11 Ways to Give Back During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

11 Items to Shop to Give Back During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this is always a great time to give back to nonprofits supporting the cause through purchases. Nowadays there is such variety when it comes to “pink” products that donate a portion – or in some cases all – of sales to nonprofits, from makeup and skincare to apparel, kitchen accessories, food and more.

Today I'm sharing 10 ways you can give back this month with the help of some of our favorite “pink” items, which includes hair, skincare and makeup products, as well as jewelry and more!

For Your Hair

1. Don’t we all wish we could have a professional blowout every day? Thanks to Drybar’s line of hair products, you can get one step closer to that. Throughout October, buy their limited-edition travel size Detox Dry Shampoo (original formula) and $1 from every purchase will support City of Hope’s Breast Cancer Research, up to $25,000. This is one of the best dry shampoos out there – it absorbs oils, gives your hair life and body and has a great scent with notes of sandalwood, jasmine and vanilla. (sephora.com, $13)

2. If you’re looking to give back with the help of everyday hair care products any day of the year, look no further than Cureology Beauty. This innovative hair care line was designed with a cause in mind: breast cancer awareness and research. Ten percent of proceeds from all Cureology hair care products – from their Voluminous Shampoo and Conditioner, to Radian Shine Mist, Smoothing Anti-Frizz Serum and more – are donated to breast cancer charities, such as the Avon Foundation, Susan G. Komen and D’Feet Breast Cancer Inc. year round to support research, screening and education. (cureologybeauty.com, $19-$72)

For Your Beauty Routine

3. Give yourself a DIY mani/pedi with the purchase of Morgan Taylor Lacquer’s Fight Like a Lady 2015 Collection, which comes with four mini nail polishes in pretty pink shades – Sweet Surrender (light sheer pink), Sweetest Thing (light pink glitter), Lip Service (bubblegum pink crème) and Prettier in Pink (pink crème). They’re donating 5% of proceeds to the Mommy & Me Foundation, a nonprofit that helps mothers with breast cancer who have small children. (loxabeauty.com, $14.95)

4. Get 24-hour volume and darker, dramatic lashes, while also giving back to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade with Avon’s Mega Effects Mascara. It uses a unique “Wonderbrush” that bends and adjusts to different angles so you don’t miss a lash. Avon is donating 20% of net profits to the nonprofit, up to $1 million – and they have several other products that they’ll be donating sales from as well. (avon.com, $10)

5. Loved ones will of course appreciate a gift that automatically donates 100% of profits to nonprofit Boarding for Breast Cancer, which advocates early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Paula & Chlo’s Sugar Grapefruit Collection includes four products: hand cream, eau de parfum (small and large) and lip balm. It also comes with a pink reusable bag. (paulaandchlo.com, $54)

For Your Skin


6. Boost hydration and restore your skin’s essential moisture with Avon’s limited-edition Skin So Soft Breast Cancer Awareness Soft & Sensual Bath Oil. Put it on right in the shower or when you get out and your skin will instantly feel smooth and moisturized, while also smelling great. Avon is donating 20% of net profits from this product to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade, up to $1 million. (avon.com, $10)

7. HydroPeptide’s Pink Kit includes full sizes of their Eye Authority and Perfecting Gloss, and together the set gives $5 to Look Good Feel Better, helping the quality of life and self-esteem for people in cancer treatment. Eye Authority brightens dark circles and diminishes the look of expression lines, wrinkles and puffiness. The Perfecting Gloss restores lip fullness, volume and definition, while making your lips nice and hydrated. (hydropeptide.com, $112)

8. Work out for a cause with the Battle Cry Pink Adjustable Handful Bra, which the company donates 10% of proceeds to charitable partner Consano. The bra is designed to flatter, not flatten and has convertible and adjustable straps for comfort and support. (handful.com, $48)

9. If you love having colorful office supplies at work, Pilot Pen’s Breast Cancer Awareness pens should be your go-to this fall. These are pink ribbon versions of their popular products: G2, Acroball, Dr. Grip Center of Gravity and FriXion Light Erasable Highlighter.  Pilot is donating 15% of gross proceeds of these pens now through the end of the year, up to $100,000, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. (pilotpen.us, $3.06-$10)

10. Ann Taylor has launched their A.T. Cares Collection, Fall 2015 Edition, which includes two items, a beautiful gold-toned BCRF pendant and charm bracelet. Ann Taylor will be donating 50% of the purchase price of these items to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation now through the end of the year. (anntaylor.com, $49.50-$59.50)

BONUS: Editor Ashley's Pick

“Ahava"

First, thanks to Katy for the INCREDIBLE round up! I thought it would be made complete with the mention of a wonderful product from AHAVA. For every purchase of the Cactus & Pink Pepper Mineral Hand Cream on AHAVA online, the brand will make a 20% donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation and will also donate $1 for every like on AHAVA’s Breast Cancer Awareness themed Instagram posts for the month of October. (ahavaus.com, $23.00)

*Samples provided for review for many products above; all opinions are my own.*