So­cially re­spon­si­ble beauty brands

Look good with beauty prod­ucts that do good


I have in­sanely high stan­dards when it comes to beauty. Not only should they make me look and feel good, but they should do their fair share of good, too.

Sup­port prod­ucts that sup­port a cause, whether it’s to raise funds for a ben­e­fit or to cre­ate hu­mane, safe, and just work con­di­tions. Look for in­gre­di­ents cer­ti­fied by the UK Fair­trade Foun­da­tion and brands that are as so­cially re­spon­si­ble as they are busi­ness-savvy.

1. Phi­los­o­phy Pu­rity Made Sim­ple Cleanser. A per­cent­age of the sales of this one-step facial cleanser funds the Hope and Grace Ini­tia­tive’s com­mu­nity-based health ef­forts all over the world.

2. Jane Iredale Smell the Roses Hy­dra­tion Spray. Made with or­ganic Rose Da­m­a­s­cena Flower Water, this lim­ited edi­tion facial spray sup­ports breast can­cer aware­ness. One hun­dred per­cent of its prof­its go to the Liv­ing Be­yond Breast Can­cer or­ga­ni­za­tion.

3. Neal’s Yard Reme­dies Jas­mine and Ylang Ylang Body Cream. Made with Fair­trade-cer­ti­fied or­ganic honey, apri­cot ker­nel, jas­mine, and or­ganic ylang ylang, this thick, sub­tly fra­grant cream takes a while to be ab­sorbed by the skin. It’s worth the wait, though, as your skin will feel soft through­out the day.

4. Burt’s Bees Lip­stick. Ten per­cent of the rev­enue from on­line pur­chases of this in­tensely mois­tur­iz­ing and beau­ti­fully pig­mented lip­stick goes to Burt’s Bees’ Greater Good Foun­da­tion, which then do­nates to se­lect well-be­ing part­ners like Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity and the Tri­an­gle Land Con­ser­vancy.

5. Lim­ited-Edi­tion Blue Heart Crème De La Mer. The nu­tri­ent-rich Mir­a­cle Broth™ comes this year in a lim­ited edi­tion Blue Heart jar de­sign that pays trib­ute to the ocean.

6. Laura Mercier Matte Ra­di­ance Healthy Glow Baked Pow­der. Not only does this lend a matte sheen to the skin, but it also con­trib­utes to can­cer re­search. All of its prof­its go to the Laura Mercier Ovar­ian Can­cer Fund to aid ef­forts in treat­ing the fifth most com­mon can­cer among women.

7. Lush Peace Mas­sage Bar. Its Fair for Life-cer­ti­fied olive oil is sourced from a women’s co­op­er­a­tive in Galilee, Is­rael, while its FLO Fair­trade-cer­ti­fied co­coa but­ter comes from the Peace Vil­lages of San Jose de Apatardo in Colom­bia. As in­gre­di­ents are kept in solid form, Lush avoids us­ing chem­i­cals and preser­va­tives typ­i­cally found in liq­uid soaps.

8. The Body Shop Al­mond Milk & Honey Gen­tly Ex­fo­li­at­ing Cream Scrub. Aside from en­rich­ing this scrub with al­mond oil from the Ali­cante re­gion of Spain and honey from the UNESCO Sheka rain­for­est in Ethiopia, The Body Shop also works with “bee whis­per­ers” of Beza Mar, a group ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the liveli­hood of Ethiopian bee­keep­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

9. L’Oc­c­i­tane Shea But­ter Hand Cream. In sourc­ing its shea but­ter, the French brand has been prac­tic­ing fair trade with women’s co­op­er­a­tives in Burk­ina Faso since 1981.

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