GIVEAWAY: Start 2012 with a Basket of Natural Beauty!


**Congratulations to Julia Demir, winner of the December Giveaway! Stay tuned for more in  2012...**

I get why it's hard to just toss away your conventional products. The loud clunk of a still-full product hitting the bottom of the waste basket? Not fun. And there isn't always room in the budget to splurge on natural replacements, especially around the holidays.

So Beauty Is Wellness is giving you some incentive to toss the old stuff that's not doing your body one lick of good: a great big, amazing natural beauty giveaway! How big? How amazing? I'm talking more than $500 worth of products to restock the holes in your cabinet.

So who's ready to start 2012 with a basket FULL of natural beauty?

Here's how the giveaway works: every weekday in December, I'll add a new natural beauty product to the giveaway basket, and list it below. That's 22 products in all! To enter to win the entire natural beauty basket, just 'Like' Beauty Is Wellness on Facebook before 1/1/2012. Current BIW fans will be entered automatically. For an extra entry, leave a comment while you're there (limit one). One big winner will be chosen at random and contacted January 2, 2012.

Let's get started....Check back every day to see what gets added to the basket!

Product #22 (Dec 30): Silktage Rejuvenating Styling Serum. Pamper your hair all winter with this styling serum/leave-in oil treatment that contains luxurious camellia, monoi, coconut and jojoba oils (and no silicones) to leave your strands soft and nourished. The exotic natural ingredients give it a beautiful scent that's free of synthetic fragrance.

Product #21 (Dec 29): 100% Pure Lip Gloss in Popsicle. This pretty gloss is packed with moisturizing vitamin E, plus unique fruit-derived pigments (from cranberry, raspberry, cherry) that give it its signature sparkling creamsicle hue.

Product #20 (Dec 28): Lily Organics Nourishing Facial Cleanser. This emollient cream cleanser has an invigorating scent, from essential oils of rosemary, sage and tea tree. It's gentle enough to use every day, since its unique almond base won't strip skin like many soaps.

Product #19 (Dec 27): L’uvalla Anti-Wrinkle Eye/Lip Anti-Wrinkle Cream.This nourishing, ultra-hydrating cream is packed with organic oils like argan and sunflower seed, and extracts of ylang ylang, lavender, palmarosa and cypress, to reduce fine lines and dark circles, tighten delicate undereye skin and boost natural collagen production.

Product #18 (Dec 26): Mineral Fusion Brush on Sun defense SPF 30. This translucent mineral powder (& its handy wand applicator) gives your skin lightweight SPF 30 protection that's perfect to layer over sunscreen and makeup.

Product #17 (Dec 23): Alima Pure Pearluster Eyeshadow in Viola. This versatile violet mineral shadow can be worn dry as a subtle iridescent lilac, or wet for a more powerful, shimmering purple.

Product #16 (Dec 22): Sibu Beauty Replenishing Night Cream. Sea buckthorn is an amazing natural ingredient for just about any skin type: acne-prone, dry, mature - you name it. And Sibu Beauty is the absolute best in sea buckthorn skincare. You can't go wrong with any of Sibu's products, but this night cream is the perfect go-to moisturizer for the winter months, given its high content of healing sea buckthorn and deeply hydrating coconut oil.

Product #15 (Dec 21): Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm.This classic lip balm, made with beeswax, coconut oil and sweet almond oil, is famous for its refreshing hint of mint.

Product #14 (Dec 20): Love + Toast The Salt 'n Sea Body Butter. The salty, citrusy botanical scent of this creamy body butter evokes a day at the beach. And its shea butter, coconut oil and sunflower seed oil blend will keep you well-hydrated before or after your day in the sun.

Product #13 (Dec 19): Simply Organic Soft Gel. While this gel-cream hair texturizer isn't 100% organic, as the name might lead you to believe, its ingredients are safe enough to score a '1' on the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep rating system (on a scale of 0 to 10, 0 is the absolute safest). Use a little to define curls without crunchiness, or volumize fine hair with a delicate citrus scent.

Product #12 (Dec 16): Gabriel Organics Marine Lip Treatment SPF 18. Keep your lips chap-free all winter long with this anti-aging lip treatment that combines sweet-smelling orange flower with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E and mineral-rich seaweed.

Product #11 (Dec 15): Mineral Fusion Bronzer for Face & Body in Sparkle. This medium-toned pressed powder bronzer gives a warm, natural glow to skin, with safe mineral pigments.

Product #10 (Dec 14): Waxelene All Natural Petroleum Jelly Alternative. This incredibly creamy blend of organic soy oil, beeswax, vitamin E and organic rosemary oil is everything that you've been missing in conventional petroleum jelly. It sinks into skin easily and has a hundred uses- from lips and cuticles to makeup removal and softening callused feet!

Product #9 (Dec 13): La Bella Figura Decouverte Under Eye Repair Serum. This luxurious anti-aging eye serum is packed with powerful natural wrinkle- and dark circle-fighting ingredients like organic argan, barbary fig, rosehip and tomato seed oils. Gently apply the serum using the rollerball applicator, and pat it into the underye area for a boost in hydration, protection and repair.

Product #8 (Dec 12): Everyday Naturals Sumptuous Lip Polish. This little pot of granular sugar scrub is a refreshing treat for your lips, with tingly spearmint and peppermint and soothing lavender essential oils. The rich murumuru butter, shea butter and jojoba oil hydrate lips while you scrub, so they end up soft and moisturized.

Product #7 (Dec 9): Hamadi Healing Serum. This hydrating spray includes avocado, sunflower and olive oils, so it's perfect for keeping hair healthy during dry winter or hot summer months. And the lovely ylang ylang and vanilla extracts smell great every time you toss your hair around!

Product #6 (Dec 8): Love + Toast Dew Blossom Sugar Scrub. You'll love scrubbing yourself smooth with this shea butter-rich sugar scrub. The natural fragrance is sweet, fresh and flowery.

Product #5 (Dec 7): Alima Pure Satin Matte Blush in Apple Blossom. This loose mineral powder blush gets its cool pink tone from minerals rather than synthetic dyes. The pale hue looks soft and natural on all skin tones.

Product #4 (Dec 6): Collective Wellbeing Quenching Night Cream. This silky smooth cream gets its anti-aging power from asthaxanthin, an antioxidant that scavenges free radicals 6,000 times more effectively than vitamin C!

Product #3 (Dec 5): Intelligent Nutrients Certified Organic Multifunctional Aroma- Restore. This organic fragrance contains food grade ingredients, and none of the phthalates and preservatives in conventional perfumes. Restore mixes cinnamon, rosemary and patchouli for a healing, balancing aroma. Use it as a personal fragrance for hair and body, or even a massage oil.

Product #2 (Dec 2): 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip & Cheek Tint in Peach Glow. The warm, creamy color in this all-purpose tint actually comes from real peaches- along with strawberry, cherry, cocoa bean, apricot, blueberry, carrot and tomato (no synthetic dyes). It's perfect for a pretty daytime look.

Product #1 (Dec 1): Josie Maran Argan Day + Night Eye Cream. This dual-ended set of eye creams gives you a lightweight, brightening version for day and an intensive, wrinkle-reducing version to apply at night. The argan oil-rich formula is a natural collagen-stimulator!