Team BD’s picks for the festive season

Team BD is back with another addition of Tried & Tested, and this month we’ve compiled a list of our top picks for the festive season. 

Whether you are looking to treat yourself or need last-minute gift ideas for your loved ones – we’ve got you covered. Here’s what is on our wish lists. 

Read our honest thoughts below, and why you should keep these offerings front of mind. After all, when you see the BD Tried & Tested badge, you know we've given it our stamp of approval.

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CIRCA Gingerbread Cookies Scented Soy Candle –  Aja

As someone who has a candle burning in the house most days, there's nothing quite like switching out my usual favourites for a festive release. And this year's CIRCA Gingerbread Cookies Soy Candle is enveloping my home with the most glorious and intoxicating scent. With notes of cinnamon, ginger, baked apple and vanilla, this limited-edition beauty as got spicy and sweet blended to perfection. It really does smell as if I have a batch of gingerbread cookies fresh out of the oven, and if I can trick anyone into thinking I'm that talented in the baking department, I'm all for it.

Burt's Bees A Bit of Burt's Bees – Scarlett

I suffer from dry lips all year round, so if I ever received this as a gift, I’d be truly grateful. Burt's Bees A Bit of Burt's Bees is a limited-edition ornament set featuring the Beeswax Lip Balm paired with the Watermelon Lip Balm. The beeswax base ensures long-lasting moisture, while the peppermint oil adds a refreshing touch, leaving my lips feeling nourished and moisturised. It's a timeless favourite that never fails to deliver on its promise of natural lip care. The limited-edition set not only makes for a cute Christmas ornament but also offers a perfect combination for keeping lips moisturised and subtly flavoured.

ghd gold hair straightener gift set – Sarah

When it comes to hair tools, I have always been an everything straightener girly. What I mean by that, is that I truly believe with enough skills and finesse straighteners can give you EVERYTHING you are looking for when it comes to creating a hair look. The ghd gold + hair straightener gift set features the perfect medley of tools to help you achieve hair excellence! In the set you get a hair straightener, a heat resistant bag and a paddle brush. During the festive season, a lot of us are on-the-go and looking to take just the essentials – to not clutter your in-laws guest bathroom or add extra weight to your suitcase. The heat resistant bag and paddle brush offer a sleek sophisticated way of transporting your hair tools and discreetly pack down in your luggage. The straightener itself features soft edges either side of the plates to create the perfect wave, polished blowout look or sleek straight style. All in all, this set is a great offering for any hair care lover!  

Clarins Double Serum – Rachel

The infamous Clarins Double Serum – I’ve only ever heard amazing things about this product and was so excited to see it land on my desk! Firstly, I love the innovation of this product. Packed with two beautiful anti-ageing serums, with a clever little dial that allows you to control the dosage for what your skin needs. The packaging is very well designed, super sturdy and functional pump. Secondly, the serum itself feels lovely on the skin after warmed up slightly in my hands upon application. The powerful anti-ageing formula with plant extracts, containing turmeric extract, feels perfectly lightweight and sinks right into the skin. I have noticed such a huge difference with my skin already – it’s looking plump, healthy and glowy! I completely understand the hype: a winning serum!

Natio Contented Complexion Gift Set – Issy

This makes the perfect gift for anyone special in your life. The gift pack comes with a white waffle robe and three full sizes products. This Christmas I am gifting this pack to my mother in-law as she is a big Natio fan already and will appreciate the products it comes with ­– the intensive moisturising night cream, multi action neck and decolletage sculpting cream, and the extra firming night time moisture balm. This gift set it luxurious and comes already packed at an affordable price point of $89.95 which you can pick up from your local chemist.

Glasshouse Fragrances 24 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS ADVENT CALENDAR – Sam

It would be no surprise to anyone that this advent calendar has sold out absolutely everywhere! Glasshouse Fragrances just get Christmas and this advent calendar is filled with the cutest daily gifts to help get me into the Christmas spirit. The beautifully selected 24 mini gifts are presented in a luxurious tartan gift box adding a little Christmas joy to every day of December!

MOR Grand Mecca Marshmallow Home & Body Trio – Paige

The MOR Grand Mecca Marshmallow Home & Body Trio is the perfect gift for that someone special this Christmas! The packaging is so beautiful, and the notes of jasmine, marshmallow and vanilla creates a luxe and inviting feel – this is my new favourite scent. The body milk is silky and light without being overpowering and with the nostalgic charming packaging this really is the perfect gift this year.

FOREO BEAR 2.0 – Shannah 

I am truly blown away by the FOREO BEAR 2.0. This is now a staple in my anti-ageing routine. I’m 28 years old and I have been finding that my skin needs a little pick me up in the morning when I’m looking slightly puffy. I have a rounder face and have had some noticeable signs of ageing over the last year or two. The BEAR is incredible easy and fun to use. I used mine with the FOREO Supercharged Serum and it really elevated the whole experience. If you're looking to treat yourself to a fun gift, this one is definitely worth investing in.