Natural Scents for Holiday Gifts

It’s easy to find yummy scented body products – which are the perfect home-run gifts for every girl on your list this holiday season, but I found 3 companies churning out quality organic, natural, and U.S.A. made specialties that won’t break the bank. Here’s the best of what each have to offer.

Malie Organic Fragrances $29:

I’ve been searching for an organic fragrance line with feminine scents that I’d actually want to wear. I tried one a while back which was nothing short of (dirty) hippie in a jar. Awful. I was sent Mango Nectar Perfume Oil from the Hawaiian line Malie to try which comes in a cute roller ball applicator in a pretty frosted glass tube. Sweet aesthetics aside, I was happy to see the ingredient lineup containing 70% organic oils of Sunflower, Kukui Nut, and Coconut which provide the nourishing base for the fragrance itself. I wouldn’t say I’m a mango fan necessarily, but there’s something intoxicating about this combination that’s so sweet yet sexy with an island vibe that makes it wearable, fresh, and easy to layer with other light scents.

LaLicious Sugar Reef Body Oil $24:

I actually stumbled upon LaLicious years ago in a Hawaiian boutique where I bought an Island Guava sugar scrub and savored every last drop of it because it smelled so yummy and I couldn’t find it anywhere to buy another (pre internet shopping, you see). Now this bath and body line is everywhere which means it has grown in popularity because of their natural approach (only 6 ingredients in their oil for example) to bath basics that make your shower feel more like a spa vacation. I was able to try their newest scent Sugar Reef which I totally fell in love with – it’s like the love child of sweet and clean and ocean – just fresh and dreamy.  I use the Body Oil after a shower without using any fragerence after and get tons of compliments.

Pacifica Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter $24:

I was loving Pacifica at Whole Foods long before they found a prominent home in Sephora catapulting them into super-popularity which is where I scored a free set with Indian Coconut Nectar Body Butter, Perfume, and Body Wash for shopping there far too often. Pacifica formulates without animal bi-products, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, GMOs, mineral oil, peanut oil and triclosan, and they’re a cruelty-free company. Their scents are whimsical, breezy, and easy to wear. I think I’ve bellied up to their tester unit in Whole Foods to catch a whiff of each scent at least 5 times. It’s hard to choose one when you love them all. Last week I grabbed their Coconut Crushed Pearl Bronzing Body Butter for a gift at Sephora (it’s exclusive to them). It’s their just-right blend of coconut scent with a slightly shimmered bronzy lotion that gives the skin a healthy glow. There’s also a bronze-free shimmered version that carries the same scent worth checking out if the added color isn’t your thing. Either way, this line has some stellar gift sets in scents that make perfect gifts.

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