Beginning every September for the past 8 years, I am inundated with Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) pink product pitches, most of which make me cringe. Instead of enlightening me to great products that actually donate real money, most are clearly using the cause to sell products (pink washing) which just really pisses me off. I wade through the emails getting angrier and angrier and always vow “this will be the year we don’t do a Best-Of” and then I feel like an ogre.
But how do you and I know the cute pink products we buy are actually donating anything at all? I mean the best approach is the direct approach which in my opinion is donating actual dinero or hours to said charity. However, since you and I all by now know at least one person affected by breast cancer and you may have the need to show your solidarity, buy a gift for a survivor or just own something cute and pink, I have found and screened the following products to ensure that they donate at least 20% of proceeds to breast cancer charities…and ones we have heard of. Do your research. By not buying pink products that donate mere pennies and hitting these companies in their bottom line, maybe we can rid the world of pink washing, or at least my inbox.
So here are 20 BCA picks that are possibly worth your money. If you think 20 is a lot, you can only imagine how many we were pitched!
1. Kara Ackerman BCA Pearls, $150
20% of the proceeds from the sale of Kara Ackerman’s 64” strand of pink/mauve fresh water pearls, will be donated to The Susan G. Komen Foundation.
20% of sales from the Ribbon of Strength Bangle will support the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation, a Rhode Island non-profit that works to spread awareness, education, resources, and hope in the fight against breast cancer.It also comes in silver.
3. Bindya LULLA GLITTER Scarf, $58
Available at Chic Tweak, 20% of proceeds of this scarf will to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
4. Streekers Temporary Hair Color in Pink, $11.95
Throughout the month of October, 100% of proceeds from the sales of Streekers in Pink will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Coalition to help fund research supporting their goal of ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020.
5. Glamglow Cure Sexy Mud Mask, $69
This limited-edition tingling and exfoliating mud mask was created to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Glamglow will donate 25% of profits from Cure Sexy to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). NBCF’s mission is to help raise awareness of breast cancer by providing mammograms for those in need. The founder of Glamglow is the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, so this is a charity near and dear to her heart.
Havaianas has teamed up with LA retailer, Elyse Walker, to offer an exclusive deal to support Breast Cancer Awareness.
For the month of October, Havaianas will donate 25% of all proceeds of their Slim Sandal in Pop Rose to Cedars Sinai Women’s Cancer Program.
For the month of October, BLUES by kyky will be donating 20% of its sale proceeds of the Karlie clutch to the Breast Cancer Alliance.
If you are into rose fragrances like I am then don’t miss this! 20% of all proceeds from the sale of diptyque’s Eau Rose Roll-on will go to Pink Agenda.
9. Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Watch, $20
100% of net proceeds from the sale of either watch will be donated to the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade. We say, “Get two!”
10. Charme Silkiner Inspire Earrings, $50
Not only do 50% of the proceeds from the sale of these earrings benefit Living Beyond Breast Cancer, but you also receive 20% on any other purchase for the month of October. Score!
This is the perfect gift for any breast cancer survivor! Net proceeds from the sale of Alex Woo’s Open Heart Necklace go directly to the Women’s Cancer Research Fund (WCRF). The Alex Woo Open Heart Necklace is a permanent piece of her collection as she continues to benefit women’s cancer research for more than just the month of October. Kudos.
12. Level 99 Janice Ultra Skinny BCA Jean, $135
Come on, who doesn’t want pink jeans? Now you have a good excuse to get them. Level 99 will donate 50% of proceeds to the Breast Cancer Research Fund.
Jean & Merce will donate 60% of proceeds of the “Make Your Mark” Charity Necklace to the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) in honor of Kristen Martinez (1974-2010). Kristen was an active member of the YSC and introduced Jean Won (founder of Jean & Merce) to this amazing organization. Jean has been the Co-Chair of the YSC NYC Fundraiser Gala for the past four years. This is just one of the many reasons we love this line. (By the way, this is one necklace. The image shown is of both sides.)
14. TAI BCA Feather Bracelet, $115
Throughout the month of October Scoop NYC will see that, 30% of every purchase of this bracelet in an exclusive pink shade in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness will be given back to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
15. mark. M. Powerment Gift Set, $24
OK, so this one is way off target, but still important. October is also Domestic Violence Awareness Awareness Month. 100% of proceeds from sales of the m.powerment Lipclick Luxe Lipstick and Mirror Compact set goes towards breaking the cycle of dating violence.
White + Warren will donates 50% of the proceeds of sales from this 100% mercerized wool scarf to Women at Risk in order to find a cure.
25% of the proceeds from this Smartphone Wristlet/Wallet will go to Living Beyond Breast Cancer – a national information and support organization.
Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Lip Collection includes Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Candy and Pure Color Gloss in Pink Innocence. Plus you get this chic pink snakeskin-printed clutch. For each purchase of the Evelyn Lauder Dream Lip Collection, Estée Lauder will donate 20% of the suggested retail price to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. August 2012 – June 2013.
Buy this awesome rose gold wrap bracelet during the month of October, and all net proceeds will be donated to the Noreen Fraser Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising women’s cancer research funds and promoting early detection awareness.
LashControl is donating 30% of proceeds from every Pink Squeeze mascara purchase to Look Good Feel Better to help improve the self-confidence and quality of life of cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment.
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