6 Beauty Brands That Give Back
These companies make people look good, but more importantly, they do good, too.
After hearing from women who'd lost their natural eyelashes due to cancer treatment, founder Karissa Bodnar developed a line of faux lashes and chemical-free, waterproof adhesives with these women (who she fondly refers to as "thrivers") in mind. Similar to TOMS, when you purchase a Thrive product, another one gets donated to a woman going through treatment.
To buy: $58. thrivecausemetics.com.
These colorful and affordable veggie and fruit-inspired products—everything from cucumber face wash to carrot makeup remover to coconut lip balm—are at least 95 percent natural and help feed underserved communities. A portion of the proceeds of every product sold goes to the Yes To Carrots Seed Fund, a non-profit organization that helps plan community gardens by providing grants. So far, this has helped serve more than 50,000 meals to kids around the globe.
To buy: $19. yestocarrots.com.
This New York City-based makeup and skincare brand is all about self-expression, empowerment, and creativity, and that same spirit extends to the company’s charitable giving. Ten percent of sales go to the We See Beauty Foundation, which supports community-based, women entrepreneurs.
To buy: $30, makebeauty.com.
These citrus, Italian summer-inspired scents serve as a pick-me-up in the winter and a refreshing splash in the summer, plus they’re free of alcohol and chemicals, including formaldehyde and parabens. And get a whiff of this: Proceeds from the company’s sales go to Every Mother Counts (a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world) and Women for Women International (which supports female survivors of war with tools and resources to move from crisis to stability and self-sufficiency).
To buy: $49. givescent.com.
The popular, feel-good brand not only has quality face and body products with an uplifting message (and super cute packaging), but it also donates 1 percent of its product sales to mental health programs through its hope&grace initiative. The number may seem small, but it provides over 100 community-based mental health organizations each year with about $50,000 in support.
To buy: $11. philosophy.com.
The skincare and cosmetics collection is part of actress and entrepreneur Jessica’s Alba’s The Honest Company, and features no-fuss, mostly natural products. Plus, proceeds from each purchase will help fund educational programs for young women, like Girls Who Code, a program that works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities and bridge the gender gap in computing fields.
To buy: $35. honestbeauty.com.