Since I always procrastinate on my holidays shopping, I always find myself posting gift guides right up through Christmas! Although I don't do it often, I'll even splurge on next day shipping if I really am pressed for time. But one thing that's in common with all my items in this last-minute gift guide is that Rituals, Aveda, Origins and NaturaBrasil are all accessible to me at Garden State Plaza and these I love visiting all these stores when I'm at the mall!
Rituals Ritual of Hammam Purifying Treatment gift set, $29.50 is both affordable and luxurious! Any of the scents from Rituals will help you achieve that spa-at-home experience, but The Ritual of Hammam is my favorite, with the energizing scent of fresh eucalyptus and rosemary to start your day. This set comes in a beautiful keepsake box and includes a refreshing foaming shower gel, black soap, body cream, and hand wash. I've never tried the black soap yet, which combines eucalyptus with olive oil. The texture is paste-like, which you massage into your skin for 5-10 minutes as it removes old skin cells, and can be used with the body scrub or Kessa glove.
Aveda's Rosemary Mint has been a favorite shampoo and conditioner of mine for years, and was truly excited once I learned that Aveda launched the Cherry Almond Shampoo and Conditioner, $17 each! The Cherry Almond scent is phenomenal (Aveda just always gets their scents right). The aroma has 38 flower and plant essences including tonka bean, certified organic orange and ylang ylang. I just starting using this but have noticed an increase in softness and shine. I had actually had an Aveda in-store hair consultation and they recommended I try this shampoo and conditioner to combat any breakage and dryness I was experiencing with my hair, especially for the winter months. This also comes in travel size! Aveda's travel size products are great for stocking stuffers, creating a custom gift set of travel size products, and trying out products before upgrading to the full size!
For the beauty lover, you should check out Aveda's Feed My Lips™ Pure Nourish-mint™ Lipstick, $24 each! These lipsticks are 95% naturally derived and long-wearing with nourishing certified organic cupuaçu fruit butter and botanicals. My favorite shade is Tayberry blushed plum with a peppermint aroma/flavor. I love how creamy and saturated this lipstick is - I've gotten so many compliments on this shade already!
My favorite holiday gift set from Origins this season is the Youth Renewing Musts, $45 ($84 value). Origins Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Serum is one of my favorite serums ever, and this set also comes with the Plantscription™ Powerful Lifting Cream and Plantscription™ Anti-Aging Power Eye Cream to complete your skincare regimen.
If you've never stepped into a NaturaBrasil store, I recommend you make a visit (stores at Garden State Plaza in NJ and Elizabeth Street, NYC) and explore their amazing scents. This Castanha Trasures gift set, $55 is a perfect introduction to the brand including an exfoliating soap, hand cream, shower body milk, and body lotion. NaturaBrasil's hand lotion is what got me hooked on the brand. Their lotion is super creamy and rich, and will definitely keep your hands moisturized this winter season!
- Kim Weling