Indie Beauty Expo Holiday Gift Guide


We have curated a special Indie Beauty Expo Holiday Gift Guide with 12 incredible gifting ideas for the beauty-obsessed. Featuring beautiful ideas from international indie brands, these finds support small businesses, are respectful with the environment, use organic ingredients, and are good for the planet.

This gift guide features the best of the best, 12 natural and organic brands that have exhibited in the 2017 Indie Beauty Expos in Los Angeles and New York City. If you like to #buyindie, this gift guide is for you!



Holiday Gift Guide featuring brands from the Indie Beauty Expo


1. Let Me Sleep Silk Eye Mask by Moonlit Skincare ($15.00):  Created with pure Mulberry silk, this soft sleep mask was one of my personal highlights of the last Indie Beauty Expo in New York. Extremely soft, this mask is ideal to achieve a good night’s sleep without tugging the delicate area around the eyes. The interior black paneling helps block literally any light and the mask features and adjustable strap for all head sizes. A light and soft mask, it is the perfect gift for that stylish friend who can’t sleep well at night. Buyers beware: It is so soft and comfortable that I have caught my significant other wearing it. Buy them in pairs.

2. Raspberry Organic Beauty Oil by Yaya Organics ($49.00): Known as the Queen of Antioxidants for a reason, pure raspberry oil is the best friend of mature, dehydrated, or dry skin. Radiance-boosting, this serum plumps and softens the skin while tackling sun damage. Yaya Organics sources a very specific variety that contains “ellagic acid”, which is proven to protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays, making it the perfect companion to any natural physical filters. I have personally tested using this oil for a few weeks and I can only say good things; it has taken care of my dryness problems, has faded a sun damage spot that has been bothering me for months, has helped me avoid the winter burn with the snow in New York, and has traveled with me overseas to help my skin during a 9-hour flight. And guess what? It has passed the test with flying colors. So if you want to make a meaningful gift to that friend with sensitive skin who loves discovering new indie and slow living companies, do yourself a favor and visit their site. {This is a 100% natural product certified organic by the USDA.}

3. Quattro Noisette Eyeshadow Quad by Antonym ($39.00): Imported from Europe, these luminous organic eye shadows blend intensity with luminosity. A savvy mix of matte and iridiscent colors, these eye shadows pigment like a dream without the synthetic chemical nasties. With a velvety finish, this palette is ideal to create elegant smoky eyes by night and an impeccable look by day. Suitable for even the most sensitive skin, Antonym blends a savvy mix of botanicals with pure pigments. This is a natural cosmetic certified by Ecocert. An ideal eco-conscious gift for your chic bestie with an European soul. {This is a natural product certified by Ecocert.}

4. Organic Rose Vanilla Body Cream by Thesis Beauty ($22.95): What happens when young people revisit traditional recipes? That an indie brand with the charm of the old world sees the light of day. Thesis Beauty is one of those rare truly organic beauty brands that creates vegan and cruelty-free products for the whole family. Their Rose Vanilla Body Cream is a green gal’s dream come true with nourishing shea butter, virgin coconut oil, and delightful palmarosa essential oil. A soft and cocooning formula, it makes a wonderful gift for that friend who wants to make wise consumption choices that are good for her body and for the planet. {This product is 100% natural and organic. Made in USA.}

5. Minimum Set by Ayuna ($240.00): This revolutionary skincare line from Spain was one of the highlights of the Indie Beauty Expo in the West Coast. With a minimal approach, “Ayuna” means literally fasting, which is how they conceive effective skincare: Eliminating unnecessary products and ingredients. The brand believes that by using too many products with active ingredients we only overstimulate our skin cells, resulting in oxidative damage and increased sensitivity. Ayuna’s take on simple beauty is to feed the skin with what it exactly needs; nothing more and nothing less. This set features the heart and soul of ayuna with three daily essentials: A cream I or II, an Essence High Protein Cream-in-Oil Peel, and a Balm volcanic revitalizing and rejuvenating mask. {This product is 100% natural. Made in Spain.}



6. Get the Look Eye Palette in Smoky by Au Naturale Cosmetics ($58.00): Au Naturale is spearheading the clean revolution movement. Featuring beautiful natural alternatives to traditional make up, its formulas are highly pigmenting without the synthetic nasties. The Get the Look Eye Palettes are a collection of 6 powder shadows and two brushes to recreate classic looks a la green. The Smoky palette features a beautiful array of colors that can take your smoky eye from sultry to Kardashian in no time. The shadows include: Amber (a warm cinnamon sugar brown with shimmer), Copper (a bronze with a dash of silver luminosity), Pyrite (an antique gold with strong green undertones, which looks beautiful in hazel eyes), Slate (a cool metallic silver with blue undertones), Black Beauty (a deep charcoal with a subtle sheen), and Abyss (a true matte black to round up the look.) The perfect gift to convince your BFF that clean cosmetics are the future. {This product is 100% natural and organic. Made in USA.}

7. Renewing Oil Serum by Intelligent Nutrients ($33.00): THE perfect face serum, it uses a patented super seed science to hydrate, firm and brighten without clogging pores. Made only of clean oils and active botanical essentials, it delivers what any skin needs. Dry skin? It will concentrate in moisturizing. Oily skin? It will delicately balance the oil and water levels. Dull skin? It will brighten up from the inside. The Renewing Oil Serum aligns with the body’s natural sebum levels to awaken skin cell by cell. The perfect last step before moisturizing, it is a completely natural product and is certified organic by the USDA. {This product is 100% natural and certified organic by the USDA. Made in USA.}

8. Lip Nourish Lipstick by Luk Beautifood ($29.95): Imagine a world where lipstick is made from fruits and vegetables, and is so healthy that you could eat it with no endocrine disruption or damage to your liver. Sounds too good to be true? Well, that’s what the Indie Beauty Expo is for! This wonderful brand from Australia manufactures the best nude lipsticks for every skin shade that give a subtle color and nourish your lips from the inside. My personal favorite, you ask? Tea Rose. {This product is 100% natural and organic. Made in Australia.}

9. Invigorate Leg Balm by Bottega Organica ($72.00): Looking for a natural alternative to conventional anti-cellulite balms? Look no further. With a savvy mix of pure organic peppermint essential oil, this balm stimulates microcirculation, while rosemary and lemon provide antioxidants. But what makes it completely different is Salvia Haenkei, a compound researched by Bottega Organica that stops skin aging and promotes radiance, glow and vitality. It can also be applied to the whole body for a complete invigorating experience. With 100% natural and organic ingredients, it makes a perfect gift for the discerning green beauty lover. {This product is 100% natural and organic. Made in Italy.}

10. Organic Perfume in Myths and Legends by Good Clean Love ($59.99 / each): Inspired by their mission to create clean intimate products, Good Clean Love has launched a line of organic aphrodisiac scents to awaken the passionate lover. These natural perfumes are a sensual and healthy alternative to sythetic fragrances and contain zero petrochemicals, phtalates, or other endocrine disruptors. Using rare and ancient natural aphrodisiac oils (including Indian Sandalwood, Omani Frankincense, and Bulgarian Rose), these perfumes promote a healthy approach to libido. Myths is a balanced and evocative fragrance inspired by the feminine archetypes. Legends is a masculine fragrance with a magnetic presence. A beautiful gift for your significant other. {This product is 100% natural and organic. Made in USA.}

11. Passion Gift Set by Little Moon Essentials ($24.00): This beautiful gift set is carefully handcrafted in Colorado using only organic ingredients. With the intoxicating spicy scent of tangerine and cinnamon, Passion is Cupid’s choice for the holidays. Passion is an energizing collection that increases vital energy and relieves tension in the body. The gift set includes: a 4oz Passion Mineral Bath Salt Jar, a 2oz Lov Magnet Bath and Shower Sugar Exfoliant, a 2oz Passion Mist, a Love Magnet lip balm, and a 2oz Passion Hand and Body Lotion. A mindful gift that is a perfect introduction to the slow living movement{This product is 100% natural and organic. Made in USA.}

Disclosure Level 1: The author received NO compensation to write this article. The author received samples of the products mentioned for editorial consideration, which didn’t influence the decision to write about the brand nor the opinions expressed. Affiliate Links.


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