beauty + home gift guide

gift guide

here is the last gift guide, I have being using these products + gifted to others (except the cookie-mix) to be sure they are quality, thoughtful gifts. all are vegan, non-toxic, some organic and most eco-conscious. to me quality is in the effort put into creating products that benefit us & the environment. these are also ideal for stocking stuffers or simply, winter holidays gifts to keep you warm/moisturized/happy.

eden’s garden good night essential oil / this is the year I discovered the glory of essential oils. in fall I began researching on essential oils for my burner and found these synergy blend of Chamomile, Lavender, Peru Balsam, Sandalwood, & Ylang Ylang. It smells divine, you can use essential oils topically if you dilute them with carrier oils, or just opening them and sniffing them. I like this band because its 100% pure (no additives) and really any oil you get be it for culinary or beauty should be in dark bottles, its a pure method of perceiving the oils and keeping them fresh! pair this with Badger sleep balm

kuumba-made vanilla musk body oil normally I dont purchase things labeled fragance but kuumba-made uses oils and resins from flowers, plants, roots and trees. but really I purchased this because it smells so yummy, I love vanilla and I like to rub this on my wrists after a shower as I head to bed.

laurel skin body oil I got this for my mother and she fell in love with this oil, which is a great feat because my mother is particular about (everything) nonetheless I’m not spruced because Laurel uses whole, organic, ingredients in her creations. my mother was a sun-lover when she was a child so she loves this oil because it helps her deal with damaged skin – it has rosehip seed, avocado, and tamanu oils that help protect and keep skin healthy. its also packaged in a dark bottle, which shows they know their chemistry! keeps the oils fresh.

objects with purpose candle tin sampler / comes with three tins of scents at random & matches, I was kind of surprised how much I loved the scents, personally I got gifted, archetype rising & francesca’s chai. they are made with organic coconut butter and when you light the candle, you can use the oil/butter as a body massage oil, moisturizer, etc. Really thoughtful gifts with multi-uses.

free people serenity loose-leaf tea / Winter means indulging in warm beverages (especially on rainy days). I adore this tea. its herbal feat. lemon balm, rose petals, chamomile, strawberry & valerian root. Light and sweet

paine’s basalm fir incense / makes your room smell like a forest, 100% natural and sustainable (most incense are not pure.) so if you’re like me and would rather be out in the great outdoors this is an fitting gift. it also comes with a little stand to place the incense rods in.

free people chocolate/mint cookie mix / *according to the site this one is vegan & gluten free but its not certified g.f. so keep that in mind. nonetheless its a cute looking gift,

Pet Gift Guide

This gift guide is centered around our animal companions. I have a little Shih Tzu named Mimi who is the joy of my life and consistently inspires me to be a better person and especially embrace that pesky concept called responsibility. If you are lucky to have a animal companion hopefully this will inspire you to reach out and give them a little gift to cherish their presence in your life. The items I chose vary from ethically obtained, USA made or support no-kill animal shelters.

And if you are considering to get a animal companion I could endlessly emphasize the importance of adopting from shelters and giving an animal a forever home. For more info check out Best Friends Animal Society you can also sponsor animals at wonderful sanctuaries/rescues such as Woodstock Animal Sanctuary or Nowzad

gift guide for pets

Free People Hand Stamped Pet Tags / American made coin tags for your feline or canine

Animal Hearted Best Friend’s Tee  / Animal hearted is apparel for all animal lovers and they are quite popular on Instagram. These shirts are printed with eco-friendly waterbased inks on 100% ringspun cotton tees They donate 25% of proceeds from this product will be donated to a no kill animal shelter!
Ground and Hounds Coffee Co. Morning Walk Breakfast Blend / What is coffee doing here? This shop sells 100% organic & fair trade coffee blends and donates 20% of all proceeds to rescue organizations  helping stray animals find forever homes. They believe in the no-kill shelter movement and truly work to improve animal welfare through their ethically sought out coffee beans and blends.

Calming Stress Reliever for Dogs / I have used this for my pup when we moved earlier this year. Mimi is prone to anxiety and sometimes gets scared and this was nice to have on hand when I felt she wasn’t feeling safe in new surroundings. 

Free People Fireside Plaid Doggie Tee / During winter, some dogs get cold quite easily and canine clothes can come in handy. This one is USA made from Penny and Pooch
Dr. Harvey Emune-Boost for Dogs / This one is one my wish-list, Emune-Boost is a blend of herbs that help the body’s immune fighting abilities. Its a vegan formula and I recommend this article to read and please note if you do offer your canine or feline something new such as food, medical, health (be it holistic or not) – be sure to check with a vet or start off small to make sure they are adjusting well 
Free People Printed Cat Tipi / Can’t forget the felines! handcrafted from cotton canvas, birch wood, and micro fiber suede, vegan friendly.
Bobby + Bambi Gourmet Bakery Holiday Biscuits / These treats are one of the best you can possibly get for your pup. Handmade with organic ingredients. The flavors are centered around winter such as gingerbread men and cranberry stockings. My pup really loved the pumpkin + peanut butter, and cranberry ones! They are gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, and preservative-free. The packaging is also cute
Squeaky Plush Dog Toy Houndstooth / Squeaky dog toy filled with eco friendly fiber filling that is safe for pets

Bone Bons Organic Dog Treats Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies theoretically dogs can have chocolate in the form of carob, I have these treats and my dog loves them, they are crunchy and made with organic ingredients made in the USA. I think most dogs adore peanut butter…