We are fast approaching a holiday that might give you some grief if you’re a holistically minded person. Valentine’s Day tends to be all about chocolate and candy- and while there is nothing exactly wrong about good, quality chocolate, many people are realizing how detrimental most popular candies are to our health. Corn syrup, food dyes, and artificial sweeteners are the most common things found in popular candy brands.
So if you’re like me, you never want to give your friends and family the typical things that are just “normal” during the holidays. I won’t pay money for products laced with carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, or artificial ingredients. If I wouldn’t buy it for myself, why would I want a loved one to have it?! But knowing what to get someone who isn’t exactly crunchy can be a dilemma!
Here are some ideas that may help!
Himalayan Salt Lamp
Salt lamps are amazing! They can help purify the air, relax your mind, help anxiety, and they are really gorgeous. There are all different shapes and sizes these days too, plus they even have candle holders or nightlights! Whole Foods and Bed, Bath and Beyond also have a good selection of salt lamps. The trick to finding a real lamp is to look for those that use pink salt mined in Pakistan (you can read other ways to make sure it is a good one here.) You can choose from lamps like this one, this candle holder, or even this nightlight.
Better Beauty Products
Check Bed, Bath and Beyond, Whole Foods, Vitamin Shoppe, or even Target! Target has so many awesome new products like Zum Body spray (made with essential oils, vegetable glycerin, and water- that is it!). Whole Foods has great makeup, lotions, body washes, and more.
Poofy Organics is my ABSOLUTE favorite for better personal care products. You can check out the whole catalog here, or just check out my favorites that can be given as gifts: Right now, they have this Movember kit for men; these bath bombs, shower steamers, or bath salts; all of these amazing essential oils; or these cool natural remedies that include a wide range of things to choose from. Or even better, get a gift certificate!!
If you don’t know already, most of the popular candle brands use toxic ingredients that can be carcinogenic. Most candles are made of paraffin, which is a petroleum waste product- when it burns, it lets off the same chemicals as diesel gas! On top of that, they add synthetic fragrances that are also terrible for our health. So candles might seem innocent, but they are just another thing that is in our environment that can cause us health issues. If you want to read all about this, check out Wellness Mama’s article on it!
The best thing to look for is a company that uses 100% pure beeswax and natural essential oils. When I first researched this issue, I found Root Candles. They have both beeswax and soy blends for their candles, they use essential oils for their fragrances, they have cotton wicks, and some of their candles have an 80 hour burn time. I’ve used about 5 or so of their candles, and I love them! Root has interesting scents like Tiramisu or traditional scents like English Lavender. (And these are on Prime, so you’d get them in time for the weekend!)
Poofy Organics also has awesome candle melts made from coconut wax and essential oils.
Make a relaxing gift basket!
What is better than pampering your loved ones? Make up a nice basket with bath and beauty goodies: a bag of Epsom salts or magnesium chloride flakes, lavender essential oil, a brush for dry skin brushing, a new book, and a candle! If they are a really health conscious person and love new ways to help their health, maybe add supplies to make castor oil packs.
Make a Dessert!
Instead of nasty, cheap chocolates, why not make your own special treat for someone? Here is a list of my favorite recipes to give you some ideas:
Gluten Free Chocolate Beet Cake (like a REAL red velvet cake!)
Coconut oil chocolate bark This is absolutely divine. It is easy to make, full of good fats, and you can use maple syrup or honey for the sweetener.
Chocolate Butter Fat Bombs: These are perfect for making your own box of chocolates since you can use your own silicone molds in different shapes!
Or the best yet: make a clean version of chocolate lava cakes! I used this recipe before from Pamela’s and I used their gluten free pancake/baking mix. They turned out amazing!
So this Valentine’s Day, look beyond the boxed chocolates! Treat your loved ones (or yourself) to a healthier gift!