Christmas is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me, you still haven’t even started shopping for friends and loved ones…opps. Assuming you still have some last minute purchases to make, I’ve rounded up a few of my favourite local beauty buys that would make lovely gifts for any beauty lover in your life – and as an extra bonus they are good-for-you too!
First up we have Pura Botanicals from Edmonton, Alberta, creating luxurious skincare made from only the best plant-based ingredients and no yucky stuff (just read the full list here). Pura is exactly everything I want my skincare to be – rich, hydrating, smells incredible (without breaking my face into a rash), and it looks beautiful too! Two of their newest products are featured in this post, The Exotic Pink Coffee Dust cleansing mask and Winter’s Eve (and ultra-rich hand cream). I have fallen head over heels for both and use them in my daily skincare regimen. If you really want to treat yourself (or someone extra nice), I fully recommend splurging on something from Pura Botanicals. It is seriously the stuff of dreams.
If you’re a local Calgarian, you may have heard of a company called Unwrapped Life which seems to have exploded over night (but they’ve actually been around for the past year or so). Unwrapped is all about zero waste hair care and sustainable products for the home and body. I love their simplistic approach to branding – no frills, just good, honest products, that speak for themselves. The shampoo bars in particular are something I wanted to bring to your attention which I think are super unique and the perfect gift for your environmentally conscious friends. Each small bar comes with a metal tin that is the perfect place to house your bars while travelling overseas or to and from yoga class.
My pal Sam from xxbalm makes some seriously yummy lip balms using local beeswax from Surrey, BC. Lip balm is always something I have floating around my purse (backpack, countertops, and literally every surface, nook, and cranny imaginable) and it’s my favourite little stocking stuffer too! The thing I love most about xxbalm is the delicious and unique flavour combinations. 40R3EVER (a nod to our area code here in YYC) is scented with cardamom and vanilla making it one of the most warm and cozy combinations I’ve ever laid…lips on.
Last, but certainly not least, I wanted to introduce you to the lovely ladies of Plume Science who’s lash and brow serums not only protect, strengthen, and enhance your brows and lashes but are made from safe and natural ingredients as well. You and I both know that there is a plethora of lash enhancing products and growth serums on the market these days and it’s downright scary some of the ingredients that are being used in said products. I want long lashes as much as the next girl, but it’s not something I’m willing to compromise my health over! Plume takes away that worry, and it works too. Check out their new holiday collections, perfect for gifting!
What are some of your favourite local beauty buys? I’d love to hear your recommendations.