Organic, fair-trade chocolate
Chocolate just tastes even better when you know that the growers are paid a fair wage and that the growing practices are less destructive to the environment. Fair trade arrangements also provide for a social premium – extra money that is invested back into the communities for much-needed projects. Look for natural and organic chocolates in your local grocery store, Whole Foods or order online.
Essential oil perfume
In "Not So Sexy – The Health Risks of Secret Chemicals in Fragrance", we learned that the chemicals added to commercial perfumes are very toxic and poorly regulated. 95% of chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum and can be linked to cancer, birth defects, central nervous system disorders, hormone disruptions and allergic reactions.
For natural perfumes made of essential oils, try a natural essential oil mixed with water like rose water. Mixed with real rose petal oils and distilled water, it will make her smell like a rose fresh from the garden and she can revitalize and re-moisturise her face, body and hair throughout the day. You can also buy essential oils pre-mixed into perfumes. You can find these divine natural scented oils at Amazon.com, Moutain Rose Herbs, Whole Foods or your local health food stores.
Bath and Body
When it comes to bath and body gifts, give your valentine the gift of natural skincare delights in her favorite scent! Some of my favorite natural and organic skincare brands are Josie Maran Cosmetics, Lavera, Mountain Rose Herbs, Origins, Shea Moisture, Tarte, Weleda and WEN. Most of these natural based skincare brands have gift sets as well as beauty items in natural scents that are non-toxic and healthy for skin and hair. You can also find some of these natural based skincare and beauty products in-store at Target, Sephora and Whole Foods.
Beauty gifts are always appreciated by the lady in your life as long as you pick her favorite brands! If your not sure, you can purchase a gift card from her favorite beauty store. Some great organic, healthy makeup brands and stores are Josie Maran Cosmetics, Lavera, Origins, PurMinerals, Tarte and Yves Rocher. You can find some of these brands in store at Sephora, Target and Whole Foods.
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