Kirsty Doolan
Kirsty Doolan is Editor of Mintel's Beauty & Personal Care platform. She edits content written by our global analysts to ensure the insights are interesting and relevant.

Mintel’s Beauty and Personal Care team is lucky enough to see new product launches from across the globe on a daily basis, so we’ve hunted down the latest innovations that are shaking up the beauty industry and shared them with you. This month we’re highlighting 9 recent beauty products that would make great Christmas presents for the important people in your life.

For the tea lover

Holika Holika Instantly Brewing Tea Bag Mask, $5 (South Korea): There’s nothing more comforting than a nice cup of tea and this mask brings the ritual into skincare. A real tea bag is placed into a zipper bag that contains a sheet mask and essence, where it is then ‘brewed’. Brewing the tea bag naturally dyes the mask and enriches it with active ingredients. It’s available in chamomile, hibiscus, green tea and lavender.

For the techie

La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV, $59.95 (US): A tiny, battery-free and waterproof sensor that measures exposure to environmental aggressors including UV radiation, pollution, pollen, heat and humidity in real time. It links to an app that uses an algorithm backed by over 25 scientific studies to warn the user when environmental exposure can contribute to their specific skin concerns, and provides personalised advice and product recommendations tailored to the wearer’s needs.

For the environmentally friendly

Etat Libre d’Orange I Am Trash, $149 (US): This fragrance is formulated with upcycled ingredients such as apple essence from apple puree (a by-product of apple juice); notes of rose derived from waste rose petals, and Atlas cedarwood made from cedar sawdust after its primary distillation. The luxurious branding and eco-responsible positioning helps counteract any potential disgust from consumers.

For the chocoholic

Shu Uemura La Maison du Chocolat Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte Lipstick, $31 (USA): More quirky cross-category partnerships are cropping up – like this super-sweet union between luxury Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura and French chocolatier La Maison du Chocolat. The classic red lippy has an intoxicating scent of rich dark chocolate.

For the bohemian friend

Ila Pothecary Feminine Happy Oil 19, $57.24 (France): Adaptogenics are showing up as key ingredients in more skincare products. This nourishing blend of essential oils contains maca to support the endocrine system and boost energy, and rose oil to banish anxiety, soothe and “open up the heart”.

For the green juice drinker

IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray, $32 (USA & UK): Superfoods are popping up in the strangest of places – like in this spirulina enriched heat-protectant smoothing spray, which claims to immediately give hair the look and feel of a professional blow-dry.

For the science fanatic

Gallinée Vinaigre Visage, $29.69 (France): Probiotics is still big news in skincare, and this vegan-friendly, cruelty-free “face vinegar” gently cleans skin while rebalancing the skin’s microbiome. It’s also made with 97.5% natural-origin ingredients.

For the forgetful man

Bulldog Original Shower Gel Refill Kit $32.79 (UK): It’s the end of shower graveyards for moldy, empty shower gel bottles. Male grooming brand Bulldog has introduced a new 5 litre shower gel box to offer convenience while reducing plastic waste. Its tap-style dispensing plug helps consumers refill rigid bottles once they run out.

For the skincare-obsessed

Schwarzkopf Professional bc Bonacure Fibre Clinix Hyaluronic Moisture Boost $37.30 (Germany): It was only a matter of time before beloved skincare ingredients made their way into haircare. This professional-quality, moisture-boosting treatment enriched with hyaluronic acid claims to transform hair back to virgin quality and make it 10 times stronger.