Beauty products help women feel more beautiful, but wouldn’t it be nice if they also helped women feel like they were making a difference with each swipe of blush or application of lotion? Here are eight skincare and cosmetics companies that donate a portion of their proceeds to various philanthropies.
We’re a sucker for Burt’s Bees lip balms as well as their passion to give back to our planet. In 2007, the nonprofit organization Burt’s Bees Great Good Foundation was established. Since then, the foundation has issued more than $2.4 million in grants. In 2016, the Bring Back The Bees program was created to aid pollinators with nourishing forage for bees. Concern for the environment can also be seen in the product packaging, which is made with recyclable materials.
Clark’s Botanicals was founded after Owner Francesco Clark suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury that left him unable to walk and even sweat. Clogged pores and constant breakouts inspired Clark and his father to develop this botanical-based skincare line. A percentage of profits from the sales of all Clark’s Botanicals products is given to The Christopher & Reeve Foundation.
Soaps, lotions, bath bombs and lip balms are formulated for sensitive skin with natural ingredients to soothe skin. For every purchase, Joa donates a bar of soap to a local women’s shelter.
Kiehl’s creates award-winning products while making it their mission to support significant causes such as HIV/AIDS research, environmental issues and children’s well-being. To date, $3.5 million has been raised through limited edition products and campaigns established to benefit various organizations like Feeding America and amfAR.
If you’ve ever wondered why each L’Occitane product contains braille on the packaging, it’s because Founder Olivier Baussan’s passion is helping the blind, specifically by donating proceeds from limited-edition products to The American Foundation for the Blind. L’Occitane additionally heads a perfume school for visually impaired teenagers who are flown to France each June for a summer workshop.
Charity Pot body lotion is perfumed with florals, olive oil and rosewood oil for a delicate scent that leaves skin hydrated and silky soft. Better yet, 100 percent of the cost for each Charity Pot lotion is donated to small grassroots organizations working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare and human rights.
Chicago’s own Scratch Goods is a full handmade skincare company as well as a storefront with customizable mask bar. Quarterly donations of solid soaps benefit One Heart Africa, a grassroots volunteer organization dedicated to bring sustainable change to impoverished areas of Africa. With this year’s projected sales, Scratch Goods will be able to send enough soap to wash every student and teachers’ hands multiple times per day.
After losing her friend to cancer at just 24 years old, Thrive Founder Karissa Bodnar made it her mission to create a beauty brand that helped empower women. For each product purchased, one is donated to a woman in need. The line is also vegan and void of parabens, sulfates and toxins.