17 Charitable Cosmetic Companies that Help You Give Back
by Alyssa K. Priebe
Whether you want to save the environment, fight for a cure or help at risk-communities, these beauty products help you do good while looking good.
Mayfair Sugar Scrub, $8.99
Mayfair, which donates $.10 of every sale to the Starlight Children’s Foundation, can be found at Target. With soaps, body lotion and other products available in Sea Lily Jasmine and Grapefruit Bergamot, you’ll fall in love with these feminine scents.
Hemp Hand Protector, $21
The Body Shop is known for their positive social responsibility and cruelty-free products. Now, for a limited time, you can help make change happen by purchasing their Hemp Hand Protector, which donates $3 for every product sold.
Purity Made Simple
1 percent of all sales from Philosophy go to funding community-based health efforts all over the world through the Hope and Grace Initiative. We love this one-step facial cleanser, but you can get any of their products and make a difference. Philosophy, $11
Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Brush Set, $15.99
For several years now, Target has donated 15 percent of the purchase price of the Sonia Kashuk brush set to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The 6-piece brush set also includes a travel bag.
Everything Makeup Palette, $35
Your purchases from Honest Beauty go to fund education and research for new technologies that promote social responsibility. We personally love this makeup palette, but be sure to check out all their cruelty-free, natural products.
The Charity Pot, $7.95
It’s no secret Lush is all about beneficial and healthy beauty products, but their Charity Pot takes it a step further. Proceeds for each pot go to fund small, grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
Eye Essentials, $58
Thrive Cosmetics is determined to help women going through cancer treatment. For every kit sold, they donate one to a woman in need. All you have to do is choose from two eyelash styles, six eyeliner colors, and a black mascara. You get a customized purchase and give back at the same time.
GIVESCENT Signature Scent, $49
GIVESCENT donates $2.45 of every fragrance sold to Women for Women in International, a program which helps women veterans. We adore the citrus and spicy vanilla smell of their signature scent, but you could also choose azure or green.
Mosaic Glycerin Soap Bar, $5
Help promote fair trade by purchasing this Mosaic Glycerin Soap. With your help, women in El Salvador receive fair wages for the first time making this making product. The soaps come in five different scents: Mint, Hibiscus, Lavender, Lemon, Tulip so you’re to find something you like.
Orglamix Beauty Box, $29/month
Customize your beauty needs with an Orglamix Beauty Box. Not only are all their products vegan, organic, and cruelty free, but with every box sold they donate one meal to an orphan in need. Awesome products every month and a charitable donation every time? Yes, please!
Marlowe Body Butter, $8.99
Another Target Beauty Brand, 10 cents of every purchase of a Marlowe product goes to Clean the World, a non-profit that recycles soaps for countries in need. We recommend their Body Butter, but be sure to check out the whole line to find your favorite.
Reflections of Hope Mirror, $25
It’s no secret Laura Mercier has a special place for philanthropy, offering several products a year which benefit different organizations. This one-of-a-kind, dual-sided mirror was designed specifically to support the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. Check out all the products whose profits go to fighting ovarian cancer on her site.
Sephora Sun Safety Kit, $32
Sephora’s Sun Safety Kit fights skin cancer in a big way. First, this 15-piece set has all the products you need to stay safe in the sun and protect yourself. And secondly, $20 from the sale of each kit benefits The Skin Cancer Foundation. Talk about stepping up!
Burt’s Bees Lipstick, $9
Thanks to Burt’s Bees’ Greater Good Foundation, 10 percent of all the company’s website revenues get donated to select well-being partners like Habitat for Humanity and the Triangle Land Conservancy. Which means all you need to do to help is buy online! You can’t go wrong with the classic lip balm, but also check out their lipsticks, because they last. All. Day. Long.
YES TO Moisturizing Shampoo, $7.99
YES TO is another beauty brand which focuses on benefiting the community. A portion of their company profits go to the YES TO Seed Fund, whose goal is to empower women to lead healthier, more positive lives. They have tons of different options, from body to hair care. We especially like the moisturizing benefits of their coconut shampoo.
Earth Bomb, $7.95
If you love bath bombs, then you need grab one of these Earth Bombs from Da Bomb Fizzers. With its sea breeze scent it transforms your bathtub into a relaxing, oceanic paradise. Plus you get a cute sea creature after it dissolves. Oh, and proceeds go to cleaning up the world’s ocean. It’s safe to say these fizzers are “da bomb!”
Ariana Grande’s MAC Line, $16
The MAC’S Aid Foundation offers you the chance to purchase products that benefit people battling AIDs and HIV. This year, the featured products come from the pop-sensation, Ariana Grande. Purchase her Lipglass or Matte Orchid Pink Lipstick to contribute to the cause.