At Christmas time we all like to give a little extra, but have you ever thought about what goes in to your gifts? Many of your favourite stocking fillers have rather unsavoury beginnings, beauty products that claim to 'not be tested on animals' just test the individual chemicals, rather than the final product, in order to gain the test-free status. Hidden cruelty is prevalent across a whole host of top companies, from L'oreal to Tresemme, so in order for you to optimise the feel-good factor of giving this Christmas I've lined up the top 5 cruelty free gifts.

1. Ginger Sparkle, The Body Shop

The Body Shop is famous for its commitment to maintaing a cruelty-free and vegetarian friendly range, and it's no different with its Christmas Ginger Sparkle collection. From lip balms to heart shaped soaps, there is something for every taste and to suit every budget.

2. Sandy Santa, Lush
Lush's handmade gift sets are a fail-safe option for any occasion, but if you're feeling the pinch this Christmas then Sandy Santa body butters are perfect at only £4.50 each. A luxurious body butter infused with sugar and sand to moisturise and polish your skin. Even if you choose to keep him for yourself, Sandy will become an absolute party-prep must!

3. Naked, Urban Decay
In 12 shades of nude Urban Decay has managed to create the ultimate go-to eye shadow palette. From the daytime neutral 'virgin', the sultry midnight hues of 'creep', you could really want for nothing more. At £37 it is not the cheapest palette on the market, however, it's varied range of colours make it flattering for all skin-tones and tastes.

4. The Royal Textured Glitter Collection, Barry M
Barry M have created the perfect stocking filler with their Royal Glitter Collection, at £3.99 each they are affordable and desirable in equal measure. With 5 festive themed shades to choose from you are bound to find the perfect one, personally 'Gold Majesty' will be top of my list!

5. Frankincense & Allspice Hand Wash and Lotion Set, Molton Brown
This set provides the perfect amount of seasonal luxury without breaking the bank, at £36 the products come gift wrapped and ready give. Infused with frankincense, allspice and cedarwood, Molton Brown perfectly capture the scents of the season.

Why not spoil someone this Christmas, in fact, why not spoil yourself and treat yourself to a cruelty free Christmas! It’s worth it!

Emma Hughes


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