An Easy Way to Boost Pride: The Giving Guide

While it’s impossible to solve all of world’s problems, the practice of responsibility and sustainability is well within our power. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I’m inviting you to join me in raising not only awareness, but also the funds for the cause. If you’re wondering where your dollars are actually going when you purchase these products, I’ve included a list of charities along with donation amounts. Most companies pledge their portion of proceeds from sales to Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Plenty others choose support foundations such as Look Good Feel Better, which is dedicated to improve self-esteem and quality of life for cancer patients.

Cancer existed for thousands of years prior to our modern civilization. The research in the field spurred a bit over the last century encouraging prevention. Still, prevention isn’t a catch-all solution, and cancer research is extremely relevant as long as we don’t have a cure. I’ve been lucky enough not to have experience with cancer in my immediate family, but I have experienced another severely underfunded illness. My initial cynical feelings about stalled research resolved into a deep drive for social consciousness. So join up!

Estee Lauder Modern muse perfume compact (100% retail price goes to BCRF)

Essie Breast Cancer Awareness 2014 Collection (Portion of proceeds to City of Hope)

Sonia Kashuk Proudly Pink Brush Set (15% to BCRF)

Marc Jacobs Pink Honey Edition ($3 per bottle to NationalBCF)

La Mer hand treatment ($10 donated to BCRF)

Sephora The Beauty of Giving Back Face Palette (portion of sales to BCRF)

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Dollface ($5/sale CEW Cancer and Careers organizations)

Ebb & Flow NYC Plumeria Diffuser (20% of proceeds to Bright Pink Organization)

Tocca Sapone de Viaggio in Cleopatra (50% of proceeds go to Look Good Feel Better)

Jane Iredale Smell the Roses Hydration Spray (100% of profits will be donated to Living Beyond Breast Cancer )

Nest Fragrances PASSION Candle (10% of proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Bumble and bumble Pret-a-Powder ($5 of each pink-capped, limited edition version goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

eos Breast Cancer Awareness 3-pack (100% of net profits from this trio of berry scented products go to cancer research)

Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum ( $10 will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Fund)

Sephora Together in Pink Hair Ties ( $1 from each set goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection ($12 from every set will be donated to Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Avon ANEW Vitale Day Cream ($5 to the cause)

Jo Malone Red Roses Cologne ( $40,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, regardless of purchase)

Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss ($5 from each gloss goes to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Clinique Great Skin Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion (10 bucks go to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.)

California Baby I Love You Bubble Bath (portion of the proceeds will be donated to the California Breast Cancer Research Program)

Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in Dollface ($5 from every tube sold in October will benefit Cosmetic Executive Women’s Cancer and Careers organization)

Supersmile Crystal Collection Toothbrush in Pink Diamond ( 75% of sales will be donated to SHARE Breast Cancer Charity to support women with breast and ovarian cancer.)

Aveda Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme ($4 from each tube—a projected $305,000—to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.)

Quidad Pink Curl Extensions (100% of purchase goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

ICON Haircare The Cure Collection (20% Donation to connected to major research centers such as UCLA and UCLA matches $1 to every ICON raises.)

MIO SKINCARE BOOB TUBE ( 20% of all sales in the month of October will be donated to Look Good Feel Better)

ESTÉE LAUDER AND ELIZABETH HURLEY Dream Pink Collection (20 percent of every sale will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.)

OPI Pink Of Hearts (OPI will be donating $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.)

Tweezerman Precision In Pink BCA Slant Tweezer (A portion of each sale is donated to an organization devoted to cancer care.)

The His & Hers Wet Brush ($5 donation will be made to Breast Cancer and Prostate Cancer research)

Smashbox BCA Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($5 of every sale will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

Origins Breast Cancer Awareness Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm In Berry Splash ($3.50 of every sale will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation)

StriVectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate for Wrinkles & Stretch Marks (donating a dollar to BCRF for ever 1 oz. jar sold)

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream ($16,000 of the proceeds in October to Breast Cancer Care)

Agraria’s Petite Essence Diffuser in Cedar Rose (35 percent of proceeds from all Cedar Rose purchases on its website to BCRF)

Poppy Wildflower Eau de Parfum (20 percent of proceeds goes to BCRF, with a maximum donation of $25,000)

John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hairspray (donating $250,000 to the Susan G. Komen foundation)

Nataliya Ogle


Nataliya Ogle likes making sure others live to their full potential. She publishes articles on her primary website and works as a freelance writer for other women's interest sites. Her physical body is in New York but her presence can almost always be found online. The internet is her first love.

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