One of my greatest joys in starting The WOW Series is learning and meeting the most creative, inspiring and passionate founders in the WOW community. This year, with holiday shopping upon us, I have the honor of featuring the all natural, handmade and ethically sourced beauty and wellness brands in our community and the women behind them on our 2021 Holiday Gift guide!
Looking for thoughtful gifts for friends and family? Support diverse women owned businesses and local NYC businesses by purchasing from the brands below. Plus, these gift range from $6 – $170 dollars, perfect to gift from the heart and not break the bank!
I hope you enjoy this year’s holiday roundup of the brands and products I personally use and that I am thrilled to support via WOW. Happy shopping!
The WOW Series 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: Beauty and Wellness Edition
Us Two Tea’s handmade mug | $62 (10% off for WOW community here)
This holiday season, Us Two Tea is back with another limited edition Uniqlay x Us Two Tea ceramic collaboration! Each mug is handmade and painted by Lynn (founder of Uniqlay). The inspiration for this mug comes from a famous poem by renowned Song dynasty poet, Du Lei. i have been drinking US Two Tea for years, and the taste is truly unmatched I will never go back to the western popular tea brands! To purchase with special WOW perks of 10% off, click here.
Chai Hot Cocoa Kit by Dona | $40 (20% off using code THEWOWSERIES)
Everything you need to make or gift chai hot cocoas. What makes this cocoa powder special: This cocoa powder is made by woman-owned chocolatiers, Markham & Fitz. Their mission is to promote transparency in the supply chain by investing in single-origin & higher quality cocoa beans. I love a delicious chai but sometimes don’t have time to make it, Dona has been a lifesaver and the ingredients are super fresh and made by hand in Brooklyn. It also has the stamp of approval from my South Asian in-laws! Use code THEWOWSERIES for 20% off, buy here.
This set includes:
Hales Bty Galatic Gatsby | $42 ( Code WOW15 for 15% off and WOWFAM for 20% off)
Face serums and lotion infused with CBD and natural ingredients. I am obsessed with this serum and it has cleared up acne and rough patches, especially this winter! Hales Bty is empowering unified transformation and healing in layers, starting with skincare. Buy it here.
Alchemist Asia’s Test Tube Lip Gloss | $6 (15% off using code “WOW15“)
Shop their famous test tube lip gloss and so much more with Alchemist Asia’s beauty and cosmetics products inspired by science. Stock up as their prices are accessible and we have a special 15% off with code WOW15, shop here!
Kulfi Beauty’s Kajal Eyeliner | $20
Kulfi’s eyeliner is Allure Magazine award winning, and my personal favorite eyeliner! It’s so easy to put on and they have unique, fun colors that embrace and reclaim South Asian culture in the beauty industry and welcome all shades of melanin. Shop here.
Talula Skincare’s Body Butter | $15
There is no other lotion I use as the winter months approach! Talula’s body butter melts literally, like butter onto your skin and leaves it buttery soft and smooth. Perfect for all skin types, too! Shop here.
Mutha’s Kyses’ Lemon Drop Lip Scrub | $8
Mutha’s Kyses is brand new to the beauty and skincare game, and you’ll get the opportunity to “know them when” as the line takes off! My personal favorite is the lemon drop lip scrub, it tastes delicious (ha!) and leaves my lips soft and smooth. What I love about Mutha Kyses, an extension of the work by hair and makeup artist Krystal Clark, is the intention of feeling beautiful on the inside and out. Her products are handmade and homegrown out of her garden in the Bronx, NY, too! Shop here.
CURLē’s Styling Cream and Deep Conditioner | $49.99
CURLē’ is a luxury custom curly hair product company that uses AI and science to customize natural hair products for your unique curls and coils. Their mission is to empower natural-haired people to embrace their natural and to promote natural hair elegance and confidence around the world. They offer a variety of premium lightweight products with our bestsellers being the styling créme and hair oil. Check out www.curlebeauty.com for their limited-time exclusive holiday deals for gifts for you and your loved ones this special season.
Gidan + Uzuri’s Candles | $15
I quite literally just found out yesterday that most candles are actually TOXIC for your home! Cue Gidan and Uzuri to save the day, the perfect candle to illuminate your home with unbelievable fragrances. Their candles are hand-poured with natural soy wax, have a 100% cotton wick, and contain phthalate-free fragrance oils that will never leave soot on your table. They are my new go to candle company to light up our home! Shop here.
Lets Body Talk’s Zine | Digital $0 – Print – $13.21 USD $999.00 Rs
Another “you heard it here first” product: the new, exclusive zine and India’s first global art magazine on mind and wellness by Body Talk! Grab the digital version or the print version for a gorgeous coffee table book that has purpose and impact on destigmatizing mental health and body image. on Body Talk is an online platform that breaks stigmas on Mental Health and redefines Body Image by spreading awareness through open conversations, shared experiences, education, resources, support, creativity and collaboration. Shop here.
Equi Botanics’ All Your Hair Needs Bundle £129.00 | $ 170 USD
Equi, the founder behind Equi Botanics faced challenge after challenge in launching her haircare line, but she new there was a need to haircare products that worked for hair like hers, not the traditional mainstream brands. I love Equi’s story and passion behind creating her brand. Shop Equi Botanics for the best-in-class haircare products to embrace your natural curls and texture while focusing on hair repair, growth, retention and thickness. Shop here.
Want to meet more brands and women in the WOW family? You can shop some of these brands and more on our website by visiting our directory. If you love what you read today, give them a like/folLow on social media and join us IRL this January as we host our first ever beauty and wellness pop-up in NYC!