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I love introducing the people I love to high-quality, under-the-radar beauty brands, and what better way to do it than by tucking it in a stocking or gift bag? These goodies are all under $100 and made by some of the best beauty brands you’ve never heard of (yet!).
1. Hand in Hand Bergamot & Ginger Sugar Scrub
Swirling with notes of ginger, green tea and sweet orange, this exfoliating sugar scrub makes a great stocking stuffer — plus, the Philly, PA-based brand saves 100 square feet of rainforest for every scrub purchased.
2. Olie biologique Limited Edition: The Ultimate Oil Collection
Facial oils are not for everyone, but as a recent convert, I urge everyone to at least give them a try. This limited-edition collection contains five of Olie Biologique’s bestsellers (including my favorite, the amazing Huile Radicale Rejuvenating Oil) and has such pretty packaging, you can absolutely skip the wrapping paper.
3. Beautycounter Holiday Hand Collection
For the eco-conscious, organic beauty lover on your list, treat them to this soothing hand soap and lotion scent. Both products are majorly moisturizing and infused with the floral, citrusy scent of Rose Neroli.
4. La Bella Figura Jardin de Fleurs Skin Revitalizer
La Bella Figura is one of my all-time favorite indie beauty brands, and I’d pretty much recommend any product they produce. This wonderfully refreshing mist — which is packed with all-natural skin-saving ingredients like coconut water, honeysuckle and carrot seed — is a great way to give a loved one permission to pamper themselves, even when they’re on-the-go.
5. Diptyque Seasonal Candle Set
Yes, they are pricy (and probably the best-known brand on this list), but Diptyque’s candles are potent, long-lasting and oh-so-elegant. Which makes them an awesome gift. This set of woodsy, winter-themed minis contains five festive scents: the smoky Feu de Bois, the warm and resiny Opopanax, the vetiver-and-patchouli infused Ambre, the cloves-and-cinnamon scented Pomander and the bourbon-vanilla fragranced Vanille.
6. Drunk Elephant JuJu Bar
This awesomely named indie skincare line, which I recently discovered at Sephora, features antioxidant-packed Virgin Marula oil in every product. Slip this non-stripping, soap-free bath bar under someone’s tree — it gently exfoliates while it cleanses and is perfect for combatting dry winter skin.
7. One Love Organics Little Luxuries Stocking Stuffer
It’s the sweet, heart-shaped rose sponge that makes this kit especially gift worthy. The three-piece set also contains One Love’s Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser and Brand New Day Microderma Scrub and Masque, both of which use organic ingredients and work for all skin types.
8. NERD Skincare Miraculous Brightening Mask
This burgeoning boutique skincare brand makes amazing sheet masks created from a naturally grown ingredient called biocellulose. Formulated for all skin types, this antioxidant-packed brightening mask tightens pores, rejuvenates dull complexions, and gives your recipient a great excuse to kick back for 30 minutes by the tree with a cup up of hot cocoa.