If you're treating yourself or someone you love to a beauty buy, why not support a brand that gives back in an amazing way? Read on as StyleList highlights some of the beauty world's most generous givers who go above and beyond just doing business and are changing the world while making us more beautiful - both inside and out.
Seriously tackling the issue of child and female sex trafficking, The Body Shop is donating all net profits of their new Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream to - ECPAT, which fights to free and protect children from the slave trade. But that's not all - $2 from each sale of The Body Shop's new reusable cotton Bags for Life will be donated to the Somaly Mam Foundation, which helps young victims recover, rehabilitate and start new lives.
The Body Shop Bag for Life, $5
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Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream, $10
Courtesy of The Body Shop
After a spinal cord injury caused by a diving accident, Francesco Clark found himself paralyzed and in a deep depression. He started Clark's Botanicals to create natural products he could use to heal his own skin, which was damaged by his inability to naturally sweat and exfoliate anymore. The Smoothing Marine Cream became an instant best-seller, and features jasmine to reduce redness as well as glycolic acid and algae to smooth fine lines. In addition to volunteer outreach, 5% of all company proceeds benefit the
target="_blank">Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, which provides research, support and advocacy for those living with paralysis.
Clark's Botanicals Smoothing Marine Cream, $115
Courtesy of Clark's Botanicals
Starting out by mixing lip balm in her mother's kitchen, Mad Gabs founder Gabrielle Melchionda has remained committed to donating 5% of her growing company's profits to community organizations like at-risk youth groups and homeless shelters. In 2010, Melchionda plans to partner with Strive U to hire part-time employees with disabilities to work in production and shipping at Mad Gabs. Check out Moose Smooch, their delicious best-selling lip balm that started it all.
Mad Gabs Blackberry Moose Smooch Stick, $3
Courtesy of Mad Gab's
Founded by the husband and wife biologist team of Tim Schaeffer and Korie Johnson, Depth is an all-natural skincare brand that hydrates with sea botanicals. As a way to share their love of the ocean with those less fortunate, the couple donate a percentage of all proceeds to Camp SEA Lab, a non-profit that provides educational marine experiences to underprivileged children in Monterey Bay, CA.
Depth Bay Coconut Body Wash, $9.99
Courtesy of Depth
A British skin care import, Liz Earle employs over 1600 women yearly from Otuke, Uganda to harvest the shea butter she uses in her Superskin Body Cream. The income allows the women to support their families and send their children to school. And the body cream has gentle, natural ingredients like chamomile, lavender and neroli essential oils to soothe and replenish dry skin.
Liz Earle Superskin Body Cream, $24-$55
Courtesy of Liz Earle
Founded to meet the sensitive skincare needs of children, Noodle & Boo is launching a Raise Your Hand Campaign,
which funds water purification systems for African children in third-world countries. All 100% of the profits of Believe Honey Bar will fund the first clean water fundraiser - for Heeraraa, Ethiopia, which is a small village with a school of about 200 children. The darling petal pink soap is inscribed with the words, "love," "faith," and "hope."
Noodle & Boo Believe Honey Bar, $12
Courtesy of Noodle & Boo
At the urging of Brand Ambassador Anne Hathaway, Lancôme launched La Collection Lollipop in November - three yummy lipgloss and nailpolish sets that benefit Lollipop Theater Network , a nonprofit that brings Hollywood's newest blockbuster movies to children and teens hospitalized with life-threatening diseases. Hathaway has made hospital visits on behalf of the charity, and $5 from the purchase of each set will go directly to Lollipop.
Lancôme La Collection Lollipop in Mademoiselle Grape, Bon Bon Strawberry and Ma Cherie Cherry will be available at lancome-usa.com starting in November, while supplies last, $35 each
Courtesy of Lancome
With a history of charitable support for dozens of women's organizations across the globe, PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics is the first beauty company of its kind to donate all of its after-tax, distributable profits to women's health advocacy and human rights issues. Support their efforts by trying a product like Perfect As Is Lip Balm, a pretty pink tinted balm infused with rosebud oil and the sweet-tasting stevia plant.
PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Perfact As Is Lip Balm, $7
Courtesy of Peacekeeper
A long-time supporter of children's charities, Kiehl's is revealing a limited edition collection of its star product, Crème de Corps Body Lotion, for the holidays. A staggering 100% of all net profits will benefit RxArt
, a non-profit that brings art programs to children in pediatric hospitals. New York artist KAWS designed the colorful artwork on the labels.
Limited Edition Crème de Corps Holiday Collection will be available starting in late October at kiehls.com, $26.50-$70
Courtesy of Kiehl's