14 sustainable Christmas gifts for the eco-conscious
Gift with a guilt-free conscience
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / November 29 2023
Christmas is without a doubt the most cheerful holiday to ever exist.
However for those of us who care about our impact on the environment, the consumerist aspect of the day can be a bit of a minefield.
To combat this, we’ve rounded up the best sustainable Christmas gifts around so you and all your loved ones can enjoy the gift-giving portion of the holiday without feeling guilty.
If you’ve thought ahead and saved last year’s wrapping paper, even better.
Ahead, 12 sustainable Christmas gifts for the eco-conscious Secret Santa.
Bruxa Body Oil Of Summer
This sensual body oil combines the heady aroma of night-blooming jasmine with antioxidants, plus anti-inflammatory organic and Australian ingredients (Australian Kangaroo flower, grapeseed oil and squalane to name a few) to soothe and hydrate even the most sensitive, acne-prone and dry skin types.
$115 at Bruxa
Hunter Lab Hand & Body Kit Holiday
Is there anything better than getting a beauty kit? In our beauty-obsessed eyes, there really isn’t. But sometimes your environmentally-conscious heart is left feeling guilty from having to throw away the stunning packaging. Enter the effortlessly chic 100 per cent biodegradable and compostable Hunter Lab kits. Offering two full-sized hand and body wash and lotion duos, your bathroom counter won’t have ever looked chicer.
$95 at A-beauty
The Jojoba Company Fragrance Exclusive Linden Blossom Signature Perfume
It’s relatively common knowledge in the beauty sphere that rollerball perfumes are known to be sensitive-skin friendly and just generally kinder on the environment. So, we’re pleased to see The Jojoba Company spreading the word about sustainable ingredients while helping us build out our scent collections. The delicately fresh scent is suspended through their iconic Wadi-Wadi Jojoba oil, which happens to be sustainably sourced.
$24.95 at The Jojoba Company
Hommey Beach Towel Bundle
For those of us born down under, there’s something undeniably nostalgic about receiving a beach towel at Christmas. They were always patterned with funky colours and were almost always used immediately for post-lunch swims. This bundle, designed by Melbourne-based brand Hommey, contains two beach towels that are 100 per cent vegan, free from nasty chemicals and made in certified sustainable factories.
was $198 now $158.40 at Hommey
BIOTYSPA Body Sculpt Kit
This body sculpting kit allows you to master lymphatic massage from the comfort of your own shower, helping to move and eliminate excess fluid, water and toxins from the body. The kit includes Biotyspa’s Body Sculpt Cup, Hydrating Shower Gel and Firming Body Oil.
was $147 now $135 at BIOTYSPA
Bondi Wash For Her Gift Pack
Bondi Wash products are all cruelty-free and made with natural ingredients at the forefront of their formulas. Plus, all their bottles are recyclable and made from post-consumer plastic. This festive gift pack includes the brand’s Tasmanian Pepper & Lavender-scented hand wash, body spray and hand lotion packaged in a 100 per cent cotton limited edition festive bag.
$59 at Bondi Wash
Deiji Studios The Robe in ‘Cornflower’
Deiji Studios is a ‘1 per cent for the planet’ certified brand (which means they pledge 1 per cent of yearly sales revenue to non for profits) that prioritises social, ethical and environmental consciousness in all aspects. What we love the most is that the Aussie brand doesn’t compromise on quality or style in the process. Case in point? This luxurious, full-length kimono robe is made from 100 per cent OEKO-TEX 100 certified and EU certified stone washed french linen.
$229 at Deiji Studios
FRESH Skin Calm & Firm Overnight Mask Duo
This beautiful skin care set contains two of Fresh’s best-selling face masks; the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask and Floral Recovery Calming Mask. Bonus: Fresh has packaged all of their holiday gift sets in plastic-free gift boxes and paper sleeves made from certified responsibly managed forests.
$75 at Sephora
ALIVIO Complete Wellness Bundle
All Alivio products are Australian-made, cruelty-free, paraben-free, vegan-friendly and utilise one of the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable crops on the planet. The brand’s Complete Wellness Bundle contains their entire Hemp Seed Oil range; the Glycolic Facial Cleanser, Facial Hydrator Serum, Spa Clay Mask and Brush, Nourishing Day Cream and Hydrating Night Cream.
was $324.64 now $249.95 at ALIVIO
Plendi Outback Mud Mask
Plendi’s mission is to “live in a world where body positivity and environmental sustainability are the norm”, which is why they donate 20 per cent of the brand’s profits to causes that promote self acceptance and environmental sustainability. The brand’s hero product, the Outback Mud Mask, contains macadamia oil, Kangaroo paw, Kakadu, jojoba, sandalwood, aloe vera and tea tree, which all work in unison to help to clear blackheads and sebaceous filaments, while minimising the appearance of pore size and fine lines.
was $58 now $48 at Plendi
Bangn Body Illuminate Like The Sun Gift Set
Bangn Body’s limited edition makeup bags are made with 100 per cent organic cotton terry towelling fabric and are machine washable too. As for the Firming Lotion, Illuminating Firming Lotion, Smooth Skin Scrub and Gold Vegan Kabuki Brush? Well, they’re all packaged in recycled and recyclable materials with sustainable and thoughtful processes. Plus, they’re 100 per cent vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and made in Australia from natural ingredients.
$138 at Bangn Body
Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Faves Duo
Luk Beautifood’s Lip Nourish™ lipsticks are packaged in a phthalate-free tube made from aluminium and a 52 per cent PCR plastic mechanism. The lipstick’s box is also recyclable, crafted from PEFC certified board and printed with vegetable inks and water-based varnish. This gift set contains two of the brand’s best-selling shades ‘Tea Rose’ and ‘Nude Pink’.
$50 at Luk Beautifood
INIKA Organic Heart of the Ocean 12 Days of Beauty
How’s this for a cool fact? Inika Organic is the world’s first-ever certified Plastic Neutral makeup brand. The brand’s 12-day advent is perfect for the lead up to Christmas or as an indulgent gift for yourself on the holiday. It contains an array of standouts: INIKA Organic’s Phytofuse Renew™ Cream Cleanser, Phyto-Active Face Oil, Phytofuse Renew™ Day Cream, Phytofuse Renew™ Hand Cream, Setting Brush, Radiant Glow Veil, Eye Pencil in ‘Emerald’, Lip & Cheek Cream in ‘Morning’, Loose Mineral Bronzer in ‘Sunkissed’, Mineral Setting Powder, and Lip Serum and Lip Crayon in ‘Rose Petal’.
was $199 now $139.30 at INIKA Organic
The Kind Collective Eyeshadow Stick Set
The Kind Collective encourages customers to drop the brand’s compostable and recyclable TreeFree Bamboo packaging into their local Priceline TerraCycle bin to make sure they are recycled correctly. We love this comprehensive eyeshadow stick set because it’s a great dupe for more expensive cream eyeshadows on the market.
$25 at The Kind Collective
Briar is the Beauty Editor at BEAUTYcrew. Her 'down for anything' attitude has resulted in more than a handful of hair transformations, and she doesn't mind being used as a guinea pig for the industry's most unusual products and treatments. Her work has also appeared on Refinery29, Girlfriend and beautyheaven.