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!

Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s “Burly Men’s Line” – Products for Manly Men That Want to Look Good But Don’t Want to Look Like They’re Trying Too Hard In Front of the Bros

Company: Make Scents Natural Spa Line

Products:

Burly Buff

Burly Balm

Burly Beard and Hair Oil

Reviews:

Are you a manly man? You know… the type of guy that goes out into the woods to build fires, shotgun beers and howl at the moon? Or maybe you’re not into building fires but you slave away behind a computer to build websites? Whatever type of manly man you are, Make Scents Natural Spa Line’s Burly Men’s Line is for you!

You work hard all day, and maybe your skin needs a little help… give Burly Buff a try! It’s a sugar scrub jam packed with good for your skin ingredients like orange, cedar wood, peppermint and tea tree! Slather this on your super manly skin, rub it in circular motions, and rinse… that’s all you have to do for smooth, soft skin! Your bros will wonder how you look so damn good and your partner will love the refreshing, masculine scent!

Listen… you’re a guy and your skin gets dry. You may not want to use flower-scented body lotion, but trust me, you gotta use something or you’re just not looking your best! Burly Balm is a thick body butter that will moisturize your skin and make you smell like million bucks! Its full of cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil, along with orange, cedar wood, and tea tree to make you smell like the classy, lumberjack that you are. Peppermint will even help soothe those muscles your wore out while chopping wood, or changing the toner in the office’s printer, or whatever manly things you do all day.

For the burliest of burly men, you gotta try the Burly Beard & Hair Oil. Sorry dudes, dry hair just doesn’t look good. Either do crazy, scraggly beards. Get a product that will fix it all in one easy step! This beard and hair oil is made with “invigorating peppermint oil, calming orange peel oil, soothing cedarwood oil, and healing tea tree oil.” It will make your hair and beard softer, more manageable, and smelling freakin’ amazing! All you need is a few drops and about 20 seconds, and you’ll be looking good as hell! (People will notice, I guarantee it!)

The Bottom Line

You want to look good… you just don’t want to look like you spent a few hours in the bathroom getting ready. You have a lot of testosterone and a lot of work to do, and you just can’t be bothered with skin or hair care. For you, my friend, I highly recommend the Burly Men’s Line. Take a few minutes in the shower to scrub off all of the day’s nastiness with the Burly Scrub. Take another minute or two and hydrate your skin with the Burly Balm… your skin shouldn’t feel like sandpaper no matter how much you like building $#%t. Take 20 more seconds and rub in some of the Burly Beard and Hair Oil… and you’re seriously looking and smelling good!

If you’re a reading this and have a certain guy in mind that desperately needs to start taking better care of himself when it comes to his skin and hair, but doesn’t want to be bothered with overly-feminine or unnecessarily complicated routines, give the Burly Men’s Line a try! It’s vegan, cruelty free, and free of any harmful chemicals… I highly recommend it!

Thank you, Make Scents Natural Spa Line, for sending me this products to review! Interested in more products from this company? Check out my previous review of their scrubs and body butters!

Sevi Eco Vegan Body Care Product Reviews

Company: Sevi Eco Vegan Body Care

“What we love doing the most is creating products that make people + earth feel well. We seek standard packaging that is as friendly as possible and put your hard earned cash towards what goes into the bottle.

Gluten free + soy free raw materials we choose are not tested on animals, we keep animal by-products out of our products and test our products on friendly people.

Our vegan formulas are dreamt by us and brought to life by us. we shy away from recreating existing works and stay sharp by working with our hands.

It is about the dream, the brainstorming, the creation.

We are hand-crafters, we are honest, we are friendly, we work hard, we love what we do. Oh and yes we are vegans as well!”

Products:

Burdock Root Shine Elixer (1 ounce – $24.50 USD)

Maranta Dry Hair Shampoo: Vegan Hair Powder (1.25 ounce – $10.00 USD)

Hibiscus Flower Facial Exfoliator ($20.00 USD)

May Chang Whole Body Oil (1 ounce – $16.00 USD)

Reviews:


The Burdock Root Shine Elixir contains unique ingredients including Burdock Root Infused Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, Seabuckthorn Berry CO2, and Sandalwood and Neroli Essential Oils. This elixir has a slightly sweet and herbal fragrance, and I only needed 4-5 drops to work through my curly, down-to-middle-of-my-back length hair. My hair is dry and color treated so it is not shiny on its own. This elixir helped to hydrate my locks while giving it a slight oh-hey-my-hair-looks-healthier sheen when I used it on my damp hair. When I massaged this product into my dry hair it helped to tame my crazy curls. Don’t use too much or your hair will look greasy! It is made of oils after all!

I tried the Maranta Dry Hair Shampoo: Vegan Hair Powder in the shade Neutral, which is a white powder that blended right into my blonde hair. This product contains Arrowroot Powder, Tapioca Starch, Moroccan Lava Clay, and Green Mandarin, Myrrh and Neroli Essential Oils. It is a fine powder with a light herbal scent. When I sprinkled this dry shampoo on my hair after a long day of sweating at work (the AC was broken), it seemed to absorb the sweat and oils that had built up over the day.  I massaged it vigorously into my roots and it also helped to build volume. I am a fan of shampooing my hair several times a week and conditioning it almost every day, so I do not use dry shampoo very often. In a pinch, I would use this product to freshen my hair up on nights that I am too tired to shower or I would maybe even take it along with me to fix my hair during the workday.

If you’re looking for a unique product to exfoliate your skin, The Hibiscus Flower Facial Exfoliator is it! This purple powder is made of Organic Brown Rice, Hibiscus Flower Powder, Freeze Dried Strawberries, Freeze Dried Bananas, and Acai Pulp Powder! How cool is that? When you add water, this product turns into a vibrant magenta color and gently scrubs away dirt, oil and dead skin cells from your face. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and soft while looking toned and healthy! It has a fresh scent of fruit and flowers and is fun to use!

The May Chang Whole Body Oil is made of plenty of good-for-you ingredients including Organic Unrefined Avocado Oil Organic Golden Jojoba Oil, Organic Seabuckthorn Berry Extract, and Pure Essential Oils. It absorbs quickly into the skin and has a natural herbal scent. It effectively moisturizes the skin, but what I like best about it is the sheen it leaves behind. Who doesn’t love a healthy glow?

The Bottom Line

I truly enjoyed using these products! The Hibiscus Flower Facial Exfoliator was my favorite. I love the color and how it left my skin feeling healthy and soft! All four of these products are excellent quality and do the job they were intended to do.  I would highly recommend Sevi products to anyone looking for vegan and cruelty-free products that are unique and naturally effective!

Thank you, Sevi Eco Vegan Body Care for these fabulous products to review!