Not only is October my personal favorite month of the year for the mere fact everything looks pretty, smells yummy and is a bit scary…it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness month. Make sure you check your tata’s and buy some gifts that give back (do some holiday shopping now). As we do every year, we found items for our BCA guide that actually donate a good deal of the proceeds to cancer research or support for women, girls and even some men (yes, they can get it too) with breast cancer. If they only donate a $1 on a $40 dollar item we say “move on” and so should you. That’s called pink washing and it’s reprehensible. Don’t just buy something because it’s pink. Do basic research and inquire how much actually goes to a charity that’s nationally recognized. Here are our picks for items that actually think about the cause rather than their bottom line. We support these:
How can you not stock up on these candles? 50% of Archipelago’s Limited Edition “Find a Cure” candle sales go to Breast Cancer Angels (BreastCancerAngels.org). It’s an organization that helps low income patients, who are often single mothers or just a pay check or two away from the streets, afford the medicine, food and shelter they need for themselves and their families as they undergo treatment.
This limited edition soy candle calls out to the world to (finally) find a cure, and features a limited edition blend of Grapefruit, Neroli and Bergamot. You know all your friends love citrusy candles so order a bunch of these now! They burn for about 50 hours!
This nutrient-rich serum is developed with hyaluronic acid, glycolic acid, lactic acid and vitamins B5, B3, E and A. Nourishing and hydrating, Poly-Vitamin Serum provides exceptional healing, even to those who have suffered skin damage caused by radiation and chemo therapies. Throughout the month of October 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this serum will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Coalition.
We love Grande Lash so we are thrilled Grande Cosmetics will donate 20% of the proceeds from the sales of the Grande Cosmetics Breast Cancer Awareness Gift Glam Set in the month of October to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Susan G. Komen helps save lives by meeting the most critical needs in communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. The set comes with their amazing lash and brow serum that strengthens and thickens the lashes and brows and an eyelash curler.
Give cancer some lip service this October! In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Skinn Cosmetics will be donating their efforts in the hopes of kissing Breast Cancer “Goodbye” with Skinn Cosmetics Lip 6x Balm in Watermelon. 100% of the sale proceeds for this product during the month of October will go to benefit Bright Pink. Bright Pink is the only national non-profit focused on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Bright Pink has quickly become one of the country’s fastest growing non-profit organizations, impacting and saving the lives of thousands each day.
Skinn’s Lip 6x Balm in Watermelon is formulated with Volulip, Maxilip, Filling Spheres, Vitamin C and Revinage, this lip treatment is tailored to hydrate, enhance plumpness and improve lip curvature for a smoother, more youthful appearance.
For the month of October 30% of net proceeds from the sale of this beautiful bracelet will donated to Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation which is dedicated to achieving a future without breast cancer by engaging the public and the scientific communities in innovative research. For more info visit: drsusanloveresearch.org.
6. Raven & Crow Long Sleeve Pajama Short Set – Pinot, $79 & $59
LA-based sleepwear brand Raven & Crow will donate 50% of the brand’s October sales to Bright Pink (brightpink.org), the nation’s only non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. Their pajama pieces all cost under $100 and are made from an eco-friendly bamboo and organic cotton blend which is super soft and ultra comfortable. The colors are pretty fantastic too!
For the month of October, 30% of net proceeds of this super cute sports bra will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), a nonprofit organization committed to achieving prevention and a cure for breast cancer. They provide critical funding for cancer research worldwide to fuel advances in tumor biology, genetics, prevention, treatment, metastasis and survivorship.
100% of the profits (not just proceeds) from the sales of Jane Iredale Lemongrass Love will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national education and support organization whose mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support, a mission that closely resembles that of the jane iredale brand. Lemongrass Love is a 100% natural, 30% organic aromatherapy facial spritz that conditions and protects all skin types while leaving skin looking smooth and revitalized.
9. stella & dot Resilience Cuff, $34
Stella & Dot will donate all net proceeds from the purchase of the Resilience Cuff (which shall not be less than 20% of the retail purchase price excluding taxes and shipping) to Bright Pink. Bright Pink is a non-profit organization focused on prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer in young women. For more info, visit www.brightpink.org.
$10 dollars from each purchase of Clinique’s classic lotion will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, dedicated to finding a cure. This dermatologist-developed formula is 100 percent fragrance-free, allergy tested and non-acnegenic. The limited-edition moisturizer combines all-day hydration with skin strengthening ingredients for softer, younger-looking skin. In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, this luxurious formula is paired with a pink BCA key ring.
For the month of October 60% of net proceeds of the sales of this bag will be donated to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. For more info visit: mskcc.org
12. LOFT Layered Gemstone Necklace, $39.50
60% of the purchase price of this gold and gemstone necklace designed by Tai will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through November 15, 2016. Buy one for yourself and all your girlfriends!
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