8 Beauty Products That Give to Good Causes
Help change the world one beauty product at a time, thanks to these brands that give back (as if we needed another reason to shop!).
1. M.A.C. Viva Glam Lipsticks
The M.A.C. AIDS Fund (MAF) aims "to serve people of all ages, all races, all sexes affected by HIV and AIDS." The association extends a helping hand to underdeveloped countries while also supporting sister organizations.
All sales from their Viva Glam lipstick line go straight to MAF. If you're looking for a truer and bolder color, try Ariana Grande's new one -- it's a deep plum matte that is in vogue right now and perfect for the weekend ($17, belk.com).
2. Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
We all have the power to be tree huggers. With Kiehl's Recycle and Be Rewarded Program, customers can return their empty Kiehl's bottles to a Kiehl's vendor, which are are then recycled into a variety of new products. For each empty bottle a customer brings back, they get one stamp. Once you have ten stamps, you are qualified to receive a complimentary travel product.
One of Kiehl's most popular products is their Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29, bergdorfgoodman.com). This hydrating cream is formulated with avocado oil and is perfect for when your undereye area needs a pick-me-up. After you're finished with the product, take the container back to the store to get a stamp!
3. The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector
The Body Shop Foundation supports three cores: animal protection, human rights, and environmental protection. The charity has also launched a new campaign, Enrich Not Exploit, whose purpose is to "enrich our people, enrich our product, and enrich our planet."
For every tube of The Body Shop's moisturizing Hemp Hand Protector ($10, thebodyshop-usa.com) sold, The Body Shop Foundation will donate $2 to make a difference. Not only that -- but for every product sold during the summer months, the company has pledged to restore 1 square meter of rainforest in an attempt to improve bio-diversity.
4. Laura Mercier Lip Glacé
More than 23,000 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year. The Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund not only donates proceeds to ovarian cancer research, but they also focus on comforting and providing resources to women who have the disease.
Laura Mercier's "Shop For a Cause" program ensures proceeds from select products go straight to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. One product you can buy to help the cause is Laura Mercier's Lip Glacé lip gloss ($25, macys.com). Not only do 100% of the profits go to the charity, but these lip glosses come in an assortment of colors and make great gifts!
5. Lush Charity Pot
Lush works with a number of grassroots organizations, ranging from animal testing opposition to composting to the elimination of microbeads (those scrubby things found in many popular cleansers).
Their cocoa butter-based lotion, the Charity Pot ($25.95 for 8.4 oz, lushusa.com), donates every penny of sales (minus taxes) to its favorite grassroots organizations. This moisturizer gives off a delicately floral scent and is made with the freshest ingredients.
6. Yes To
Yes To beauty and skin care products not only accommodate all skin types, but they do global good. A portion of product sales goes directly to the Yes To Seed Fund, providing 500,000 meals to kiddos around the globe. The fund also works side by side with other organizations to encourage healthy and sustainable lifestyles for American schools.
Yes to Carrots' facial cleanser ($9, belk.com) is formulated with organic carrots and aloe. I know what you're thinking -- why would I wash my face with carrots? Carrots are packed with Vitamin A and loads of minerals and antioxidants. Your face will be left feeling fresh and nourished, while aloe maintains hydration.
7. Philosophy Amazing Grace Spray Fragrance
Philosophy's Hope and Grace Fund donates a portion of annual sales to mental health research and resources to those affected.
How to help? Simply buy. One percent of every Philosophy purchase you make goes to the Hope and Grace Fund. The Amazing Grace spray fragrance ($66, macys.com) is an irresistible and classic floral scent that not only gets compliments but gives to a great cause, too. What's not to love?
8. Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Trio
Jessica Alba's beauty product company, Honest Beauty, contributes to Girls Who Code, an organization who aims to close the gender gap in the technology field.
You can look good while doing good. A portion of all proceeds from Honest Beauty products goes to Girls Who Code. Their eyeshadow trio ($25, honestbeauty.com) comes in an array of silky neutrals and shades that complement every eye color.