No pressure, but we're getting down to the wire on holiday gifting. You've probably got your list checked off for the most part, but there might be a few more people you'd like to get something special for. But instead of wrapping up a box of chocolates (that's probably going to end up in the trash with the fruit cake) or giving those Santa earrings that no one will every
actually wear, give gifts that are actually thoughtful — and that keep on giving.
Ahead we've rounded up the best beauty gifts that also happen to donate a portion of their sales (or
all of their sales, in the case of Kiehl's) to charitable organizations. How's that for ending 2017 on a positive note?
Farmacy x City Growers Farmacy, the natural skin-care brand that brought us the award-winning honey face mask has teamed up with Satya Jewelry to make a limited-edition Mask and Meditation gift set. The Bee Well Set includes the honey potion warming mask and a custom-crafted Satya Jewelry semi-precious gemstone bracelet, which would be a welcome addition to anyone's arm party. And as part of Farmacy and Satya Jewelry’s shared commitment to giving back to the community, $2 from every sale of the Bee Well Set will go to City Growers, an organization that works to increase environmental, food, and farming literacy for kids living in urban areas. It's good gift for the friend that keeps an earth box on her terrace.
BEE WELL GIFT SET,
Phlur Candles x International Union for the Conservation of Nature Phlur candles are the modern minimalist's dream. The white ceramic orbs are not only aesthetically pleasing, they're crafted by world-class perfumers — and each candle includes a small fragrance inspired by the candle's scent. The Annica candle has notes of fig, white florals, hazelnut, and sandalwood, and is said to smell like the feeling of a warm embrace. $5 from each sale of the Annica candle goes directly to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), an offshoot of the UN that focuses on environmental preservation, so you can save the planet and give the feeling of a hug.
Conscious Coconut x Feeding America For the person in your life who swears by coconut oil (we all have one), this artsy watercolor tube of organic coconut oil is a cute and on-brand gift. As your giftee is probably well-aware, coconut oil is the do-it-all oil — used for moisturizing dry skin, removing makeup, adding shine to hair, and cleaning teeth. Plus, this tube is so much better than the Nature's Brand jar she's keeping in her kitchen next to the peanut butter. The coolest part? Conscious Coconut’s rustic-chic packages are assembled by adults with developmental disabilities at the MacDonald Training Center in Tampa, Florida. And for every tube sold, Conscious Coconut donates a meal to a child in need through Feeding America food banks.
Organic Coconut Oil,
Tarte x The Global Fund Makeup brands are also jumping on board with charitable giving this year. Commenters on the brand's site give the Tarte Pro Glow cream and powder highlight and contour palette five stars, saying it's the "best contour/highlight palette you can buy" and "works for all skin tones and is super pigmented." So if you were going to gift your little sister her first contour kit already, it makes sense to pick this one, since 10% of the Tarte palette price ($4.50 from each sale) will support (RED)’s efforts to fight AIDS through the Global Fund.
BEAUTY (RED)EFINED tarteist™ PRO glow highlight & contour palette,
L'Occitane x Unicef L'Occtaine is always a safe gifting option — who doesn't love hand cream? This holiday kit comes in a golden package holding a full-sized shea butter hand cream, foot cream, body cream, and gentle cleansing soap. It's the perfect gift for literally anyone who likes soft skin. And from now until Christmas day, L'Occtaine will donate $4 from each Shea Butter Collection gift set to UNICEF. Specifically, the funds will help provide Vitamin A supplements, essential to immune system function and growth, to children in South Asia or sub-Saharan Africa. Your "safe" gift just turned incredibly thoughtful.
Nourishing Shea Butter Body Collection,
Kiehl’s x Feeding America Another skin-care gift set that delivers moisture from head-to-to is this Disney x Kiehl's collaboration set, with cream cleanser, moisturizer, hand cream, Creme de Corps body lotion, and lip balm, all housed in nostalgic Mickey Mouse packaging. With the entire Disney collection, Kiehl’s pledges 100% of the net profits to Feeding America, which helps provide meals to families in need during the holiday season.
Disney x Kiehl’s Hydration Essentials,
Brandless x Feeding America Brandless, the no-BS, super-affordable beauty line we love, is also donating to Feeding America this season. The Green Tea and Aloe set is a bundle of bathroom essentials (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cotton swabs, the works...) that comes in a wrapped gift basket, which means all you have to add is a card. And central to the brand's direct-to-consumer mission of affordability, the full set's only $18, which is way less than what you're going to pay picking up pre-wrapped jams for your great aunt at Williams Sonoma. The give-back portion of this gift is that with each order placed on the site, a meal is donated to Feeding America.
Green Tea and Aloe Beauty Gift Set,
Clove + Hallow x Mental Health of America Clean beauty lovers will appreciate Clove + Hallow's natural, richly pigmented lipstick in shades ranging from dusty pink to deep oxblood. The company's founder, Sarah Biggers, was inspired to start a clean beauty brand as she experienced firsthand struggles with her mental heath. To pay homage to her journey, Clove + Hallow will donate 15% of every purchase of the “Psych” Lip Crème, a dark cranberry shade, to her local Georgia chapter of Mental Health of America.
Clove + Hallow
Freedom Naturals x Move To End DV With a female founder, empowering women is at the forefront of Freedom Naturals' brand mission. In that vein, they've partnered with #MoveToEndDV, a nonprofit organization created to inspire and facilitate businesses all over the world to take the pledge to donate money, products, or services to shelters, victims, and survivors of domestic violence. And if you give one of their calming cleansers this year, 20% of the proceeds goes directly to #MoveToEndDV.
Tatcha x Room to Read With each full-sized skin-care purchase, Tatcha will fund a day of school for girls through their Beautiful Faces, Beautiful Futures partnership with Room to Read. We recommend the water cream, a super-hydrating, non-oily moisturizer that also happens to look really pretty on the counter.
The Water Cream,
Philosophy x The Hope And Grace Fund Philosophy contributes 1% of all its sales to the Hope And Grace Fund, which awards multiple grants each year to local organizations working to empower women through promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues. And since we have yet to meet someone who doesn't love the brand's scented 3-in-1 washes, it's a pretty surefire success gift to give.
Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser,
Lush x Sustainable Lush Fund Lush makes philanthropy incredibly simple with a body lotion called Charity Pot. With every purchase, 100% of the price goes to small, grassroots organizations that are working in the areas of environmental conservation, animal welfare, and human rights. It's good for giving to the world at large, and to your friend who needs a serious dry-skin save this season.
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