By Jennifer McKee
Every October, a bevy of great products that donate money to breast cancer research hit the market. While this is hardly a complete list, these are some of our favorites, and includes everything from health and beauty products to human and canine fashion, even oysters. Unless otherwise noted, these products are available through the end of October.
Betsy Lavender-Lemon Bar
Zum’s decadent Betsy Bar is made from goat’s milk and combines lavender with lemon essential oils to relax stiff muscles. It’s named in honor of Betsy Medina’s battle with breast cancer, during which she used Zum products because of their healing and moisturizing properties. For every Betsy Bar purchased, Zum donates $1 to Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing.
Photo courtesy Zum
Pooch parents can deck their dogs out in pink for a good cause: 100 percent of the Save the Ta-Tas cooling bandana goes to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation. An innovative design, simply soak the cooling bandana in cold water and wring it out – the light mesh fabric stays cold for as long as it stays wet. One size fits most dogs–not just bulldogs.
Photo courtesy Frenchie Bulldog
Hey Dewy is a portable humidifier that hydrates your skin and hair while hydrating your sinuses. Its ultrasonic wave technology emits a cool, sanitized vapor that lasts for 10 hours. In support of breast cancer awareness, Hey Dewy is donating 10 percent of its sales to Breasties, which connects breast cancer survivors through free retreats, wellness activities and an all-inclusive online community. The pink model is currently available for pre-order and will be available beginning November 1.
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Always a participant in BCA, Jane Iredale’s latest October offering is Smell the Roses, a hydration spray that plumps skin with a burst of organic rose oils and extracts. 100 percent of the proceeds go to support women undergoing cancer through the organization Look Good Feel Better. It’s a feel-good product in more ways than one!
Photo courtesy Jane Iredale
Joie de Viv
Ethical, environmentally conscious and elegant, Joie de Viv’s sustainable fine jewelry features ethically-sourced diamonds and 18-karat gold. This month, the brand will donate 5 percent of its monthly jewelry sales and 50 percent of sales of its pink jewelry case, handcrafted and 100 percent fine leather, to support breast cancer awareness.
Photo courtesy Joie de Viv
Designer John Wind combines practicality with style with this special-edition mask chain for Breast Cancer Awareness. The chic chain attaches to a mask and doubles as a sunglasses holder. You can also wear the light-pink chain as a lariat necklace or a long chain—its overall length is 30 inches. 15 percent of the proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community’s breast cancer efforts.
Photo courtesy John Wind
Real Oyster Cult
Oysters may not seem like your typical pink product, but a gal’s gotta eat, too. Real Oyster Cult’s Pink Lady Oysters, from Barnstable, Massachusetts fit the bill; they’re perfect for those who love a salty-yet-sweet treat. Real Oyster Cult curates its oysters from more than 70 farms across North America, so there’s always something new to experience. A portion of proceeds from the Pink Ladies benefits the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Photo courtesy Real Oyster Cult
Pack your hair and skin with powerful nutrients found in RioBabe’s all-natural products. The Brazilian brand combines health with beauty in products as beauty vitamins and hair masks that moisturize, strength and promote growth. Through October, RioBabe will donate $1 from all sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
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Risk Twenty Two
A contemporary clothing line, Risk Twenty Two aims to showcase a women’s unique personality with fashions that are affordable, stylish and classy. The name is a nod to the risk associated with becoming a female entrepreneur. Through October, the brand will donate $1 from all sales to the Breast Cancer Research Association.
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Ruby Ribbon’s mission is to celebrate and empower all women through making them feel better about their bodies, making comforting products for all shapes and sizes. The Zip Front Sport Demiette and leggings in leopard print has magenta accents, perfect for showing off your BCA support. Through October, Ruby Ribbon donates 10 percent of proceeds from all sales, up to $10,000, to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
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Create your own sustainable manicure with products from SOPHi by Piggy Paint. It’s cruelty-free, vegan and free of harsh chemicals, leaving nails healthy in the process. Plus, the water-based formula is virtually odorless, yet as durable as standard nail polish. Celebrate the month with one of the many pretty pink polishes, such as It’s a Girl Thing, Morning Kisses or #NoFilter. Through October, 15 percent of all sales will be donated to BCA organizations.
Photo courtesy SOPHi
Reducing the waste from shampoo bottles, soap wrappers and the like has become a mission for Unwrapped Life. The Breast Cancer Awareness Bundle contains all its greatest items: The Fixer travel set with shampoo and conditioner bars, a calming sea salt soap bar and a bar dish in white. Through October, the bundle is 15 percent off, and 50 percent of all sales go to ReThink Breast Cancer, which empowers and advocates for people affected by breast cancer through bold campaigns and programs.
Photo courtesy Unwrapped Life
The Comfort Cub
Give the gift of hope with the The Comfort Cub, the world’s first weighted teddy bear. It’s filled with a pea-sized weighted bead, so when you hug the bear, it releases dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, which makes you feel better. The bear was created by founder Marcella Johnson after the loss of her newborn, George. It’ll get you through any type of loss, from a spouse, parent or pet to the loss of a job or even physical closeness in this uncertain time. There are many ways to donate: buy one for a person in need, a case to donate to a hospital, even three cases to an organization of your choice.
Photo courtesy The Comfort Cub
Wander Puzzle Co.
Inspiring women artists are behind the exquisitely-designed puzzles at Wander, which not only offer a great way to unwind but promote a sense of girl power. The Just Chillin’ puzzle, for example, is a colorful creation from Sao Paolo, Brazil-based Rafaela Mascaro, which celebrates cultural diversity. A portion of all proceeds (all year-round) are donated to the Women’s Center for Advancement, Feeding America and social enterprises in Africa.
Photo courtesy Wander Puzzle Co.