It’s almost November, decorations are starting to go up, and Mariah Carey is almost ready to terrorise everyone with her holiday classic again.
The Christmas gears have started to turn, but this year will be unlike any other we’ve experienced, and this warrants gifts that are more thoughtful — not only for its recipient but also for the environment. After all, Christmas might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also easily the most wasteful.
Whether it’s a single bath bomb or a complete gift set, Lush has championed the ethos of thoughtful sustainability every festive season. For one, the UK-based beauty and bath brand is big on ‘naked’ products, so instead of layers of fancy packaging that you’ve to peel through, the product is sold as is to prevent wastage.
Even if you choose to have yours gift packed (it’s Christmas, after all), only recycled paper is used; and for the first time, their undersides are printed with information on its provenance and how to recycle or reuse them. Almost a million recycled bottles have also been turned into ribbons here, and glitter used is plastic-, microbeads-, and mineral oil-free.
Lush also removes water from their products as much as possible so there’s not only a need for less preservatives, but also requires less water to produce and less plastic to be packaged in. Here, the most meaningful Lush gift sets we’d love to see under the tree this year.
Tired of losing the soap? Lush has finally included dishes to keep your favourite bars intact. Each of these marbled beauties are handmade by Granby Workshop in Liverpool, and are made from 70 percent recycled white clay to keep things eco-friendly. The best part is how each dish is completely unique, so you know you’ll be gifting someone a one-of-a-kind bathing experience this year. The bar is a caramel-scented soap that contains mood-lifting hints of sweet wild orange and bergamot oils, with the highly moisturising benefits of honey and aloe vera gel.
Baths are the epitome of self-care, and the only thing better than a bath is one with a bath bomb thrown into it. made for that friend who lives for documenting her technicolored bathing adventures on Instagram, the O’ Christmas Tree is a collection of five exclusive mini versions of Lush’s classics, including the all-time favourite Butterball, which incorporates chunks of cocoa butter that melt into the water to soothe and soften dry and sensitive skin.
Looking for a gift that’ll be remembered long after Christmas? Lush’s new Soap Stacks include two soaps that are wrapped in a Tenugui knot wrap, a Japanese-inspired fabric with an almost infinite amount of uses. Once done being a beautiful vessel for the gift, the wraps can be used as hand towels, bento wraps, and even head bands. Three pre-designed Soap Stacks are available but if you want to get creative, the Tenugui wraps (S$15 each) and contents of your gift can be customised to suit your lucky receiver.
We could all use an adventure this year, so having two bath bombs that can take us through time and space from our bath tubs is a major plus. Comprised of Tick-Tock — a glittering orange Christmas robot that brings citrus scents with the invigoration of popping candy — and Roar! — an adorable dinosaur that unleashes a rampage of antioxidant-rich green tea powder and stimulating peppermint oil — the cheeky set is packed in a recycled box with eco-friendly ribbon, recyclable foil finish paper, and Eco Pops in place of styrofoam, which are made from corn starch and are decomposable.
Made for those who can’t resist the sweet scent of candy, cassis, and fresh strawberry juice, the Gingerbread House promises several baths to remember with its bath bombs, bubble bars, and shower gels, all packaged into an adorable tin that can be used for regifting or storing your most cherished items — actual gingerbread included — once the bathing treats have been unpacked.