This holiday season, we are bringing you our first-ever curated Cruelty-Free Gift Guide. We had the tough job to try out products from more than 20 Leaping Bunny certified companies. See our reviews (and deals) below! There is something here for everyone. And make sure to check out our exclusive Holiday Deals, our top 30 picks from Leaping Bunny certified companies.
Crystals are definitely having a moment in beauty right now, and Aether Beauty is featuring these precious stones in a very innovative, beautiful way in their products. Every gorgeous Aether Beauty eye shadow palette incorporates powdered gemstones that provide a lovely, subtle sheen. Although the majority of the shades are shimmery, each palette contains essential matte blending colors. We are in love with the color selections. And here’s an added bonus: every palette is sustainably packaged. You can remove the eyeshadow pans, reuse the elastic band as a hair tie, and recycle the paper palette! As if you need one more reason to give the gift of Aether Beauty, you can use the code BUNNYLOVE for 25% off.
Andalou Naturals is a long-time favorite brand. Their skincare products work well, smell fresh and cater to specific skin types. We are super excited that their regimens are also available in trial-size kits, perfect for gift-giving. The "Brightening" set, in particular, includes five citrus-scented products: Meyer Lemon Creamy Cleanser, Clementine + C Illuminating Toner, Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask, Purple Carrot + C Luminous Night Cream, and Probiotic + C Renewal Cream. The cleanser and toner complement each other well and the night and renewal creams are moisturizing without being heavy. A pumpkin lover will enjoy the mask, and the gel-like consistency rinses easily with water. The set is a wonderful way to “brighten” someone’s holiday (or yours)!
When gifting cosmetics from Antonym, not only will the recipient love the high-performance products, they will go crazy over the unique sustainable bamboo packaging! With a variety of products to choose from, Antonym hits the mark on every one. We love Antonym’s baked highlighting blushes because they have just the hint of a shimmer while delivering a natural flush to the cheeks. Blush Lily is wonderful for the cooler weather while we prefer Cheek Crush for spring and summer. We are also obsessed with Antonym’s Eyebrow Pencils that do triple duty, complete with a pencil, spoolie, and sharpener!
We normally don’t get too excited about cleaning products, but we are downright jazzed about Aunt Fannie’s. This company harnesses the incredible cleaning power of vinegar and makes it super pleasant to use. We love the fact that their Cleansing Vinegar spray can be used on anything and is safe for everyone including babies and pets. And the scents are lovely; no nasty chemicals here! If you’re worried about the vinegar smell, don’t be. It dissipates quickly. And they don’t just make vinegar cleaning products— their probiotic soaps are amazing and actually good for the skin. Make a gift basket of products for a unique offering or stock up yourself to make cleaning a breeze this holiday season.
Céla by Céline Tadrissi products are super nourishing, smell amazing, and contain a potent blend of Canadian botanicals. You truly cannot go wrong when purchasing a gift from this company, as every product is luxurious and feels like a warm hug. Three products that are especially beneficial during these cold months are the Seed to Skin Scrub, Crème de la Crème, and Essential Balm. The Scrub gently exfoliates while replenishing moisture, while the Crème de la Crème is a rich, velvety moisturizer that ensures skin remains soft and supple, and the Essential Balm is a miracle multi-use oil that you can use from head to toe.
It may be the middle of winter, but our bathroom smells like a Georgia peach farm thanks to Dollcake Skincare. We’ve been delighting in their peach-scented Whipped Body Cream, Whipped Soap, and Whipped Sugar Scrub. And when they say ‘whipped’, they mean it. Lighter than air formulations of their soap and sugar scrubs are just a delight to apply. And their body cream is incredibly rich and creamy. Grab a gift set in one of many flavors to elevate a lucky someone’s bath/shower routine. Use code LEAPINGBUNNY to receive 10% off your purchase.
We are completely obsessed with The Littles from Drunk Elephant. What is it? Basically, it’s all of their best skincare products loaded into one adorable case: Protini Polypeptide Cream, C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, Umbra Tinte Physical Daily Defense SPF 30, C-Firma Day Serum, Virgin Marula Luxury Face Oil, B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, and T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. You can mix and match products to personalize your regimen for your skin type. Just look on their website for recipes! This is the perfect gift for introducing someone to this beloved brand, or for the traveler who hates to check his or her bag when flying. See, good things DO come in small packages.
It’s always nice to pick some new nail polish shades as the seasons change. Flora 1761’s Crimson Peony, Black Iris, and Brunia are perfect options as we transition into the winter months. Crimson Peony and Black Iris are eye-catching jewel tones, while Brunia rocks a lighter, taupe-gray hue. This company offers so many winning colors, and the polish stays on well. The decorative rose on the bottle, topped with a gold cap makes for a pretty presentation. Nail polish is such a versatile offering: give as a stocking stuffer, hostess gift, favor, or supplemental to a gift card. And now you can choose a brand that’s eye-catching vegan, 8-free, and Leaping Bunny certified. Gift sets are available, too.
Giving the gift of luxury has never been easier with the Botanical Bath & Body Gift Sets from Formulary 55. Each set comes with three full sized products: Shea Butter Bath Bar, Shea Butter Hand & Body Crème, and Sparkling Bath Tablet, and is available in three scents: Bourbon & Vanilla, Sea Salt & Lavender, and Vintage Peony. Although it can be difficult to choose scents online, you truly cannot go wrong with any of these options; they all smell incredible. Find them, along with other giftworthy sets from Formulary 55 here:
One of the (many) reasons we love Glossier and its website is that choosing color cosmetics is SO EASY. Each color is shown on multiple skin tones, which makes the selection process as fool-proof as possible. Our current Glossier favorites are perfect for someone into the natural look:
- Generation G sheer matte lipstick comes in six shades. It brings back the natural lip stain look, which has been noticeably missing from the cosmetic market for so long.
- Perfecting Skin Tint is a revolutionary “foundation” that evens out skin appearance, but is super light and adaptable. Skin is dewy and smooth, but you don’t feel like you are wearing makeup at all.
- Cloud Paint gel cream blush also comes in six shades and provides that wonderful natural flush/glow/radiance that you simply blend on with your fingers.
In need of unique stocking stuffers? Check out Hello’s fun charcoal toothpaste kits in three flavors: Hempy Holidays, a refreshing paste made from hemp seed oil and their own farm grown mint; Berry + Bright, an acai-infused formula; and Sleigh Dragon Breath, a fab concoction of dragon fruit and their own farm grown mint. All of these varieties are vegan, fluoride-free, and contain activated charcoal derived from sustainable bamboo, which helps whiten teeth naturally.
Having full lashes has long been a sought-after beauty trait of many a person. For the majority of us who do not inherently have this feature, we can turn to House of Lashes and their wide array of lashes to get the look we are going for. Why not give the gift of glamour this holiday season? For lash-wearing beginners, we suggest the Classic and Mini collections. For those who love full-on drama, definitely check out the Luxe and Faux Mink collections. Don’t forget lash adhesive, available in both clear and black! Be sure to use the code 100crueltyfree for 15% off!
The Discover ILIA kit is perfect for those makeup minimalists on your holiday list. ILIA prides itself in creating a high performance beauty line that is both natural and organic, and this kit contains their bestsellers. It includes their full-sized Multi-Stick in a dusty rose shade, great for use on both cheeks and lips; the perfect travel sized Limitless Lash Mascara in black, a cute mini mauve Tinted Lip Conditioner, which we love for its buildable color, and a deluxe sample of their unique Liquid Light Serum Highlighter in Nova that will perfect a subtle glow. Everything comes in a handy TSA-approved case as well.
Jouer’s Metamorphosis Face & Eye Palette combines all the best warm winter shades in one place! Rich eye colors —from warm neutrals to gorgeous plums to the all-important smoky hues — are nestled next to a shimmery blush and a radiant highlighter in a beautifully decorated case with gold butterflies. Pair this palette with their Essential Lip Enhancer Shine Balm, available in eight complimentary colors for a subtle lip accent. Luckily, Jouer makes this combination a no brainer with their Metamorphosis Collection Bundle! Exuding holiday elegance, it will make a fabulous finish for that seasonal party outfit!
Give the gift of self-care this holiday season (to either you or someone else) with LOLI. Their skincare products are organic, food-grade, raw, wild harvested, and vegan. Our current favorites include the Purple Corn Grains and Matcha Coconut Paste masks that you make yourself (which is great for customizing!). We especially like the latter because of its peppermint scent and there is no cracking or flaking; it stays in place once dried. The dual purpose Chamomile Water can be used to cleanse or tone, and the pleasant-smelling Tea Seed Elixir is a fine finishing touch. A great way to give organic!
Basically, anything you get from Milk Makeup will be awesome, but for the holidays, the company has put together two gift sets that are pretty much perfect gifts: the MVPs Set and the Triple The Kush Set. The MVPs Set is exactly that, all of Milk Makeup’s fan favorites in miniature in one bag: Watermelon Brightening Serum, Cooling Water, Glow Oil Lip + Cheek, Highlighter in Blitzed, Bronzer in Bake, Hydro Grip Primer, and Deluxe Kush Mascara in Boom. We love these products for their TSA-friendly solid state and their mascara is THE BOMB. We have no idea how they make such an amazing vegan mascara (sidenote: all their products are vegan). Their Triple The Kush Set also comes with a full sized mascara plus their mini Kush Clear Brow Gel and Lip Balm for basically the same price as a full tube of mascara.
Mineral Fusion is synonymous with high quality cosmetics and skincare. Their wide distribution in stores like Sprouts, Wegmans, and Whole Foods, is great for being able to test colors and shades in person! Right now, we are loving the Sheer Moisture Lip Tint; it’s perfect for those who are into a more natural look with just a light pop of color. And the Eye Shadow Trio is the go-to trio for creating a long-lasting, crease-resistant eye look from just one product. Idea: Check out Mineral Fusion’s wide variety of nail colors, skin care produts and other cosmetics and create a customized gift for the holidays for just about anyone on your list.
The gorgeous products from O’o Hawaii will take your skincare routine to the next level. We recently were lucky enough to try a few of their products, starting with the Birdseed Detoxifying Face Scrub, a delightful exfoliating cream that lightly foams when massaged into the skin. The scent of fresh pineapple and coconut is incredible and skin feels rejuvenated and smooth afterwards. A light application of their Feather Beauty Balm produces the most beautiful glow. For an extra treat, we indulged in their Birds + Roses Rose Quartz Hydrating + Firming Mask, which contains the oil from over 600 roses! It is infused with crystals and antioxidants to combat anti-aging and healing. From the beautiful glass jars to the thoughtful formulations, O’o Hawaii products are perfect for the consummate skincare guru. Take 20% off your order with the code CRUELTYFREEHOLIDAY.
This dynamic duo of Purifying Hand Soap and Hydrating Hand Cream comes from Leaping Bunny certified dynamic duo, OSEA and Parachute. Beautifully packaged in white glass, they will instantly take your sink-side space to the next level. Not only are these products made with skin-soothing ingredients, including aloe, coconut oil, and shea butter, but they complement each other perfectly with the light scent of Vetiver and Lemon. This pair is the perfect gift for the person on your holiday shopping list that appreciates high quality, staple products or that one person that is impossible to shop for!
Hello magical trio of goodness for the face! Otto Skin Goods serums are seriously one of our favorite new discoveries. Formulated with only active and plant-based ingredients designed to work together, the serums are meant to simplify skincare. The Go-Getter Day Serum is such a hit because it helps skin stay moisturized and glowing all day long while protecting it from the elements, and it doesn’t leave an oily residue. Before bed, the Multitasker Night Serum is a must for renewing skin through gentle exfoliation from fruit acids all while calming it. And a few drops of the Fresh Start Face Oil add lightweight moisture and brightening. Treat the skincare aficionado in your life to this one-of-a-kind system. Use code holidaycheer to get $10 dollars off your order.
The cold weather so prevalent at this time of year can really do a number on your skin, so let us introduce you to SPARITUAL's fabulous moisture-harnessing Hydration Mist and Body Creme duo, a perfect gift for pretty much anyone, since we all have skin! We’ve tried this combo and can tell you this: it’s our new favorite post-shower ritual. Just spray the Hydration Mist in front of you once you’re dried off from the shower and step into the loveliness as it falls on you. Follow up with the Body Creme, a luxurious moisturizer that comes in a tube for easy application but is incredibly thick and actually more like a body butter without the oily residue.
Veriphy’s Triple Threat Discovery Kit is a wonderful gift for the loved one who needs high quality, cruelty-free skincare on the go. This skincare regimen is so versatile, whether applied after a gym workout and quick shower before heading to the office, or after jet setting from one time zone to another. The kit contains highly concentrated formulas of eye crème, facial serum, and facial moisturizer (all vegan!). A little goes a long way, so these products are perfect to keep in a gym or travel bag. The cute packaging makes the kit the ideal stocking stuffer too.