So. You want to spend your money in a way that supports the fight against breast cancer, because it’s October and that’s what girls in October do.
Cool! I love pink. I love supporting a good cause. Put them together and it’s super fun. BUT, there is a wrong and a right way to do it, as I explained in detail in this post from last year.
The wrong way: Buying something made of BPA-laden plastic, buying a conventional beauty product with endocrine disruptors or carcinogens, or buying a pink product that isn’t donating money at all.
The right way: Buying a non-toxic product that donates a large portion of the proceeds to a reputable Breast Cancer organization.
Skip the Revlon, Avon, and other breast cancer fakers. Here are three suggestions of eco-friendly and fun ways you can spend your money to support the fight against breast cancer this October:
jane iredale Smell the Roses Hydration Spray
The product: Recommended for any skin type, jane iredale’s Smell the Roses Hydration Spray features organic Rose Damascena Flower Water, which cleanses the skin, calms inflammation and reduces redness without disturbing the skin’s natural protective shield. It may also be used as a moisturizer for oily skin or to wet makeup brushes to create precise lines.
The ingredients: Smell the Roses earned ECOCERT’s Natural and Organic Cosmetics certification. To earn certification, products must be comprised of a minimum of 95% ingredients of natural origin, and a minimum of 5-10% ingredients from organic farming. jane iredale Hydration Sprays exceed these standards, as they are 100% natural and 30% organic.
The benefit: For the seventh year, 100% of profits from the sale of Smell the Jane Iredale’s Roses Hydration Spray will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer® in support of women affected by breast cancer. Living Beyond Breast Cancer® is a national education and support organization whose mission is to connect people with trusted breast cancer information and a community of support.
S.W. Basics Hibiscus Mask
The product: The Hibiscus Mask is a potent, complexion-smoothing blend of organic hibiscus, French green clay, and organic lavender created right in Brooklyn. For added awesomeness, the hibiscus gives the mask a bright burgundy color.
The ingredients: All of S.W. Basics’ product contain five ingredients or fewer. In this product, there are only three, two of which are organic.
The Benefit: This month, 100% of sales from the first 100 Hibiscus Masks purchased on S.W. Basics’ site will go to support the Breast Cancer Fund in its work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation. (And don’t worry if you don’t make it into the first 100; they’re donating 50% of sales from every Hibiscus Mask purchased after that.) The Breast Cancer fund is also behind the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.
BeautyCounter Band of Beauty Membership
The product: Beauty Counter’s Band of Beauty membership program is a loyalist program which provides you perks to use at the non-toxic skincare and beauty brand. For every $300 you spend, you will receive $25 in Rewards to use on your next purchase. $10 of your $25 membership fee goes toward a charity of your choice: The Environmental Working Group, Breast Cancer Fund, or Health Child Healthy World. You can buy a heavily discounted package of their best-selling products, including Routine Clean Cream Cleanser, Every Day AM Hydrating Cream, Countertime Vibrant Eye Perfector, Lustro Face Oil – #2, Hydrate Body Lotion, and Lustro Body Oil – Rosemary & Citrus. And you get free shipping on orders over $100.
The ingredients: BeautyCounter has banned itself from using more than 1,500 chemicals in its products, to ensure that they are safe and effective.
The benefit: You can designate your $10 donation to the Breast Cancer Fund. Additionally, if they hit 1,000 new Band of Beauty members in October, they’ll donate $25,000 to breast cancer prevention.