For fans of simple, natural skincare and beauty goodies that are free from chemicals but still super-effective, an Origins gift will bring pleasure – and visible results – well into the New Year. Especially if they're from the Ginger collection, which uses the tingling, warming benefits of this soothing herb to make winter go with zing.
Our favourite from the collection is Ginger Days, £27.50, to ensure skin is super-soft beneath those winter layers, combining Ginger Essence Sensuous Skin Scent, 50ml; Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream, 100ml; Ginger Burst Savory Body Wash, 100ml; and an Organic Cotton Wash Mitt, in a cute green and red gift box.
Or there's Certified Male, £25, to help smooth the most rugged of manly faces. It contains Blade Runner Energizing Shave Cream, 75ml; Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash, 75ml; and Save The Males Multi-Benefit Moisturizer, 75ml, in a gift box made from recycled board and wrapped in part-recycled paper.
For the gift of gorgeous skin from head-to-toe, take a look at Tree-Mendously Giving, £60, which includes A Perfect World White Tea Skin Guardian, 30ml; Youthtopia Skin Firming Cream, 30ml; Modern Friction exfoliator, 50ml; Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash, 50ml; Ginger Souffle Whipped Body Cream, 100ml; and Incredible Spreadable Scrub Ginger Body Smoother, 125ml.
All available nationwide, apart from Tree-Mendously Giving, which is from House of Fraser stores exclusively. Call 0800 731 4039 or visit www.origins.co.uk for stockists.
For a truly unique gift, however, make a bid for the annual Ginger Knits, scarves knitted by designers Julien Macdonald, Paul Costello, Jenny Packham, Amanda Wakely, Bruce Oldfield, Louise Kennedy and Alice Temperley to adorn Ginger Essence Sensuous Skin Scents.
They're on show at Harrods in London or at www.origins.co.uk/gingerknits until December 14, 2008, during which time you can bid to win one of the seven scarves, with all money raised going to Shelter.