Holiday Gift Guide 2018
The holidays are such an awesome time of year, and I especially love it because I LOVE giving gifts. It makes me so happy to give my family and friends gifts that I know they’ll love and maybe introduce them to things they didn’t previously know about.
Because you all know I’m big into health and wellness, I thought I’d make a guide with all of my favorite things so you can introduce your family and friends to some new and health-promoting products and services. What better way to say “I love you” or “Happy Holidays” than a gift with someone’s health and wellbeing in mind?
Without further ado, here are my favorite things! I hope you, your friends, and family love them too!
My favorite source for convenient, delivered-straight-to-your-door, high-quality meat. Grass fed beef, heritage bred pork & bacon, and organic chicken from humanely raised sources. Can’t beat that! If you shop ButcherBox by clicking the link, you’ll get $10 off your first order and a free package of bacon! - $149/month (for the standard box)
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Beautycounter is a a skincare company and advocacy organization that makes high-performing, safer skincare products that I trust and have fallen in love with. More than the products themselves, I love this company's mission: to get safer skincare products into the hands of everyone since federal beauty industry laws haven't been updated since 1938! Beautycounter bans the use of more than 1500 toxic ingredients that the U.S. still allows in mainstream beauty products -- ingredients that are known carcinogens and endocrine disrupters (meaning they mess with your hormones!). I don't know about you, but I want nothing to do with those toxic chemicals, and I'm so grateful that organizations like Beautycounter exist to not only bring safer, high-quality products to the market, but to also advocate for safer beauty laws on the hill and work to actually make changes to policy surrounding the beauty industry.
Below is a selection of my favorite products. If you purchase $100 or more in product from Beautycounter using my link (beautycounter.com/amyflashenberg), you’ll receive a free gift from me as a ‘thank you’ for supporting the safer skincare movement!
I have to admit that I was very skeptical of this product when I first saw it come out. The word "peel" quite frankly scared me because my understanding of peels is that they are chemical and leave the skin red and burned after using them. In fact, the word "peel" isn't really accurate for what this product does. It's actually a way of gently sloughing off dull skin with soothing and resurfacing acids, revealing glowing skin underneath. I didn't think it would work as well as it did, but you guys, this is a DREAM product. My fine lines on my forehead have reduced in appearance dramatically, and my skin GLOWS now. This is new for me. I use it about 3 times a week before bed and wake up with baby-soft, vibrant skin. Highly recommend. - $58
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This is the product I use the most (once or twice a day), and I anticipate using it more and more as the winter months approach because my skin dries out that time of year. This is the most effective facial moisturizer I've ever used, and I have to say that it's been the #1 thing to transform my face skin in the last 9 months since I started using it. It's light and not greasy, and soaks into the skin leaving it smooth, vibrant, and very hydrated. I use it on my face before putting on my makeup in the morning and after I get out of the shower. - $49
I think this set is a perfect gift for anyone looking to try Beautycounter’s most popular products (aka products that are useful to and loved by just about anyone!). The set includes: Cleansing Balm (serves as a daily cleanser, make-up remover, moisturizer, and overnight mask); Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion (the same one featured above); No. 1 Brightening Facial Oil (lightweight citrus-scented facial oil that awakens and replenishes the skin); and the No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask (this clay charcoal mask purifies and balances the skin, absorbs excess oil, and leaves behind a smoother-looking complexion). - $89
This set includes 6 staple makeup pieces, and is an amazing way to do an efficient overhaul of your most-used makeup products for safer, yet high-performing, alternatives. My favorite part? You pick your shades/preferred type for each product, so it’s customized precisely for you! The set includes: Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation; Touchup Skin Concealer Pen (my all-time favorite Beautycounter product!); Color Define Brow Pencil; Mascara; Satin Powder Blush; and Lip Gloss. - $150 (the set saves you $37 over purchasing each of these products on their own.)
Admittedly, I am not very good at putting on makeup. But this palette has made creating a smoky eye, neutral work-appropriate lid, or other fun combination fool-proof! A color for every occasion, especially entering into the holiday season! A total of 18 colors, this palette is free of heavy metals (Beautycounter triple tests their products), so no need to worry about slathering these beautiful pigments all over your lids! Rest assured knowing the color you’re wearing is good for you! - $89
Let’s not forget the men in our lives! Significant others, fathers, fathers-in-law, brothers, cousins, friends — they all need safer self-care products too. I’m so excited that Beautycounter is now offering this set designed especially for me, including: Daily Exfoliating Cleanser; Smoothing Shave Cream; Cooling Aftershave Tonic; and Oil-Free Face Lotion, all in a handy travel kit! -$45
I absolutely LOVE my dry brush. I use it before showering once or twice a week, and have notice significant improvements in my skin, and health in general, since it moves toxins out of the body and gets lymph moving! Such a great self-care tool for you or someone in your life who might need a little extra help with supporting his or her detoxification pathways. - $9.95
I never knew much about essential oils before I started using them this year, and now I don’t know what I would do without them. They are incredibly powerful, and can serve so many different functions from pain relievers, anxiety & stress-reducers, to cleaning solutions and beyond. Aromatherapy is a powerful supportive therapy to add any holistically minded person’s toolbox! - Prices vary
To diffuse your essential oils, you need a diffuser, and this one is probably the prettiest one you’ll find. It has a beautiful sandblasted glass cover, and fits perfectly in any decor style. - $59.99
An amazing resource for any woman (or man!) wanting to learn more about their hormones, how to regulate them, especially after coming off birth control, in a natural way. Empowering for women wanting to learn more about their bodies and take charge of their health! - $17.86
When it comes to supporting your hormones with nutrition, it’s all about quality and proper balance of nutrients. Oftentimes people can get caught up in the details and get stuck thinking about how to actually implement nutritional strategies for supporting a healthy endocrine system. Luckily, this Balanced Hormones Nutrition & Meal Guide will be your best friend as you learn to navigate the best balance of macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates), and what quality food looks like, and why it’s so important for healthy, balanced hormones. - $24.95 (use code: HOLIDAYS20 at checkout for 20% off!)
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Nutritional Therapy is a holistic approach to nutrition using properly prepared, nutrient-dense whole foods, along with a well-balanced lifestyle, to correct nutritional imbalances and dysfunction in the body. Working together, we will take a foundational approach to wellness, and dig deep to explore the root cause issues contributing to your health challenges, so that you can make the necessary nutrition and lifestyle changes that will lead to long-term improvements in your health and wellbeing. Amy sees clients in-person or remotely, who want to support their bodies from the inside out and have support healing from digestive issues and hormone imbalances using nutrition, lifestyle, and mindset.
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I’ve tried several natural deodorants (because who wants heavy metals like aluminum seeping into their blood via their armpits?!), and this one is by far the winner in my book. I love the scent, and it really does work for keeping odor at-bay (and I’m not an everyday showerer #sorrynotsorry). Highly recommend this one!
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If you swap anything to a safer/more natural alternative, I suggest it be what goes on your lips because, we all know, it ends up going in your mouth (no matter how hard you try!). But this lip balm is not only 100% natural, pure ingredients, but it’s also the only lip balm I’ve ever used that doesn’t ultimately dry my lips out more than when I started! It’s incredibly moisturizing, and I’m partial the the lavender scented one.
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CBD oils are becoming popular, and for good reason! They are a great tool for managing anxiety and promoting healing without any psychedelic effects (there is no THC in this product!). Elixinol uses safe, organic farming practices, and grows their own hemp plants (rather than sourcing them from a third party), meaning, they know how each plant is grown and how it is harvested. The CBD tincture contains coconut oil as a carrier oil for maximum bioavailability. I use this at night before bed, and it really relaxes me, especially if I’m having a high-anxiety day.
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