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The Best-Smelling Self-Care Gifts For Friends + Family This Christmas

Christmas Countdown

Beautiful body lotion, heavenly hand balm, luxurious soap – these are the things we never treat ourselves to, yet are so welcome as a gift!

When in search of this perfect self-care present, look no further than Australian brand Leif, which creates divine-smelling, vegan and cruelty-free products in the type of packaging you want to keep out on your kitchen or bathroom counter.

Luckily, we have an exclusive discount code, which gives you 20% off all orders online when you spend over $50 until Sunday 20 November! Take a look at their gift sets below and don’t forget to use TDF20 at checkout!

9th November, 2022

From left: Leif Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Boronia small ($59). Leif Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Lillypilly large including Kakadu Plum Hand Balm and Lillypilly Handwash ($99). Leif Lemon Myrtle Conditioner and Leif Lemon Myrtle Shampoo as part of the Leif Travel Essentials: Lemon Myrtle ($73). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

From left: Leif Travel Essentials: Wild Rosella ($73). Leif Limited Edition Gold Label: Lillypilly Hand Wash ($99). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

From top: Leif Boronia Hand Wash and Leif Boronia Hand Balm as part of the Leif Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Boronia small ($59). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

From left: Leif Travel Essentials: Wild Rosella ($73). Leif Buddha Wood Hand Balm and Leif Buddha Wood Hand Wash as part of the Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Buddha Wood small ($59). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

From left: Leif Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Boronia large including Leif Boronia Hand Wash and Leif Boronia Hand Balm ($99). Leif Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Buddha Wood large ($99). Leif Buddha Wood Hand Balm, Leif Boronia Hand Balm and Leif Kakadu Plum Hand Balm as part of the Leif Mini Hand Trio ($65). Leif Limited Edition Gold Label: Boronia Hand Wash ($99). Leif Limited Edition Gold Label: Buddha Wood Hand Wash ($99). Photo – Eve Wilson for The Design Files. Styling – Lucy Feagins. Art Direction – Annie Portelli. Styling assistant – Sarah Hendriks.

Bea Taylor
Wednesday 9th November 2022

When it comes to Christmas gifting, sometimes it’s best to stick with those classic, fail-safe items you know are going to delight. We’re not talking about a pair of patterned socks, but rather the delicious self-care products that come in beautiful ‘put me on your counter’ packaging.

Leif is your go-to for this category of gift. The Australian company started out exclusively designing cosmetic packaging for other brands, until they realised they could create their own delicious products to fill their beautifully-designed bottles!

So, not only do their products look the part, but their formulations are vegan, free from sulphates, parabens, sensitising soaps, mineral oil fillers; and feature native ingredients such as desert lime, boronia, wild rosella, lemon myrtle, lillypilly and Buddha wood.

This year Leif has collaborated with Australian artist and designer Evi O to bring the holiday spirit to their nine limited edition gift sets – need we say more?

There is something for everyone including the Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Body Double: Desert Lime gift set, which features sunny, citrus notes in a punchy pastel neon yellow bottle; and the luxurious and smoky Limited Edition Gold Label: Buddha Wood Hand Wash.

For those who love sweet, musky scents, look to the Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Lillypilly, which comes with lillypilly hand-wash and kakadu plum hand balm, available in both large and small.

And for those who prefer spicy, woody scents, check out the Limited Edition Holiday with Evi O Two Hands: Boronia in either large or small.

The best thing about gifting Leif products to friends and family is that they’ll be able to keep the beautiful bottles and simply buy the Leif re-fills when needed!

Leif Christmas Countdown offer:

20% off Leif products online for all orders over $50. Excludes artwork and gift cards. Not in conjunction with any other offer. Ends Sunday 20 November, 11.59pm AEST. 

USE CODE: TDF20

Shop the entire TDF Christmas Countdown gift-guide here!

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