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16 Beauty Gifts That Give Back

December 6, 2016
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via Alexis Farah

It’s that time of year again when airport bottlenecks are standard and wrapping paper is exhumed from it’s dusty resting place to conceal a gift you plan to shop for … soon, like as soon as possible.

But since it’s the season for giving, we’ve done you a solid and rounded up the top 16 beauty gifts that give back for everyone on your list (even Scrooge won’t resist a smile for these feel-good finds!). Since each present has a secondary beneficiary, whether that be a humanitarian, animal, or environmental cause, you’ll be tapping into the warmth of the season better than a re-gifted pair of socks.

Now shop below and get to wrapping!

For Her 

Autumn Gift For the friend that needs to relax, restore, and rejuvenate, shop this body butter and oil kit that will do the job while also supporting farmers who harvest oil from the moringa tree (increasing their income by 10x). True Moringa Autumn Beauty Box ($35)


Rest Recovery


And speaking of R&R … this gift box, complete with bath salts and a hand towel, is a real crowd-pleaser (and not just because it’s from Lauren Conrad’s shop). The brand’s fair trade policy ensures safe working conditions and fair pay for employees crafting each item. The Little Market Rest & Recover ($54)



RAOL toteWe’re not biased but this glamorous tote is so hot right now. Shop the chic carrier and support New Alternatives for Children, too. The org provides support for birth, foster and adoptive families caring for children with special needs. Random Acts of Lipstick Signature Tote ($15)


h2oAdd this hydrator to your shopping list if the girls won’t stop complaining about dry skin. Buying the gel moisturizer, packed with nourishing sea grass, also supports Making Waves, an initiatives that provides resources to underserved women and girls. H2O+ Oasis Hydrating Treatment ($38)


LushThese too-cute-for-words Reindeer and Robin creatures can be used to suds up hair and body, or even in a bath. A portion of sales from every bar supports charities in Fukushima, Japan that create safe places for children following the 2011 nuclear disaster. Lush Reindeer and Robin, Fun ($7.95)


The Nice List Whether your friend/mom/sister has been naughty or nice, they deserve this mega makeup set stocked with the essentials. For every kit sold, one will be donated to a woman in need. Thrive Causemetics The Nice List ($110)


Beauty sleepTreat her to some sassy beauty sleep with this eye mask that costs just $1 donation to The Mary Kay Foundation in support of women’s shelters and survivors of domestic abuse. Mary Kay Beauty That Counts Sleeping Eye Mask ($1)


divine giftIf your friend is convinced that her wrinkles are showing (they’re not), share this luxe anti-aging skin care lineup to ease her worries. $10 from each sale of the set will go towards Dress for Success. L’Occitane Divine Collection Set ($190)



Stocking Stuffers

Lip glossLips will love this glossy duo that’s wrapped in a hand-crafted paper made by the people of Nepal through an initiative that helps support community rebuilding after the 2015 earthquake. Aveda A Gift to Make Her Smile ($19.50)



philosophyGifting these travel-sized “ornaments” help the Hope & Grace initiative where 1% of all Philosophy product sales support community-based mental health efforts. Philosophy Purity Made Simple ($11)




For Fido

FidoShopping this Doggy ‘Poo helps your furry friend smell better, while also also benefiting homeless pups. 90% of all proceeds from the wash will go to Shelter to Solider and the San Diego Human Society. Unite Doggy ‘Poo ($16.50)




Hostess Gifts 

candleShow your thanks with this soy-based, all-natural candle that helps light up a home — and the world. The sale of each candle provides energy to under-resourced countries globally. The Starling Project Candle in Vanilla + Hemlock ($55)




maple waterBYO … maple water? Buy the “Chug More” skin-loving beverage set for that holiday party and provide 1,600 gallons of clean water to individuals in developing nations beset by drought and disaster. Drink Maple Do More Gift Pack ($70)



hand soapGive your hostess this handy soap doublet, sales of which support Good Water Projects that brings clean drinking water to Kenya’s schools. Stop the Water While Using Me! All Natural Cosmetics Hand Kit ($25)






For Him

Anthony Traveler Kit Help that man in your life groom-on-the-go with this travel set that also benefits prostate cancer research and awareness. Anthony The Essentials Traveler Kit ($56)



hemp nail With (man)icures on the rise, give him this DIY kit that also helps protect endangered creatures. The Body Shop Hemp Tin ($26)

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