Picking out non-toxic gifts is difficult, especially when it comes to stocking stuffers. Too often we end up filling stockings with plastic trinkets and toxic personal care products (unknowingly exposing our loved ones to harmful chemicals) and things that our giftee just plain won’t use. Our team has taken the guesswork out by creating a list of our favorite MADE SAFE® certified products that your family will love (and actually use!) this holiday season.
Every day, each one of us is exposed to a variety of chemicals through the products that we use from shampoo and children’s toys to cleaning products and even feminine care. Some ingredients in these items are known carcinogens, neurotoxins, obesogens, hormone disruptors and more. The good news is that reducing your exposure to harmful chemicals can set you up for a healthier life. For example, by subbing personal care products that contain phthalates, parabens, oxybenzone and triclosan with safer ones, it is possible to significantly reduce levels of these endocrine-disrupting ingredients in the body.
To help you make healthier choices, we’ve vetted all the products in our gift guide through our rigorous scientific process, which means that they’re made without known behavioral, reproductive, and neuro toxins, carcinogens, hormone disruptors, heavy metals, high-risk pesticides, flame retardants, toxic solvents, and harmful VOCs. In addition, ingredients have been examined for bioaccumulation (builds up in our bodies), persistence (stays in the environment) and aquatic toxicity.
So, as you stuff the stockings with care this year, you can feel confident that what you’re giving is safe—for both the planet and your loved ones. Happy giving!
■ BathTime: Pleni Naturals Apple + Broccoli Hair & Body Wash
Why we love it: With a dual-purpose product, it’s one less thing to buy! The apple-based cleanser is designed to keep both hair and skin clean, but still nourished with hydrating broccoli oil. Finally, we love that Pleni Naturals is now offering a pump for easy dispensing.
Why we love Pleni Naturals: The company’s founder, Allyson Owens, created Pleni Naturals not only with safe products and ingredients in mind, but to inspire kids to love veggies. We love anything that might motivate kids to eat more greens! GIFT IT.
■ Toys: Bioserie Toys
Why we love them: Bioserie is the first-ever company with MADE SAFE certified toys. Bioserie offers toys made from bioplastic made from plants. Skipping traditional plastic means skipping the chemicals that can leech from it.
Why we love Bioserie: You can put Bioserie toys in the dishwasher! This is a time-saving game-changer. Just throw them in with your dishes and rest-assured that your child’s toy is safe and hygienic. GIFT IT.
■ Cleaning: Meliora All Purpose Cleaner
Why we love it: Meliora’s All Purpose Soap is the absolute simplest way to clean—you can use it on your hands, counters, bathrooms, and even as a stain remover. The brand skips endocrine-disrupting antimicrobial triclosan and cleans with only four ingredients.
Why we love Meliora: The company is committed to the planet too! Meliora is constantly looking for ways to cut down their impact on the earth—from decreasing waste that ends up in a landfill, increasing the use of recyclable goods, and pledging to use earth-friendly ingredients. GIFT IT.
■ Laundry: Pure Natural Laundry Detergent, Free and Clear
Why we love it: Yeah, we know it won’t exactly fit in a stocking, but it’s absolutely worth giving. Many conventional laundry detergents can contain secret toxic fragrance ingredients, including hormone disrupting phthalates and synthetic musks, that are potent enough for that scent to remain on your clothes through a full wash and dry cycle. In contrast, Pure Natural Laundry Detergent is totally fragrance free!
Why we love Pure Natural Cleaners: The Burgan family struggled with their children’s allergic reactions to conventional laundry detergents, and upon learning that their family wasn’t alone in dealing with these reactions, they set out to create a laundry detergent that was harmless to their children’s health and the environment. GIFT IT.
■ Sleep Aid: Oilogic’s Slumber & Sleep Essential Oil Epsom Soak and Essential Oil Roll-on
Why we love them: Both products use soothing essential oils like orange peel, lavender, grapefruit, mandarin, and bergamot to create calming vapors to ease your baby to sleep. And more sleep for your baby means more sleep for you.
Why we love Oilogic: Co-founded by two moms searching for safe and natural remedies, Jordan Morrow and Worth Anne Herrell know that when you’re desperate to calm a fussy baby, “logic can go out the window.” Oilogic was created to offer moms (and dads) safe and easy-to-use products, both in moments of desperation and every day. GIFT IT.
■ Aphrodisiacs: Good Clean Love Love Oils
Why we love them: These love oils, which come in three sexy scents, are scientifically proven aphrodisiacs. They smell different to everyone, working with your own body’s unique chemistry. They’re great for amping up the intimacy with your significant other as a massage oil, moisturizer, bath oil, and anything else your heart desires.
Why we love Good Clean Love: The company all started with a Love Oil. In hopes of rekindling passion in her own relationship, founder Wendy Strgar created an oil that revved up things in her own life, and she built a business out of it as well! GIFT IT.
■ Fragrance: Cūrata Botanical Fragrance – Dulceo
Why we love it: If you flip over most perfumes, all you’ll see is alcohol and “fragrance,” an umbrella term for what can be more than one hundred ingredients, including endocrine-disrupting phthalates and synthetic musks. Cūrata’s flagship fragrance Dulceo is made with only 100% natural botanicals instead. The result is a sensuous complex scent using sweet orange, neroli, and guava.
Why we love Cūrata: Derived from Latin, the company’s name Cūrata means “to care for.” This is evident in the company’s commitment to botanical fragrances, sustainability, and cruelty-free ingredients. GIFT IT.
■ Sexual Health: Good Clean Love Lubricants
Why we love them: Both of their MADE SAFE certified lubricants work with your body’s natural chemistry using only ingredients that are safe to put on and in the most sensitive parts of your body. Most lubricants are made from petrochemicals derived from petroleum—not Good Clean Love!
Why we love Good Clean Love: The company created Making Love Sustainable, a blog about creating healthy relationships, both inside and outside the bedroom. Posts cover a wide array of topics including communication, sex, mindfulness, pleasure and more. It’s sexy, insightful, and honest. GIFT IT.
■ Sexual Protection: Sustain Natural Condoms
Why we love them: In the process of creating Sustain Natural condoms, the co-founders learned that many condoms on the market are contaminated with nitrosamine, a known carcinogen. Sustain Naturals created a new manufacturing process that prevented contamination with nitrosamine.
Why we love Sustain Natural: This company was started by a father-daughter duo. Sounds strange, right? But that’s what you get when you pair environmental pioneer Jeffrey Hollender and women’s sexual health advocate Meika Hollender. The team is a sustainability powerhouse. GIFT IT.
■ Deodorant: Neal’s Yard Remedies Deodorants
Why we love them: Conventional deodorants and anti-perspirants can commonly contain toxic ingredients like aluminum, triclosan, parabens, fragrance, and butane. NYR’s deodorants don’t contain any of these ingredients, and come as both roll-ons and spray-ons.
Why we love Neal’s Yard Remedies: In addition to being MADE SAFE certified, Neal’s Yard Remedies’ products use certified organic ingredients, so you can rest assured their products meet the highest levels of purity. They’ve also been honored with a Good Shopping Guide rating of 100% for ethics three years in a row. GIFT IT.
■ Hand Soap: Kosmatology Holiday Hand Soaps
Why we love them: Can you imagine a more perfect stocking stuffer? These triclosan-free hand soaps come in three fun holiday scents: Candy Cane Clean, Frosted Pine, and Holiday Spice. These soaps have our team dreaming of Jack Frost, pine forests, and mom’s holiday cookies.
Why we love Kosmatology: The company’s founder Dr. Janis Covey put her experience as a compounding pharmacist to work to create the first Kosmatology products. GIFT IT.
■ Lips: S.W. Basics Organic Lip Balms
Why we love them: At less than $5 bucks a pop, they’re the perfect stocking stuffer for the whole family. They’re designed to actually sink into your lips instead of sit on top, avoiding that waxy, sticky feeling. With only four ingredients, you can’t go wrong with any of the four flavors.
Why we love S.W. Basics: They’re super easy to find! Many large retailers carry this brand. GIFT IT.
For Beauty Buffs
■ Cleanser: Mother Dirt Cleanser
Why we love it: Mother Dirt is passionate about restoring and preserving the good bacteria naturally found on our skin. Most cleansers wash away all of the bacteria on our skin—good and bad. Instead, Mother Dirt’s cleanser gently removes only makeup, oil, and dirt.
Why we love Mother Dirt: Mother Dirt is owned by AOBiome, a biotech company researching the therapeutic effects of introducing and preserving ammonia oxidizing bacteria on the skin. Amazing products backed by science! GIFT IT.
■ Exfoliants: Kaelen Harwell Brightening Trial Set
Why we love it: This set includes three MADE SAFE certified exfoliants: Brightening Strawberry Lemon Enzyme, Green Smoothie Mask, and Turmeric & Almond Scrub. These mini versions of Kaelen Harwell’s full-size products offer a chance to try out which exfoliant is right for you.
Why we love Kaelen Harwell: So much to love—sustainable packaging, organic and wild-crafted ingredients, and vegan and cruelty-free products. GIFT IT.
■ Eyes: True Botanicals Deep Repair Eye Serum
Why we love it: Most creams intended to smooth wrinkles contain retinol compounds, some of which are known developmental toxins and possible carcinogens. Without the use of retinol, True Botanicals created a product that can actually penetrate your skin, allowing powerful ingredients like carrot seed oil, blackberry seed oil, and tuberose stem cells to get to work.
Why we love True Botanicals: They’re setting the standard for what natural beauty should look like. True Botanicals is the first MADE SAFE Brand, which means that not only is their entire line MADE SAFE certified, but they’re committed to certifying all future products too. That’s dedication to non-toxic beauty! GIFT IT.
■ Hair: Radico Colour Me Organic Organic Amla, Ritha & Sikakai Powder
Why we love it: This hair powder aims to offer a variety of benefits to your hair—to help keep your dyed (or natural!) locks shiny and lustrous, and the scalp healthy with the use of only organic ingredients.
Why we love Radico: The company combines contemporary science with age-old Ayurveda to create natural hair product alternatives. GIFT IT.
■ Lotion: Kosmatology Lotion Bars
Why we love them: The perfect on-the-go item. Because the lotion is a solid rather than a liquid, Kosmatology was able to eliminate water in formulation. Without water, the product doesn’t require preservatives, cutting out exposure to potentially harmful ingredients. And the best part, a solid means it won’t spill in the bottom of your bag!
Why we love Kosmatology: The brand formed out of the founder’s desire to create a safe product to improve her child’s eczema. The lotion bar was Dr. Janis Covey’s answer. GIFT IT.
■ Sunscreen: Annmarie Gianni Skin Care Sun Love
Why we love it: Annmarie Gianni uses non-nanoparticle zinc oxide, a safer form of zinc oxide, to protect from UV damage while moisturizing with pumpkin seed, hemp, and olive oil. The product has a light tint, preventing that ghostly white face caused by most zinc oxide sunscreens.
Why we love Annmarie Skin Care: This company shares our commitment to educating people about toxic chemicals in everyday products and how to live healthier lives. GIFT IT.
■ Pads: Organyc Pads and Panty Liners
Why we love them: Most pads use synthetic materials like SAPs (super absorbent polymers). Instead, Organyc pads and liners use organic cotton, inside and out. Because feminine products are worn for several days at a time on a monthly basis, and come in contact with some of the most sensitive skin on women’s bodies, choosing a safe product is crucial.
Why we love Organyc: The company tests its products for efficacy, demonstrating that their pads and liners stack up to popular conventional brands. GIFT IT.
■ Tampons: Natracare Organic Tampons
Why we love them: Natracare products are completely plastic free, compostable, biodegradable, and made without the use of chlorine bleach.
Why we love Natracare: The company created the world’s first certified organic cotton tampon! And now it’s MADE SAFE certified too. GIFT IT.