Beauty Gift Sets That Keep It Real

Does your bestie know the Bergdorf’s beauty counter like the back of her hand? Is your mother-in-law an early adopter of the newest serums, creams, and cleansers? We’ve got the best gifts for those hard-to-please product lovers from brands they just might not have heard of yet.
(Source: Earth Tu Face)
Earth Tu Face Herbalists by trade, Sarah Buscho and Marina Storm teamed up to create a holistic plant-based beauty line that’s safe enough to well, eat. Their holiday dry skin gift set includes a face wash made with olive oil and ylang ylang oil along with a dense water-free face balm that’s ideal for those who live in cold weather. Bonus: five percent of your purchase goes to a women-run non-profit. 
(Source: BeautyCounter)BeautyCounter The mission here is to ultimately change legislation for the beauty industry, but in the meantime, the folks at BeautyCounter decided to create a line of makeup and skin care items that are verifiably non toxic. The clincher? The stuff actually works, and looks like something you’d find in a high-end department store. We love the packaging of this body and hair set so much, we wouldn't even wrap it. 

(Source: Garden Apothacary) 
Garden Apothecary With a background in farming and plant propagation, Jennifer Lee Segale created Garden Apothecary in 2008 and began making small-batch, botanical beauty face and body goods from her garden. The Mother’s Day bundle can still be purchased and includes thirteen different products including French Green Cay mud masks, lavender face mist, and even a cardamom beeswax candle made from bees she raises in her backyard.

(Source: Tata Harper)Tata Harper A scary cancer diagnosis in the family gave Harper the kick start she needed to rid her own life of carcinogenic products and start a totally safe brand of her own. Every ingredient Tata uses is grown on a Vermont farm, where the lines' namesake beauty guru literally operates the brand from the ground up. This four-piece travel set is a much-needed introduction to the Colombian-born proprietor’s passion project.

(Source: Somme Institute) Somme Institute A gaggle of dissatisfied dermatologists banded together to create an efficacious line of beauty products that would deliver on what it promised, and nearly twenty years later, Somme Institute was born. The company has created (and run through their own clinical trials) a propriety formula that’s said to allow the skin to fully absorb products. That means their creams and serums work better and faster. This Five-Step program isn't cheap, but years of scientific data make their case.