Benevolent Beauty: 7 Beauty Products That Give Back
Everybody loves a good beauty product that makes you feel great in more ways than one. Socially conscious beauty brands from around the globe are making looking and feeling good easier than ever, with amazing programs that let you buy quality-made skin care products and cosmetics that double-up on the charitable angle. Whether you’re passionate about the environment, feeding the homeless or finding a cure for cancer, you can build giving back into your beauty routine with these amazing beauty products.
- Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer — As far as naturally derived, eco-conscious skin care products go, Farmacy reigns supreme. This Earth-focused brand doubles-up on the philanthropic points with its honey skin care products, which are fortified not only with skin-boosting Echinacea GreenEnvy honey, but also propolis and royal jelly, to totally renew the skin with natural humectants, antioxidants and vitamins.
As part of the company’s mission to support the buzzing wonders that make their products great, they’ll give $1 for every honey product sold to the Brooklyn-based nonprofit City Growers to support their Bee Education Program. (You can also be a part of this awesome initiative when you try Farmacy Honey Potion, a renewing hydration mask.)
2. Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow — Shimmery, stylish and socially conscious to boot, Alima Pure’s super-popular eyeshadow is beloved by beauty bloggers and pros. It comes in 14 delightful shades ranging from warm golds and neutrals to popping blues and pinks. This creamy, powdery shadow comes in a refillable compact for an extra eco-friendly angle, and is made with totally vegan and gluten-free ingredients. Alima Pure is a member of the global initiative 1% for the Planet, so a percent of the company’s gross annual revenue goes back to grassroots environmental organizations that work to protect the planet.
3. Raw Hair Organics Raw Curls — There are so many things to love about Raw Hair Organics. Founded by a cancer survivor, this Florida-based, eco-friendly beauty brand promises to provide healthy, toxin-free hair care products that are tailor-made to your hair type. All of Raw Hair Organics’ shampoos and conditioners — including its best-selling Raw Curls line — are made with sustainable ingredients with plenty of natural vitamins and beautifiers. To sweeten the deal, 10 percent of all their products go to local and international charities ranging from local organizations like women’s shelters to major cancer research funds and anti-poverty initiatives.
4. Dr.’s Remedy Promising Pink Nail Polish — Dr.’s Remedy was founded by two board-certified podiatric surgeons who realized that the harsh chemicals in nail polish were causing dry, brittle and discolored nails in their patients. To combat the problem, they developed a line of over 30 different nail polish shades that are made with a unique beautifying and strengthening blend.
Dr.’s Remedy debuted a charitable addition to their lineup with their breast cancer awareness nail polishes, which come in a variety of eye-catching pink hues to honor the signature breast cancer awareness color. When you buy one of these good-for-you polishes, Dr.’s Remedy will give back 15 percent of the proceeds to Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
5. Brandless Gel Hand Soap — Brand-new beauty brand (or non-brand, depending on how you look at it) Brandless is all about providing affordable, sustainable food, beauty and household goods that give back. Every single item in the Brandless lineup costs just $3. You read that right — just $3 for everything from organic peanut butter and dish soap to luxurious, lavender-scented hand soap. You’ll definitely want to try out Brandless Gel Hand Soap and other $3 goodies from this pioneering, minimalistic company. When you do, Brandless will donate a meal to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger relief organization.
6. Lush Charity Pot — There are very few beauty brands with as loyal a following as Lush Cosmetics. Their super-decadent bath bombs bring luxurious fizz, a dreamy aroma and added extras like flower petals, which make them the most popular multi-sensory bath products on the market. But Lush is constantly expanding its lineup to include products that take things to the next level, and Lush fanatics jumped on the bandwagon as soon as the company debuted Lush Charity Pot.
Dubbed the “philanthropic skin softener,” Charity Pot is a rich all-over body cream made with sustainable ingredients. But here’s where it gets good: Lush donates 100 percent of the price (minus taxes) to small, grassroots organizations working in environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
7. Laura Mercier Reflections of Hope Mirror — French Makeup Artist Laura Mercier founded her namesake makeup line in 1996 alongside Claudia Poccia, and the brand has always complemented its pro-level products with a charitable cause. In fact, the company developed the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund (LMOCF) in 2012 after Poccia lost her 39-year-old sister to ovarian cancer and Mercier watched a close friend battle with the disease for years.
Profits from designated LMOCF products will be donated to the organization to help raise awareness and fund research related to ovarian cancer. The company has an evolving line of “Shop for a Cause” products that go towards the fund. Right now, it’s an adorable compact mirror designed by Mercier herself.