Odylique’s Ethical Shopper Christmas Gift Guide 2019
Christmas is coming up, and what better way to celebrate than to share with your our Christmas Gift Guide! Although there are so many good products and companies out there, we have decided to focus on companies who follow the same company ethos as us. Keep reading to discover our top ethical companies and the great products they offer this Christmas!
Turtle bags offer a wide range of bags, from grocery bags to bags perfect for the beach. All of their organic cotton bags are certified under the Global Oganic Textile Standard (GOTS), which means no chemical pesticides or fertilisers are used in the production of the of the fabric and farmers must work under safe conditions with an agreed minimum wage.
Our Top Pick:
Our favourite products from Turtle Bags have to be their Organic Grocery Bags. They are perfect to take to the supermarket or farm shop with you to store loose fruit and vegetables. Not only are they ethically sourced and produced but it is a great way to reduce your consumption of single use plastic!
BIDBI is short for ‘bag it don’t bin it’. They produce branded cotton tote bags and take care of the planet in the process. It takes around 1,000 years for a plastic bag to break down, so by choosing a reusable cotton canvas bag you’re helping to reduce pollution. They custom-print your design in-house on a wide range of bags using either 100% Fairtrade Certified Cotton or organic cotton.
Our Top Pick:
Bidbi have so many products that it is difficult to choose our favourite, so we have picked an entire range! And of course, we had to pick their Organic and Faritrade range. They offer everything from bags to aprons all of which are ethically sourced and organic and Fairtrade certified – which we love!
Sustainability is at the very core of Agnes LDN. They sell handmade goods that are designed to reduce packaging waste. They ethically source all of their raw materials, so they were an easy choice for our ethical shopper inspiration! Their bags use 100% organic GOTS cotton and they love to support other small businesses that have similar values, and we do too!
Our Top Pick:
There are so many beautiful designs and colour patterns we could have chosen from Agnes LDN but our stand our product of theirs are their Cutlery Pouches. Their innovative idea of creating a pouch to transport cutlery to and from work are designed to reduce the need for plastic cutlery and make it easier for you to take your own with you!
Neon Kactus are committed to reducing the use of non reusable products, plastic and all other unsustainable materials, in order to protect our planet and create a better tomorrow. They aim to do this by creating products that fit into your lifestyle, with the perfect balance of style and performance! They offer a great range of eco-friendly reusable coffee cups and phone cases, the perfect gift for any coffee lovers in your family.
Our Top Pick:
Our favourite product has to be the reusable coffee cups. They are made from 100% plastic free and fully recyclable materials. As they are made from glass it means that your cup will not absorb residual tastes, odours or germs making it the perfect way to enjoy your coffee!
Enjoy a healthy happy home with Greenscents certified organic laundry and household products. This super-concentrated range contains more than 70% organic ingredients fragranced with scentsational organic essential oils (Citrus, Lavender, Herbal, Minty and fragrance-free Nonscents). The stylish bottles are made from recyclable & sustainable biopolymer made from sugar cane waste. Our favourite thing about this brand is their strong focus on plastic reduction as all of their bottle are designed to be reused when you order their refills!
Our Top Pick:
The Greenscents Minis Collection includes all 8 products: Laundry Liquid, Laundry Conditioner, Washing Up Liquid, Floor Soap, All Purpose Castile Soap, Loo Cleaner, Creamy Polish and Multi Surface Spray. With an example of each fragrance so that you can decide what you like best. Plus you can refill and reuse them – 60 ml is a handy size for travelling!
Green Fibres promise to never use aggressive ingredients or synthetic chemicals such as sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, alcohol (ethanol) or synthetic fragrances or colourants, and to never test on animals and that is why we love them! Their founder’s principles means that product performance and ethical practice are never sacrificed for profit. They have a wide range of products, from toothpaste to men’s care and all of them are made from active natural and organic ingredients aimed to protect, nourish and most importantly, respect your body.
Our Top Pick:
Cotton Shower Towel
Their organic cotton shower towel is made from 100% organic cotton that has been grown, woven and manufactured in Turkey under fair and safe working conditions and certified by the Global Organic Textiles Standards (GOTS) and the Soil Association. The towelling is completely un-dyed and unbleached so you only have the pure, natural colour of the organic cotton.
5 reasons to give organic cotton a go!
- Eliminates hazardous pesticides
- Gives power to farmers not GM companies
- Helps farmers feed their families and local community
- Saves precious water and combats climate change
- Protects you and your family’s skin from harmful chemicals
Nothing says indulgence like chocolate. We love Divine Chocolate for its rich flavour from ethically sourced cocoa beans. Purchasing any product from Divine Chocolate supports sustainable cocoa farming and provides local communities with a premium to invest in social, economic or environmental conditions. This is because the company gives ownership of the business to the farmers, sharing their profits and giving them a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.
Divine is the only chocolate company in the world which is 100% Fairtrade and owned by cocoa farmers.
Our Top Picks:
Although we love all chocolate in the office there are a few of Divine’s chocolate bars that we are particularly partial to, they are; Milk With Toffee and Sea Salt, Milk With Orange and we love to use the Dark 70% Cocoa to make delicious brownies!
We think all Odylique customers are pretty inspiring – it takes someone compassionate, with an open mind and a desire to make a difference to fully appreciate what goes into our products and the wider impact that they have.
Fiona Quinn is one of these inspirational customers and she has recently written a book about her most recent adventure. That is why, for those of you wanting a good book to snuggle up by the fire with this Christmas, we wholeheartedly recommend her new book – Ignore The Fear.
Fiona is a British adventurer and entrepreneur who has written a book about her stand up paddleboarding journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats route. Despite being a complete beginner, and a terrified one at that, in April 2018 Fiona Quinn set out to see if she could stand up paddleboard up the west coast of Britain, 800 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats (LEJOG). This book shares her journey, her thoughts and her feeling from the journey itself to her reactions to breaking three world records along the way. If you buy it directly from her website she offers a signed copy at no extra charge, or even get a personalised signature written for a loved one this Christmas!
Handmade in our Suffolk workshop, we pride ourselves on using only the best natural ingredients in our products and have one of the UK’s largest ranges of certified organic skin care. All of our products are Soil Association certified, PETA cruelty-free certified and our make up range was the first ever make up certified by the Fairtrade foundation. We also offer a great range of gift sets, so give the gift of organic this year!
Our Top Picks:
Our natural makeup range includes the first ever lipsticks and liners to be certified both Fairtrade and organic standards. Our entire make-up range is vegan and contains no allergen ingredients such as wheat or dairy.
With eight organic vitamin-rich botanicals in every product to enhance your natural beauty, it sets the bar for both purity and ethics.
Our organic beauty gift box includes seven trial sizes of our most popular and award-winning natural skin, body and hair care products.
Beautifully packaged, this gift set includes beauty editor & blogger top picks and customer favourites making it the perfect organic gift to share with your loved ones.