5 Gifts Under $20 for the Beauty Buff in Your Life

Christmas is officially two weeks away and it’s time to start finalizing the gifts for all the loved ones in your life. I spend plenty of time each year preparing a list of potential gifts for my friends and family. Recently, I was searching for a beauty set that I could give as a gift and found a ton of options. Check out these five gifts under $20 perfect for any beauty buff in your life.

1. Freeman Peace, Love, Glow 10 Piece Kit ($13.99)

This set includes three of the best selling masks Freeman has to offer: Clearing Sweet Tea + Lemon Peel-Off Clay Mask, Hydrating Glacier Water + Pink Peony Gel Cream Mask, and the Detoxifying Charcoal + Black Sugar Mud Mask. In addition, you will receive six other single use masks ranging from the Anti-Stress Dead Sea Mineral Clay Mask to the Soothing Watermelon + Aloe Cooling Gel Mask. Give your loved ones a spa day in a box with this amazing Freeman 10 piece set.


2. The Body Shop Vanilla Marshmallow Delights Gift Set ($17.63)

Body Shop has a ton of festive gift sets to choose from. The Vanilla Marshmallow Delights Gift Set consists of four sweet surprises: Shower gel, body scrub, body butter, and hand cream. Each item features a mix of vanilla from Madagascar and toasted marshmallows perfect for the holiday season. To top it all off, these products come in a cute, reusable sack that will fit right under the tree!

3. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Winter Gift Set ($19.99)

Harsh winters can lead to dry skin. Give the gift of hydration this winter with the help of Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Winter Gift Set. Featuring the Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturizer, Hydrogel Face Mask, Overnight Gel Mask, and Lip Treatment; this set will leave skin looking smooth and moist.


4. NIVEA Pamper Time Gift Set ($12.50)

Nivea has put together the ideal set for any woman in your life. Don’t worry, there’s a kit for men too! The Nivea Pamper Time Gift Set includes five luxury products: The original NIVEA Creme, body lotion, Foaming Silk Mousse Creme Moisture Body Wash, In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion, and lip balm. All these products are packed in a beautiful travel bag perfect for a romantic getaway.

5. Body & Earth Rose Spa Gift Set ($15.99)

Body & Earth has prepared a beautiful spa gift set with all the products necessary for a luxurious bath experience. This set includes soap, body butter, body lotion, hand lotion, and shower gel infused with the scent of rose. The rose soap petals are my favorite part of this box. This set will leave your loved one feeling relaxed and pampered.


Natural vs. Traditional: Which Deodorant is Better?

Within the last few years, the idea of using natural deodorant rather than the traditional kind spread rapidly. Walking through the deodorant aisle, you are sure to see a host of “natural” deodorant brands taking up more shelf space. However, there are several misconceptions about the differences between natural and traditional deodorant. Let’s clear the air:

1. Deodorant and antiperspirant are the same.

With so many deodorant or antiperspirant brands, it can be easy to confuse them. In fact, people tend to use deodorant and antiperspirant synonymously; however, these two are not the same. Deodorant does as the name implies; it blocks odor. Most brands of deodorant do not contain aluminum at all. An antiperspirant seeks to reduce sweat by using aluminum to block sweat glands.

2. Aluminum in antiperspirant leads to cancer and Alzheimer’s.

People often believe that the aluminum in antiperspirants is harmful to the body with some claiming that the skin can absorb the aluminum leading to Alzheimer’s or even cancer. According to a study conducted by Klotz, Neff & Drexler, there is no conclusive evidence to show a connection between aluminum exposure in antiperspirants and these diseases. In fact, aluminum appears all around in the environment and can be absorbed through water, food, cosmetics, and more.

3. Natural deodorant is better for you than traditional deodorant.

It’s important to refer to the list of ingredients on the deodorant labels. Make sure to check whether it is simply a deodorant or a 2-in-1 deodorant and antiperspirant. Natural deodorants may include more natural ingredients such as essential oils that can be better for those with sensitive skin. However, if sensitive skin is not an issue for you, rest assured that your go-to drugstore brand is not harmful.

Overall, the type of deodorant you want to use depends solely on your personal preferences. I enjoy natural deodorant, especially Schmidt’s, because of the consistency and long-lasting scent; however, I still use traditional deodorant or antiperspirant on occasion, especially when I am exercising.

Recently, I have seen brands of natural deodorant in stores charging nearly $12 per unit. In my opinion, one stick of natural deodorant is not worth $12 no matter what it’s made of, and you can achieve similar results from any other natural or traditional brand. Regardless, the choice is yours. There are a ton of great brands, both natural and traditional, to choose from.