Even if you don’t have the extra time or money to donate to a charitable cause this holiday season, you can still do something to give back. It’s as easy as buying your makeup and skin care products from companies that support philanthropic causes.
If you’ll be purchasing any makeup or skin care items this year—either for yourself or to gift someone else—why not buy them from a company that’ll put your cash to good use helping others?
From helping students pay college tuition to assisting families in need, these companies not only have fantastic products, but they’re also doing a lot of good for a lot of folks. And you can help out, too!
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First Aid Beauty
First Aid Beauty specializes in skin care products that help with hydration, and fight signs of aging and blemishes of all kinds. Their products aren’t overly expensive, and they can work wonders. We absolutely love the Ultra Repair Cream.
The money from Fab Aid products (which includes the Ultra Repair Cream) helps students pay off tuition debt. You can also enter to win $100,000 toward your own debt relief.
Since the pandemic began, SheaMoisture has come up with several ways to give back to the global community. The company has a minority business fund and also offers an e-learning hub for minority business owners.
SheMoisture makes many fantastic products for both hair and skin care. The Leave-in Conditioning Treatment in particular is a real winner! No matter what issues you might be dealing with (too dry, too oily, too frizzy, and so on), this stuff will leave your locks soft, shiny, and far more manageable.
Audrey Gruss, owner of Hope Fragrances, named her business after her mother who battled depression. All proceeds from the sales of Hope Fragrances also go to the Hope for Depression Research Foundation (HDRF).
All of the scents are designed to be uplifting and invigorating. While the full-size bottles are on the pricey side, you can get a free sample trio pack of all three scents: Hope, Hope Sport, and Hope Night. All you pay is the shipping! It’s the perfect introduction to the scents and also makes a lovely stocking stuffer for the perfume-lover in your life.
Honest makes awesome products for the entire family and works with various organizations to make the world a better place. A few of the things the company does to give back include:
- Donating skin and feminine care products, and more to families in need through nonprofit partners.
- Employees donate their time to disaster relief and cleaning up beaches.
- Donations of much-needed items, like diapers, to families in crisis after disasters (including the COVID-19 pandemic).
- Works with Baby2Baby and March of Dimes.
The company also makes some incredible beauty and skin care products. It also has several affordable gift sets available for the holiday season. You can choose the Love Your Lips, Find Your Calm, or Love Your Eyes set.
When you buy products from Tatcha, you’re also helping children all over the world. Recently, the company expanded its Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures program to include underserved children in the United States, as well.
The company offers skin care and beauty products for all skin types and needs. Dry skin doesn’t stand a chance against the hydrating and plumping Dewy Skin Cream., but we highly recommend the Dewy Glow Trio Gift Set. Not only do you get a jar of the cream, but you’ll also receive the Rice Wash and Skin Mist.
The name says it all! Thrive Causemetics is all about giving back, and it does so with every single purchase. In 2020 alone, the company donated money and products to 200 nonprofits. It’s also stepped up to help during the pandemic and donated products to frontline workers.
One of its most popular products is the award-winning Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara. It creates length, curl, and definition on even the sparsest of lashes. At this writing, you can get the Mascara and Eyeliner gift set for well under $50.
Philosophy is one of those brands you’ll find yourself going back to again and again after you give them a try. The company sells awesome products that smell incredible. We’re huge fans of the Coconut Frosting collection.
Philosophy also donates some of the money it makes from your purchases to mental health research. The Happy Birthday set includes birthday cake-scented shower gel and body lotion, but it’s really four products in two because the gel can also be used as shampoo or bubble bath.
There’s even a recipe for vanilla cake on the bottle. It’s a cute, delicious-smelling gift for someone else or yourself!
Burt’s Bees doesn’t just give back to people; it’s working to help save bees, as well! In 2007, the company created the Greater Good Foundation, which is dedicated to “sustaining charitable, grassroots initiatives that support human and honeybee health.” The foundation has donated more than $330,000 to nonprofits since its inception.
Burt’s Bees makes a lot of beauty, makeup, and skin care products, so you can find a little something for everyone. However, it’s perhaps best known for its lip balm, and this four-pack makes an excellent stocking stuffer.
From skin care products to makeup, Clarins helps you maintain a youthful appearance, while also supporting causes with the money it makes from your purchases. The company works with organizations that help improve literacy and the environment, as well as some that fight child hunger, cancer, and arthritis.
The Multi-Active Skin Care starter set is the perfect introduction to Clarins’ amazing products. You’ll get the Multi-Active Day Cream, Cleansing Micellar Water, and Multi-Active Night Moisturizer, all in a cute snow-themed cosmetics pouch.
Lancôme is another company that’s well-known for its antiaging products. Behind the scenes, however, the company also does a ton to help children. Since 2010, it’s helped St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital raise over $5 million.
Rénergie Lift is the company’s best-selling antiaging formula. It reduces fine lines, while also making skin feel firmer and appear more radiant. The Rénergie Lift Ultra Discovery Gift Set includes the Multi-Action Sheet Mask, the Advanced Génefique Youth Activating Serum, the Multi-Action Eye Cream, and the Ultra Day Cream with SPF 30.
The Right to Shower
Everyone should have the right to take a shower and, as stated in its name, that’s just what this company is working to make possible. They use the money from every purchase to build mobile showers for the homeless.
As you might expect, the company sells body washes and soaps. The Hope Body Wash and Joy Bar Soap would make a lovely, seasonally appropriate gift for anyone.
Givescent is a New York-based company that makes fragrances, oils, and candles inspired by Italy. For every bottle it sells, $2.45 goes to Women for Women, a nonprofit that helps female survivors of war worldwide.
If you’re on the market for a new perfume or know someone who enjoys trying new scents, look no further! The company’s delightful collection includes its signature scent. The blend of fruity citrus with spicy vanilla is intended to evoke a sultry summer day in Italy. So, hey, if you can’t go for real, at least you’ll smell like you’re there.
The holiday season is all about giving. While you’re shopping for gifts, why not combine that with a charitable donation? These companies make that possible, and you’re sure to discover some new beauty products you can’t live without. And if you want to carry the spirit of giving into the new year, check out our suggestions for ways you can help every month.