Know a beauty lover who has an upcoming birthday? If you’re stuck on what to get them, you need to check out this beauty lover gift guide featuring Canadian small businesses!
Little Bimshire Soap Co, Earthnotes Skincare Junelyco, T&K Wellness, and Thoughtfully Handmade have you covered. From handmade bath products, skincare items and birthday cards, to luxurious silk pillowcases and wellness boxes, it’ll be a great gift!
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1. Skincare Products
What beauty lover doesn’t like skincare? Help your friend try a new skincare brand by giving them something from Earthnotes Skincare! From gift sets, body exfoliants, shower gels and body creams to lip polishes and various balms, they’ve got you covered!
Earthnotes Skincare is an all-woman run natural skincare brand by Jamie-Lee based on Montreal. All of their products are handmade with natural ingredients that hydrate your skin and smells great. Jamie-Lee began Earthnotes Skincare because she couldn’t find a body scrub that exfoliated well, hydrated the skin, made with natural ingredients and was affordable. So, she created her own!
All of her products were created with hydration in mind to help improve the health of your skin. As well, all Earthnotes Skincare products are paraben, sulphate and cruelty-free. I also love their unique scents. Jamie-Lee wanted to make a product that you’d want to use, so she made sure all of her products are natural, simple and beneficial to your skin.
I also love how she has an unscented collection in partnership with the Canadian centre society. I don’t like heavily scented things, so this collection would be perfect for me! If your friend is like me, then this collection would be great for them too. To shop, head to Earthnotes Skincare’s website. Don’t forget to visit their Instagram page for sale and giveaway alerts!
2. Wellness Box
If you really don’t know what to get your friend, why not get her a variety of things? In comes T&K Wellness’ wellness box! The owner, Christel, curates a box of 4-6 items from Canadian businesses that offer non-toxic, all-natural and eco-friendly products. By getting a box, it’s easier for your friend to try out new products at a discounted price!
I personally dislike subscription boxes because I don’t want to buy unnecessary items that I won’t use. However, T&K Wellness has a workaround for that! Christel also features many of the items individually on her website so you can build your own box. This is also a good option if you know exactly what your beauty-loving friend would want, and you want to get them multiple things.
I love the ethos of T&K Wellness- T&K stands for truth and knowledge. I appreciate Christel’s drive to educate us on the truth about mainstream products, so we can make informed decisions! But, why does Christel care so much about ensuring that the products she features are natural? Well, our skin is the body’s largest organ, and it’s pores, which means that it absorbs whatever you put on it. Unfortunately, some products have toxic ingredients that are harmful after long-term use.
Another feature I love about T&K Wellness is that you can order just one box or prepay for more. They also offer free shipping on orders over $50 in Canada, which is great! To order a box for your friend today, go to T&K Wellness’s website. Don’t forget to visit them on Instagram to see what they’re doing behind the scenes!
3. Bath Bombs
Right now is the perfect time for some self-care and relaxation. If your beauty lover loves taking baths, why not make it fun with a bath bomb? Cheryl from Little Bimshire Soap Co makes these uniquely scented and gorgeously coloured bath bombs that your friend will love!
Cheryl started Little Bimshire Soap Co because she wanted to cure her dry, itchy skin. She began with soaps but eventually found her way to bath bombs. I love the bright colours and fruity-sweet fragrances that Cheryl uses! Now, I don’t typically like scents because they give me a migraine, but I don’t mind her bath bombs, which says something! Cheryl always tries to use high-quality ingredients that are skin safe and not an irritant. Love goes into every single bath bomb she makes, and that shows through her products.
I have to highlight one special bath bomb she makes, and that’s called Freedom Noir. 100% of the sales from Freedom Noir are donated to Imani’s Place, which is a Black-led safe refuge for female victims of domestic violence, human trafficking and other forms of abuse. The organization provides services like medical assistance, living essentials, support groups and legal support for these women. Plus, I love how pretty the bath bomb looks and inside, there are tiny heart bath bombs.
Cheryl’s other bath bombs are unique as well. Some have non-conventional shapes, and some have one-of-a-kind scents that Cheryl invented. So, help your friend elevate their bath experience by giving them a handmade bath bomb that moisturizes the skin too! To purchase, go to Little Bimshire Soap Co’s Etsy shop. You should also follow Cheryl on Instagram, where she gives new product alerts!
4. Silk Pillowcase
Sleep is so important, and so is protecting your skin and hair while doing it. If your friend doesn’t have a silk pillowcase already, you should definitely give them one as a gift! Don’t know where to get one? Look no further because Meg from Junely has you covered!
Junely is a women-owned and operated small business based in Victoria, BC. Their goal is to deliver beautiful sleep with the highest quality silk pillowcases in fun patterns and colours. All of their products are made from 22 momme mulberry silk. Momme is the unit of measure for the weight of the silk. Silk is hypoallergenic and made from raw silk produced by silkworms. Mulberry silkworms, in particular, only eat leaves from the mulberry tree, which makes the silk they produce stronger and shinier than other forms of silk, and naturally white.
Most beauty experts suggest using a silk pillowcase because it protects your hair and prevents breakouts. When you toss and turn while sleeping, the friction between your hair and a non-silk pillowcase can cause breakage, leading to less shine and more frizz. Since silk is smooth, it lets your hair glide over the fabric instead.
Regular pillowcases absorb the dirt and oil from your hair and skin. By sleeping on that, it leads to clogged pores and more breakouts. Since silk is less absorbent, it means you aren’t sleeping on dirt and oil. To buy a pillowcase that has function and beauty, head to Junely’s website. Don’t forget to visit their Instagram for more info!
5. Handmade cards
Your beauty-loving friend’s birthday is coming up, but you don’t know know what to get them. Wish them a happy birthday by sending them a thoughtfully handmade card with a personal message inside, especially since birthday parties can’t happen in person right now! You can also pair a handmade card with any gift from this gift guide. That way, you can write a thoughtful message inside to make the gift even more special!
Handmade by me, intended for you to give, all of my cards are meant to spread joy to whoever receives it. I started Thoughtfully Handmade with a mission to help others spread positivity. Giving a handmade card is a small gesture that can bring a lot of happiness to people’s lives! When you give a handmade card, the hours of hard work that I put into every single one shows. The recipient is less likely to throw it away after receiving it because a handmade card will always have more sentimental value than a mass-produced one!
My cards are unique, and I only produce 6-8 cards for each design. By purchasing something from me, you’re also donating ten cents to Toronto Environmental Alliance. They are a non-profit organization that strives to build a greener Toronto. For a beauty lover, the various cards featured here are perfect!
To purchase a card, you can click on a photo above with the design you like or visit the “Shop” page on my website! Don’t forget to subscribe to my newsletter, Yandy’s Chronicles for fun behind the scenes content and to visit me on Instagram if you want to connect!
While birthdays this year have to be celebrated differently, it can still be done in style! Quarantine is the perfect time for some self-care, and your beauty-loving friend will be stocked up on some essentials for doing just that if you give them something from this gift guide.