One of our 2018 Beauty Intentions was to “clean up” our shelves by only investing in cruelty free and predominantly natural/clean products. With the amount of brands available in those categories, it’s now easier than ever. And while we are kind of patting ourselves on the back for sticking to our goals, we realized that some brands are doing even more awesome shit (besides making rad products) with the money we’re investing in them. If you’re going to go out and spend money on a bunch of stuff you need or want, isn’t it nice to know that it’s also helping a good cause? We compiled a list of some of our fav brands that donate a portion of their proceeds to women, animal rights, developing communities and more. Here’s to good samaritan shopping!
Josie Maran Cosmetics
donates a portion of every sale of their Bear Naked Wipes to the Polar Bear SOS initiative, a project of the National Resources Defense Council. Keeping our faces clean and bears happy. What a combo.
Kat von D
released the limited edition liquid lipstick Project Chimps last year and just recently brought it back! For every one of these babies sold, 20% of the retail price goes directly to the nonprofit organization Project Chimps. Their organization works to stop the use of chimps in biomedical research, and retire them to a life of freedom and sanctuary. Actively preventing animal testing is our jam.
Sundial Brands, the manufacturer of SheaMoisture, invested nearly $2 million by 2017 to support community development across their supply chain and in the U.S. This means there are now nearly 15,000 household members in Sundial’s Ghanaian Shea Butter women’s cooperatives, who now benefit from premium wages, access to fresh piped water, healthcare enrollment and higher school attendance rates. We rep SheaMoisture’s products all the time, but if we had to pick a favorite...the Super Fruit Multivitamin Hair Mask
will plant a tree for every Feel Good Candle that you buy. Choose from the three fragrances to help us all breath better: neroli and lemongrass, pine spruce and orange, and ginger bergamot and clove. Mmm sounds delightful.
The makers of one of our favorite purple shampoos, supports both local and national charities including City of Hope and Paul Newman’s special charity, SeriousFun Children’s Network, formerly known as Hole in the Wall Gang, to name a few.
Along with getting a revamp of its former Sephora Lip Attitude Chic, every purchase of the new creamy crimson shade “Fearless,” donates $10 to Sephora Stands. The two-year-old program is dedicated to creating female empowerment-based classes and addressing the needs of entrepreneurs, communities in transition, and Sephora employees. Support badass females!
Lush's Charity Pot is a soft floral scented body cream with ingredients sourced from their Sustainable Lush Fund projects that support regenerative agriculture around the world. For every purchase of this luscious cream, the brand donates 100% (minus the taxes) of the purchase price to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights. We dig.
MAKE is based in NYC (where we Dummies reside) and donates 10% of its sales to the We See Beauty Foundation, an all-women-led business that provides much needed resources and funding to under-deserved female entrepreneurs. Giving back to women one perfect product at a time.
Purchases from the Jessica Alba-led brand go to fund education and research for new technologies that promote social responsibility. They also support Code.org which helps create a high school AP computer science curriculum focused on young women. Honestly, we’re obsessed.
Clove + Hallow
Clove + Hallow donates 15% of the sales from the Lip Creme in the color "Psych" toward the Georgia Chapter of Mental Health of America, which will go toward education and outreach centered around mental illness. Ultra clean, ultra pigmented beauty with a righteous cause.
Dessert Essence partners with organizations like Plan International USA’s Because I Am a Girl Initiative. For every purchase of their Oil Blends, Restorative and Balancing Facial Oils, 1% of sales are donated to help girls in impoverished areas get access to education so they can change their own lives, the lives of their families, and that of their community. Their help ensures that girls in the developing world will have education, healthcare, clean water, and food, among other basic human rights. We all deserve it.
Au Naturale started the grassroots movement for a #CleanBeautyRevolution. Although technically they’re not donating cash money to a particular cause or charity, they’re helping to make waves in the industry by demanding change and lobbying for laws that will keep harmful toxins out of American cosmetic products. Sounds like a pretty philanthropic (and pretty necessary) cosmetics brand to us!
Peet Rivko is a business member of 1% For The Planet, a global network who give back 1% to environmental non-profits. The organization as a whole has raised over $175 million for the environment. You can even join their global network as an individual and commit to giving 1% of your annual salary to support the environmental issues you care about most. If that seems like too big of a financial commitment, you can always start by shopping their simplified skincare line.
Davines works with its partner salons to offer a day of name-your-price styling services, for one week each year, as part of its Sustainable Beauty Day campaign. Donations go directly towards planting fruit trees in low-income communities. In 2013 they were able to plant over five thousand fruit-bearing trees in Brazil. An eco-friendly hair care brand with morals and products we can get behind!