometime between 2015 and now, you are probably aware that bath bombs have taken over! I’ve had the opportunity to try out quite a few and I highly recommend the fabulous bath bombs from Soul Shine Cosmetics! The Warm Vanilla Sugar and Green Tea Bath Bombs are the perfect way to relax and forget about all of the stress that can come along with the season!

I must also recommend the Cinnamon Apple Pie Lip Scrub that really smells and tastes like apple pie! This moisturizing sugar scrub gently exfoliates to reveal a perfect pout that is ready to get kissed under the mistletoe! Read my full review of these products, including the adorable Owl Soy Candle pictured above, here!

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Keep with the spirit of giving this holiday season with Soapbox Soaps! This fantastic company donates bar soaps to people in need with every purchase! How amazing is that?! These hand soaps leave your hands feeling clean, soft, and smelling absolutely divine! They make a perfect hostess gift and the bar soaps are perfect stocking stuffers! Read more about the products above, here! Click here to read my previous review of their wonderful hair care and soap products.

Not sure what to get the person that has everything? How about Moon Luv Vegan Skin Care’s unique and luxurious Hibiscus Coconut Monoi Bath Soak? This bath soak is infused with Rose Quartz, the stone of love and beauty. Tahitian gardenias and hibiscus blossom-infused dead sea salts exfoliate your skin and make you feel like you’re at tropical spa! Read my full review!

Hair Care

If you know someone that likes to go “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, make sure their hair looks good while you do it!

Do you know someone with curly locks and want to give the gift of good hair? Look no further than Evolvh Luxury Hair Care!  The SmartCurl Hydrating Wash and Conditioner, paired with their SmartStart Leave-in Conditioner will absolutely make this the best holiday ever for that curly-headed person on your shopping list! Click here for my full review! Know someone that needs a little volume in their life? Check out my review of Evolvh’s fabulous Volume Collection! Use code “Holiday20” to get 20% off on Black Friday (and Saturday)! Also, check out “The Love Your Hair Collection”, thier exclusive Cyber Monday gift set!

If you’re looking for environmentally-friendly haircare, Plaine Products has a new, innovative way to help the environment while making you feel like you’re at a spa! Their high-quality shampoo and conditioner come packaged in recycled aluminum bottles that you return to the company when they’re empty! The bottles are then reused to cut down on plastic waste that ends up polluting our environment! Read my full review here.

Clothing & Accessories

It’s the holidays but who says you can only “Deck the Halls“? Now is the perfect time to get all decked out in vegan-themed apparel!

You can’t go wrong with the cute designs from Vegan Police Shop! Their “Ferocious Vegan” t-shirt was the first vegan t-shirt I ever bought, and is still a favorite to this day! Check out my review of these adorable buttons, tote, and lunch bag! Why not pick up some cute accessories that show off your love of animals and the planet?

Jewels by SJB creates unique, hand-made jewelry that spreads the vegan message! Go ahead and pick up something sparkly for yourself, your girlfriend or just about anybody on your list! There are tons of items to chose from, so head on over to their shop to check ’em out!  Best of all, a portion of each purchase is donated to help animals in need! Read more about this fanatic company and their products in my full review!

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Calling all eco-conscious fashionistas! Corkor creates sustainable and fashionable bags from cork! This Cork Clutch easily transitions from an over-the-shoulder or crossbody bag during the day, to a cute and classy clutch for a night out! Check out my full review of this fabulous bag, here!

Skin Care

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snowbut don’t forget to take care of your skin! Without a doubt, there is someone on your list that would love some natural and cruelty-free skincare!

Jivana’s Pitta Balancing Treatment Oil is perfect for sensitive and reactive skin! This really hydrates and reduces redness and is as natural as can be! There’s a formulation to make everyone’s skin merry and bright! Check out my full review!

Give them a bottle of Leven RoseRosehip Night Serum and you’re sure to make them smile! It smells like lavender and contains rosehip seed oil to help keep your skin looking smooth, young, and healthy! Read my full review!

Looking for something that will fight breakouts and clarify the skin? Zglow Skincare’s Clearing Mud Mask is a powerful skin treatment that draws out bacteria and impurities to clear the skin naturally. It also is an amazing spot treatment! Click here for my full review of this face mask and more!

Men’s Skin and Beard Oil

Pick up some high quality skin care products for your man’s beard! “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”… and little elf told me this is how he keeps his beard looking so nice!

Makes Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is the perfect gift for the manliest-manly man on your list! The Burly Scrub is a rough and tough body scrub that’s perfect for exfoliating away all of those dead skin cells. The Burly Balm is a moisturizer specifically made for guys that need some help in the dry skin department, and the Burly Hair And Beard Oil will get even the scraggliest beards into shape! Check out my full review of the Burly Men’s Line here, and read my previous review of their body butter and body scrub!

Candles

“All is calm, all is bright” when you light up these fragrant and long-lasting candles! Best of all, they’re named after movies and books!

Firefly Candle Company creates soy candles with fantastic, seasonal scents that truly enhance the holiday spirit! Their vegan “You Know Nothing, Jon Snow” candle smells of men’s cologne what we all would imagine the beautiful Jon Snow of Game of Thrones to smell like! You may not be able to give Jon Snow to your family or friends, but at least their house can smell like him!

Wizards Ball is another vegan candle that really epitomizes the scents of the season. It has notes of  christmas trees, snow, mistletoe, spiced cider and roasting chestnuts… not even the biggest Scrooge couldn’t resist this scent! Read my full review of these oh-so-nice candles!

Subscription Boxes

We look forward to the holidays all year long and sing “Joy to the World” when they’re finally here! With a subscription box, you can give a gift that keeps on giving year round!

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The All Around Vegan Box subscription box includes snacks, lifestyle and activism products. This is the perfect gift for snack lovers, animal rights activists, and vegans new and old! Use code “TREASURE10” for 10% off! Read my full review for the details!

Don’t Forget about the Dog!

These treats are sure to have Scruffy Barkin’ Around the Christmas Tree!

Your furbaby will absolutely love these plant-based treats from V-Dog! My dogs can’t get enough of the Wiggle Biscuits and absolutely adore the Breathbones which actually helped with their doggy breath! Want to switch your dog to an all vegan diet? Read my thoughts about V-Dog’s Kinder Kibble and Breathbones here and my thoughts on their incredibly cute Wiggle Biscuits! Make sure you pick something up for Scruffy!

Thank you to all of my readers and to all of the fantastic companies that participated in my 2017 Vegan Holiday Gift Guide ! 

Happy Holidays!

Selfish Care – Nourishing Beauty Balm and Beauty Oil Reviews

Company: Selfish Care

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Product: Nourishing Beauty Balm (1 ounce/30 ml) $60.00 USD

Review: There’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself! Being a little selfish is a great thing. Loving yourself enough to take care of your skin and wellbeing is necessary to feel confident, valued, and empowered.

I love the message behind Selfish care and am thrilled to share their Nourishing Beauty Balm with you! This balm is full of fabulous ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, and jojoba oil to deeply moisturize, soften, and protect the skin.

It also includes Cranberry seed oil, which is enriched with fatty acids and antioxidants to improve inflamed, aging skin. Nettle Oil improves skin’s texture, while Coffee Oil helps to regenerate skin cells.Elderflower Oil tightens and brightens while Red Clover Oil gives skin a healthy dose of Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and minerals. Last but not least, Alkanet Root Oil provides astringent and antimicrobial properties to this powerhouse balm!

Ok, so now you know what’s in it… but does it work?!

I used this balm in the AM and PM immediately after cleansing my face. This balm melts right into the skin and a little bit goes a long way! This balm provided deep (and much needed) moisture to my dry/combination skin. My face was noticeably more hydrated and it generally looked healthier and more even-toned. It also helped to calm the redness in my skin. I am happy to report that it did not cause any breakouts and has left my skin looking radiant and well cared for!

I also received a sample of Selfish Care’s soon to be launched Nourishing Beauty Oil. Just like the balm, it is packed with skin loving ingredients like Coconut Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, and other essential oils. It smells sweet and delicious, and instantly hydrates the skin while giving it a gorgeous glow!

The Bottom Line

Selfish Care’s Nourishing Beauty Balm and Beauty Oil are fantastic products. They are carefully formulated with natural ingredients to give exceptional results. Of course, they are vegan and cruelty-free! I highly recommend the Nourishing Beauty Balm to anyone that is looking to care for their skin with products that are designed to address multiple skin concerns in one easy step (aging, redness, dryness, etc.). Head on over to Selfish Care’s website to read more about this balm! Show your skin a little love!

Thank you, Selfish Care, for sending me these products to review!

Olìe Biologique​ Balancing Oil Review

Company: Olìe Biologique

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Product: 001 Huile Parfaite Balancing Face Oil

(All purchases can be made through their Amazon store)

 

Review:

This facial oil is the perfect shade of yellow because it is absolutely PURE GOLD! My skin loves everything about it and I am so excited to share it with you!

Ok, so if you’ve visited my blog before, you may know that I review a lot of skincare. A LOT. Some facial oils moisturize, others help to reduce acne and bumps, while others calm redness or soften fine lines. Well, I needed all of that to get done with one oil… and I am thrilled to say that I’ve found it with Olìe Biologique’s Balancing Oil!

It is the perfect formulation of non-GMO, plant-based, and all natural cold-pressed oils. Best of all, it is certified by PETA as a cruelty-free and vegan product. Jojoba, Tamanu, Argan, and Baobab oils blend together to make this an extremely effective daily skin treatment.

Every night, I used 3-4 drops of this oil on my face. Its thin consistency allows it to work into the skin easily and it absorbs quickly. I will note that it has a light to medium herbal, almost vegetable-like scent (it is plant-based, after all), but once it is massaged into the skin, it is not noticeable.

After just one week (actually, I noticed a difference after just a few days) my skin was noticeably more radiant, moisturized, even-toned and healthy looking. The stubborn clogged pores on my forehead began to clear out, the redness in my cheeks decreased, and I had absolutely no breakouts. Although it has only been a week, I believe that the very fine lines around my mouth and eyes have also decreased.

My skin has been looking so good that I even went out a few times without makeup! The 0.17 fl. oz. size is about $15.00 USD. It is a sample size, but I think it will last at least 4-6 weeks, so the price is fantastic!

The Bottom Line

I am beyond impressed with this Balancing Oil! I am loving how my skin looks since using this, and of course, I love that it is vegan and cruelty-free!! I highly recommend this exceptional product to anyone looking for healthy, organic skincare that is effective and affordable. The sample size is the perfect way to find which formula is right for your skin type without investing too much money. All of their products are available for purchase through their Amazon store (link above). Give it a try and let me know how you like it!

Thank you, Olìe Biologique, for sending me this incredible product to review!

Cannabliss Organic – Skincare Review

Company: Cannabliss Organic

“Cannabliss Organic skincare is made with naturally rich hemp oil to provide numerous healing benefits. Our full spectrum hemp oil is grown organically in Colorado and has been shown to work wonders on dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.”

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Review: If you haven’t heard of the wonderful effects of hemp oil, where have you been? Hemp oil is known to improve “dry skin, acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, eczema, and psoriasis.” Well… sign me up!

This Starter Kit contains the Revitalizing Serum, Moisturizing Lotion, and Hemp Salve (5 ml each). All 3 products contain hemp oil. The Revitalizing Serum is a thin consistency with a light citrusy herbal scent. This serum works into the skin easily and absorbs quickly.  Along with Full Spectrum Hemp Oil, this contains fabulous, good-for-your-skin ingredients including resveratrol and vitamin C to fight free radicals and signs of aging.

The Moisturizing Serum is to be layered on after using the serum. The consistency is thin and absorbs quickly like the serum, making this pair of products perfect to use under makeup or at bedtime.  The scent is unique and absolutely delicious! It smells like a sweet vanilla creme donut and I really love it!

When used together, these products definitely hydrated my skin without causing breakouts. The redness in my cheeks was reduced and my skin feels firm and healthy.

I have to note that the Hemp Salve that comes with this set contains beeswax, but the company is working on a vegan formula which they hope will be certified vegan soon. Based on that information, I will say that this salve does an excellent job moisturizing. The consistency is that of a thick balm and has a moderately strong lavender/herbal scent. It is intended to use on very dry areas of skin, like elbows, knees, cuticles or even lips. I used this as a lip balm and it made them so soft and smooth with only one use! I will definitely purchase this once they release the vegan version.

The Bottom Line

I truly enjoy these products from Cannabliss Organic! Hemp has such amazing effects on the skin, and these products would be suitable for all skin types. They smell amazing and really bring your skin to life. I highly recommend the Revitalizing Serum and Moisturizing Lotion, and can’t wait for them to release the vegan version of the Hemp Salve!

Thank you, Cannabliss Organic, for sending me this Starter Kit to review! I’m a huge fan!

Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare Product Reviews

Company: Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare

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“Ojai Sugar Skincare is a line of artisanal body x foliants, face and lip care, and perfumed oils. We are known for quality and mindfully sourced ingredients. Our entire line is vegan friendly, cruelty “free” with zero toxins: parabens, sulfates, or water. We prepare each product in small batches to guarantee the purity and efficacy of its treatment. Unique hand-poured blends of restorative plant based ingredients with therapeutic grade essential oils inspired by the beauty and diversity of Ojai and California”

Products:

Petals Collection – Facial Waters (2 ounces $17.00 USD)

Petals Collection – Facial Oil (1 ounce $56.00 USD)

LemonGrass Body X Foliants (8 ounces $28.00 USD)

Reviews:

I was very excited to try out 2 products from Ojai Sugar’s Petals Collection! This is a long review, so if you’re curious and want a quick info, skip to The Bottom Line at the end of this post!

The Petals Collection Facial Waters is made for all skin types and is packed with powerful plant-based ingredients. Rose, chamomile, geranium, and helicrysum hydrate, balance and tone the skin while hibiscus extract plumps and tightens, aloe vera calms, and witch hazel purifies.

This toner does everything that you want and more! It certainly calms the skin, lightly hydrates, and preps the skin for serums/oils. It has a light floral scent and I only needed 2 pumps for my entire face. I used this in the AM and PM and really liked using this on days that I didn’t want to wear makeup. It gave my skin a refreshed, healthy glow.

The Petals Collection Facial Oil is made to complement the Facial Waters and is also suitable for all skin types. The ingredients list includes; Borage, Camellia Seed, Rosehip, Sea Buckthorn, Meadowfoam, Squalane (olive derivative) Vitamin E. Essential Oils: *Cistus (Rockrose), Rose, Neroli, and Rose Geranium. These ingredients are known to hydrate, nourish, calm, and brighten the skin.  It also contains a unique ingredient that I hadn’t used before called Rockrose. “Cistus/Rockrose with its warm amber notes set this blend apart with its ability to rejuvenate aging skin, reduce wrinkles, tighten loose muscles and calms inflamed and irritated skin.”

This Facial Oil has a sweet, floral fragrance. It comes packaged in a beautiful frosted glass bottle with a dropper to keep the product sanitary and to help dispense the desired amount. I used about 5 drops to cover my entire face a few minutes after using the Facial Waters. I opted to use this at as a night serum because it was slightly tacky for about an hour on my skin. This oil is thicker than other oils I have used, so you do have to work it into your skin for a minute or two. As with any facial oil, you need to massage the product into your skin to get the most benefits from the product. It doesn’t do much good to put it on and just let it sit.

I woke up to hydrated skin that looked healthy and dewy. My face is usually sensitive, dry, and somewhat problematic and after using this product it looked less red and dry. I do have to note that I experienced multiple breakouts while using this, but I have been very stressed, so I can’t say for sure what the cause is. I asked my boyfriend to try it for few days. He did not experience breakouts and said his skin wasn’t as dry or red.

The LemonGrass Body X Foliant has a bright, citrusy and slightly floral fragrance from essential oils of bergamot, geranium, and lemongrass. This sugar scrub will without a doubt perk up your senses while scrubbing away dull, dry skin. It has a whipped consistency and the sugar scrubs away dull skin without being too rough. After using this, my skin was noticeably moisturized thanks to the pumpkin seed butter, almond, coconut, and grapeseed oils! As a bonus, the essential oils fill the shower with their uplifting fragrance and leaves a subtle scent on the skin.

The Bottom Line

Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare creates products that are vegan, cruelty-free and made with fabulous, all natural ingredients including therapeutic essential oils. They are made to address dry, sensitive, mature, acne-prone skin along with rosacea and eczema.

I think the Facial Oil would be absolutely wonderful for people with sensitive or dry skin or people that want to address fine lines and firmness. In my opinion, this Facial Oil would be best for people that are not experiencing acne or frequent breakouts since the formula is quite thick. In my experience, breakouts need to be treated and also need to be able to breathe and heal.

I plan to use this facial oil in the upcoming winter months when my skin gets super dry!  I must note that the fragrance of this oil is quite strong, so if you do not enjoy floral fragrances, this would not be for you. For me, I quite liked catching hints of the scent throughout the day!

The Facial Waters contains Witch Hazel which is a natural acne fighter so I will continue to use it in my routine to clear up my skin. It’s calming and nourishing ingredients make it an excellent way to freshen up your skin or to prep it for serums and other treatments.

The LemonGrass Body X Foliant did a wonderful job softening and hydrating my skin.  Even my boyfriend, who does not enjoy or care about skin care what-so-ever, liked the clean, crisp scent. The sugar is rough enough to smooth and soften skin, but not too abrasive that you can’t use it a few times per week. I highly recommend this product and look forward to trying the other scents!

Thank you, Ojai Sugar Sustainable Skincare, for sending me these products to review!