Temperatures have finally taken the chilly dip November calls for, which can only mean one thing: It’s holiday season! And it’s now easier than ever to double your efforts during this time of giving. Beauty brands, in particular, have demonstrated the importance of social impact with endless holiday offerings that support causes like animal welfare, AIDS research, Unicef, and more. To make your shopping list count this season, use our Beauty Gives Back Gift Guide below.
Give your selfless friends the gift of ‘me time’ with this luxury shea butter set. The pampering foursome nourishes skin and supports Unicef through a $4 donation for each set sold. L’Occitane Shea Butter Collection ($74)
Help her hydrate thirsty skin with the rose and geranium-scented moisture mask, while also helping women in Morocco. The brand donates one percent of its annual revenue to organizations that run local educational, environmental, agricultural, and clean water initiatives. Kahina Giving Beauty Moisture Mask ($88)
We’re not biased, but this glamorous tote is the perfect gift for all. Shop the chic carrier and support New Alternatives for Children, too. The org supports birth, foster, and adoptive families caring for children with special needs. Random Acts of Lipstick Signature Tote ($15)
For your co-worker who only feels put together with nails on point, buy her one (or all seven) of these rich red shades that help support the fight against AIDS. For every Deborah Lippmann (PRODUCT)(RED) polish purchased, 15 percent of the retail price will go to (RED). Deborah Lippmann (PRODUCT)(RED)($20)
For the lady who loves a good lippy, shop this gorgeous, goth-chic vegan shade. For each lip cream purchased, 15 percent is donated to the Georgia chapter of Mental Health of America, in an effort to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Clove + Hallow Psych Lip Creme ($20)
She won’t be able to get past the adorable packaging, which highlights OLEHENRIKSEN’s work with Starlight Children’s Foundation. For each luxury-size Truth Serum sold, the brand will give 10 percent of the proceeds to the Starlight Brave Gowns Program, which replaces uncomfortable hospital garments with comfy gowns. OLEHENRIKSEN Truth Serum ($128)
If you can’t send her to the Golden Door, give her the next best thing: The spa’s Try Me Kit featuring a face scrub, peel, and cleanser. 100 percent of the proceeds go to children’s charities. Golden Door Try Me Kit ($30)
If she’s been an ahhhhhmazing BFF, treat her to some R&R. The mask and meditation gift set will allow her to unwind, while also supporting the bees that worked hard for their honey. A donation for every sale of the duo will go directly to City Growers for the development of their Bee Education program. Farmacy Bee Well Mask and Meditation Gift Set ($90)
If she thinks sleep is for the birds, help your favorite gal at least fake awake with this eye brightening team. Shopping the set, which erases dark circles and instantly illuminates the area, aids in educating girls in low-income countries through the company’s partnership with She’s The First. Onomie Eye Essentials Duo ($65)
Celeb skin guru Sonya Dakar has a holiday gift for the lady in your life that gripes about wrinkles. During the month of December, the brand will donate 20 percent of all proceeds from the Beauty Box to Wish Upon a Teen. Sonya Dakar Anti-Aging Beauty Box ($59)
Dog lovers will appreciate that this brush set gives them a flawless makeup look – and supports animal charities. For each kit sold, a portion of the proceeds will go towards animal rescue and adoption through the brand’s Paw Paw program. Miss A 5-Piece Oval Brush Set ($5.55)
For the clean-cut man in your life, this shaving duo is something he’ll actually use. Bonus: The packaging doubles as a spot the difference game to break up those awkward family silences. Better bonus: Every gift you purchase from The Body Shop’s seasonal gift collections will support the Peace Play Project in Lebanon for a year, providing a safe space for children to play and heal. The Body Shop Shave Away Kit for Kings & Gentlemen ($20)
Gift Yo Self
It’s not fun to talk about, but underarm darkness is the pits. Gift yourself a detox, courtesy of the charcoal, malic acid, and silica treatment, which works like a magnet to draw impurities from up in there. You’ll also instantly feel better knowing that 5 percent of the proceeds from your purchase goes to Breast Cancer Awareness. Lavanila The Healthy Underarm Detox Mask ($26)
Once you get a whiff of this floral-infused aroma, you’ll want to keep it for yourself. The lily, jasmine, and gardenia notes uplift just as much as the fact that 100 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will go to depression research. Hope Eau de Parfum Vaporisateur Spray by Audrey Gruss ($115)
Show your thanks with his sleek, pine and fir-scented candle with a heart-warming mission: The sale of each soy-based candle allows impoverished communities to experience solar energy through a partnership with UNICEF. Starling Holiday Candle ($55)
Polishes that save puppies? You bet. Skip the candy canes and fill those cloth booties with Nail & Bone’s winter collection. The brand supports pet rescue and adoption organizations by donating 20 percent of proceeds to nonprofits like Best Friends Animal Society. Nail & Bone Winter Collection ($10)
Break it up and share the love, or give the entire set of five to a worthy recipient. The brand’s Yes To Happiness campaign is all about partnering with organizations like Step Up to empower young women in the community. Yes To Ultimate Mask Kit ($10)
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