There are a few days every year that remind beauty brands to step up to do some good for women around the world. It tends to happen ahead of
International Women's Day in March, or Women’s Equality Day every August. You'll often see brands run promotions like 100% of proceeds from the sale of a single lipstick going to Planned Parenthood for 24 hours.
Now that's all well and good, of course, because philanthropy is
always a good, generous thing for a company to do. But there are also many brands out there that make supporting various organizations and non-profits benefitting women more than an annual task. In fact, many make it an essential part of their business model, and that, regardless of the day, is worth celebrating. Ahead, 23 companies that do just that... At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission. Sahajan
The ayurvedic natural skin-care brand
has partnered up with
Because I Am A Girl
campaign, which helps fund education for young girls worldwide, to donate one day of school for every purchase of its Lip Karma lip balm.
Lip Karma, $19.00
Buy Bossy Cosmetics
Founded by former investment banker
Aishetu Fatima Dozie
, the cruelty-free makeup brand
donates a portion of all sales to various female-focused charities, including
Girls Inc of St. Louis
, which provides support for girls aged 6 to 18 in the St. Louis area, and
Women’s Link Worldwide
, a nonprofit organization that uses the power of the law to advance the human rights of women and girls across the world.
Liquid Matte Genius - Ruby, $16.98
Buy W3LL People
The minimalist makeup brand
is donating 100% of proceeds from the sale of its Optimist Lipstick in
, a poppy red, to
. The non-profit organization provides in-hospital beauty services for patients undergoing treatment for cancer and other debilitating illnesses.
Optimist Semi-Matte Lipstick - Brave, $17.00
Buy Musee Bath
With bath balms, bath soaks, bar soaps, and candles, the new brand
is here to upgrade pretty much every part of your bathing experience — all while bettering the lives of hundreds of women. Headquartered in Madison County, Mississippi, Musee hires women recovering after prison time, treatment centers, and abusive situations to craft all of its products. In addition to offering them a living wage and resources, the brand donates a portion of all profits to various charities that help educate children worldwide.
Soap - Kindness, $7.95
Buy The Body Shop
The Body Shop
has partnered with the
Tungteiya Women’s Association
in northern Ghana to produce all of the shea butter it uses in its products. In addition to paying a fair price for the shea, the brand also pays a premium for the women to invest in community projects, including things like safe water and health center access.
The Body Shop
Shea Hand Cream, $8.00
Buy KPS Essentials
The organic and vegan skin-care brand
donates a portion of proceeds from all its sales to
, a non-profit organization that provides complimentary makeovers to women battling cancer.
Probiotic Facial Toner, $36.00
Buy EM Cosmetics
Starting on Valentine's Day,
is donating 100% of all profits from the sale of its new Infinite Lip Cloud in the shade Love. The funds will go to
, an international human-rights organization dedicated to ending child trafficking.
Infinite Lip Cloud - Love, $20.00
The mission-driven skin-care brand
donates a portion of every sale to
She's The First
, an organization that supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school.
Hydrate Moisture Replenishing Serum, $43.00
, a luxury skin-care line that draws inspiration from ancient Indian beauty rituals, donates a portion of all sales to the
Shanti Bhavan School
. The school works to empower young girls and boys from impoverished communities in India via education and emotional support.
Glow Activating Exfoliator, $70.00
With every sale of a full-size skin-care product, luxury Japanese brand
funds a day of school in partnership with the
Room To Read Girls’ Education Program
, which provides schooling and life skills to girls in 11 countries throughout Southeast Asia and Africa. The company has funded over two million days of school since starting the initiative.
The Indigo Cream Soothing Skin Protectant, $85.00
Buy Thrive Causemetics
Karissa Bodnar launched her company
with a single purpose: provide
fit for women with cancer, with a curved design that hugs the eyelid so that women with or without eyelashes could enjoy them.
That idea has evolved into an entire makeup brand for Bodnar, who has kept women with cancer front and center of her brand with a one-for-one initiative in which it donates a product for every one sold; they then go to women in need, including those experiencing cancer, homelessness, or domestic violence.
Liquid Lash Extensions Mascara, $24.00
Buy Lipstick Lobby
The Lipstick Lobby
has made wearing lipstick a political act, with 100% of net profits from the sale of its
Kiss My Pink
lipstick donated to Planned Parenthood. What's more, 100% of the net profits from the sale of its
In The Clear
vitamin E lip balm go to the
, which works to empower incarcerated women and girls by teaching them life skills and creating plans for life after prison.
The Lipstick Lobby
Kiss My Pink , $19.00
Buy Beautiful Rights
Similar to The Lipstick Lobby,
is a company built with philanthropy in mind. For each product sold, 20% of sales (not just profits) are donated to a women's rights or gender initiative of your choice, including Planned Parenthood and
, which works to end discrimination against women and mothers in the workplace.
Gloss Ceiling Lip Gloss, $18.00
Buy MAKE Beauty
Minimalist NYC-based brand
donates 10% of all sales to
We See Beauty Foundation
, which is a non-profit dedicated to supporting women-led, worker-owned businesses across the Americas.
Bisou Bisou Lip & Cheek Stick , $28.00
, the 21-year-old founder of
, was driven to make her own philanthropic lipstick brand while watching the 2017 Inauguration. Originally launching with a "F*ck Trump" liquid lipstick, Sones gives customers the choice of donating 50% of earnings from its sale to various organizations, including the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood.
F*ck Kavanaugh., $19.95
Buy Sephora Collection
For every purchase of Sephora Collection's crimson
On The Go Retractable Brush
, Sephora donates $10 to
, its program dedicated to empowering women by supporting female founders of beauty brands and teaching classes for women going through major life changes.
Sephora Stands Fearless Rouge Cream Lipstick, $13.00
, the brand that claims it made Korean skin care simple, gives back to women in several different ways throughout the year, including making quarterly polish donations to
that empower women to thrive in work. It also works in partnership with
Dignity for Divas
to get survival kits to women living in temporary housing and shelters.
Color Treat Nail Polish in Madison, $14.00
Since 2014, cult brand
Hope & Grace Initiative
has donated a percentage of skin-care and fragrance sales to mental-health charities, including the
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
, with special attention on organizations that focus on postpartum depression and trauma following domestic abuse. According to the company, it's donated to more than 65 organizations and helped more than 1.5 million women.
Living Grace Firming Body Emulsion, $20.00
Buy Shea Moisture
Established way back in 1912, the Black-owned and female-run hair, skin-care, and makeup company
has its own
program that organizes 10% of sales from its Community Commerce line of products to be donated to either women-led businesses in the communities that supply the ingredients for its products, or
The Sofi Tucker Foundation
, which provides grants to organizations that seek to empower women.
Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash, $9.99
Buy Peacekeeper Cause-Metics
Yum Balm Blueberry, $8.00
is a fragrance brand based in New York City that donates $2.45 to
Women for Women International
for every bottle of perfume it sells, which provides female survivors of war with resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability.
GIVE signature , $49.00
Buy Sisters Body
Founded by three sisters who felt hopeless after the 2016 election, the non-toxic hair- and body-care brand
donates 40% of all profits to organizations that support women's health.
Balancing Shampoo, $28.00
Buy Abhati Suisse
, a Switzerland-based hair and skin-care brand, donates a percentage of profits to two different organizations:
, which plants trees across the globe and helps sustain forests, and
, an organization that works in schools in India to boost the enrollment and attendance of girls. To date, the brand has helped an estimated 120,000 girls access education.
Body Lotion, $136.18
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