The season of giving is upon us. No, not Christmas, but October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which sees some of the UK’s biggest beauty brands give back a percentage of sales on limited-edition products. With one in eight Britons expected to develop breast cancer in their lifetime, it is an important month to raise awareness and money for charities such as Breast Cancer Awareness
, both of whom who do brilliant work for breast cancer patients and for raising awareness of the early symptoms.
So, if you’re looking to top up your beauty cabinet this October, look out for the pink ribbon on products and donate as you shop. Here are 6 of our favourites.
Estée Lauder Companies
, available from 2 October.
The Estée Lauder Companies have clubbed together this year to create a limited-edition Beauty Box, full to the brim with goodies from the stable’s best-selling brands. There’s make-up from Bobbi Brown, Smashbox and Estée Lauder, with skincare from Origins, Clinique and Glamglow and haircare from Bumble and Bumble. Money raised will fund the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, set up by the late Evelyn Launder in the 1990s. It is the world’s largest private funder of breast cancer research, contributing $13million worth of medical research grants in the UK alone since it launched.
GHD has paired up with David Allen, a Chicago-based mastectomy tattoo artist to ‘ink’ its legendary hair styling tools with his floral artwork; £10 for every sale of their limited-edition ‘ink on pink’ hair straighteners will go to Breast Cancer Now, the charity that helps women rediscover their confidence after cancer.
Elemis has created a super-size, limited-edition of its iconic Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. A firm ‘beauty hall of fame’ favourite that perennially wins countless awards, the gel-cream moisturiser is packed with marine actives, seaweeds and botanicals to boost hydration and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. A great ‘entry level’ to those looking to soften the first signs of ageing. Regardless of sales of the limited-edition product, £25,000 will go to Breast Cancer Care.
Look Good, Feel Better
'Look Good Feel Better' is the only global cancer charity supporting women with the visible side effects of cancer treatment. This travel pouch of professional quality make-up brushes is perfect for on-the-go, and the range of brushes will help you achieve a make-up artist finish with blending, contouring and finishing brushes to take you step-by-step. Twelve per cent of the wholesale price of each kit is donated to the charity.
Nourish London’s limited-edition Radiance Firming Facial Oil gives £2.50 from every sale to Walk the Walk, the UK's largest grant-making breast cancer charity. The rich oil is perfect for winter skincare regimes; with marine algae extract to boost collagen production and an award-winning blend of omega-rich organic rosehip, pumpkin seed and macadamia, it will nourish and bring radiance to dull, winter skin.
In 2006, the late trichologist, Philip Kingsley, put his decades of experience to personal use to create the No Scent No Colour Shampoo and Conditioner for his own wife Joan, whilst she was being treated for breast cancer. Colour-, fragrance-, paraben- and SLS-free, it is kind and gentle to sensitive scalps and skin during chemotherapy and helps to nourish and condition re-growth. Fifty pence from the sale of each product in the range goes to Look Good Feel Better, with £25,500 raised and donated over the last 3 years alone.
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