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May 2018 (Vol. 3 Issue 3)

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Christmas gift ideas for all the family


Breathe easy


The Art of Breathing, $7.23

International bestselling author and meditation teacher Dr Danny Penman shares the secret to living mindfully in this beautifully illustrated paperback. Practicing his easy-to-follow breathing exercises, Penman says, will help to dissolve anxiety, reduce stress and unleash creativity.

Perfect scents

Moss Chandlers

Cinnamon Aromatherapy Candle, $29.95 (9 oz);
tel: 386-243-5380

All the candles from natural candle specialists Moss Chandlers are handcrafted from pure certified organic beeswax and scented only with certified organic essential oils. This candle has a warm cinnamon aroma perfect for the holidays. They come in a range of other fragrances from earthy clove to zesty grapefruit and lemongrass.

Helping hands

Green People

Damask Rose Hand Cream, $25 (1.6 fl oz)

Part of Green People's special edition 20th anniversary collection, this all-natural, 91 percent organic hand cream is deeply nourishing thanks to a blend of plant-derived ingredients like shea butter, jojoba seed oil, aloe vera and marshmallow root extract. The cream provides long-lasting moisturizing power in a non-greasy formulation, and its complex floral scent, including rose otto and jasmine with hints of citrus, is perfect for the holidays
and year-round.

Back in action


Perfect Touch Massage Cushion, $349.99; tel: 800-466-3342

Come home from a long day at the office to this clever massage cushion that can deliver a full back massage any time or place. It's controlled with a mobile app that allows you to create customized massage programs or to choose from three preset 'zones.' The neck and shoulder massagers are particularly helpful for relieving tension caused by activities like computer work and household chores. The cushion also has optional heat for even more soothing effects on tired muscles.

Little luxuries


Body Oil Starter Kit, $15.99 (6 oils, each 0.34 fl oz); tel: 800-241-1030

Natural health and skincare brand Weleda has created a sampler of its moisturizing body oils that includes the brand's muscle-warming Arnica Massage Oil, skin-toning Birch Cellulite Oil, soothing Lavender Relaxing Body Oil, vitamin-rich Pomegranate Regenerating Body Oil, nourishing Sea Buckthorn Body Oil and intensely moisturizing Wild Rose Body Oil. Each product is made with fair trade ingredients and comes in a convenient travel-size bottle for on-the-go skin care. The oils can be mixed for personalized scents and moisturizing properties.

Her cup of tea

Tea Beyond

Blooming Tea Glass Teapot with Infuser, $18.99

This gorgeous glass teapot would make an elegant gift for any tea fan. Specifically designed for blooming tea, it also comes with an infuser to brew loose-leaf tea. The mouth-blown glass teapot is made from lead-free, 20 percent recycled glass with a 20-oz capacity and non-drip spout design.

Think inside the box

Love Lula

Monthly Beauty Box, from $69.23 for 3 months

Why not treat a natural beauty junkie to a subscription box from Love Lula? Your giftee will receive a curated collection of hair-care, skin-care and makeup supplies delivered to her door each month, all made without harmful chemicals or animal testing. You can choose from a three- or 12-month subscription.

Bottle it


Holiday water bottle, 500 mL, $35; tel: 855-692-5796

For gym-goers, this cute water bottle is practical, stylish, healthy and environmentally friendly. It has a simple glass design with a perfect sipping-size opening, handy looped cap and a silicone sleeve that comes in an array of pretty candy colors—like this 'Holiday' shade inspired by "paperbacks by the pool." Best of all, there's no need to worry about BPA or the other nasty chemicals you find in plastic water bottles.


Eau naturel

Dr Squatch

Hemlock Trail Organic Cologne, $42 (1 fl oz); tel: 0208 693 5150

Natural "manly" soap brand Dr Squatch offers unique colognes made from jojoba and almond oils blended with essential oils, which can double as beard oils. Hemlock Trail is scented with cedar, sweet orange, fir needle, sage, patchouli and hemlock spruce, and most ingredients are organic. It's a refreshing, natural and timeless scent that's perfect for the winter months.

Smooth operator


Shaving Cream, $14.50; tel: 800-241-1030

You can't go wrong with Weleda's range of shaving and skin care products for men. This shaving cream works up a rich lather and contains goats milk to soothe the skin after a close shave. Combine with Weleda's after-shave toner, balm, moisturizer or body wash for an all-natural gift set he'll love to use.

Bring to light


Bodyclock Active 250, $169; tel: 800-263-0066

Ideal for anyone who struggles to get out of bed in the morning, this 'dawn simulator' wakes you up gradually with increasing natural light—and could have beneficial effects on sleep, mood and energy levels, according to research. This model comes with a range of features including dimmable lighting, a sunray effect, and a high-quality audio system and speakers with white noise and wave sounds to help with falling asleep and birdsong and even rooster calls to aid in a natural awakening.

Bar none

Iron Gym

Upper Body Workout Bar, $25.49

A fabulous gift for fitness fans, this workout bar is designed to provide a range of upper-body exercises in the comfort of your home or office. It uses leverage to mount over a doorway in minutes with no screws or damage to walls, and can also be used on the floor.Strengthen the back and upper body muscles with chin-ups, pull-ups, pushups and triceps dips, or use it to stabilize the feet during sit-ups and crunches.

Throw in the sponge

Mayberry Health and Home

Konjac Body Sponge 3 Pack, $18.95

Made from a vegetable fiber from the root of the Amorphophallus konjac plant, Konjac sponges are a natural, gentle way to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. This collection features one sponge each containing oil-absorbing bamboo charcoal, antioxidant green tea and antibacterial turmeric and is sure to make a fun yet practical stocking stuffer.

Hit the bottle

Üllo Wine Purifier and Decanter, $149.99

Üllo uses patented Selective Sulfite Capture filter technology to purify wine of sulfites, the common wine preservative that some people are sensitive or allergic to. According to the company, removing sulfur can also improve the clarity of wine and restore its natural flavor. This set also includes a beautiful hand-blown crystal decanter to enjoy red wine to its fullest, with optimal air exposure and pouring. Six filters are also included, each good for one full bottle of wine.



12-Cup Ready-Pour, $37.99; tel: 800-503-2939

Boasting a patented, five-stage Ion Exchange Filtration system, this water filter is said to remove 99.6 percent of dissolved solids from water, including fluoride and heavy metals like lead and mercury. In fact, it's independently certified to remove lead, mercury and chromium by public health and safety organization NSF International. A clever feature is the sealed lid and reservoir, making it possible to pour water that has already been filtered without spilling water that's still filtering. A great gift for the health-conscious.

With the band


Alta HR, from $149.95

With this slim, smart activity tracker, he can monitor his walks, runs and sport sessions as well as his heart rate and sleep. There's a great range of interchangeable wristbands to choose from—from classic black to brown leather and stainless steel—and the clock face is customizable too. Ideal for anyone who wants to keep track of their health and fitness goals with a wearable that won't compromise on style.

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