11 Small Beauty Businesses InStyle Editors Are Supporting This Holiday SeasonDecember 14, 2021
The holiday season is in full swing, and so are the promotional emails and push alerts about sales, deals, and big business bonanzas coming at us from every angle. And while we hate to miss out on a deal (especially when it comes with two-day shipping), there's something about supporting small businesses that's extra-special this time of year. It feels like really using our money consciously to spread joy, not only to the people we're buying gifts for, but to the ones we're buying gifts from, those entrepreneurs and upstarts for whom every sale counts.
If you want to shop small, we're here to help you discover some of our most beloved brands and products. From the most delicious-smelling candle to the haircare duo that will bring on eternal good hair days, there's something here for every beauty-lover on your list.
1. Ellis Brooklyn Fragrance
"Gifting fragrance can be tough because everyone has unique scent preferences. That's what makes this Ellis Brooklyn set ingenious," says InStyle.com's Beauty Editor, Erin Lukas. "It comes with the brand's three best-selling scents (Myth, Rose, Fawn), along with three single notes (Palo Santo, Tonka, Patchouli) so you can mix and match to create your own individual fragrance."
2. Native Spa Body Care
Nativa Spa is a small Brazilian-owned brand that highlights the ultra-moisturizing and firming benefits of topical quinoa. "The body lotion is my favorite product because of its super buttery and hydrating formula that smells better than anything I've ever tried," says Genesis Rivas, a beauty writer for InStyle.com. "The scent is warm, floral, and has a hint of vanilla."
3. Otherland Candle
With over 55 hours of burn time and a vegan and cruelty-free formula, it's impossible not to love Otherland. The brand's limited-edition holiday collection — Adorned — includes this warm-smelling candle with notes of toasted cloves, honeybell orange, and dark mahogany. It's the perfect candle for anyone who loves scents that feel both elevated and warm.
4. Chillhouse Instant Manicure
No time, no problem. These reusable press-on nails make manicures easy and fun. They're available in a slew of fun designs, such as this retro-inspired one. Buy them individually or indulge in a bundle of three to play with different trends.
5. Ceremonia Haircare
This WOC-owned clean hair brand stays true to its Latinx roots by using traditionally Latin American ingredients, such as chia seed oil and blue agave extract in all its products. This duo features guava, an antioxidant-rich superfruit that nourishes and protects hair from free radicals, and each product smells refreshingly sweet, too.
6. Onå New York Skin Care
This female-founded brand is all about combining Russian beauty rituals with clean ingredients and sustainable packing for a relaxing skincare experience that does good for you and the planet. "This hydrating cream is an indulgent moisturizer formulated with hyaluronic acid, aloe vera, camellia oil, and vitamins to hydrate the skin and keep it looking radiant," says Rivas. "The texture is soft like silk and intensely hydrating without feeling too heavy or sticky on the skin."
7. Nopalera Soap
We love a good Latinx-owned beauty brand, and this one takes it a step further by paying homage to the cactus native to Mexico — the nopal. Rich in hydrating and nourishing properties, each soap is also made in small batches with a cruelty-free and vegan formula.
8. Golde Face Masks
Give your skin a reset with these two masks. "The weird week between Christmas and New Year's tends to feel like one long day, which makes it the ideal time to indulge in some self-care, like a face mask. These powder formulas by Golde are packed with superfood ingredients to brighten and detoxify skin, and kind of like cooking — except these are two recipes are impossible to mess up," says Lukas.
9. Topicals Sensitive-Skin Saviors
This Black-owned brand was created to change the way consumers think about flare-ups by addressing people with chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, and talking to them about their skin in an uplifting way while also providing them with effective skincare. This duo includes its best-selling brightening and clearing gel-like serum and its hydrating overnight mask that reduces hyperpigmentation.
10. Freck Minimal Makeup Set
If you grew up envious of your freckled friends, or know someone who can relate, then this is the perfect gift. The set includes Freck's best-selling faux freckle applicator, its liquid blush, and its newly launched highlighter. Pick from any of the give blush shades and three highlighters to customize the gift for anyone on your list.
11. Ameōn Skin Glow Cubes
Inspired by the founder's radiation treatment, Ameōn's skincare cubes replicate the effects of cryotherapy to give skin a glow boost and tightening effect. To use, put the cubes in the freezer at least three hours before applying, then wrap one in a gauze provided with the products, and gently run it over cleansed skin.
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