10 Christmas gifts for your vegan beauty guru friend

1 Dec 2021

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‘Tis the season of gift-giving and sharing. Let's face it: choosing a gift is never an easy task, especially for our beauty aficionado friends.

The pandemic has taken a toll on our lives. Coping with the new normal is an ongoing practice, and self-care has taken a backseat for many of us. The need to hit pause and rewind is essential now more than ever.

Whether it's skincare or makeup, these goodies are worth the splurge for the festive season. To do so, we've rounded up 10 vegan beauty products based on members' reviews that can please every beauty buff.

Gratitude Dewy Lip Balm by Rare Beauty

Winter is here, and so are chapped lips. Investing in a tinted lip balm is a good buy for the cold season. Leave it to Gratitude's Dewy Lip Balm from Rare Beauty to work its magic, and of course, it's vegan and cruelty-free.

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Tinted lip balms tick two boxes: they work like a moisturizer and add color. This lip balm is packed with ingredients like shea butter and a botanical blend of lotus, gardenia, and water lily to soothe and nourish your lips. Although the color is a nude mauve, it is buildable after each wear. This makes it easy to switch from a simple to a glam look, meaning more options for your friend.

Uji Matcha Solid Shampoo by OASIS

For that friend who religiously maintains a makeup routine, here’s a reminder that your hair needs the same amount of attention. Now, you can achieve a healthy, hydrated scalp, and hair — all thanks to Uji Matcha Solid Shampoo.


These canele shaped shampoos look small but applying a little goes a long way. Best of all? It’s handcrafted and made with vegan ingredients. Uji Matcha is formulated with a premium grade matcha powder to strengthen hair follicles and give your hair a glossy shine. Other ingredients like organic oatmeal and French kaolin clay helps to nourish and cleanse the scalp.

Aesop Fabulous Face Oil by Aesop

Every beauty enthusiast will know face oils help to retain moisture on the skin, and finding one that works on all skin types can be tricky.


Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil is powered with nine botanical ingredients, including juniper berry, ylang ylang, and jasmine petal, leaving a fruity, sweet scent. It works well for all skin types and has no sticky residue. All it needs is a few drops in the morning or night, and your skin wakes up detoxified.

Calm Bath Salts by Herbivore Botanicals

The best way to relax after a long day? Take a salt-infused bath. Elevate your bath rituals with Calm bath salts from Herbivore Botanicals. This soak has a vanilla scent and will leave your skin feeling silky smooth.

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Calm bath salts combine nutritiously rich pacific sea salts and himalayan pink salt to hydrate your skin. A blend of aromatherapeutic ylang ylang and vanilla essential oil helps to relax the mind.

Water Cream by Tatcha

If your friend is a skincare pro, they will most likely recognize Tatcha — the Japanese luxury beauty brand known for its superfood-infused ingredients like fermented rice, green tea, and red algae. Tatcha has a cult following, especially for their OG water cream.


The water cream is an oil-free, anti-aging moisturizer. It has a gel-like consistency and absorbs into the skin like "magic," as our member @swetasahu reviews. It's worth the splurge because the formula contains 23-carat gold that gives your skin a glowy complexion.

Blue Radiance Enzymatic Serum by Freshly Cosmetics

Here’s how your friend can get the dewy I-woke-up-like-this-skin: give them Blue Radiance Enzymatic Serum. As the name suggests, this exfoliating night serum is blue owing to one of its active ingredients, gardenia blue, which is extracted from fermented fruit. Apart from that, this face serum has a blend of 12 active ingredients.


Some of the noteworthy ones are willow bark and lime caviar which slough off dead skin cells. Willow Bark has a high source of salicylic acid that helps to keep skin pores clean. Then, pomegranate enzymes and pro renew probiotics hydrate the skin, keeping it healthy. Lastly, gardenia blue fights free radicals (molecules that clog and damage skin cells) while being a source of high antioxidants to combat the radicals.

Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask by Youth To The People

Bring your spa day home with Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask. It combines all the ingredients you want in a glow-worthy face mask, including squalene, vitamin C, and hyaluronic acid. Pro tip: squalene is one of those ingredients most beneficial for people with oily skin. However, it still works well for other skin types.


Squalene and hyaluronic acid fix dehydrated skin, and thanks to vitamin C, it enhances skin radiance. Along with those ingredients, the face mask is infused with the world's most antioxidant rich fruit, Maqui, and prickly pear extract.

Avocado Melt Retinol Eye Sleeping Mask by Glow Recipe

For your friend with puffy and dark under-eye circles, this vegan eye cream from Glow Recipe may become a favorite in their skincare regimen. For starters, retinol is also known as vitamin A and helps regenerate skin cells.


Typically, your skin regenerates every 30 days, but retinol speeds the process making it 14-21 days. Glow’s eye sleeping mask also contains encapsulated retinol, which helps release antioxidants in smaller doses, ultimately making under-eye skin firmer and smoother.

Eau De Parfum by Clean Reserve

Ever since its debut, Clean Beauty has been creating vegan, cruelty-free, sustainable, and non-toxic fragrances. This particular scent is "woody, citrusy and has floral notes," according to our member @chevonnecheng.


One bottle is an investment, plus it goes a long way because Clean Beauty partners with a company that sustainably sources vanilla from Madagascar and supports their reforestation, drinking water wells, and medical facilities for farming communities.

Brush Set by EcoTools


Like every other tool, using the proper application helps you achieve the best results — the same applies to makeup. The right type of makeup brush makes a big difference. EcoTool brushes are made from recycled and renewable materials. Plus, they are vegan and cruelty-free. Since their 2020 Fall collection, the new packaging uses 80 percent less plastic. The handles are made with bamboo fiber and soft bristles from synthetic fiber.

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