David Pirrotta’s Ultimate Gift Guide

All the fave picks from the most discerning.
David Pirrotta’s Ultimate Gift Guide
When it comes to gift-giving, let’s just say I know what I’m doing. It’s not about how much you spend, it’s about how thoughtful the gift is. How beautiful the packaging is. How much joy it will bring your lucky giftee. How effective or precious the ingredients are… It’s about finding them something either they wouldn’t think to buy for themselves, or something they didn’t know they needed. Think of it as lovingly instilling new habits of self-love for your friends and fam.
This year, I had trouble narrowing down what I want to share with others. At Materiae, I’ve really cleaned-house, making sure the brands we represent not only are beautiful AND effective, but that they are sustainable AF, and thoughtful about ingredients, sourcing, packaging, and every single step in between.
I believe we are only as beautiful as the planet we live on, so we have to protect it in order to preserve ourselves. If loving beauty is so wrong, I don’t want to be right! But that’s what makes this gift guide so important right now— this holiday is just an explosion of consumerism, so why not make the very best choices when we can?
These are ideals to live by, holidays not excluded. But don’t worry, everything is still incredibly sleek and sexy— I haven’t forgotten myself along the way. All my absolute favorite picks center around sensual textures or olfactory senses, because that’s where I see myself most transported these days: by the purity and experience of quality ingredients, and/or scent. Shop these versatile goodies for your lovers, family, and chosen family below:

Flamingo Estate Hand wash

The Flamingo Estate is more than a name— for those unfamiliar, I beg you to look it up. It’s a stunning estate in the hills of Los Angeles, overflowing with incredible design, and an actual botanical garden and orchard rich with herbs, fruits, and vegetables… it’s the garden of Eden of my dreams. They make several products, but with obsessive hand-washing being the new norm, who can resist this local botanical hand soap of sage, ylang ylang, tulsi, desert yarrow, and blue chamomile? YUM. Plus, everything is completely plant-based and biodegradable and guilt-free.

Native Botanical Hand Soap
Flamingo Estate
Native Botanical Hand Soap
$29

Our botanical elements hand soap gently purifies and cleanses, with aromatic botanicals that leave your hands feeling refreshed, soft and fragrant.

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Carrière Frères Tomato Candle

An unsuspecting fruit to scent a room, but one you won’t regret. It’s both warming and comforting, like a bowl of tomato soup, and yet vibrant, invigorating, and earthy, as if it was just pulled from the garden. Even thinking about this scent makes my mouth water for a fresh tomato.

Tomato Candle
Carrière Frères
Tomato Candle
$65

 

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natureofthings Restorative Floral Bath

This milky nectar is deeply moisturizing and restorative, all in this beautifully neutral packaging you’ll want displayed on your tub side. Plumeria, jasmine, vetiver, and cedarwood are forestry and deep, while broad spectrum CBD completely relaxes the body and muscles. Ahhhh, they (or you) deserve this.

Restorative Floral Bath
natureofthings
Restorative Floral Bath
$150

Plumeria, jasmine and vetiver create a heady bouquet while velvety emollients like shea butter and green tea oil envelope the skin, replenishing its natural moisture barrier. Detoxifying mineral-charged seawater reduces pore size, hops extract works to boost oxytocin and capsicum pepper helps ease muscle tension. Malachite and quartz extracts are believed to have energy-clearing properties. Inhale deeply to enjoy additional aromatherapeutic benefits.

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Campo Beauty Travel Diffuser

This sleek little device purifies the air and DJ’s the mood with 100% natural essential oil mist. It’s USB powered, and the perfect size, so it can go from the car to the AirBNB or hotel to make a space feel like home at any time. It’s ideal for those who travel a lot, or have small spaces, or literally anyone.

Travel Diffuser
Campo
Travel Diffuser
$54

Breathe beauty with intention. Transform the mood & purify the air of any space on the go with this jet-set USB-powered diffuser that streams 100% natural essential oil mist. This sleek, matte black diffuser is car and hotel USB-port ready. What makes this USB-powered, take-anywhere diffuser so versatile is that it looks as sleek on your shelf at home as it does in a car cupholder. CAMPO pure essential oils make perfect on-the-go companions take your rituals on the road.

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Campo Love/Gratitude Holiday Kit

This essential oil duo kit helps to curate any space into a space of loving intention. Slightly floral, slightly citrusy, and slightly spicy, it’s invigorating and warming— a really great stocking stuffer or hostess gift.

Love + Gratitude Pure Essential Oil Duo Kit
Campo
Love + Gratitude Pure Essential Oil Duo Kit
$39

Inspire LOVE & appreciation with floral notes of 100% natural & pure essential oils of Rose & Wild Palmarosa, with a hint of spicy Black Pepper & Pink Peppercorn.

Feel GRATITUDE & awaken your senses with complex citrus notes of 100% natural & pure essential oils of Petitgrain, Bitter Orange, Grapefruit & Bergamot, with earthy undertones of Vetiver.

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Sigil Scent - Anima Mundi

Made from all-natural tinctures, essential oils, and absolutes, Sigil Scent fragrances are the ultimate in totally-nontoxic and clean, gorgeous, earthy alchemy. Anima Mundi is the ultimate genderless fragrance to meld with and intoxicate the wearer and everyone around them. The bottle itself is so beautiful, and the fragrance is somehow both deeply earthen and absolutely other-wordly.

Anima Mundi
Sigil
Anima Mundi
$90

Key notes: Immortelle, hinoki, rose, jasmine.

Anima mundi or “world soul” represents the intrinsic spirit that connects all living things on the planet—a spirit that exists beyond our consciousness yet is present within each of us. Embodying the vital force of our universe, Anima Mundi balances masculine animus and feminine anima. Like petals floating through curls of smoke, luscious notes of rose and creamy jasmine mingle with spicy hinoki wood. The scent’s intoxicating essence shifts from moment to moment, revealing fragrant notes of tuberose and the candied smokiness of pure immortelle.

Size: 30 ml

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Saya - Glow Serum

Loaded with antioxidants and vitamin C, this serum does it all. It’s lightweight, but incredibly moisturizing and brightening, healing all the while protecting against future damage. It’s ideal for all skin types to achieve that haha-I’m-not-stressed-at-all-this-holiday-season, totally-fresh-for-the-New-Year glow.

Glow Serum
Saya
Glow Serum
$108

A powerful, Vitamin-C rich, antioxidant serum that brightens the complexion and deeply hydrates the skin. A daily skin booster, this lightweight serum penetrates deeply and quickly for an instantly plump, revived and brighter complexion. Packed full of antioxidants and skin replenishing botanicals, it will protect your skin against free radical damage and future proof your face against fine lines, hyperpigmentation, dark spots and dryness.

Formulated with stabilized Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid, featuring a bioactive complex composed of four indigenous Australian species of Kakadu Plum, Caviar Lime, Rainforest Lime and Desert Lime. These contain antioxidants, minerals and organic acids, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA's), working in synergy to brighten, replenish and plump the skin, providing long-lasting hydration and a healthy, luminous glow.

Suitable for all skin types.

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Saya - Renew Serum

This rich and emollient oil-based antioxidant serum completely refines and refreshes tired, stressed, inflamed, or dry skin. It will plump fine lines, promote new collagen synthesis, stimulate cell growth, fade hyperpigmentation, and deeply hydrate. It’s great for your sister, your mom, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your best friend… and anyone that wants supple, soothed skin— a notable difference. Skincare is hard to gift perfectly, but this serum is ideal for all.

Renew Serum
Saya
Renew Serum
$108

A dreamy oil-based antioxidant facial serum that will refine and renew your skin! It will soften the appearance of ageing, promote collagen and stimulate skin cell renewal. Notice a visible improvement of hyperpigmentation, signs of ageing and scarring.

Formulated with a blend of 15 botanicals that work in synergy to hydrate, rejuvenate and protect the skin. Bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative, and Kakadu Plum to renew and brighten the skin, as well as the following incredible botanicals to provide protection, balance and hydration:

Argan Oil, Grape Seed, Safflower Seed, Avocado, Raspberry Seed, Borage Seed, Pomegranate Seed, Rosehip, Evening Primrose, Hemp Seed, Lavender, Geranium Bourbon, Rose Damascena

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Trudon Mortel

This mystic, deep scent is a gift for the brazen and sensual. Frankincense, myrrh, and benzoin are both erotic and terrestrial, bringing a uniqueness that is at once bursting with passion and a little nostalgia.

Mortel
Trudon
Mortel
$240

Black pepper, Incense, Benzoin

Skins heat up against one another, placing sensuality at the heart of Mortel; more, frankincense, myrrh and benzoin reveal the erotic spell of pure Cistus.

Size: 100ml
Made in France.

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Maison Detto Noisette

For those who are partial to more delicate, softer nuances, this fragrance is just touched with French lavender, with base notes of elusive ambrette seed, musk, and amber for a warmth that grounds magnolia and orris. It melds with one’s body chemistry for something truly unique; it’s peaceful, strong, and feminine.

Noisette
Maison d'Etto
Noisette
$350

A sophisticated, reticent and textured fougère that lingers on the skin. Pulses of French lavender and orris awaken the mind and body. A delicate wrapping of ambrette seed, musk and amber leaves a calming warmth and gentle embrace brings serenity to the soul. Noisette is a reflection of individuality and peaceful inquisition. A contrast of instincts, it appears soft but unwavering, subtle but strong, quiet but confident while brewing close to the skin in a place held only for those we allow into our precious human spirit.

Smells like: Magnolia Flower, Musk ( TOP ); Orris Concrete, French Lavender Oil ( HEART ); Ambrette Seed, Lavandin Absolute, White Amber ( BASE )

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Ocean Mist Collection Gift Box
Sachajuan
Ocean Mist Collection Gift Box
$60

Sachajuan's Ocean Mist Collection Gift Box

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Wonder Valley Hinoki Body Oil & Bar Soap

While these two products are excellent on their own as small gifts or stocking stuffers, together they make the ultimate due for a luxurious bathing experience. The packaging is unreal— gorgeous to give and to receive, you’ll almost want to forgo wrapping if it weren’t for the element of surprise and delight.

Both are formulated with Wonder Valley’s signature pure extra virgin olive oil, and inspired by the hinoki forest in rural Japan and the feeling of soaking in the hot waters of an onsen. Both are deeply cleansing and hydrating for a rich bathing experience.

Hinoki Body Oil
Wonder Valley
Hinoki Body Oil
$85

With an intoxicating scent of rare Siberian fir and Japanese hinoki, this luxurious skin-softening body oil imparts a remarkable radiance and penetrates deep to hydrate, promote elasticity, and fortify the integrity of the skin's natural barrier.

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Hinoki Bar
Wonder Valley
Hinoki Bar
$25

The Hinoki Bar is made with the cleanest ingredients for a pure cleansing experience to start each day anew. Formulated with our extra virgin olive oil as well as coconut and avocado oils, this bar of soap works into a luxurious, rich lather and effortlessly removes impurities while adding moisture back into the skin. Encased in a waxed paper wrapper with artwork by Logan Maxwell Hagege, tucked inside a gilded paper box with a small poem inscribed by the venerable writer and bath enthusiast, Leonard Koren. A special object with the intention of enriching your bathing rituals.

Plastic-free packaging. Vegan, cruelty-free. No parabens, phthalates, sls, bht, pegs, artificial dye or fragrance. One bar of soap per order.

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Wonder Valley  - Olio Nuevo

For the cook— this generously sumptuous olive oil is almost too pretty to use… if it weren’t so tasty! Just ripened olives are plucked fresh for a vibrant, spicy kick for an intensely bright fruit flavor of this limited edition blend. It’s manzanilla, leccino, leccino, maurino and frantoio varietals in 100% plastic-free glass, wood, cork, and paper.

Olio Nuevo
Wonder Valley
Olio Nuevo
$40

Wonder Valley's Olio Nuevo is a celebration of the new harvest - a bright, intensely fresh extra virgin olive oil from the early autumn fruit, plucked from the trees at the first hint of ripening. This is olive oil in its purest form, a brief and triumphant proclamation of the season's start, to be used promptly and abundantly. A limited edition olive oil blend of manzanilla, leccino, leccino, maurino and franoio varietals. This bottle is 375 ml and is 100% plastic-free made of glass, wood, cork, and paper.

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Saya Skincare Essentials Kit

This kit will make any skincare novice or guru stacked with the perfect line-up easy as 1-2-3. This trio is designed to meet normal, oily, or combo skin types with perfect balance. It includes a cleanser, exfoliant, and moisturizer— everything you need to soothe, smooth, clear, and hydrate anytime, but the size also makes this kit excellent for travel.

123 Skincare Essentials Kit Normal / Combination / Oily Skin types
Saya
123 Skincare Essentials Kit Normal / Combination / Oily Skin types
$40

Saya’s 123 Skincare Essentials Pack is exactly that, a trio of skincare solutions that has been designed to target normal, combination and oily skin types. This skincare pack includes a facial cleanser, exfoliant and moisturiser; the three key products needed for a healthy skincare regime and the perfect starter pack into the Saya Skincare Range.

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