Honestly? Actually, we already have everything. But Christmas without sustainable beauty gifts is as boring as soup without salt. And after this year we can all pamper ourselves a bit. And everyone can use lipsticks, cream deodorants and great fragrances.
Sustainable beauty gifts for beauty fans (tested by me!)
New at i+m: All you need is less
I discovered the Berlin beauty label i+m a few years ago at Vivaness in Nuremberg and haven’t lost sight of them since then. We even had the great hand cream in our GREENSTYLE GOOD bags. The minimalist WE REDUCE! line is brand new, that dispenses with superfluous plastic, packaging (grass instead of plastic!) and water as an ingredient. My favorite product? The shower bar “Feste Dusche” with hemp, the solid shampoo verbena (for shine) plus aluminum can, the deodorant cream with rose, the solid soap with lemongrass, the lip care with vanilla …
Twice as nice, because i+m donates 25 percent of their profits to eco-fair projects. There is another way.
Prices: Shampoo for 7.90 euros, aluminum can for 1.90 euros, lipcare for 3.90 euros, shower soap for 6.90 euros, deodorant for 9.90 euros. Available as a set for 25.90 euros. At iplusm.berlin
Upcycling meets natural cosmetics thanks to C!RCLY
C!RCLY’s mission is to rethink (certified!) Skin care by processing valuable residues that would otherwise be thrown away into high-quality skin care products. Means? Soaps are made with upcycled coffee grounds and orange peel. The lip balm contains upcycled coffee oil just like the moisturizing oil serum for the face. Pretty clever: packaging is only used when it really has to be. And then as environmentally friendly as possible. In other words: The lip balm does not contain any plastic and the packaging can be composted. Most of the products are made locally in order to shorten transport routes. Stay tuned, what the two tinkerers Max and Olli develop next for our bathrooms!
Prices: lip balm for 5.99 euros, facial serum for 19.99 euros. At circly.eu
Apricot’s motto? #YourTrueBeauty. I love this!
Nevertheless, you can occasionally do something good for yourself and your skin (and therefore mostly also your soul). I’ll be 50 next year and my skin needs a lot more care than before. It does not get this consistently, but if it does, it should work. Like the (30x reusable!) Beauty Pads that make the nasolabial wrinkles a bit more invisible. By the way, the perfect sparring partner is the multitasking facial cream with turmeric and hyaluronic acid. And it meets my needs as much as possible anyway, because it has so many functions and works the same day as it does at night. Good to know: All products are vegan, cruelty-free and Made in Germany. A tree is planted with every purchase and seed paper is included. The cosmetics series is filled in recyclable glass bottles.
Prices: Multitasking Facial Cream for 27.93 euros, ‘I love your smile’ pads for 17.43 euros. Both products are currently cheaper. At apricot-beauty.com
Hey, high-performance natural cosmetics from NUI
Honestly? I haven’t had a better foundation. I discoveredit at the #PrePeek shoot in Berlin. The Natural Liquid Foundation with Aloe Vera then put our wonderful GREENSTYLE make-up artist Iris Martin in Munich close to my heart. And she was so right. Even if I don’t have time for nothing, a small amount, which I spread over my face with my hands, is enough to look fresh in no time at all. The perfect complement: the concealer. Both become almost invisible and merge with the skin. My shade? 5 – PURU. And I’ve been using it for half a year now – it works from tanned to winter pale. And the eyeshadow? I discovered it at GMUND’s UNFOLDED Design Festival at Tegernsee. This is where the certified paper from which the sophisticated packaging was developed comes from.
Price: Natural Liquid Foundation for 37.97 euros, concealer for 26.27 euros, eyeshadow for 19.44 euros. At nuicosmetics.com
Nackt – palm-oil free, plastic-free, 100% vegan and tested on humans
I’ve tried a lot of deodorants. To be honest, I was rarely satisfied. The perfect deodorant is not an easy thing either. It should smell good, not irritate the skin, protect against unpleasant smells, contain natural ingredients, be plastic-free and ideally also be vegan. Good news: Anna Bernhardt, who actually works as an independent art director, has managed to meet all these requirements with her deodorant “Nackt”. And what’s inside? Virgin coconut oil, shea and cocoa butter for the sensitive armpit skin, baking soda and kaolin combat body odor and absorb moisture. Tea tree oil takes care of bacteria and essential oils ensure a pleasant, caring scent. But give away a deodorant? Why not. Because my friends have asked me for advice so often whether I can recommend one. Voilà, here it is. So why shouldn’t it be allowed to lie under the Xmas tree?
Price: Deocreme Nackt, around 18 euros. At nackt.co
Aesop – dive into the world of fragrances now
The fragrances from Aesop are just as much an inspiration as the wonderfully designed own stores. Both as different as they can be. Both are so unique that they keep asking me about them. What do I like so much about Rōzu (eng. Rose)? This eau de parfum is like a sum of subtle olfactory contradictions – warm floral notes meet wood and green citrus fruits. Inspired by the life, work and enthusiasm of modernist designer Charlotte Perriand. I took that from the description so that you get a quiet idea how to imagine this special fragrance. And in the second glass bottle? Hwyl. The green abundance and silence of a centuries-old Japanese forest. Smoky. Woody. Mossy. Striking. Splendid. By the way, finds Florens too. And at him.
Prices: Eau de Parfum Rōzu, 50 ml, 146 euros, Eau de Parfum Hwyl, 50 ml, around 102 euros. At aesop.com
Color up your life with the all-rounder from (M)ansai 7
I discovered the multifunctional all-over color of the Swedish brand (M)ansai 7 at a press conference at the Organic Beauty online shop Savue. Tried it once and fell in love immediately. Why? a) because I love multifunctional products – a jar for lips, cheeks, eye shadow (okay then maybe not “ikura” red!) b) the color goes so well with my iconic nail polish c) the collection only contains the highest quality natural, wildly harvested ones and certified organic ingredients. In this case: certified organic sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, beeswax, carnauba wax and castor seed oil. And what does the “7” mean? This refers to the manifest that Mansai has set in order to achieve the highest possible quality for its products. And – surprise – that’s (at least) seven.
Price: All Over Color Creamy Finish 5g by (M) ansai 7, 5g, 43.86 euros. At savuebeauty.com
Adrexol CBD – for body, mind and soul
Dr. Botanicals – beautiful in your sleep thanks to hemp
As is well known, I don’t sleep that much because I keep thinking of new things that inspire me instead of just going to bed. But when I sleep I spoil my face with a great product. To be honest, I’m not very faithful because I keep testing new products. But currently I use a hemp product that appealed to me just because of its name: Hemp Stress Relaxing Antioxidant Night Moisturizer. Any questions? Everything I need is there to look fresh the next morning. Apply in the evening after cleaning and then good night. Sounds good? Is good. And which of your friends wouldn’t like that too?
Prize: Hemp Stress Relaxing Antioxidant Night Moisturizer by Dr. Botanicals, around 15.39 euros. At rossmann.de
HelloBody – natural glamor
The goal of HelloBody? A better world – for people, animals and earth. And that’s my goal too. The Berlin brand combines glamor with naturalness and a sustainable lifestyle in their beauty essentials. They are committed to using the best natural ingredients for their products made in Germany. The proportion of ingredients of natural origin currently averages 98 percent. What do I particularly like? We openly deal with HelloBody’s commitment to even more sustainability. See “Status Quo – What We Have Achieved So Far”. My favorite product that I would also delight my friends with? The Illumination Eye Cream from the CARA LOOK series.
Price: Eye Cream from HelloBody, around 29.99 euros. At hellobody.de
HONEST Beauty – natural glow by Jessica Alba
Als die Schauspielerin 2011 ökologisch unbedenkliche Lifestyle-Produkte für ihr Unternehmen The Honest Company auf den Markt brachte, habe ich das mit Spannung beobachtet. 2015 hat sie mit Honest Beauty unkomplizierte Beauty-Produkte lanciert, die gleichzeitig Wirksamkeit und innovatives Design vereinen. Klingt vielversprechend. Ist auch so. denn ich gehöre nicht zu den Frauen, die Produkte schätzen, bei denen sie nicht mal verstehen, um was es geht. Pflanzliche Wirkstoffe sind die Basis der sanften Formeln für die effektive Produkt-Range für die ganze Familie. Unkompliziert + effektiv – das sind für mich Produkte wie der Tinted Lip Balm, mit dem man Farbe und Pflege in einem bekommt. Die Farben, die ICH verschenken würde? Fruit Punch und Blood Orange. HONEST Beauty arbeitet ausschließlich mit Wirkstoffen, die die Kriterien von Clean Beauty erfüllen.
When the actress launched ecologically harmless lifestyle products for her company The Honest Company in 2011, I watched it with excitement. In 2015, with Honest Beauty, she launched uncomplicated beauty products that combine effectiveness and innovative design at the same time. Sounds very promising. Is also like that. Because I am not one of those women who appreciate products that they don’t even understand what it’s about. Herbal ingredients are the basis of the gentle formulas for the effective product range for the whole family. Uncomplicated + effective – for me these are products like the Tinted Lip Balm, with which you get color and care in one. The colors I would give away? Fruit Punch and Blood Orange. HONEST Beauty works exclusively with active ingredients that meet the criteria of Clean Beauty.
Price: Tinted Lip Balm by HONEST Beauty, around 7.99 euros. At douglas.de