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Good Green (& Organic) Gift Guide

Posted Oct 17 2008 6:02pm

Despite the plethora of bath and body gift sets that line the store shelves during the holiday season, few if any will be organic. Unless of course you are shopping at a boutique or health store. Some of the clever packaging has a way of luring you in, especially if it has 'natural' somewhere in its title, but beware and read the ingredients before purchasing. Natural is a word that is used but does not have any real definition, so it does equate to organic or even healthy. Such products may contain a few essential oils or similar, but may also be loaded with preservatives like parabens.

Shopping online its easy to find organic gift baskets, boxes etc. and here's my top five picks of the week:

Figs and RougeRambling Rose Bath set rrp £25.00. I love the gorgeous vintage style packaging and funky bottle shapes of this line. They are an english company and all their products are free from synthetic aromas, parabens, sulphates, and artificial colourings. The also use vegan society approved ingredients and no GM.

2.Neals Yard RemediesThe Gift of Delight box set rrp £25.00. Neals Yard are one my absolute favourites and one of, if not the oldest British organic skincare company, in fact the first to sell organic essential oils. Their famous blue bottles have been gracing bathroom shelves since 1981. The Gift of Delight box is a rose based theme and there are many others to choose from as well.

3.Green PeopleOrganic Mum and Baby set rrp £26.99. Green People is another English company that got started in 1997 by mother Charlotte Vohtz. Their products are brilliant and this set is perfect for any new mum or mum to be! It provides a good sampling of thier baby range too.

4.Anita Grant'sGoodie Box Sampler rrp £12.95. Anita Grant whips up fabulously scented goodies like Creamy Caffe Latte whipped leave-in hair conditioner. The Goodie box contains the whipped hair butter, Creamy Caffe Latte, two Rhassoul deep condish cubes (which contain unrefined Black Cocoa Butter & natural Soya based Vitamin E, both used to guard scalp & hair from free radical damage), and the honey Lippy Pucker. A really tasty gift box!

5.Melt and Pour Supplies.. How about making your own soap, bath bombs or lip balms for the holidays? This fab site based a stone's throw from me in Huddersfield West Yorkshire, has everything you need including molds, soap and fragrances, boxes, packaging etc. They even run an online soap making school! This is great for kids to learn as well and who knows you could even find a new business! I'm going to be setting up some projects for the Christmas break for my son.

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