Eco-Beauty Gift Pick: Made Simple Cosmetics

Still stuck on what to get someone for the holidays? I may have the perfect solution for you: something from Made Simple Cosmetics, an emerging Soquel-based skincare company that is sure to make a big splash. What’s outstanding about this company—on top of being vegan, raw and organic—is that their products come as kits that you mix yourself. This ensures that they are the freshest and most effective possible. For example, the Coffee & Burdock Face Scrub comes in a present-worthy bag (no wrapping necessary on your part!), and includes a small mixing container, dainty spoon, face wash oil, coffee and burdock powder, and mixing oil. After cleansing the face with the face wash oil, you just mix 2 teaspoons of the powder with 1 teaspoon of the mixing oil, plus a dash of water, and voila—a freshly made, ready-to-go scrub. This is the only Made Simple product I’ve tried, but if it’s any indication of the ability of the rest of their line (which includes items like Lemon & Rice Body Scrub and Almond & Shea Creme Scrub), these are great products with pleasant results. The scrub left my face smooth, soft, hydrated and less red. Learn more at

The Coffee & Burdock Face Scrub kit is $40, but the company is offering a 15 percent discount on this and all items for The Penny Rose readers. Just enter the discount code mscpenny to redeem the discount.