30 Beauty Brands That Give Back
With inspiring philanthropic initiatives tied to every purchase, these products that do more than just make you look good
BEAUTY DOING GOOD
Beauty brands are going beyond just making you look good - now some are using their platforms to support charitable causes, from helping girls' education to saving bees and beyond. Even one purchase can make the biggest difference, so check out the products you can buy now that help support philanthropic initiatives.
L'Occitane Solidarity Balm
The women of Burkina Faso have been making shea butter for L'Occitane since the 1980s, resulting in a skill that has passed down from mother to daughter. To honor this partnership, the French beauty brand is donating 100% of their profits from their newest Solidarity Balm to support women's leadership initiatives in Burkina Faso. The nourishing balm celebrates African culture and the Burkinabe women by incorporating the hibiscus flower, a popular plant in the region, into its packaging and scent.
Buy It! L'Occitane Solidarity Balm, $6; usa.loccitane.com
After watching her mom endure a life-long battle with depression, philanthropist and founder of Hope for Depression Research Foundation Audrey Gruss launched an uplifting white floral fragrance called Hope Eau de Parfum, which benefits HDRF to support groundbreaking depression research. "The U.S. fragrance market is over $4 billion annually. If Hope can reach even a small percentage of that market, think of the millions we can give to depression research and how much awareness we can raise," Gruss tells PEOPLE. Today, Gruss added two new scents to her fragrance collection, a "refreshing and invigorating" blend of green citrus, lily-of-the-valley and tuberose called Hope Sport Eau de Parfum and a "warm, sensuous" scent with notes of amber, vanilla, patchouli, plum, vetiver and the the line's signature: white flowers. 100 percent of Hope Fragrance retail profits go back to HDRF. "The Hope Fragrance Collection captures the essence of the most aromatic white flowers - gardenia, jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and tuberose - the purist and most delicate essences that delight our senses," Gruss tells PEOPLE. "My mother said they brought her a sense of beauty and joy and lifted her spirits!"
Buy It! Hope Fragrance Collection, $150 each; hopefragrances.com
Kitsch x Justine Marjan x When We All Vote
Kitsch wants you to register to vote (in style). The hair accessories brand teamed up with collaborator and celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan to recreate their classic rhinestone bobby pin to encourage customers to register to vote. One hundred percent of the proceedes from the embellished "VOTE" pin go towards When We All Vote, an organization providing voting resources (backed by celebrities like Michelle Obama and Kerry Washington who are both co-cairs of the non-profit). Shop the "VOTE" pin at mykitsch.com and learn more about registering to vote at https://www.whenweallvote.org/kitsch.
Buy It! Kitsch "VOTE" Rhinestone Bobby Pin, $29; mykitsch.com
Garnier x UNICEF Whole Blends Kits
Garnier, spokeswoman Mandy Moore and UNICEF are teaming up once again to make the holidays merry and bright for everyone. The brand has launched three haircare sets, each priced under $10, and one dollar from every purchase will be donated to UNICEF to help educate a child in an emergency situation. And Moore is helping propel fundraising on social media by encouraging followers to comment on Garnier's UNICEF Holiday Kits posts with a blue heart emoji. For each one (up to 10,000) the brand will donate another dollar to the cause.
Buy It! Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasures 3-Piece Holiday Kit, $9.88; walmart.com
While October gets all of the attention for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, September is also a month that supports women's health. Since September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Laura Mercier released a limited-edition face palette to support the pink initiative. This year, 100 percent of the profits from the palette will be donated to the Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund. With a mix of blushes, bronzers and highlighters, this give-back palette will make you glow from the inside out.
Sol de Janeiro
If you're a fan of Sol de Janeiro's cult-favorite Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, then you'll fall in love with their Amazon Is Our Heart set. For the month of September, the brand will be donating 100 percent of the profits from the set to the Rainforest Action Network, which works to stop the destruction of the Amazon Rainforest. The set includes the beloved Bum Bum cream, which features a pistachio and salted caramel scent, plus the Coco Cabana Cream, with notes of coconut and toasted praline. Plus, the brand is offering free ground shipping on your purchase of the set with code "HEARTandSOL." Check out the give-back set at soldejaneiro.com.
Buy It! Sol de Janeiro Amazon Is Our Heart Set, $30; soldejaneiro.com
For over a decade, La Mer has been committed helping protect 16 million miles of marine habitats across the globe. To continue its efforts and celebrate World's Ocean Day, the luxury brand is launching a Limited Edition Blue Heart Crème de La Mer alongside its La Mer Blue Heart campaign. Anyone can participate -- no purchase required! Simply post on social media using the hashtags #LaMerBlueHeart #LaMerDonation, and the brand will donate $25, up to $650,000, to the La Mer Blue Heart Oceans Fund which supports ocean conservation projects around the world.
Beautyblender's kicking off Pride Month with a special initiative. The brand launched an array of beautiful limited edition rainbow beautyblender sponges to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. For each sponge sold, the company pledges to donate 10 percent of the proceeds to benefit The Human Rights Campaign, America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality.
Pucker up for not one, but two causes. One dollar from the sale of this gorgeous matte lipstick until August 15 will be donated to the Mary Kay Foundation, which was founded in 1996 to both fund women's cancer research and help put an end to domestic violence.
The Right to Shower
Every one of the eight products in this vegan, sulfate-free body-care brand will make you feel good inside and out. This year 100 percent of profits from sales (a minimum donation of $500,000) goes to nonprofits that provide mobile-shower services for people living on the streets.
Buy It! The Right to Shower Joy Bar Soap, $7.99, and Strength Body Wash, $11.99; amazon.com
The natural body care company teamed up with the famed primatologist and anthropologist Jane Goodall to support wildlife and environment conservation. For each purchase of Schmidt's new plant-based Lily of the Valley body wash, five percent of the purchase price will go straight to The Jane Goodall Institute.
Chantecaille's sparkly lipstick bullets are more than just breathtaking. They're helping change the planet. For each one purchased, the brand will plant a tree in Kenya to help offset the effects of climate change on the environment.
In light of the devastating wildfires raging through California and destroying the homes of many residents, Thrive Causemetics is giving back. The brand announced that for every purchase made on Nov. 14, the company will donate 100 percent of profits to the American Red Cross, Human Society of Ventura County, Los Angeles Fire Dept. Foundation, @we.love.malibu and Baby2Baby to help those affected.
Buy It! Thrive Causemetics Headliner Lipstick + Lip Liner, $40; thrivecausemetics.com
FOUNTAIN OF TRUTH
Seven years after announcing her breast cancer diagnosis, Giuliana Rancic launched Fountain of Truth, a clean skincare line inspired by her battle with the disease. In honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness month, 10% of the profits from Rancic's limited edition Youth in Hand Cream are being donated to FAB-U-WISH in partnership with The Pink Agenda, which raises money for breast cancer research and care.
Buy It! Fountain of Truth Youth in Hand Cream, $28; fountainoftruthbeauty.com
THE LIPSTICK LOBBY
The Lipstick Lobby partnered withthe unPrison Project and feminist activist Gloria Steinem for the launch of the brand's new moisturizing balm. For each tube purchase, 100 percent of the net profits go to unPrison Project, which works to provide incarcerated women and girls with the life skills they'll need after prison.
Buy It! The Lipstick Lobby In The Clear Vitamin E Lip Balm, $19; thelipsticklobby.com
You probably know Ouai as the haircare brand founded by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, best known as the go-to pro to the KarJenners. Now, you can treat your pet's mane with her newly launched Pet Shampoo designed to give their coat the same gorgeous shine as your own tresses. The best part: for each bottle purchased, 15 percent of the proceeds are donated to the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, a rescue and adoption center for dogs based in L.A.
Buy It! Ouai Pet Shampoo, $28; theouai.com
Working in partnership with the Dr. Brandt Foundation, Dr. Brandt is relaunching a limited editon version of its popular Pore Refining Primer for a special cause. On top of new colorful packaging, for each purchase, $5 is donated to the Beaux Arts HANDS ON! Program, which provides free museum tours and art projects for elementary students.
Buy It! Dr. Brandt #PoresNoMore Pore Refiner Primer, $45; sephora.com
Beautiful Rights' mission is to create makeup that challenges the status quo and stand up for women's rights. For each product that they sell, including this shimmery lip gloss, 20 percent of sales are donated to one of eight different organizations of your choice at checkout -- from Planned Parenthood to American Civil Liberties Union.
Buy It! Beautiful Rights Gloss Ceiling Lip Gloss, $18; beautifulrights.com
With each purchase of this skincare brand's eye cream and moisturizer set, HydroPeptide donates $3 to charity: water, non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Buy It! HydroPeptide Hydrating Heroes, $100; hydropeptide.com
Not only does this little tube of organic coconut oil do it all (like removes makeup, whitens teeth and adds shine to hair), but the brand also donates meal to a child is through a partnership with Feeding America Food Banks with each purchase.
Buy It! Conscious Coconut Organic Coconut Oil, $16.95; consciouscoconut.com
Sephora's latest lipstick launch is unlike any the brand's done before. For every purchase of the new creamy crimson shade called 'Fearless,' Sephora donates $10 to Sephora Stands -- two-year-old program dedicated to created female empowerment-based classes.
Buy It! Sephora Collection Sephora Stands FEARLESS Rouge Cream Lipstick, $12.50; sephora.com
The online retailer Brandless launched in July and targets millennials with its no-fuss packaging and low prices (everything on the site costs only $3! We're serious!). But even better, the company works to make a difference in the world, too. No matter how much or little you buy each time you shop Brandless' site, one meal is donated to Feeding America through its Give Back program.
MAYFAIR SOAP FOUNDRY
Every time you buy one of Mayfair's luxurious body products (like scrubs and bubble bath), a portion of the purchase price gets donated with the Starlight Children's Foundation, which provides programs to hospitalized children and their families.
Buy It! Mayfair Soap Foundry Sea Lily Jasmine Sugar Scrub, $8.99; target.com
Karité's natural, antioxidant-rich hand cream is sourced from ingredients directly from Ghana and supports the livelihood of rural African women and their communities. Plus, it's made with three made ingredients -- shea butter, coconut oil and palm oil -- making it perfect for every skin type.
Buy It! Karité Hand Cream, $36; mykarite.com
Tatcha's founder Victoria Tsai believes beauty begins in the heart and mind. So with each full-size skincare purchase from the luxury Japanese beauty brand, Tatcha funds a day of school in partnership with Room to Read's Girls' Education program for girls in Asia and Africa.
M.A.C's Viva Glam tradition started in 1994, when the brand created a deep red shade and put every cent of the price towards the M.A.C AIDS Fund. Now, 23 years later, the brand sells five beautiful Viva Glam colors, with the proceeds of each going toward this cause.
Buy It! M.A.C Viva Glam Lipstick, $17; nordstrom.com
With every purchase of Charity Pot -- Lush's soft floral scented cream -- the brand donates 100% of the purchase price to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
Buy It! Lush Charity Pot Body Lotion, $27.95; lushusa.com
Not only does the Nashville brand provide safe and supportive housing for women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction, it also employs them to create the line of candles (like this one!), hand soaps, lotions, body balms and more.
Buy It! Thistle Farms Candle, $28; thistlefarms.org